Books are the source of extreme knowledge. Reading the right book can do wonders to you, it can turn your world upside down and change the person you are right now, which is why it is important for the people in the business world to come across the right books. Here is a list of 20 must read books for today’s businessmen:
Zero to One
In this book, written by Peter Thiel, he shows us the way he thinks and approaches business. The relevance of the title is the most valuable point. It says that the highest and hardest jump one can make is from 0 to 1 i.e, from being nothing to being something. He suggests that the most efficient journeys are made vertically and not horizontally. The author made his experiences at PayPal and Palantir as the theme of this book.
The Entrepreneur Mind
This book by Kevin D Johnson is a collection of Top 100 essential beliefs, characteristics and habits of elite entrepreneurs. This book is marked as a must read for every entrepreneur, even if you are just starting outyour business or celebrating your first success. The author strongly emphasizes on the phrase, “It is now or never”.
This is a book by Kanth Miriyala that talks about launching a profitable start-up without quitting your job. The title itself is curious and catchy, it tempts us to take a look at the book. As the title suggests, the author has shown how start-ups can work even after the universally accepted working hours of 9 am-5 pm. Instead of talking about the usual ideas and topics, the author has chosen a different subject and showed us that business start-ups can work even if we don’t walk the usual start-up path.
The Innovator’s Dilemma
‘The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technology Cause Great Firms to Fail’, generally referred to as The Innovator’s Dilemma, is a well-structured and renowned work of Clayton Christenson. The author is a Harvard professor and businessman with great vision and greater observation. In this book, Clayton analyses how even big companies can fail and lose their market despite doing everything right. He also analyses how new competitors rise, influence, and take over the market.
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie is the Wizard of the writer’s world! He has written a number of books especially under the category of self-help books. In this particular book, Dale Carnegie shows us how to handle people and how to make people like you. He suggests that one can change other people’s behavior towards them by simply changing one’s own.
The Lean Start-up
This book by Eric Ries tells about how to manage and develop businesses. He speaks about managing the uncertainty in start-ups and businesses in a scientific way. This book is not just for beginners but also for anyone who finds it difficult to deal with the uncertainty of business. The title was inspired by the lean manufacturing developed at Toyota.
The 4 Hour Workweek
This book written by Timothy Ferriss, an American entrepreneur and author, is about how the Pareto Principle influenced the author’s life and how he changed after that. He points out the need to be “effective” rather than being “efficient”. He reveals to us how to escape the 9-5 schedule, make time for ourselves and still reach our goals.
The Law of Success
As tempting as the title, Napoleon Hill managed to keep the whole book fascinating. It talks about the basic principles of success and the lessons we should learn for achieving success. After interviewing over 100 successful people, the author was triumphant in putting together what is considered to be the complete philosophy on the theory of success.
Good to Great
In this book, author Jim C Collins talks about why only some companies manage to make the leap from good to great while others fail in the process. It is a management book that explains the transition of companies from ‘good’ to ‘great’ and how hard it is to achieve this result.
This is a book by Gary Vaynerchuk that explains, ‘How great entrepreneurs build their business and influence-and how you can, too’ as it is mentioned as part of the title. In this book, the author has explained his ways on how to use social media platforms as a place to build one’s personal brand. This book speaks about something more than getting financially rich.
The Leader in You
Being another one of Dale Carnegie’s bestselling books, this book talks about the methods to unleash the Leader in yourself and to move forward with utter self-confidence. The author speaks about the importance of controlling one’s worries and making time for oneself along with many other valuable points. It is a book that will guide you towards success in a changing world.
The E-Myth Revisited
In this book, Michael E Gerber talks about why most small businesses don’t work and the solution to the problem. The author explains how a business can fail despite knowing the technical aspect of it. He talks about the most critical point of a business, that is, the difference between working on your business and working in your business.
This book by John Brooks constitutes of twelve classic tales from the world of wall street. He proves to the readers that these incidents are of validity even in today’s business world as much as it had been during the happening of these incidents.
Think and Grow Rich
This is a self-help book authored by Napoleon Hill. In this book, he provides a condensed version of his earlier book The Law of Success and gives readers a set of 13 principles called ‘The Philosophy of Achievement’. He spells out what constitutes a winner in this wonderful motivational classic.
The Start-up Way
Eric Ries, in his ‘The Start-up Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth,’ talks precisely about what is in the title. He says that entrepreneurial principles can be used in every kind of business, from start-ups to well-established companies.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
This book is a business self-help book written by Stephen Covey. In the book, the author talks about the 7 habits of highly effective people through three headings, Independence, Interdependence, and Continual Improvement. This is a book that helps the readers navigate themselves towards achieving their goals.
Too Big to Fail
Under the backdrop of the 2008 financial crisis, Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote the book ‘Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System- and Themselves.’ The book speaks about how the big shots of wall street and US Government regulators overcame the financial crisis.
The Wealth of Nations
This book was written by Adam Smith. Today this book is recognized as the fundamental work in Classical Economics. It talks about what builds a Nation’s wealth. The author talks about important topics like the division of labor, productivity, and free markets.
Built to Last
This book is co-authored by Jim C Collins and Jerry I Porras. The book contains knowledge of the successful habits of visionary companies. It gives the readers an idea about what a visionary company means and what makes a company great.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
This book is another one of Dale Carnegie’s well-structured self-help books that helps people to lead a life without constantly worrying about everything that happens in life. When the author was troubled by his own agonies, he decided to write about how to stop agonizing over every single thing. And like the rest of his books, this book has also been a huge help to millions of struggling souls.
These are just a few numbers of books considering the ocean of books around the world. But these appeared to be the entrepreneurial must-reads of 2020. So what are you waiting for? Grab a book and start improving!