You are what you read! As an entrepreneur if your goal is to build a massively successful company where you call the shots, you might want to start with reading the following books:
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.
The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss
Overwhelmed? Overworked? Timothy Ferriss’ mega-popular book, which spent more than four years on the New York Times’ Best Sellers list, could help. In it, he describes “lifestyle design” hacks and reframes to help you eliminate 50 percent of your work, make more money, and live the life you want.
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.
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 point 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 Boron Letters by Gary Halbert
Gary Halbert was a successful copywriter. And today, he’s still a legend in the marketing world. But this collection of letters goes beyond marketing. Halbert uses his copywriting skills to teach his son about direct response marketing, life, health, and being successful. He wrote these letters while he was serving time in a federal prison.
Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday
In the book, he gives you a framework for creating a product/service that sells for decades. To me, that’s the essence of marketing. In Perennial Seller, Ryan describes key marketing lessons he learned from successful authors and entrepreneurs. Also, he talks from experience. Ryan has written five best-selling books and helped market a bunch of other best sellers for other writers.
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
This book clearly lays out how an entrepreneur can utilize traditional approaches to help you avoid getting stuck in traps on your startup journey.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Habit is a most important part of anyone’s life, a good habit always gives you an opportunity to move on your path. Though on the other hand, a bad habit will block you and can prevent you from making progress towards your success.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Through this book you learn many important lessons to success. The book teaches people how to manage people without them feeling controlled, how to make people feel influential without inspiring resentment, how to win people to your point of view without offense, and much more.
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