To start and grow a healthy, thriving small business, you need to make books a regular part of your diet. Here are 10 that should be on every entrepreneur’s reading list:
Good to Great, by Jim Collins
Why does one company endure while another one fails? What things can you infuse into your company’s ethos from day one that will help you build a lasting business? Jim Collins and his research team set off to find out. Over five years, they studied 28 companies, pouring over data and interviews to identify the key determinants of success and failure.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
With over 25 million copies sold in 40 languages, this one is a classic. Author Stephen R. Covey outlines a habit-based approach for finding and sticking to your “true north” in order to attain your goals.
How to be a Productivity Ninja, by Graham Allcott
Overwhelmed by the number of emails in your inbox? Struggling under the weight of deadlines? Graham Allcott is a UK expert in boosting productivity and shares his secrets about minimising stress and maximising output through techniques including Stealth & Camouflage, Ruthlessness, Zen-like Calm and Mindfulness. By going full-ninja on your work, Allcott promises to make you worry less, achieve more and love what you do.
The Essays of Warren Buffett, by Warren Buffett
One of modern history’s most successful investors, Warren Buffett provides his take on everything from basic business principles to aligning your interests with those of your investors.
How To Be F*cking Awesome, by Dan Meredith
Dan Meredith has made a name for himself as a copywriter, life coach and entrepreneur in a matter of months after deciding to give himself a firm kick in the behind. His book is a no-nonsense guide for those looking to take control of their lives, where he explains how to be responsible for your own awesomeness, climb the career ladder and be truly fulfilled in his characteristically uncensored style.
The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Clayton M. Christensen
This must-read is widely regarded as one of the most valuable business books of our time. Luminaries from Steve Jobs to Jeff Bezos cite Clayton M. Christensen’s work as instrumental in shaping how they think about innovation and managing their companies.
Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek
British/American Simon Sinek has a host of bestsellers under his belt, each aiming to help people understand how their way of communicating, thinking and doing can be improved to give them the results they desire. Leaders Eat Last delves into the world of leadership and how managers, directors and the individual members of their team should sacrifice self-interest and adjust their way of thinking to achieve bigger success.
Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
One of the first “self-help” books (and one of the best-selling books of all time), Think and Grow Rich was published during the Great Depression and still endures. Napoleon Hill interviewed “more than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known” (including Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison) to suss out the universal building blocks required to amass a fortune. Then he lays out a six-step guide to applying those principles to your own life.
The Idea in You: How to Find It, Build It and Change Your Life, by Martin Amor & Alex Pellew
A guide for would-be entrepreneurs who have yet to fully form the idea that will bring them success, Martin Amor and Alex Pellew ’s book is all about discovering what you want and figuring out how to get there. With insights from some of the UK’s most successful new companies, Amor and Pellew share the secrets of what it takes to become more than an individual with an idea and blossom into a true entrepreneur.
How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
To succeed in business, you need to know how to deal with people. This classic is a playbook for how to make people like you and then win them over to your way of thinking without causing resentment.