If you hadn’t had the opportunity to talk to a lot of entrepreneurs, let me tell you that they all have one thing in common: a desire to learn. Business is a dynamic environment where you have to adapt quickly. You cannot afford to waste time, especially if your competition is fierce. If you choose to educate yourself, you have everything to gain. So, here is a list of books that you could read and that could help you overcome most obstacles in your path to success.
1. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim
This is a book about business strategy and how to create and serve new markets without being concerned about competition.
2. Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder
Here we have a book about business models of the future. It is a synthesis of hundreds of responses . from consultants in business plans worldwide.
3. Crush It! By Gary Vaynerchuk
This is a book addressed to those who have hobbies they would like to see turned into business. Gary teaches you how he used social media and a video camera to sell wine worth millions of dollars.
4. Delivering Hapiness by Tony Hsieh
This is the successful story of Zappos company, bought in 2009 for about $ 1 billion.
5. Drive by Daniel H. Pink
This is a favorite book about human resources that is presenting a new paradigm to influence people to work with pleasure and dedication.
6. Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
This books represents a set of interviews with entrepreneurs and business leaders in technology such as Steve Wozniak (Apple), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Max Levchin (PayPal), Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail) and many others.
7. Getting Things Done by David Allen
This is the most popular book on Time Management and is one the most useful philosophy on productivity.
8. Business Excellence by Jim Collins
One of the most popular business books of all time that represents the conclusion of a 5-year study on a 1400 fantastic companies.
9. Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson
This is the marketing bible of small and medium businesses, representing a helping hand that been useful for many SMEs to survive and grow.
10. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
A guide on interpersonal relations and common sense that can help you build valuable relationships and make yourself loved.
11. The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
Here you can find the psychological mechanisms that can influence people or crowds.
12. Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker
Written by the most cited author of business of all time and the man who influenced the thinking of millions of business people around the world. Worth reading!
13. Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson
This is the biography of the charismatic leader of Virgin Records. A very interesting reading.
14. Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
This book is recommended to those who have many ideas, but find it difficult to implement them; this book aims to shorten the way from generating ideas to implementation.
15. Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World’s Most Unusual Workplace by Ricardo Semler
This is a book about how to create a work place for your employees so that they can be more involved in the company and devote them.
16. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi & Tahlia Raz
This book is about networking and building relationships that can help business. It is highly appreciated in the U.S.
17. Permission Marketing by Seth Godin
This book revolutionized business thinking when it appeared that the paradigm shifted from push marketing to pull marketing and permission-based relationships.
18. Purple Cow by Seth Godin
This is a collection of anecdotes and stories about businesses that have something remarkable that differentiates them and causes word of mouth advertising.
19. Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson
This is a book that talks about business growth strategies and how to boost business that are already in a slope of growth.
20. Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
This book focuses on the things that matter and gives away all the things that are made just for the sake of being made or are just confusing.