Oh to be an entrepreneur! To be in the field of business is no joke, it’s a cutthroat field and is not for the faint of heart. But that’s the beauty of it, those who risk their lives into this battlefield will do it no matter what the price is.
Best Business Books to Read
You’re here because you want to know what it takes to make it. Entrepreneurship is for everyone, it doesn’t matter whether you are young or old, and you should be innovative enough so that you’ll stand out. So you’ve finished all the episodes of Shark Tank eh (otherwise start with it)? So you think it’s time to pick up a book or two.
We hear you all right, here are some of the best business books to read. (In no particular order). You can use Audible (check our audible review here) to listen to these books as well. The first one should be free.
Business Adventures by John Brooks
The book is all about the notable and fascinating accounts of the different scandals and controversies that surrounded Ford Motor Company, Xerox, General Electric, and Texas Gulf Sulphur.
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Successful and iconic companies that had both fame and notoriety. The book wonderfully illustrated the different concepts and intricacies of corporate life through these accounts and take note this is Bill Gate’s favorite business book which was given to him by no other Warren Buffet himself.
To date, Bill Gates still praises the book as one of the best he’s ever read about business.
Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing for Business -Paul Jarvis
Moving forward to our best business books to read list is the Company of One by Paul Jarvis. As they say, the future is in small businesses, not large corporations.
And that’s exactly what the book is all about. It’s all about starting a business without any intention of turning it into a corporation or building it for a billion-dollar profit. Instead, focus on the more important things and not toil on goals that aren’t even yours, to begin with.
We are talking about purpose, passion, and the dream business that is meant to last.
Note: This book helped me change my ideas and moved my focus from creating a massive business with thousands of employees.
Built to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras
Passion, purpose, values, and vision are the things that this wonderful book preaches throughout. It’s a well-researched book that compares different businesses to prove the point that in business there are no hard and fast rules but instead the entrepreneur itself must possess certain characteristics that will determine his or her fate in the field.
This book is a must-have and would be beneficial for entrepreneurs and managers alike.
‘The Intelligent Investor’ by Benjamin Graham
Benjamin Graham is deemed as the greatest investment advisor of the 20th century. His teachings reached worldwide and he’s inspired plenty of people. His philosophy is in “Value Investing” and teaches potential investors and entrepreneurs valuable lessons to minimize the risk of making erroneous decisions and for them to develop long term strategies instead.
Warren Buffet loves this book and this has been a bible for many since its publication in 1949.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead — Sheryl Sandberg
Lean In is a best-selling and game-changing book. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg shares her vast experience to the readers beautifully. This includes how to manage work and home, how to find a mentor, how to negotiate for what you want, and how to stand out.
This book also empowers women to have their voices heard and at the same time make it in the field. It’s a fun read as it mixes up all the lessons with some light humor.
The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman
If you’re looking for a crash course in MBA then look no further. The Personal MBA well is going to serve as your personal MBA!
This is not a substitute to a degree in business (or is it?) but of course, it’s still a fantastic read.
It’s a comprehensive book on anything you need to learn to succeed in business. From Marketing, strategy, negotiating, and goal setting this should be a fun and exciting read.
3 More That I Consider as Great Business Books to Read
The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen
Disruptive Innovation is the name of the game and that is what this book preaches. The Innovator’s Dilemma is about both successes and failures of some of the leading companies around the globe.
Through these ups and downs we learn and hopefully won’t make the same mistakes again. This book is often linked to none other than Steve Job and Jeff Bezos, not bad eh?
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss.
What better way to learn the tools of the trade than the masters themselves. And that’s exactly what Tim Ferriss did for his book Tool of Titans. He interviewed successful people not just in the field of business but also in sports, academia, military, and lots more.
What’s effective about this book is Ferriss was able to capture the true essence of what success is all about all from the experiences of over 200 individuals. From productivity tips to life lessons, this book has got it all. Also, I highly recommend that you listen to Tim’s podcast (The Tim Ferris Show).
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
This book is not just all about business. The content stems from Ben Horowitz’s personal experiences in Silicon Valley. The ups and downs of entrepreneurship and what you need to do to get through all of it and build a successful company.
Entrepreneurship can get intimidating and this is true for anyone, whether you are a seasoned investor, capitalist, or businessman it’s still almost always a learning process.
Luckily these valuable gems called “books” are here to always remind us of the things that matter the most. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our best business books to read and continue on your journey with renewed vigor and much-needed knowledge on your pursuit to rise to the top.
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