If business books are alien to you, you may actually experience a bumpy ride on your way to becoming a successful entrepreneur, and also doing very well in business. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Cuban. All these phenomenal people I just mentioned have in one great thing in common – they are avid readers! And if they see something powerful in books, so should you, too!
Books are one of the most valuable resources you’ll ever equip yourself with, and in this article, I will be showing you six business books you must read as soon as possible, as it will change your life and will most definitely impact your business positively.
Let us get started!
1. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
Classical piece by Dale Carnegie. This is a must-read for entrepreneurs and business owners. You will definitely be doing business around humans and would need a working relationship with those people to go further than you will alone. That’s why this book should be in your library.
Influence is something every entrepreneur should strive for, because it is a clear sign that you’re respected and in control. This book is amazing because it covers;
- Handling People
- Making people like you
- Winning people over to your way of thinking
- Being a leader
- Success secrets which the author says lie in the ability to see things not only from yours but other people’s point of view.
2. Give and Take – Adam Grant
This is one of the best books you will ever read! It teaches that you don’t need to sacrifice other people or deny people joy or satisfaction to get ahead in life.
In this book, Adam Grant breaks down humans into 3 categories; Takers, Matchers, and Givers.
- Takers – More fixated on getting way more than they give.
- Matchers – As the name implies, they usually expect favour returned in equal magnitude when they give it, and they also feel indebted to people that do them a favour of any kind.
- Givers – Are more concerned about giving, even more than they get in return.
In this book, Adam Grant talks about being a giver, as givers do significantly better than takers and matchers. He also pointed out that givers;
- Have more knowledge and experience
- Develop a great reputation
- Enjoy satisfying relationships
- And givers infuse that giving nature to people around them.
Great book by Adam Grant.
3. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
If you really want to be phenomenal, you’ve got to know how phenomenal people became so. This book is about someone who you probably know, someone who ignited the personal computer revolution, introduced portable music, made personal computers have a great graphical user interface and sleek style, launched the smartphone revolution, and did so much more that one article cannot cover.
This book provides an intricate account of Steve Job’s personal and professional life. It is a book for those who not just want to be not just good, but extremely great.
4. The Defining Decade – Meg Jay
In this book, Meg Jay talks about the importance of one’s 20s and how the decisions made during that period affects the latter years of one’s life. She discovered, as a clinical psychologist, that people in their 30s and 40s who are crippled and frustrated about life are so, specifically because of a lack of vision in their 20s.
This book is a must-read for young people because it aims at providing directions on having a vision and purpose about life for a better future.
5. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
Now, this is not your usual book. This is a military strategy text written 7,000 years ago that has inspired a whole lot of leaders, entrepreneurs, and businesses.
You may be wondering, “why military strategy?” And the answer is really simple, “business is war!” Love your product, love your business, love your customers, great! But you will definitely face competition on your journey. And interestingly, the lessons in this book applies not just on the battlefield, but across various aspects of life.
When you read a book, you are reading a person’s experience on a subject matter. That’s an equivalent to having a mentor on that topic and learning pitfalls to avoid when setting out on your own course (that’s if you have not started already). Check out these books and experience a massive boost in motivation, and most importantly, a drastic mindset and perspective shift in handling the affairs of your life and business.
What other awesome books did I fail to include here? And what lessons did it teach you? Share it with us in the comment section, and we may just update this article including your suggestion. 🙂