As an entrepreneur, you might be sick of the self-improvement genre telling you what to do, when to do it and how to do it. When you’re busy managing your business, you don’t need to read something that tells you you’re doing it all wrong. You won’t find any titles like that on our list. We believe that these are the only nine business books you need to get your game on and to thrive.
1. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
It’s normal to feel extremely busy in modern life. And maybe you’re telling yourself you would read more, exercise more and try new things, if only you only had enough hours to do it all. In this book, Vanderkam interviews dozens of successful, happy people, and notes that they allocate their time differently than most of us. Instead of letting work, commuting and routine responsibilities crowd out the important stuff, these people start by making sure there’s time for their priorities. The best part? Vanderkam shows that you can sleep eight hours a night, exercise five times a week, take violin lessons and write a book without quitting your job, ignoring your family and throwing all of your responsibilities by the wayside.
2. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
We love anything that Godin writes, and this excellent business book is no exception. It’s all about harnessing your potential to make a difference in whatever field you choose. Godin says there used to be two teams in every workplace, management and labor. But now, there are the linchpins. These are the people who are transforming today’s workplace. They figure out what to do when there are no rules, they exceed their customers’ expectations and they pour their best selves into their work. Godin believes that linchpins are indispensable, and, in today’s economy, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Here’s his advice: “You have brilliance in you, your contribution is essential, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must.” So go ahead and be the linchpin in your field.
3. Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together by Pamela Slim
You might not have the perfect job (yet), but you do have the option of freelancing and of volunteering to get into the field you desire. In this book, Slim gives us the tools to have meaningful careers in this new world of work. She shows us that it’s okay to be multi-passionate, and that you can connect the dots among your diverse accomplishments, sell your story and continually reinvent yourself. So embrace your quirks and passions — they’re all leading you somewhere.
4. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
As much as technology has changed business, knowing how to form meaningful connections with others is still one of the main keys to success. This classic book is just as relevant in the social media age as it was when it was first published in 1936. It gives you tips on how to handle people, how to be likable and how to change people without causing resentment. If you’re an introvert, you might find this book super-helpful.