As we stated in “Best Books for Entrepreneurs Part 1” reading is an easy way to help turn your idea into a profitable business. In part 2, we provide you with more books to help expand your knowledge on everything from business to your social life. We hope you enjoy!
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie’s 1937 classic is still relevant more so now than ever. With concepts that seem like common sense, but in this digital age have been sorely forgotten. Dale talks about the value of becoming genuinely interested in a person, knowing their first name, listening to them, and letting them know they are important to you. Dale will teach you how to master your social life, and his tips will help you become a better entrepreneur. Overcoming competition, winning people over are essentials for any businessperson and Dale provides insight on exactly how to accomplish those task. Many people these days only focus on the importance of being influential on the web, but the real difference is being just as impressive outside of the internet. Pick up a copy of Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and enjoy this classic.
- The $100 Startup by Chris Gillebeau
Lacking funds for your startup? “The $100 Startup” is the perfect book for you. Whether you are a new graduate or someone who wants to take their great idea to the next level, this book will give you the motivation you need. Learning from other entrepreneurs who started with only a few bucks to their names, you will stop focusing on money and begin to focus on your idea. Chris Guillebeau gives you a breakdown of how much money each company started with and what they did their first few months as a business owner, so you can learn from others who have paved the way. If you are a person who learns through stories, this is a perfect book for you.
- The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
For anyone looking for advice on creating systems or getting organized, this is the book for you. Michael Gerber, who has assisted many small businesses in his long career, delivers up a new classic, “The E-Myth Revisited” helping entrepreneurs become great business people and not just idea men or women. The book provides readers with a useful business model to guide them along their entrepreneurial journey. There will always be consequences based on the decisions you make when running a business, and Michael Gerber gives you examples of what can happen if you don’t create systems in your business. This book is a must for any new entrepreneur looking to run their business the right way.
- Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson
This quick read is perfect for a short flight or train ride. The book is about four mice: Sniff, Scurry, Hem, and Haw, who are all in search of their cheese. Cheese, which is a metaphor for what we all desire and is what everyone is looking to obtain. The book goes into detail about the four mice and their different personalities. Their personalities can represent people in every organization. When life takes away their cheese all four mice in the book deal with that change differently. Just like how we deal with change or setbacks differently in our everyday lives. Whether you are a go-getter or someone who waits for opportunities to fall into your lap, you will find a mouse who you can relate to in this book. The real eye-opening experience is when you realize you may not be going about obtaining your cheese in the right way. How will you change to make sure you reach your goals?
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Life is much more than working endlessly and never enjoying your passions. “The 4 Hour Workweek” is a book all about focusing on the most important parts of life and freeing yourself up to enjoy those moments. Timothy Ferriss explains how he outsources most of his work and minimizes distractions, which allow him to be more efficient and productive in his life. The central point of his book is the time-tested idea of who you surround yourself with makes up who you are. So if your friends are lazy, pessimistic and lack ambition; you are inherently all of those same traits. It is about surrounding yourself with people that make you want to become a better person. “The 4 Hour Workweek” is an excellent book for a lunch break or casual read. I encourage anyone who wants a blueprint for working less and getting the most out of life to pick up this book.
In part 3 of our series “Best Books for Entrepreneurs,” we will provide you with more books to help guide you on your journey to success. Need more advice or help with a project? Contact Seamgen!