Best Entrepreneurship & business-thinking books | Self-development library
This post is a part of my self-development library series that includes books for personal development from various categories. Make sure to check the entire library here: https://trytoblog.com/personal-development/best-personal-development-books-personal-growth/
Below, are the best books from entrepreneurship/career field. These are the books that have made me, first, a better employee, and now, a better entrepreneur. It’s crucial that you work on improving your knowledge about business, that you continuously get new information and perspectives from other successful businessmen, so you can be a better, more efficient and more motivated with whatever it is that you want to achieve on the professional level. All of the books are very well recognized as some of the best books for business/entrepreneurship and I strongly advise you to consider them.
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Enjoy the read and I hope that you will find a book, that will change your life for the better!
You will probably find this book in the most of the self-development for entrepreneurship lists – it’s really a staple in the entrepreneurship work and it’s a fantastic book. Simon Sinek is, besides an author, also a marketing consultant and motivational speaker and he really push the message of starting with why – that it is not as important how you do, whatever you are doing, but why you are doing it.
There is a super famous quote from this book – “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”.
This is the most important message in this book and he backs up with the message with a lot of examples (Apple, Wright Brothers, Walmart, etc.). He definitely got me to believe even more, that the most important thing in business isn’t some technicalities and methods, but values. That’s what people will relate to and that’s how you’re going to be able to build relationships and loyalty.
Vaynerchuk, Gary *
Crush it! might be the most popular book by Gary Vaynerchuk – if you don’t know him – he’s a super successful businessman/entrepreneur, he’s a digital marketing expert and one of the most entertaining and inspiring people to watch – he’s crazy driven, very high energy, he’s completely honest and has that no-bullshit approach to everything.
I am so obsessed with him, that I even wrote a separate post about him, which you can read here. VSTAVI LINK!
He’s built two very successful businesses and has learned A LOT of things during his journey. And he shares everything in this book – his view on how you should approach building businesses.
In this book, he preaches hard work, passion, hustle, patience, self-awareness, working on your legacy, building a personal brand, loving your family – if you can relate to this type of thinking, you will love this book and learn a lot from it.
It’s one of my favorite books that I’ve ever read (actually listened to) – it’s such a fantastic mix between practical advice, motivation, high-energy and entertaining delivery from Gary.
This is the first time I came across Grant Cardone and let’s just say that this book convinced me to consume a lot of his content after that.
He explains what is the most important thing that will (or won’t) make you successful, based on his own experience of starting from nothing and amassing a lot of wealth – finance and personal wealth.
And that factor is, very simply, hard work.
I listened to the audio version of this book, and I’m glad I did because when you hear the enthusiasm and passion in Grant’s voice, it will convince and motivate you even more. 10x more, as he would probably say.
Who do I recommend this book for?
To ANYONE that wants to be motivated to work harder than ever or to anyone that doesn’t believe yet, that the variable that will determine your success, is hard work.
Vaynerchuk, Gary *
This is, right now, in late 2017, Gary’s latest book. This one is different – it’s in a Questions & Answers form – Gary answers questions that other people ask him. And he gives fantastic and extremely practical advice. It’s all about entrepreneurship, digital marketing, leadership, and self-awareness.
If you want to get a feel on what kind of content you can expect in the book, you can watch one of his #AskGaryVee episodes on youtube – it’s basically the same concept, but in the book, he goes more in-depth for some of the answers.
Here’s his youtube playlist of this very famous show of his, take a look:
Greenburg, Zack O’Malley*
Jay Z may not the first person that comes up to your mind when you think about entrepreneurs, but boy is he a good and a successful one! You probably know him as a rapper or a celebrity, but after reading this book, I realized, that above all, Jay Z is a businessman.
Or even better, as he said it himself: “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.”.
This book tells his life story – how he came from the streets of Brooklyn to being a world-celebrity, an owner of a super successful business, he owns a basketball team, he has his own perfumes, clothing line, etc.
This book offers great insight into his business thinking and his mentality that has brought him so far.
This is a classic book by one of the most famous motivational speakers and productivity expert – Brian Tracy. And the title says it pretty much all – it’s shows 21 different ways to become more productive.
The method that Brian introduces are easy to understand and pretty straight-forward to implement. This book will absolutely give you the necessary ideas that can increase your productivity, but it’s up to you to execute them.
Here are a couple of ideas that Brian presents in this book (he, of course, goes into the details of implementing them and the reasons of why you should do it):
- Plan the days and weeks in advance.
- Take care of the most difficult tasks first.
- Write down your goals / tasks and sort them by urgency.
- Split the tasks into smaller sub-tasks.
- And 17 other great tips for time management / increasing productivity.
This book is a bit less known as well, but it’s a great one!
It’s all about why now it’s a good time to be an entrepreneur and a bad time to be in a corporate rat race – because of the technology, the cost of bringing your own ideas to life has decreased a lot and with the evolution of the internet, we have so many opportunities to design our own lifestyle, the way that we want it.
The author tells us (and backs it up with studies and examples), why it’s actually riskier to have a “stable, corporate job”, than being an entrepreneur.
Who do I recommend this book to?
This book was the last push that I needed to go on and start with my own entrepreneurship journey, even though I had a stable job. (Never looked back since).
So I recommend it to new entrepreneurs, to students that still haven’t decided on what path do they want to choose career-wise and to everyone that has a corporate job, but isn’t happy with situation and is wondering, if it’s a good move for him to go and start something on their own.
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