Published on November 10, 2014
With a million books available at the book stores, the process of picking the right book can be a little overwhelming. So, we have picked out a list of 10 books which makes for a great read for every budding entrepreneur.
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2. 1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill Image courtesy: thebestofzambia.com
3. Think and Grow Rich • This book was written 80 years ago by Napolean Hill. • The lessons of business it offers are invaluable and still relevant today. • Hill spent 20 years researching and interviewing more than 40 millionaires of his age. • He started with Steel Magnate and Millionaire Andrew Carnegie.
4. 2. The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries Image courtesy: buzzsouthafrica.com
5. 2. The Lean Startup • This book is written by Eric Ries who has been an entrepreneur in residence at Harvard Business School. • The Lean Startup provides useful insights into creating something new under extreme uncertainty. • This book has certainly given a new approach that is being adopted around the world and is changing the way companies are being built. • It is filled with technical information, along with interesting stories that back up the author’s assertions.
6. 3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie Image courtesy: www.bet.com
7. How to Win Friends and Influence People • This book has been termed as “The grandfather of all people-skills books.” • It has been guiding and inspiring entrepreneurs for over 80 years and continues to provide useful insights on techniques for handling other people. • These techniques include six ways to get people to like you, twelve ways to encourage others to buy into your thinking or nine ways to change people's minds without any resentment.
8. 4. The Startup of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman Image courtesy: livemag.co.za
9. The Startup of You • LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha wrote this book in the year 2012. • This book provides valuable advice to entrepreneurs on how to survive and network in this fast paced competitive business world. • The most important advice of Hoffman and Casnocha is how to take control of yourself to make the most out of your life, career and business.
10. 5. Entrepreneurial DNA: The Breakthrough Discovery that Aligns Your Business to Your Unique Strengths by Joe Abraham Image courtesy: www.biznisafrica.co.za
11. Entrepreneurial DNA • Joe Abraham has compiled all his experiences gained after starting more than 20 companies, in one book. • He forces his reader to ponder on important questions such as what kind of entrepreneur are you, what are your strengths and weakness and what type of people are you working with. • If the reader find answers to these questions, Joe believes that nothing can stop them from success.
12. 6. Socialnomics by Erik Qualman Image courtesy: delagoabayword.wordpress.com
13. Socialnomics • It is no mystery that social media is slowly becoming the most important weapon for any business. • In this book, Eric provides information on how social media transforms the way we live and do business.
14. 7. Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Image courtesy: www.moibrahimfoundation.org
15. Rework • Rework tells readers a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. • It is not one of those typical business books which give advice on writing a business plan, seeking investors, studying the competition etc. • So if you are looking for a different type of book, this is sure your pick!
16. 8. Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson, Kenneth H. Blanchard Image courtesy: www.pinterest.com
17. Who Moved My Cheese? • This book is often distributed by managers to employees as a motivational tool, but the lessons it imparts can be used by anyone, a young child, an aged person, the rich or the poor. • The crux of the story is how important it is to deal with change, since change is the only constant in life. • A successful entrepreneur is one who embraces change and functions according to the norms of the business world.
18. 9. Good to Great by Jim Collins Image courtesy: www.bellanaija.com
19. Good to Grea • This book has been one of the bestsellers in the business genre and is called the modern classic of management theory. • It revolves around one single question, “Can a good company become a great company, and if so, how?”
20. 10. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk Image courtesy: www.ameyawdebrah.com
21. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook • The New York Times bestselling author and social media expert complies a book with the best advice on how to use social media to understand customers and emerge victorious in this competitive world. • This book offers outlines for the right social media strategies or a social media campaign that’s sure to throw your competitor out.
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