If you are a business owner or entrepreneur then you know that time is one of the rarest, most valuable assets. For many, the idea of sitting down after a long day and picking up a book seems hard to fathom. However, owning your own business or start a company requires a special set of knowledge and skills that must be acquired very quickly. Reading helps you gain the necessary skills needed by expanding your mind, teaching you about new subjects, and help you explore new skills that can translate into creating a more successful business. With thousands of books out there professing they hold the secret to success, it can be challenging deciding which ones to read. Here is our list of the top 5 books every business owner or entrepreneur should read whether you are new to the game or have been at it for a while.
- The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki: What does it take to turn your idea into action? Focusing on entrepreneurship and what it takes to start a business, The Art of the Start is a must-read for any business owner looking for advice on issues such as writing a business plan, recruiting, raising capital, and branding. This book is an essential guide for anyone starting any type of business and will help guide you through your adventure.
- Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk: “It’s never a bad time to start a business unless you’re starting a mediocre business.” Do you have a hobby you wish you could do all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? There is no better time than now to take those passions and make a living doing what you love. Crush It is the ultimate guide for modern businesses, offers great insight into creating your personal brand by harnessing the power of the internet.
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg: Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook shares personal stories while using research to shed light on gender differences. Offering practical advice to help women achieve their goals, the book challenges us to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can do. Sandberg’s book offers inspiration for us to work together to create an equal world and what better time to start than at the creation of a business.
- Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath: Made to Stick reveals the anatomy of ideas that “stick” and lays out foolproof methods for making ideas stickier. Transforming the way you communicate ideas, Made to Stick shows us the principles of successful ideas at work—and how we can apply these rules to making our own messages “stick.”
- Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh: This is Hsieh’s first book, but he is no rookie to the world of business. Sharing the lessons he has learned in business and life, Delivering Happiness details his life as an entrepreneur, from running a pizza business to founding LinkExchange (acquired by Microsoft for $265 million), being the CEO of Zappos, and more. Showing how a very different corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success Hsieh emphasizes that concentrating on the happiness of those around you can dramatically increase your own.