I'm an avid reader and since early childhood have poured over point horrors, lost myself in Stephen King and more recently enjoyed the rich tapestries that Richard E Feist paints with language. Fiction has always been a favourite of mine more as a form of escapism that a need to learn something new.
I have been a business owner for nearly 15 years I spent most of my early career coasting through business problems and learning from my mistakes. I was introduced to Audible a few years back and their fantastic collection of audio books. On those short drives to work and long drives to meetings they have become a welcome companion and a rich resource of learning and self development.
I have compiled a collection of books that I have found incredibly useful and in most cases have actually changed the way I operate my business and although this will act as an archive for my own use I would highly recommend each of the books below to those already running their own company or those looking to start.
1: The E-Myth Revisited succeed: Why most business don't succeed.
If there is any book a new business should read it's E-Myth. A fantastic book that literally changed how I run my business. Some great principles and for any small or medium sized business owner thats been struggling for a few years as this will outline your worries and provide some effective strategies to succeed.
2: The Richest Man in Babylon
The fundamental principles of money and debt management. Reads like a collection of ancient parables which help you understand the importance of living to your means, paying your debts and saving for the future. The stories were actual informational pamphlets distributed by banks and insurance companies in the early 1900's but the advice still holds true today.
3: How to own the world
As a business owner I've made many mistakes over the years and when I look back it nearly always has to do with how I've controlled my finances. Financial literacy plays a major role in the success of both your personal and business success. Andrew Craigs Plain english guide to thinking globally and wisely is probably one of the only books I've ever read that made me understand the real reason to get on top of your money and think about investing plus gives you some amazing insights on how to do it properly.