Readers are the leaders. Reading is important. If you know how to read then the whole world opens up to you, Says Barack Obama.
Obama is an avid reader and the voracious consumer of information. The difference between who you are today and who you’ll be tomorrow will be determined by the people you meet and the books you read.
Since time machines are not yet invented if you want to know anything about the past and what could be in the future, make reading your habits. It’s the closest thing to a time machine. Books are gateway to worlds of knowledge and it’s how you become a better and informed leader. All successful people formed the habit of reading. You should too.
Especially if you are an entrepreneur or someone who have an aspiration to build your own empire, we recommend reading these 15 books. They will give you all the knowledge and wisdom you need for your business venture.
1 The Millionaire Fastlane by M. J. DeMacro
First of all, This book will clear any misconceptions and prejudices you may have about money and business. Secondly an author did a great job to shift the readers’ perspective towards the concept of the Fastlane Strategy. This book will show you a difference between mindsets of poor/middle class people and rich people. This is one of the best book you will ever come across in personal finance.
2 Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
This book will also did a great job differentiating the mindsets of poor/middle class and Rich. Your perspective towards money before reading this book and after reading this book will be completely different. Robert introduced the concepts of passive income and assets and liabilities which are pretty useful for everyone who seek to acquire wealth.
3 The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Author Eric Ries, Himself the CEO of Long Term Stock Exchange introduces the lean startup movement which later adapted by every successful business venture in the world. This book shows you why the most startups fail and what entrepreneurs should be doing to avoid failure.
“The Lean Startup is a foundational must-read for founders, enabling them to reduce product failures by bringing structure and science to what is usually informal and an art. It provides actionable ways to avoid product-learning mistakes, rigorously evaluate early signals from the market through validated learning, and decide whether to persevere or to pivot, all challenges that heighten the chance of entrepreneurial failure.” —Noam Wasserman, professor, Harvard Business School
4 Think and Grow rich by Napoleon Hill
Your thoughts define your life. Whether you are going to be rich or poor will solely depend on how you think. This book also share some practical tips that you can practice in your day to day life. You’ll know how your reality is attracted by your subconscious mind and to control it. It will show you how the power of thoughts if used in right direction will create a whole billion dollar venture.
5 Good Economics for Hard Times by Abhijit V Banerjee
This is the book Bill Gates recommends. It has a Better Answers to Our Biggest Problems. It shows you How to create most resilient economy for the hardest times like global pandemics.
6 The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
This book is based on a concept of Value investing an investment approach Graham began teaching at Columbia Business School. Author was himself a mentor of World’s Largest Investor Warren Buffet. Warren also recommends this book to his followers.
7 Zero to One by Peter Theil
This book is about innovation i.e. creating things from zero. Author himself was a founder and CEO of the PayPal – First of its kind. It will show you how to seek business opportunities, how to identify its potential to succeed and how to create a best marketing strategy.
8 The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
According to Author the idea that “business is really complicated” and is a subject best left to highly trained experts is a false belief. You can learn and do business without having MBA degree and this is where this book comes in. It provides all the practical business lessons one MBA course provide but only up to date and industry oriented unlike theoretical lessons from B schools.
9 Rework by David Heinemeier Hansson
From the founders of the trailblazing software company 37signals, here is a different kind of business book – one that explores a new reality. Today, anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few pounds or even free. This book is all about that.
10 The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
Here, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead a life of adventure, meaning and purpose–and earn a good living. Still in his early thirties, Chris has traveled around the world–and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck.
11 Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
The Biography of Apple’s founder Steve Jobs. It will take you directly to the childhood of hopeful child who had a dream of changing the world towards the legendary and most iconic founder and CEO of Silicon Valley. Walter Isaacson did a great job diving readers into the most crucial life changing moments of Steve Jobs. You will know the core principle and motive behind Apple and what values it possess.
12 Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk
Four-time New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.
13 Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
Everyone knows Nike but few knows legend behind this iconic brand who dominates the fashion industry. The memoir chronicles the history of Nike from its early struggles to its evolution into one of the world’s most recognized and profitable companies.
14 The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.
15 Deep Work by Cal Newport
One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you’ll achieve extraordinary results. Deep Work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Although this is not business book but it will deliver you the great personality traits that not just limited to entrepreneurs but for everyone. It will help you to adapt the kind of enchanting behaviour in order to manage your customers and and build your network in business world.