As an entrepreneur, there is an entire realm of skills and knowledge that is fundamental for you to learn outside of skills in your industries. Most entrepreneurs think differently about everything. Partly because most have taken the journey to become self-educated beyond their traditional educations and have gained real-world business experience. Assuming you know the difference between schooling and education, education is a key factor for developing business owners. Understand that this is the most important part. You develop yourself to develop your company. Do not shortcut the process of personal development, no matter how long it takes, because any fruit that may come from your business will not be sustained without the root of your personal development. There are a few categories of books that are essential in learning how to personally develop yourself. The books I will recommend for anyone are within three different categories: business education, leadership, and people skills.
- Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy*
- Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
- The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
- Compound Effect by Darren Hardy*
- Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson
- What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter*
- 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John Maxwell
- The One Thing by Gary Keller
- Personality Plus by Florence Littauer
- How to Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie*
- Five Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman
- Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
- Five Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell
*Books to reread each year.
Ok, I got a book, now how do I maximize off of it?
This list is in no particular order of books to read. But if I were to do a recommendation, the first three books I have personally read were Rich Dad Poor Dad, Personality Plus, and How to Win Friends, and Influence People. This list is meant to serve as a great starter pack in developing yourself to be able to run a future multi-million dollar corporation but be prepared to put your adult underwear on when reading these. Immerse yourself into these workbooks (yes, I meant workbook) if you really expect to develop your thought process. Don’t toss the books when you are finished. You aren’t reading to check the block you are reading to learn and develop skills. Write in them, have a note journal for the most applicable things you can take away, and create questions to ask your mentor. Change your thoughts, change your life. This is what every successful entrepreneur has done.