A good business book is one you want to read over and over again to get everything out of it. Why? Because these books are full of:
- Inspiration — for the times you don’t feel it yourself.
- Stories — that help you remember you are not the first entrepreneur to wonder if you are crazy!
- Tips — that when followed (not simply read) can help move you from idea to a “going concern” (that’s what they call a business that is up and running), and from “going concern” to profitable, successful enterprise.
You might be saying, “But I don’t have time to read. I work long hours. Need time with my family. And then I am too tired to do anything.” Well here is something to ponder.
All successful people are avid readers. ALL.
I pick books each year that I really want to study. I read them over and over again. Often just short pieces that I work with to see how I can apply them more deeply. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (Everything anyone who wants to succeed should know. He studied success (not just monetary) for 25 years with Andrew Carnegie, Ford, Edison, Einstein and so many others.)
- Blue Ocean Strategy by Professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne (The key to success is to worry less about the competition and more about carving your own path of excellence.)
- The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer (Using the Buddha’s philosophy of surrender Michael makes mega millions without trying. This will stretch you.)
- Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss (Yes, I know, but you have to keep a sense of humor in this life!)
- Financial Intelligence by Karen Berman and Joe Knight (Use this or something else, but become comfortable with the numbers. I have an easy training to get you started. Read Financials Like a Storybook.)
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki (It’s not how hard you work that makes you successful)
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, and
- Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz (You really need to understand this and Habits to manage people)
And here are some I plan to read soon:
- Get Big Things Done by Erica Dahwan (talks about connectivity intelligence which is something I feel is key to success.)
- Grit by Angela Duckworth (about following your passion, the think I think is the number 1 key to success)
- Stand Out by Dorie Clark (about branding)
What have been books you have gone back to again and again?
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