Being an entrepreneur, I spend a lot of time reading. It’s one of the things that I see as a MUST-DO for myself daily. Growing up not being a reader, I realized that I was robbing myself from knowledge that could help me excel in the field I was pursuing. It could help me avoid costly mistakes and guide me in the right direction when it came to making certain decisions. That encouraged me to sit down and start reading. Now I generally read about 25-30 books a year front to back and that excludes books that I use for research.
Over the past few months I’ve read some great “New to the market” books that have taught me a great deal and I wanted to share some of them with you. I believe that these books will help you navigate critical situations and develop yourself as a leader in your industry.
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Entrepreneur Revolution: How to develop your entrepreneurial mindset and start a business that works
Written by: Daniel Priestly
The world is embarking on a new age. The age of the entrepreneur, the agile small business owner, the flexible innovator. The days of the industrial age are over. It’s time to break free from the industrial revolution mind-set, quit working so hard, follow your dream and make a fortune along the way. The slow dinosaurs of the industrial age are being outpaced by fast-moving start-ups, ambitious small businesses and technological innovators. Entrepreneur Revolution is a master class in gaining an entrepreneurial mind-set, showing you how to change the way you think, the way you network, and the way you make a living. Successful entrepreneur Daniel Priestley will show you how to embrace the Entrepreneur Revolution and thrive in the new age.
E-Myth Revisited: Why most small businesses don’t work and what to do about it
Written by: Michael E. Gerber
An instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Written by: Stephen R. Covey
When it was first published in 1989, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was an almost instant bestseller–and quickly became a permanent part of the cultural lexicon. With over 25 million copies sold worldwide in over 40 languages since its first publication, this book continues to help millions of readers become more effective in both their personal and professional lives…
Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less
Written by: S.J. Scott
Want to improve your life, but don’t have enough time? Right now you could easily think of a dozen ways to instantly improve your life. Odds are, these ideas will only take a few minutes apiece to complete. The problem? You might feel like there’s not enough time to do all of them. One solution can be found using the power of “habit stacking.”
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t
Written by: Jim Collins
Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Written by: Michael Hyatt
To be successful in the market today, you must possess two strategic assets: a compelling product and a meaningful platform. In this step-by-step guide, Michael Hyatt, former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, takes readers behind the scenes, into the new world of social media success. He shows you what best-selling authors, public speakers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other creatives are doing differently to win customers in today’s crowded marketplace. Hyatt speaks from experience. He writes one of the top 800 blogs in the world and has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. His large and growing platform serves as the foundation for his successful writing, speaking, and consulting practice.
Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality
Written by: Scott Belsky
Thomas Edison famously said that genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration. Every day new solutions, revolutionary cures, and artistic breakthroughs are conceived and squandered by smart people. Along with the gift of creativity come the obstacles to making ideas happen: lack of organisation, lack of accountability and a lack of community support.
Rework: Change the Way You Work Forever
Written by: Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
From the founders of the trailblazing software company 37signals, here is a different kind of business book – one that explores a new reality. Today, anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few pounds or even free. Stuff that was impossible just a few years ago is now simple…
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Written by: Thomas Piketty
The main driver of inequality–returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth–is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty’s findings in this ambitious, original, rigorous work will transform debate and set the agenda for the next…
Written by: James Altucher
he world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we thought was “safe,” no longer is: College. Employment. Retirement. Government. It’s all crumbling down. In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. No longer is someone coming to hire you, to invest in your company, to sign you, to pick you. It’s on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself…
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to tell your story in a noisy social world
Written by: Gary Vaynerchuck
New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition. A mash-up of the best elements of Crush It! and The Thank You Economy with a fresh spin, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really works…
I hope that you enjoyed the list of books. If you have other recommendations that you want to list, please do so in the comments below.