Books have always been the means of learning something new. As a business owner, you simply don’t have the right to stop developing, and books are your best helpers in self-education. You want to succeed in your venture? Read the great business books that have already been acknowledged by thousands of people. They provide inspiration and fresh ideas for your career, business, relationships and life in general.
Choosing what to read is quite a task taken the number of influential books worth of attention. Today, we present you a list of 5 business books that will refresh your mind.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
The 4-Hour Workweek is centered around the idea of the style of working that not only brings good profits, but is also pleasant. If you are dreaming about working less and living your life to the full, without having to sacrifice one for the other – you should definitely read it.
It’s not literally about working only 4 hours a week, but rather learning to organize your business in the way that doesn’t make you the center of it. It’s a common thing among modern businessmen that makes them participate in the “rat race”, never stopping and always too busy. Tim Ferriss provides tips and case studies to point out how to work on your business, and not in your business, have time for travelling, new beginnings and ventures and yet getting very well paid.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
This book is a blueprint on personal development, management and leadership. However, unlike many other books on similar topic that advocate authority, “The Habits” are for humanized approach. The ideas presented in the book can be successfully implemented in other life areas – relationships, parenting, counselling etc.
Seemingly too “indulgent”, Covey’s principles are actually very relevant in the modern business world. They are easy to understand, but their implementation might require serious changes from within. This is what makes the book so valuable – it helps people become much more effective and inspires to be good to themselves and others.
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Rich Dad Poor Dad is a bestseller among business books and has been read by millions of people already, some of whom admire its ideas, while the others deeply criticise them. The author revolutionizes the approach that promotes traditional education and then job as the best way to make a living. Instead, the book dwells on the idea of receiving constant cash flow by generating income.
You will learn six lessons taught by Kiyosaki’s rich father, which in simplistic terms explain how to make money even without a high degree and lucrative nine-to-five job.
Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
For many entrepreneurs, this book has become a must-read. It suggests that reaching success in your business is much easier than one might think. There are actually many things considered traditional and indispensable that its authors find not only unnecessary but sometimes harmful for business growth. They include planning, outside investors, following competitors, working too much and too hard, hiring more and more staff etc.
This groundbreaking approach has shocked many businessmen, yet it helps many beginners make a successful start, or save the ones too much focused on their work to live their life. The book would be especially valuable for e-business owners and those who are looking to get a fresh breath into their business.
Purple Cow by Seth Godin
This book is frequently referred to as a marketing book, but in fact it is much broader. The key idea is that success comes to the “purple cows”. In other words, you need to stand out to be noticed. Following the example of others you end up being like everyone else and the results are corresponding.
Managing to become remarkable as opposed to invisible in everything you do, according to the author, can bring you true growth and prosperity.
What’s your view on these books? What are your favourite ones? What other business books you consider a blueprint? Do share your opinion in the comments section below and make our day!