Dear Entrepreneur, Here Are 10 Books You Should Read

By Getrude Mathayo / Published October 26, 2021 | 11:55 am




KEY POINTS

Reading about marketing, productivity, and entrepreneurship helps you plan for the future and make informed decisions.


Books

Being an entrepreneur is all fun until you realize that you are actually not as experienced as others. Your knowledge might not be at the same level as those who have been in the business for more years and that scares you.

The most successful people get to where they are through constant learning. Your level of experience could be anywhere between not knowing anything about business, to being the CEO of your own company, and still, it is important to keep educating yourself.

Reading about marketing, productivity, and entrepreneurship helps you plan for the future and make informed decisions.


To develop your business, you need to grow and expand your knowledge first as an entrepreneur. Books can help you by giving real-life advice to tackle challenges throughout your entrepreneurial journey.

  1. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Everybody is creative, whether you know it or not. This book gives advice on overcoming this resistance to creativity. As people grow older, they become more critical about their work. Be sure to handle that correctly. It is okay to take criticism and criticize yourself as well, it is how we grow creatively

  1. Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius

If there is one book that can change you, I think more than any other, it is this book. Being an entrepreneur is about finding balance in your life. It is a constant juggling act and Meditations, the classic book of wisdom from Stoic philosopher and Roman emperor Aurelius will help keep you grounded.

  1. The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith

The Wealth of Nations is a book that has stood the test of time for scholars interested in economics for hundreds of years. The theories of Adam Smith were revolutionary in the way that they set up modern capitalism. If you are an entrepreneur, this book is for you.

  1. Disciplined Entrepreneurship by Bill Aulet

Disciplined Entrepreneurship will change the way you think about starting a company. Many believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught, but great entrepreneurs are not born with something special, they simply make great products. This book will show you how to create a successful startup by developing an innovative product.

  1. Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin

Possibly the most veracious author of his time, Franklin wrote his autobiography over the course of many years, leaving behind a legacy to inspire future generations and society as a whole, which was a self-proclaimed goal of the book

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This book is guaranteed to change your life forever. Not only will it teach you all the dos and don’ts of social life, but it will also teach you how to be a better entrepreneur. It teaches you the etiquette of how to overcome competition or how to win over people who are close-minded or simply not interested in your pitch.

  1. The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy

Every entrepreneur knows that the key to a good business is a good sales technique. Not only do you have to sell your product, but you also have to sell yourself and your idea.

Having a great product doesn’t do anything if you don’t know how to approach the person and make them fall in love with you and the product.

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The book presents a principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity

  1. The Analects by Confucius

Do not knock it until you have tried it. Everyone is familiar with the name, Confucius, but very few have read him, first-hand. Your first thought might be, understandably, “How in the world could this possibly apply to business?” These are proverbs from a real-life master of philosophy.

  1. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Push yourself out of your comfort zone to see things differently and creatively. No one is completely 100 percent original. Everyone has an inspiration that they learn, improve, and find their own true voice from. Just remember that there is a line between completely stealing and drawing inspiration






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