One of the most important factors in being an entrepreneur is your ability to constantly learn in your career. Whether you’re a brand new entrepreneur trying to start your first business or you’re an experienced one who has started major corporations, you’ll always have room to grow and find yourself in new situations that you’re unsure of how to approach. One of the best things an entrepreneur can do in order to learn more about entrepreneurship is to read a good book on the subject. Dozens of books about entrepreneurship have been written over the years by some of the world’s most experienced and successful business leaders, and this article is going to discuss a few. Here are the best books on entrepreneurship to read this year.
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future – Peter Thiel with Blake Masters
Peter Theil is a billionaire and a venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal, Palantir Technologies, and the Founders Fund. In his book, Zero to One, he talks about how entrepreneurs can develop new ideas by taking what they learned in a lecture and applying it to their businesses. Derek Thompson, an Atlantic writer, called it the best business book he’s ever read.
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michael E. Gerber
In his book, The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber talks about why many small businesses fail. He claims that many of these companies are not successful because they don’t understand how to apply technical knowledge to their business. He also offers his own advice on how to make sure that your company isn’t one of these. Gerber breaks down the mindset that people are only capable of doing certain tasks and procedures when it comes to running a business. He also offers a step-by-step guide on how to create a system that will allow your company to succeed. The E-Myth Revisited is a must-read for anyone who is interested in learning more about how to build a successful startup, especially in the tech sector.
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It – Chris Voss
Chris Voss is a business professor and a former FBI hostage negotiator who is widely regarded as an expert in the field of persuasion. In his book, Never Split the Difference, he talks about the strategies he’s used in his career to successfully negotiate. He also explores the various ways that people can build trust and overcome their emotional obstacles. When a new entrepreneur starts a business, they’ll likely need to negotiate with their partners, employees, investors, and contractors. In Never Split the Difference, Chris offers a variety of tools and techniques to help entrepreneurs successfully negotiate.
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries
Eric Ries is an entrepreneur who has worked on the design and architecture of information architecture, service design, and usability. In his book, The Lean Startup, he talks about why many startups fail and how to avoid them in the first few years of your business. He also offers his advice on how to make your company more successful by continuously improving its innovation and reducing costs. Ries talks about how companies can test their vision and develop new strategies to adapt to changes in the market. This is a must-read for anyone who is looking to avoid the mistakes of startups that failed.