Individuals often have a better chance of succeeding in business when mentored by people who have succeeded. Many entrepreneurs took the time to write books offering advise to budding business owners. There are a variety of business books to read that offer inspiration and advice.
“The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” – Stephen R. Covey
For more than two decades, the “New York Times” bestseller has influenced millions of people of all ages and occupation levels. Covey takes the reader along the journey of his road map for experiencing success. Dr. Covey reveals that by self-renewal and tapping into personal mental, physical and spiritual resources, success becomes within reach. One of the keys to success involves becoming proactive and setting and managing goals. But, along the way, individuals must find the middle ground between being a doormat and being overly aggressive. Private success leads to public success.
“The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses” – Eric Ries
It is not uncommon for new businesses to fail. However, failures are often preventable. New companies emerge under a cloud of uncertainty. However, business owners must learn how to overcome to find the path to success. Continually evaluating the plan, adapting and adjusting are vital strategies. Individuals must be more creative, adopt counter-intuitive methods and discover what consumers want and need. Ries explains a scientific approach to being adaptable and flexible to meet the need of the times.
“Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t” – Jim Collins
Collins and his research team were determined to learn what characteristics enable mediocre companies to achieve a level of long-term greatness. Over the course of five years, the team studied dozens of companies to learn the differences between unsuccessful and long-term success. The data revealed surprising results that contradict what many consider modern business practices. They learned the characteristics of successful leaders. Other successful strategies involve combining discipline, entrepreneurship and technology. Collins also found that radical changes and restructuring often lead to disaster.
“Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder” – Arianna Huffington
When starting a new business, owners often sacrifice their well-being and personal life in an effort to achieve success. Huffington shares the pitfalls she personally experienced and the dangers of pursuing and unbalanced life. She explains how striving for money, power and success are only two legs of a three-legged stool. Without spending equal time on the third leg of personal well-being, business owners are likely to fail. She backs her experience with the research and scientific discoveries in a number of fields that include physiology and psychology.
“The Intelligent Investor” – Benjamin Graham
Warren Buffet believes that when it comes to investing, “The Intelligent Investor” remains one of the best business books to read of all times. Although published in 1949, the book offers timeless knowledge and continues educating and inspiring numerous people worldwide who desire to succeed in investing. Graham explains common errors while teaching the reader the importance of developing long-term strategies.