As an entrepreneur, finding time to read may be difficult. The one thing you can gain from taking the time to read is inspiration. By reading through the thought processes, struggles, and practices of others, entrepreneurs can take specific points from each publication and apply it to their own business, new venture, or as motivation to continue pressing forward.
Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Bill Gates details how businesses today run better with technology. He also explains how technology will soon transform how the common business will transform through it. A suggestion that Gates offers in his work is to have a strong management team in place to test how technology will become a strategic asset for successful businesses.
This is a must read book for entrepreneurs as it details how businesses should be structured to remain relevant, competitive, and optimized for success.
The 4-Hour Workweek
It really is virtually impossible to work only four hours per week and become successful, but you do gain insight regarding initial capital from the beginning which is beneficial. You will learn how to become more productive every day and have better focus while on-the-job. The author, Tim Ferris, also outlines that you have to conquer your fears to be more efficient in the workplace.
Written by Ashlee Vance, “Elon Musk” details how to be successful as an entrepreneur. It is one book that every entrepreneur must read in 2016 as it outlines how being successful is about more than just the money. One key principal is having the ability to dream big with the intention of making the world a better place – even if it is just in one miniscule way. You will learn from reading this book that you have to have the right mindset first, without that – you may be waiting a lifetime to see the money.
How to Win Friends and Influence People
This 1937 publication by Dale Carnegie is a book worth reading for entrepreneurs. It has sold over 15-million copies. The ideologies outlined in this book have proven to be timeless bits of information that remain relevant regardless of how business, technology, and life evolve. Real advice and insight is offered to the reader in hopes of helping mold the reader into changing habits and thought processes to achieve success.
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
Gary Vaynerchuk details how to pounce on the opportunity to turn your hobby or passion into profit. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs took advantage of an idea, hobby, or special craft and perfected it. If you know how to use the Internet to your advantage, your dream (hobby) can become a successful business. The author urges those with dreams to start enacting on them now. There is no better time than the present.
The $100 Startup
Written by Chris Guillebeau, this book helps entrepreneurs with obscure startup budgets learn how to turn ideas into income. Included in Guillebeau’s writings are 50 case studies from those with a startup investment of $100 or less. The case studies included outline how adventurous people turn ideas into income. Taking a simple investment of $100 to explore an idea and create small profits to get to the bigger picture can be done with perseverance and determination.
Zero to One
PayPal co-founder Peter Theiss wrote this book. It is one of the best books for entrepreneurs because it details the importance of technology for building stronger businesses. It also outlines that you must know what you’re doing before even starting a business venture. If you are a tech entrepreneur, this is a must read, especially if your direction or passion for innovation is lacking.
The Innovator's Dilemma
The Innovator’s Dilemma is an essential book for every entrepreneur’s library because it outlines how to change common perceptions to conduct business. In some instances, taking smaller steps, more often reaches the end result faster. While this may not seem like an ideal business model, author and Harvard professor, Clayton M. Christensen, believes that focusing on a smaller market first helps build a brand’s success.
Take the time to read and take notes while doing so. In every book you read, you are going to learn something. The smallest factoid can help your business flourish and your next venture may be your most successful yet. Entrepreneurs are always learning and absorbing information from things read or viewed. Take a proactive approach and use innovation to make your passion or dream a true success.
About the Author
I am a regular writer for Forbes, Inc., Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Media (among others), as well as CEO and Chairman of Alumnify Inc. Proud alum from 500 Startups and The University of San Diego. Follow me on Twitter @ajalumnify