Books for Entrepreneurs

Books for Entrepreneurs
 

From finding your first job to quitting it, starting a business to starting again, these books will guide your work life.  Each provides fresh perspective, inspiration and experience-driven guidance at times of transition or challenge.  They're all worth a read... stack 'em up on your nightstand.  Time to think, learn and grow.


StrengthsFinder 2.0

Aside from the fact that this book will help you identify what you are well-suited to do, it will teach you to recognize strengths in others, thereby helping you develop your team's talents.  

Strength Finders, Tom Rath, Amazon, $14


START WITH WHY

If you don't know why you're doing what you're doing, how can you expect anyone else - like customers, employees, friends and family - to get on board?  

Start with Why, Simon Sinek, Amazon, $9


REWORK

When you've thought of every excuse possibly why you can't start a business (not enough money, not enough help, not enough...), this book will remind you why you can.  

ReWork, Jason Fried and David Hansson, Amazon, $15


BIG MAGIC

For every creative entreprenreur who has ever heard the words of self-doubt, "why me, why my idea, why now?"  How to embrace your curiosity and creativity and view your gift - whatever that may be - as worthwhile.  

Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert, Amazon, $10


THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE

The business book of all business books.  There's a reason it has been in print for 25 years and sold over 20 million copies.   The title says it all.  Read it.  

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey, Amazon, $10


THE CREATIVE HABIT

Chock full of practical techniques on how to infuse your life with creativity by making being creative a habit.  

The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp, Amazon, $12


EXECUTION

An oldie, but a goodie.  This books connects people, strategy and operations - it's a roadmap to getting whatever you're trying to do, done.  

Execution, Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, Amazon, $16


THE RESPONSIBLE COMPANY

Patagonia's Founder, Yvon Chouinard is self-proclaimed "reluctant CEO;" his unconventional approach to business is refreshing and future-oriented. 

The Responsible Company, Yvon Chouinard, Amazon, $17


THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE

This book is commonly assigned in MBA programs because it's a) "the most trusted source on becoming a better leader," and b) it has the depth of information you'd expect from a textbook.  It's full of solutions to organizational challenges and practical wisdom.  

The Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes and Barry Posner, Amazon, $21


THE VEST POCKET MBA

This quick summary of business basics belongs on every entrepreneur and C-level-executive's shelf. "Indispensable guidelines, illustrations, and how-tos for the modern decision maker... quickly pinpoint all the formulas, rations, and rules of thumb [you] need to analyze and evaluate nearly any problem."  

The Vest Pocket MBA, Jae Shim, Joel Siegel and Allison Smim, Amazon, $20


THE DIP

It's "the little book that teaches you when to quit (and when to stick)."  Mary's father gave her this book when she was at her first corporate job; she quit shortly after and "hasn't looked back."  

The Dip, Seth Godin, Amazon, $9


GRIT

According to Angela Duckworth, the difference between those who succeed and those who don't isn't intelligence or circumstance, it's perseverance and passion. If you've read The Dip and decided to "stick," read this next.  

Grit, Angela Duckworth, Amazon, $17


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