Just because you’ve graduated school and are now in the “real world,” it doesn’t mean you should stop learning! Good ol’ fashion books have a ton to offer every businessperson, whether it’s an inspiring biography, a self-help book on organization, or a book about the industry. There’s nothing more inspiring than reading an amazing book that makes you feel excited to turn new habits, thoughts, or ideas into a reality.
I’m someone is always ready to recommend a great book, as well as someone who believes that reading is not just a way to improve my life, but my business. I wanted to share some of my favourite books that I often recommend to entrepreneurs.
The Lean Start-Up - Eric Ries
This book gets into the nitty-gritty of how start-ups get built, how they should grow, and how they should launch their products. With an extremely eye-opening take on the start-up industry, this book gets into the science behind start-ups, and the how and when behind launching a product. It looks deep into the common practices and mistakes that today’s start-ups make and talks about how to avoid them. Whether you want to grow an empire, or just launch products you know your customer base will love, this book is a must read for any businessperson.
How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
This book is a timeless, important read for anyone who wants to wants to master the art of socialization. Its lessons focus on perfecting your sense of self and therefore, being able to deal with people in a way that makes them listen to you, feel valued, and at the end of the day, want to do things for you. It takes the power of persuasion to a whole other level, with practical antidotes and tips that give you many ah-ha moments all at once. It’s a heavy read, much like any book that focuses on personal change, so it’s best to read one chapter and dwell on it for a few days. Give yourself some time to get through this book and I promise you that when you do, you’ll notice a massive change in how you deal with those around you. This is great for entrepreneurs who have to focus so heavily on negotiating, dealing with difficult people, and can help you be the best person you can be for your employees and customers.
Blink - Malcom Gladwell
Another classic, this book dives into how decisions are made, talking about why some choices seem to be made in an instant, and why other people seem to take forever to make even one big choice. It explores how our brain works in different situations and dives into what makes a great decision maker. Definitely some food for thought, this book is great for an entrepreneur really looking to get to know the psychology behind choices: whether it’s an investor, a customer, a colleague, or their self.
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#Girlboss - Sophia Amoruso
For any woman considering taking the leap to start their own business, or a woman struggling to find their way as an entrepreneur, this book is a must-read. Sophia Amoruso talks about how she went from a teenage with no direction to a founder and executive chairmain of the $250 million fashion retailer, Nasy Gal. This book stresses that success isn’t a matter of circumstance, it’s something you need to go out and get for yourself. Sophia pushes you to follow your creative passion, and she shares the lessons she’s learned along the way while following her own. It’ll make you want to become a badass #Girlboss tomorrow!