Today’s top business authors are commanding readers like never before. Just a few years ago, a businessperson was not expected to be well-read, but today, a savvy entrepreneur knows that reading the top biz books will provide practical – and insightful – advice. Books have become the mentors of today – and reading them can keep you at the top of your game. Here are three quick tips to classic books for entrepreneurs:
1. Lend or give these classic books to your employees as a motivational tool.
2. Try audiotapes, CDs or MP-3s if you don’t have time to read.
3. Sign up with a business book club to receive new books.
How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleHave you ever thought about how far the classic business books would go to motivate your employees? Even the oldies, such as Dale Carnegie’s 1930’s classic, How To Win Friends And Influence People, have messages with timely applications for today’s entrepreneur. This book teaches you to show genuine interest in others, encourage with honest praise, and to influence people without making them feel manipulated.
The One-Minute Manager / Who Moved My Cheese?Some business experts are one-hit wonders in the publishing world, but others – like Dr. Spencer Johnson– have written #1 bestsellers again and again. There are more than 40 million copies of Johnson’s books in print in 42 languages! His top-selling book, Who Moved My Cheese?, a brief story about what happens when a person dares to take on change, is essential for anyone who wants to leave his 9-to-5 to embrace entrepreneurship. Check out Johnson’s other classics, The One-Minute Manager (with Ken Blanchard), and his latest, The Present.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective PeopleOne of the top business book authors is Dr. Stephen Covey, who penned the best-selling Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. This book outlines seven rules that are applicable to the entrepreneur’s personal and professional life, including learning how to be proactive, seek first to understand (and then to be understood), think “win-win,” and more.
Awaken the Giant WithinAnthony Robbins’ Awaken the Giant Within is a motivational must-read for any entrepreneur. With this classic, you’ll learn how to create your own blueprint for success and reach your own personal and professional goals.
Think and Grow RichNapoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, first published in 1937 and updated with a recent 21st-century edition (The NEW Think and Grow Rich), has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. This classic teaches 13 principles of success, which include auto-suggestion, decision, specialized knowledge, and how to outwit your fears, among others.
Listen to a good bookDon’t waste your daily commute or exercise time in silence – listen to the classics on audiotape, CD or MP-3. These books serve to inspire and educate you, and all you have to do is sit back and listen (and watch the road, of course).
Join the clubJoin a business book club to keep an eye out for the best new entrepreneurial books. No time to read? Then check out business book summaries, which allows you the chance to gain the core information from a book without spending the time reading the whole thing.
- Sharing your mission: Reading an entrepreneurial book can go a long way toward helping your employees understand what drives you – and how they can adopt a more entrepreneurial mindset.
- Ask and you shall receive: Want to learn which books have driven your mentors or entrepreneurial idols to reach for their dreams? Ask them! Or, if your “idol” is The Donald – or another well-known entrepreneur – check his/her Web site for mention of his/her favorite inspirational books.
- Consider the source: If you want a credible business book, then look to the author: does he have real business experience and skill? If the book sounds too perfect to be true, it usually is!
- Keep up to date: Sign up with online bookstores to be notified when a new book is released from your favorite author.