If you’re anything like me, you like to download into your mind as much information from successful business leaders as you can. Knowing what they did, how they did it, and the lessons they learned along the way has helped me so much in the success of my business.
Over nearly a decade of Entrepreneurship, I have read a lot of books. Some were helpful, and some changed my work forever. I want to share the ones that totally changed the game for me with you.
Why would I start by recommending a book to you that describes selling a business? I realize that many of you never want to sell your businesses, but you still need to learn to scale them. Built to Sell is written as a fiction but conveys critical lessons in building a business that gives you freedom, and it’s the book I used to scale my business and reduce my hours to 10/week. Consider it a quick read into the 4-hour work week.
Leading a business is more than just numbers and organization. Whether you realize it or not, you are leading a tribe with your brand. It is critical to understand that sooner than later. Seth Godin explains how to lead a tribe with your business without becoming owned by them.
Look. We all get sucked into our businesses. We love what we do, right? But our families and friends deserve our time, too, and it’s important to learn that balance. Sheryl, the former CEO of Cliff Bar, shares how she learned this the hard way, and imparts some excellent business sense as well.
Do you hate marketing? Sales? Networking? You need this book. Michael Port has figured out how to turn these often unliked but necessary parts of business into simple tools that will bring in the cash. His free companion workbook (downloadable after purchase of the book) makes his lessons even simpler to learn.
This book is ranked number one because it will effect absolutely every area of your life, including your business. When I first came across this book I thought, “Really? The Campbell’s Soup for the Soul guy?” Still, I gave it a chance, and basically have my hair blown back every time I crack it open. This book can move mountains. If you choose only one book from this entire selection, make it this one.
I have been consuming books on business ever since I started my first venture in 2010, but it still took me years to fully understand and implement everything they were saying. If you don’t want to wait that long, feel free to schedule a Strategy Session with me to discuss the key take-aways that will affect your business, most.