Whether you're just starting a business or you've been an entrepreneur for a long time, there are difficulties you face with running your business. There are thousands of books with advice on how to start a business, run a business, how to think and solve problems but we've brought you a list of 5 of the best of them. From classics to newly released titles, every entrepreneur should find time to read through these books.
Napoleon Hill - Think and Grow Rich
“There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief.”
Napoleon Hill published this book in 1937 after spending 20 years researching and interviewing millionaires of his generation like Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell relates Hill's theories and principles to contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates and Mary Kay Ash.
Eric Ries - The Lean Startup
“Leadership requires creating conditions that enable employees to do the kinds of experimentation that entrepreneurship requires.”
The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to regularly test their vision, to adapt and adjust to changes in the market and to eliminate investments that don't produce value for customers.
Ben Horowitz - The Hard Things About Hard Things
“Spend zero time on what you could have done, and devote all of your time on what you might do. Because in the end, nobody cares; just run your company.”
There are books on how to start a business, but this one by Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about the difficulties of running a business. His advice is practical and is based on his own experience of years of founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies.
Dale Carnegie - How To Win Friends And Influence People
“Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.”
Although published in 1936, this book is packed with advice that is still relevant today and will help you achieve maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age. It is a guide for anyone that needs to influence people to advance in their career.
Learn how to make people like you, how to win people to your way of thinking, and how to change people without inciting resentment.
Robert B. Cialdini - Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
“Whenever one takes a stand that is visible to others, there arises a drive to maintain that stand in order to look like a consistent person. For appearances’ sake, then, the more public a stand, the more reluctant we will be to change it.”
Robert B. Cialdini is a Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing and he explains the psychology of why people say “yes” and how to apply these crucial lessons to your life and business in this bestselling book.
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