There are hundreds of business books on the market today, and chances are you’ve already read many of them, but there are some real gems out there that will help guide you to success as an entrepreneur and make you think about your industry in a new way. In order to help you determine which books are worth your time, here are five business books that will change your life and have the biggest impact on your future as an entrepreneur.
1) Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
There is no denying that if you want to be successful, you need to be ambitious. Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller—Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century by Napoleon Hill is one of those books that everyone needs to read, regardless of whether they are looking for success in business or something else. In it, you will learn that ambition alone won’t get you where you want to go—you also need to focus on hard work, determination and persistence. Whether your goal is wealth or happiness, there’s no shortage of useful advice in Think and Grow Rich .
2) The 8th Habit by Stephen Covey
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a business classic, but not many people know about its sequel. Stephen Covey’s final book—which he worked on with his son after his death—focuses on a set of universal principles that can lead to profound personal change and a more fulfilling life. And in The 8th Habit, Covey presents a transformational framework that encourages you to live in harmony with all of your stakeholders: customers, employees, shareholders, suppliers and yourself. In addition to an engaging narrative style, The 8th Habit offers plenty of practical advice on how you can work through differences with colleagues and achieve success at work and at home.
3) 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
One of my favorite business books, Covey’s bestseller is a guide to incorporating certain principles that have proven to contribute to success in both personal and professional life. He also outlines two distinct paradigms—one based on Western culture, in which we react as we perceive events (First Paradigm), and one rooted in Eastern thought, where we are proactive and take responsibility for outcomes (Second Paradigm). In an increasingly global economy where innovation is key, it’s important to learn how to think proactively. The 7 Habits may seem clichéd and trite at times but they hold truths so fundamental they are worth remembering again and again.
4) The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
One of my favorite quotes is from Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, where he says, You are a soul. Have you ever stopped to think about what that means? It means that you don’t just have a body; there is also a consciousness inside you and when your physical body dies, it lives on. You are eternal—in other words: You are deathless. Nothing can touch you at an essential level; nothing can affect who you really are.
5) Good to Great by Jim Collins
Good to Great has a straightforward message: you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start (and stay) great if you want to finish great. In order for your business and career goals to be reached, there is no escaping that hard work and determination will be required. But once you get going, it will all be worth it in the end. Because with a little bit of extra hard work now, Collins says, it's possible for anyone to create long-term success.
You can make a good living writing about business. Remember, with any business (especially your own), it is all about execution. Having a great idea is not enough to succeed. You have to use your creativity and knowledge of other businesses in order to create a niche for yourself and then educate others on how you did it. Becoming an authority in your chosen field will help you become successful as well as helping others do so. So start today!
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