Even the greatest entrepreneurs know that knowledge has no limit. In fact, the easiest way to set yourself up for long-term success in the business world is to continue to educate yourself and strive to learn more with experience. Entrepreneurship is no exception to this, and as generations shift towards a more technologically advanced business climate, there comes much more to learn. Reading books on entrepreneurship, written by experts with years of experience, should become part of your routine if you want to master the art of starting your own business. Here are just a few of the slew of entrepreneurship books that house valuable insight on this tricky business endeavor.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Originally published back in 1936, this classic ‘self-help’ novel has reigned true through the years and is still wildly popular across industries today. Carnegie serves advice on how to develop both personally and professionally to positively influence those around you. He shares anecdotes that teach practical principles that anyone can adapt to.
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Another classic that was originally published in the mid-1930s, this novel provides timeless advice on how to choose your own success. The author portrays in-depth concepts that require the reader to take time to ponder how to apply this to their profession and to gain success in their entrepreneurial ventures.
- The Lean Startup by Eric Reis
In his novel, Reis showcases how most mistakes that innovators make are actually avoidable by adapting his approach outlined in the book. He gives entrepreneurial success credit to changing a business strategy and constantly testing a product with consumers before settling on the final product.
- Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
The founders of Basecamp, the popular project management software, provide a direct opposing viewpoint to many common business practices that are adopted today. It provides tips on how to ‘rework’ your business’s strategy to avoid common failures.
- Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis
In Liar’s Poker, Lewis depicts the true story of his rise to success within the investment firm Salomon Brothers, making more money than he could imagine but also gaining insight as to the self-destructive management technique the firm was utilizing. This events all lead up to the infamous crash of the market in 1987.
- Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell takes a non-traditional approach to success in stating that success does not necessarily come to those who possess the right traits. He instead leans into the idea that success is a gift, or opportunity, given to people who decided to take advantage of them. He also notes that society should focus on providing opportunities to those who can stimulate success.