It is very rightly said that you are what you read and for an aspiring entrepreneur some of the most important lessons can be found from books. Most of the top entrepreneurs have one thing in common: they read a lot. Bill Gates had a routine of reading for approximately 2 hours before going to bed. Some entrepreneurs have their pick of carefully selected books which they strongly recommend. Here is a list of few of them:
- THE EFFECTIVE EXECUTIVE BY PETER DRUCKER
Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos had made his senior managers read three books for their all-day book clubs. This book is one of those three books. The book is about how decision-making and time-management help an executive be valuable, beneficial and productive in an organization.
- THE INNOVATOR’S DILEMMA BY CLAYTON CHRISTENSEN
One of most dominant business books of all times, this book was also one of the three books that Jeff Bezos made his managers read. Several other entrepreneurs had also recommended this book. The business term “disruptive technology” has been popularized by this book. It is said by few entrepreneurs that the book helps and gives an idea as to how to compete against large companies in own markets.
- BUSINESS ADVENTURES BY JOHN BROOKS
Warren Buffet recommended this book to Bill Gates after which Business Adventures became his all-time favorite. According to Bill Gates, the book is about strengths and weaknesses of the leaders in demanding situations. This book is also about particulars of businesses and that is why it is still relevant in this era.
- AS A MAN THINKETH BY JAMES ALLEN
This book is highly recommended by executive coach Tony Robbins. He himself has read this book quite a few times and believes it makes a great gift. The book gives the message that once you understand your thoughts, they would shape your life and you will find your life meaningful.
- THINK AND GROW RICH BY NAPOLEON HILL
According to Daymond John who is the founder of clothing brand FUBU, this book completely changed his life. He says that the book highly emphasized on goal-setting. It is true that if you don’t have a specific goal, how would you ever achieve it.
- THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK BY TIMOTHY FERRISS
The book is strongly recommended by the CEO of ABS Protein Pancakes. According to him, this book is a must read for anyone who wants to own a business. The book gives great advice as to how to delegate work in such a manner that you would work less and enjoy more but in a resourceful manner.
- THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD BY RENE GIRARD
Founder of Paypal, Peter Thiel who is also Facebook’s first outside investor simply loves this book. He has found this book very intimidating and says that this book changed the way he looks at business and the world. This book gives an outlook on competition and competitors. According to the book, competitors do become obsessed with their opposition and sometimes at the expense of their goals.