No matter what stage your business (or even business idea) is in, you can always improve yourself with books for entrepreneurs. Some of the most successful business people start their day listening to educational books on tape, as reading books for entrepreneurs can be time consuming in the already busy life of a business leader.
If you need guidance, expert insight, motivation, or are just fascinated by the psychology behind running a company, these top 5 books for entrepreneurs will be your new favorite reads.
GRIT by Angela Duckworth
What if you aren’t born with natural talent? Can you still be successful? Absolutely! In GRIT by Angela Duckworth, she explains how passion and persistence are more important to achieve your long term goals than being born with talent. If you have grit, you can maintain your determination towards your end goal even in the face of failure and adversity. The road to success is long and full of setbacks, you’ve got to be gritty.
Ironically, Duckworth won the MacArthur Fellowship, often called the “genius grant,” which is labeled as the grant for those who accomplish more through passion and perseverance than inborn talent. When you put your mind to something, you can accomplish anything, no matter what you were born with, what you were born into or other privileges that naturally put others ahead.
Disrupt You! by Jay Samit
Disrupt You! by Jay Samit is the seasoned business mentor you always wanted but never had access to, all in one book. Samit uses his own experience as a digital media expert who has launched, grown, and sold start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike to share with others his unique method to invent new markets and expand established businesses. Samit recognizes that innovative companies that could change the world often struggle to obtain venture capital and are deterred from their start up goals.
Disrupt You! Advises how to skip the outside investors and raise funds yourself. It reveals how personal improvement can create professional success. It includes anecdotes on how to stay ahead of the curve from major innovators like Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, YouTube, Circ du Soleil and more. This engaging, perspective-shifting book demystifies the mechanics of disruption for individuals and businesses alike and for anyone with a big idea but with no idea how to apply it, making it achievable for anyone with a willingness to learn.
The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg
There’s a group of people who identify as “habit-junkies.” These people firmly believe in the power of life-changing habits, and thanks to The Power Of Habit, you can understand why habits can have such a strong impact on your life. Not many people realize habits are at the core of everything you do and how you can change them to revamp your life, your business and society. Habits work in 3-step loops: cue, routine, reward. By changing your routine, you can change the loop of habits. Most importantly, you’ll need willpower and you can strengthen it over time.
Business owners know the importance of starting their days with good habits, every second of time counts. By getting into productive routines, you too can be a “habit-junkie” driven towards success.
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries is considered a bible in the tech entrepreneurship community for its concepts on starting and growing a business to avoid failure. The core methodology the book focuses on is finding out what customers want as quickly as possible to set yourself up for success in your market. How to use scientific metrics to determine your progress, your trajectory, and other factors of whether your startup is succeeding or failing.
The Lean Startup is designed to save you time and money by helping you to make smart, informed business decisions from the get-go. You might even have psychological fears that are getting in the way of your budding company’s success. Even if you have limited time, reading this guidebook will save you so much more, and not just in your start up but in work projects and life goals as well.
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
Everybody wants to be their own boss but not many people know how to make that dream a reality. The $100 Startup shows you how to quit your day job and turn your hobby into a micro business. All for $100 or less. Thousands of people have already turned $100 or less into $50,000 or more, and Guillebeau examines those entrepreneurs to share their methods for success with his readers. Thanks to the digital age and the power of the internet, it is very possible to earn a full time income with writing ebooks, blogging, building software, freelance marketing, education and other sources of passive income. The limits to scaling are wherever you want them to be.
The $100 Startup emphasizes passion as only 1/3 of the equation, you’ll also need skills and customers. If you want your passion to be more than a hobby, focus on income and costs. And finally, keep your plans simple, and don’t overextend yourself, you’ll need action to complete tasks and keep moving forward.
What books for entrepreneurs are you currently reading for self-improvement?