Having a library resource has many benefits and advantages as you always have needed information at your fingertips. Your library does not necessarily have to be a bookshelf laden with books, It can be a simple PDF document stored on your laptop or PC. Below is an excerpt from the books that you should have.
No matter what stage you’re at in the entrepreneur journey, whether you just launched your first startup or have started several successful businesses, you can always use the advice of people who have “been there, done that.’’ What better way to get advice then from the pages of a book?
I’ve been lucky enough to be successful in my life. But it didn’t happen overnight and I didn’t do it myself. I’ve had the great advice from many entrepreneurs before me who have had success. I like to refer to these nuggets of success as the habits of unicorn entrepreneurs. Within these top books for entrepreneurs I learned how to do a lot of what I do and the mentality behind what I do. This has shaped me and can shape you into who you can become.
While it was certainly no easy task, I’ve complied 25 books that should be read and used as a guide for an entrepreneur’s success.
1. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
Jim Collins wanted to answer one very important question, “Can a good company become a great company and if so, how?” After examining more than 1,400 companies, Collins and his researchers settled on 11 companies that include Wells Fargo, Gillette, and Walgreens. He then analyzed these companies to find out what makes them great.
2. The A.D.D. Entrepreneur by Matt Curry
Curry, a successful entrepreneur, takes a look at his own experiences with A.D.D. and turns the tables on the common misconceptions that this is a problem. Instead, Curry makes the argument that A.D.D.can be used by entrepreneurs as an opportunity through insights, strategies, and enthusiasm.
3. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
This has become a must-read book for anyone wanting to get out of the daily 9-to-5 grind. Ferriss will guide you along into creating and automating your very own income generator is that you’ll have the time to do the things that you’re really passionate.
4. The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups From Their Founding Entrepreneurs by David Kidder
Author David Kidder examines the lessons and experiences from 41 different startup founders. The result? Insights into what made them successful like finding their niche or leadership techniques.
5. The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change The Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen
What happens if your company has played by the rules, found some success, and still doesn’t last? Harvard professor and business founder Clayton M. Christensen argues that to find success, you should change your common perception of how to conduct business by not always listening to your customers and how to know when to pick a smaller market over a larger one.
6. Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva
This translation of the 8th Century poem isn’t just for Buddhists, but anyone hoping to find inner peace, practice patience, or learn how to concentrate on the profound subjects that matter most to us.
7. Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School by Richard Branson
Can a business book actually be entertaining? When it’s written by Sir Richard Branson that feat can actually be accomplished. In this book, Branson uses anecdotes and case studies, Branson provides a roadmap for success through strategies like thinking big and building small, as well as having empathy for employees.