The business world is constantly changing, and entrepreneurs need to stay on top of the trends. But with so many books out there proclaiming to be the next best thing, how do you know which ones are worth reading? We've compiled a list of our favorite business books that can help any entrepreneur become more successful.
1. Good to Great
You'll find this book on the shelves of many a corporate executive. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others didn't was published in 2001, but Bill Gates still recommends it as one of his favorite business books. It chronicles how companies like Walgreens and Kroger went from mediocre performers to industry leaders by following certain principles that Collins calls “the hedgehog concept.”
The hedgehog concept refers to an ancient Greek fable about a fox who tried to outsmart an angry eagle with its many tricks, only to end up dead when he couldn't get away fast enough (spoiler alert). According to Collins, many companies try too hard to impress investors or customers by doing everything possible rather than focusing on doing just one thing well–and then continually improving upon that skill set until it becomes second nature.
2. Think and Grow Rich
Many books will help you get ahead in business, but this one is the most popular. It was written by Napoleon Hill and published in 1937, based on the life of Andrew Carnegie. Think and Grow Rich teaches readers how to use the power of their minds to achieve success. The book contains 13 steps for becoming wealthy, including:
- Define your purpose in life
- Establish clear goals for yourself
- Use self-discipline to stay focused on those goals
3. The Essentials of Business Etiquette
- Business etiquette is not just about manners. It's about making a good impression and building relationships, both of which are essential to your success in business.
- Being on time shows respect for others, including yourself–and it's more important than you might think!
- If you're running late, let the person know as soon as possible. Don't just show up at their office without warning them first; they'll be less likely to be forgiving if they've been waiting around for you with no explanation of why or when you'll arrive.
4. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff at Work
This book is about how to make your job easier. It's about dealing with the little things that can make a difference in your life and your business.
The author presents four steps to help you deal with those annoying little frustrations that come up every day at work–and even help you get ahead of the game by solving problems before they happen!
5. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
The Tipping Point is essential because it teaches the importance of Serendipity in business. Serendipity is when you meet someone who has the power to change your life or when you stumble across something that could be beneficial for your business. For example, if you were working on a project and needed some help with it, chances are someone would come along and offer their services–that's serendipity!
This book teaches us how word of mouth can be used as a marketing tool. Word of mouth refers to people talking about their experiences with products or services they've used before (usually in person). It happens naturally through conversation but can also be influenced by influencers like celebrities or social media personalities with large online followers. When these influencers talk positively about something they've tried out before, others will want what they're having too!
But how do we identify these types? How do we use them? Well, fortunately, Seth Godin wrote another book called Linchpin which goes into detail about this exact topic, so now we know exactly where
6. Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and Your Life
Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Written by: Spencer Johnson, M.D., a medical doctor and the author of several other books on change. The book is about how to deal with change in your work and life.
The story introduces us to four characters: Sniff, Scurry, Hem, and Haw. They live together in a maze that they call their home, where they eat cheese (the only thing left) every day until one day it disappears! The four characters each have their way of dealing with this terrible news; Sniff believes everything will be okay since there are other mazes nearby where he can find more cheese; Scurry decides that he should keep moving forward because maybe there will be some new tunnels opening up soon; Hem thinks about how much better off everyone would be if he could just go back into his past life before all this happened so he could warn them what was going on now; Haw thinks about how much worse things could get if no one did anything about it at all, so he makes up his mind not give up until everything works itself out again (or whatever happens next).
7. Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success is the best business book for anyone who wants success.
It's a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how to make it. Outliers describe a series of studies looking at why some people succeed, and others fail and what factors play a role in either outcome. It explores everything from hard work and luck to culture and intelligence–and how education fits into all of this.
8. How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age
If you haven't heard of this book, it's time to get up to speed. How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age is a classic business book that teaches you how to use social media to your advantage. Social media can be a powerful tool for growing your brand, building relationships, and building your business–but only if you know how to use it properly! This book will help teach you everything from creating a compelling profile picture on LinkedIn (and no: it doesn't mean dressing up like a clown) through using Facebook ads effectively (and making sure they're relevant).
9. Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion is a book by Dr. Robert Cialdini, who has been called “the Godfather of Influence.” In this book, he teaches us how to get people to do what we want them to and keep doing it for as long as possible.
The central premise behind his teachings is that there are six principles at play when it comes to persuading others: reciprocity (giving something before asking for something), liking (being liked first), authority (having credentials), commitment/consistency (making sure they say yes once), scarcity (offer something only for a limited time), and social proof (people will follow each other).
10. The Richest Man in Babylon
In The Richest Man in Babylon, George S. Clason gives you the tools to become financially independent and live a life of abundance. His advice is simple: save money, invest wisely, and spend carefully.
The book is based on parables from ancient Babylon that teach lessons about saving and investing money. It's a quick read that will leave you with a better understanding of how compound interest works (the more you save now, the more you'll have later), why paying yourself first is crucial to building wealth (you can't spend what isn't there), and how people often confuse wants with needs when making purchasing decisions–and why this distinction matters so much when it comes to building wealth over time.
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