In conversation the other day, a friend mentioned their newfound interest in business and asked for my favorite business book.
Though I have a few, I’m going to list only the ones that I feel a person should absolutely read right now if they’re even remotely considering starting a business. These books have changed my life and the way I see people, money, and psychology.
I don’t like books with a bunch of data. That stuff just puts me to sleep. I want good information in normal day language, why is that so difficult for some authors to do?
So here’s my list of just those books.
I used them to create and sell my first physical product, to land jobs when I was super broke, and many, many times since then. You can buy them or find out how much they cost by clicking my affiliate links on the images below.
1. Dealing with people
The book that started it all. The title of it makes it seem like only awkward loners would read it, but don’t let it fool you, the book itself has spent decades on top seller lists all over the world. I’ve purchased copies to give away, and reread the book whenever I feel like I’m not putting my best in my relationships. From things like winning (or losing) an argument, to letting people save face for the better of a partnership… this book had all I needed to get started.
Robert Kiyosaki made his intro into my life with a big splash, then I read his other books and heard about his seminars and I don’t recommend any of his other material except for this one. The idea about working hard to succeed may not be the entire path as you know it. His content is easily digestible and sets you on a path to a rich mindset.
The title of this book made me laugh at first. Or maybe it was the cover. It was literally bright orange, yellow, and neon pink. But what was inside was an awesome way to learn about how money really works. How to set up a savings account and why you should focus on earning more instead of focusing on spending less.
4. Testing your idea
Sure, you can come up with a business plan and throw a bunch of money into a business and hope it works… or you can do it the smart way and test it beforehand. Pat Flynn, from SmartPassiveIncome.com will show exactly how in words anyone can understand.
5. Getting started
Chris Guillebeau has offered many resources to people like me who wish to live life unconventionally, but one of his greatest gifts was his New York Times Bestseller, The $100 Startup. I used to think that I needed a loan and then fill out a bunch of paperwork, then get a logo, etc. to start my own business and then I found this book which pushed me to launch my first business ever with literally $20.
6. Delegate the work
Time Ferriss, a podcaster, blogger and bestselling author knows what he’s talking about when it comes to getting more out of your time. I read this book in one sitting, and then read it again the following week. Unbelievable advice you can start applying right away to see the results.
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