The path to becoming a successful entrepreneur is not an easy one. Thus, many entrepreneurs dedicated their success to reading and getting inspiration from books. This is especially true when you face difficulties, challenges, and setbacks on the road to success in your business.
Furthermore, great leaders are readers. Successful entrepreneurs read and study other successful people all the time. They assimilate the knowledge and model the proven path to achieving what they want in their professional career. Here are 5 must read books on entrepreneurship.
1. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
This is a best-selling book from Michael Gerber. The book shares with you the myth of starting a business and how many common assumptions can get into your way of running a business. The author also shares the idea most people fail in business because they work in the business rather than working on their business.
Besides that, Michael will walk you through your business’ life cycle of infancy, through adolescent and to the maturity stage. This book serves as the guiding light for all those who wanted to start their own company and run their own business.
2. Good To Great by Jim Collins
For years, the author of this book, Jim Collins has studied on what makes a great company and he shares his findings and research in this profound book. This book shows a thorough research on great companies that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years, including Coca-Cola, General Electric, Intel, and Merck.
You will discover remarkable findings such as the type of leadership required to achieve greatness where the book refers to as Level 5 Leaders. Jim also shares the Hedgehog Concept where the concept has become a popular term in the entrepreneur world.
3. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
This is the autobiography of Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos. This book is very inspirational and Tony shares his ideas and insights on how he grows Zappos from the ground to selling it to Amazon at a whopping price of $1.2 billion.
You will learn how Tony transforms the company to make customer service the responsibility of the entire company, focus on company culture as the #1 priority, and how he applies research from the science of happiness to running a business.
4. Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
Richard Branson is a famous figure in business and entrepreneurship. In fact, he has inspired many people to start their own business. This book is the outrageous autobiography of one of the great business geniuses of our time.
You will discover how Branson started from zero and build his business into today’s business conglomerate, the Virgin Group. Today, the Virgin Group is managing more than 400 companies around the world ranging from many industries including health, airlines, travel and more.
5. The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Sean Covey, Chris McChesney, and Jim Huling
This book is often called the 4DX in short and it is a book that every leader must read. You will learn the four disciplines how to set and achieve goals in your company.
Basically, the four disciplines of execution is a simple, proven and repeatable system for executing on your most important priorities in your business. They are, focusing on the wildly important, acting on lead measures, keeping a compelling scoreboard, and creating a cadence of accountability.
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