No matter what type of business you run, you need to be constantly growing. Gaining new knowledge or skills is always a good thing. Of course, what type of knowledge or skills you gain has a direct correlation to the success you attain to in business.
There are dozens of books that I would recommend to an entrepreneur. These are seven books that I find to be helpful for everyone in every arena. If you find that time is a huge issue keeping you from reading, get them as audiobooks and listen in the car. Amazon has a great app called Audible. Find the time to absorb this information and go to the next level. Also, send me your favorite books to read as well.
Charlamagne Tha God’s introduction to the world of books comes with a great story and a 8 key insights into what he says led to him being one of the most well-known personalities on radio today. With chapters like “F@&k Your Dreams” and “Put the Weed in the Bag!” Charlamagne reels you in with his life story and sends you back out inspired to live in your truth comfortably while creating your own success instead of waiting on your big break.
Crush It is by Gary Vaynerchuk’s (AKA @Garyvee). In it he explains how to build your business using the internet and social media. In surprising detail he lays out step by step instructions for how to create a brand that matters and generate sales. By now, if you haven’t heard of him you might not be paying attention. This book was a game changer for me. Hopefully it will be for you as well.
Stephen Covey released this book in 1990. Ever since it has been required reading for some of the most successful business people. Covey writes, “You can buy a person’s hand, but you can’t buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm, his loyalty is. You can buy his back, but you can’t buy his brain. That’s where his creativity is, his ingenuity, his resourcefulness.” Take notes on this one. Its more than surface level business jargon. It’s written with real life lessons and philosophy that will impact how you see the entire business world.
Set in ancient Babylon, This book is composed of multiple parables teaching simple yet impactful financial lessons. The “laws of Gold” are told in this book by sage characters to youthful men and failed adults. Its storytelling makes it much more than a simple textbook. But the messages wrapped in the stories are valuable and were life changing for me. So I recommend this read strongly for anyone trying to understand finances better.
Tim Ferris is well-known and a big part of that is due to this book. In this book he shares some unconventional wisdom about ways to get out of the rat race. From being able to vacation freely to hiring a personal assistant for $5/hr this book is filled with burden lifting help. For the new or aspiring entrepreneur this could be just what you need to get you over the hump. Sometimes having the inspiration come from unorthodox sources can be especially helpful. If you aren’t new to the game you may find some helpful tools and tactics here still.
Daymond John started FUBU from nothing. He was broke. But it was being broke that he says helped him succeed. the $6 billion company that Daymond built was born out of ingenuity and innovation. This book tells that story and shows how the power of broke can be the thing that makes your dream a reality. This book is written by an entrepreneur. And while anyone can read it, it will serve entrepreneurs well.
Zig Ziglar has been an important voice in the professional lives of many. His inspirational quotes are known all around the world. In Secrets of Closing the Sale readers discover how to project warmth, enthusiasm, and integrity; to effectively use 100 creative closes; to increase productivity and professionalism; to overcome the five basic reasons people will not buy, and to deal respectfully with challenging prospects. A lot I know. But it definitely has the right stuff to be one of the books you add to your library as an entrepreneur.
So what are you waiting for? Pick one of these and start reading/listening. Send me a comment to let me know how it goes. I would love to discuss one of these titles with you. Maybe you have learned something I missed in them. Thanks for reading. If this was helpful do me a favor and share it with a friend who could use it as well.