Knowledge is power. Every person who is well versed with the ways of his/her business holds immense power. Knowledge empowers a person to go through business problems easily. Experience is one way to increase personal business acumen but there is another equally reliable source that works to craft the business skills of an entrepreneur namely, business books. Being an entrepreneur is not an easy job and it is easy to surrender oneself to thoughts and emotions that might disturb one’s mental peace. It is important to refocus one’s thoughts and feed one’s mind with thoughts that lift one up. What better way to do this than read a business book that might hold the key to all your self-doubts, questions and fear?
Here is a look at the books that can help you become the flawless entrepreneur you want to be.
1. The Power of Broke, Daymond John:
This book is all about overcoming the obstacles that stand between your dream business empire and yourself. It has stories about people who actually made it big with almost nothing in business terms. The author, Daymond John is an entrepreneur himself who built his own fashion label with home-sewn clothes. He highlights in his book people who used simple innovative ideas and turned their broke status to being filthy rich, one step at a time. If you are feeling low and insecure about the shoe string budget in your hands and the million dollar dreams in your mind then this book is great to keep you going towards your goal.
2. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth:
It is natural for entrepreneurs to feel like giving up and change lanes to something that is easy. This book highlights the fact that one does not need a special talent or some secret to achieve success. Success comes to those who are persistent and have the passion and perseverance to go for something that they believe they are made for. The author is the daughter of a scientist who always told her that she lacked genius. Her book clearly shows how people can make it big with perseverance. The trick is not to give up because of someone else’s opinion or lack of confidence in your abilities.
3. The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom without the 9-to-5, Taylor Pearson:
The book is all about the freedom from the 9-5 job. This book says that the rapid advancements in technology and globalization are leveraging all the points in the accumulation of wealth, meaning and freedom. It highlights why the growth in the wages stopped earlier in 2000 and on why MBAs and JDs cannot land in jobs or pay debts.
4. Poke The Box: When Was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time, Seth Godin:
Seth Godin is a marketing superstar himself. His book explores why the economy is not static but still people keep behaving like a Poke the Box. This book explores the anxiety that we all have behind failure and how people in business work hard without any focus on doing something meaningful.
The book points out that people need to work hard at taking the initiative, believing in oneself and doing things what one wants rather than doing what other thinks is good for them. The book does not believe in giving out strategic advice but focuses on making an entrepreneur question one’s set assumptions and help one to step out of the box.
5. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination” by J. K. Rowling:
Very Good Lives is a book by J.K.Rowling that is based on her life’s own achievements and failures. It also includes a commencement of the speech that Rowling gave at Harvard University. In this book she explains the importance of failures in life and the need to have an imagination.
Entrepreneurs who are facing things like being broke or failing or those entrepreneurs who are starting a business life fresh out of college will find this book valuable. She highlights the importance of perseverance in her book. Going by her own example she says that anyone who is living on welfare and feeling hopeless in life can use their imagination, perseverance and idea into something that turns out to be something like the next Harry Potter Business.
6. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport:
Cal Newport is a Georgetown professor and Study Hacks blog author. He explores in his book the phenomena of having an ability to focus without the distraction becoming cognitively demanding and increasingly rare. Entrepreneurs can gain a lot of benefit by reading this book, mostly by learning the importance of deep work.
Knowledge is power and it transforms the simple to something phenomenal. All it takes is a change in perspective. A change in perspective comes when one can effectively understand how things are, how things work and how to handle things in general. Books are a great way to feed that part of an entrepreneur that is eager to grow, learn and transform. Being an entrepreneur is not an easy job. Being an entrepreneur and finding the time to read is also not easy. But including books as a serious part of an entrepreneur’s life is worth all the effort. Every famous face that the business world knows starting from Warren Buffet to Bill Gates always emphasise the importance of reading books. It is always better to feed your mind with thoughts that will pave the way for an everlasting success. Experience is one thing but there is a limit to what one can experience. For those things that entrepreneurs are too busy to find time for they can read books. The business world is competitive and only the sharpest minds thrive here. Keep your mind sharp businesswise by reading books that show you the way out of self-doubt. Empower yourself with knowledge and your business will taste everlasting success.