Being an entrepreneur is about seeing opportunities where others see setbacks. Risky behaviour is a staple of entrepreneurial activity, but it never hurts to get some form of guidance on how to go about taking calculated risks.
A number of self-help books have some valuable tools on how to be a better entrepreneur and on how to maximise of opportunities. Some benefits of reading self-help books include instilling a higher sense of confidence in individuals over time. Additionally, reading through these books can help individuals develop a mentally tough attitude of self-reliance.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People- Stephen R.Covey
This book highlights traits and habits of highly effective people. “Start with the end in mind.”- just one of the many admirable quotes from this book. This bestseller is a must-read and endorses making changes from within, while centering on paradigms such as dependence, independence and interdependence.
Losing My Virginity- Richard Branson
Renowned for being one of the most innovative business minds and entrepreneurial forces globally, Richard Branson authored this international bestseller. Revealing his unique story, personal philosophy and more, the book is a definitive business guide and details how he penetrated a fiercely competitive market on numerous occasions. His unflinching belief in himself and his ideas are enough to inspire any entrepreneur to realise their goals. With seasoned experience in various sectors, such as music, airlines, land acquisition etc, Branson continues to inspire through remarkable feats.
The $100 Startup Entrepreneur- Chris Guillebeau
American entrepreneur, nonfiction author, blogger and speaker, Chris Guillebeau wrote this book which made it onto the New York Times bestseller’s list. The book has a subtitle: “reinvent the way you make a living, do what you love, and create a new future.” It gives frustrated latent entrepreneurs the push needed to get out of their slump and make a start.
Business Adventures- John Brooks
Named by Bill Gates as his all- time favourite business book, it provides entrepreneurs with timeless lessons on finance, ethics and the corporate world. This book was first published in the 1960s and is also cited by Warren Buffet as a favourite.
The Start-Up of You- Reid Hoffman
A roadmap for entrepreneurs, the book was written by Linkedin co-founder Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha. The book is essentially a practical guide on how to survive and thrive in the fiercely competitive economy. Drawing on the best of Silicon Valley, the book provides tools on how to accelerate your career.
Steve Jobs- Walter Isaacson
This biography, written at the request of Jobs, is based on hundreds of interviews with the man. The author provides an intricate look into the inner workings of one of the greatest innovative minds of our time. The book outlines Jobs’ methodology for achieving success and his journey towards becoming a global icon.
Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill
Published in 1937, this book achieved monumental success over the years- having sold over 70 million copies. Think and Grow Rich promotes the principle of the “Laws of Success” which has endured throughout decades. The book has had a great influence on the field of personal development.
How to Win Friends and influence people- Dale Carnegie
This is one of the first best-selling self-help books ever published. It has gone on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide, since being published in 1936. The advice in this book has stood the test of time and has anchored many successful entrepreneurs and other successful people over the years.
Good to Great: Why Some Companies make the Leap….And others don’t- Jim Collins
The author of this book and his team conducted research on unique companies that have made a remarkable shift from mediocre to great companies. He writes about distinguishing characteristics and how these companies have sustained results for at least fifteen years. A great read for entrepreneurs seeking further motivation.
People Buy You: The Real Secret to what matter most in business- Jeb Blount
This book goes to the core of what makes business tick in the 21st century, without the usual generic mechanics and processes included in many sales and business books today.