Being well-read is a requirement to be successful in almost any field. Understanding the world around you, being knowledgeable about current events and past events, and boasting an impressive vocabulary can help any aspiring entrepreneur get to his or her goals faster. Furthermore, books are filled with information – knowledge that help you propel your small business to success. Here are the best books an entrepreneur should read.
- Business Adventures by John Brooks
A collection of stories that first appeared in New Yorker Magazine, this book illustrates what made several American companies (Ford, for example) so successful. Bill Gates has mentioned this book as one of his favorites. It contains valuable lessons every entrepreneur should learn – about money, ethics, and what it takes to make it in corporate America.
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Gladwell’s book is a must-read for anyone who intends to be successful in any field. He popularized the idea that 10,000 hours of practice is what it takes to become proficient at any skill, whether that be a musical instrument, a sport, or a profession. He also explains how hard work and luck are interconnected. According to Gladwell, luck without hard work isn’t enough, but hard work in addition to luck can create true success.
- How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Carnegie’s iconic book falls into the category of self-help, but anyone can improve themselves by reading it. It describes how to understand people and win them over – basic skills needed to navigate the business world.
- How to Win at the Sport of Business by Mark Cuban
Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and billionaire entrepreneur, details his progression from broke adult to one of the richest men in America. He offers tips for succeeding in business– things that every entrepreneur should know about building a profitable company.
- Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
This book by the CEO of Zappos explains how he created a huge consumer base by building a strong company culture and turned Zappos into the powerhouse it is today. Hsieh offers countless applicable ideas that will teach aspiring entrepreneurs what it takes to have loyal customers who continuously come back for more.
- Pour Your Heart into it: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time by Howard Schultz
Once a small Seattle coffee shop, Starbucks is now worth over two billion dollars and has changed the way the world views café culture. Today, it has over 21,000 locations worldwide. In this memoir, Schultz explains how he led the company to success by guiding it with a clear plan of action. Any entrepreneur who wants to build as influential a company as Schultz did can stand to gain something from this book.
Books contain knowledge that can arm you with the skills to become a better entrepreneur. For more help in achieving your business goals, sign up for Biz2Credit’s free webinar on Weds, Jan. 27 at 3:00 p.m. hosted by award-winning business author Dawn Fotopulos. Register here to Unlock the Secrets of a Million Dollar Company Valuation.