Books all business owners should read
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 than 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.
4: Key Person of Influence
Key Person of influence was my first introduction to Daniel Priestly's work which has lead me onto nearly all his publications including Oversubscribed and his newly launched 24 Assets - The principles of KPI should be followed and understood by all business owners and entrepreneurs looking to own their industry and carve out a successful career. It's not all about putting yourself in front of the camera but a more practical look at becoming an authorioty in your industry.
5: As a man Thinketh
Having recently become fascinated by such books as "The Power of the subconscious mind" and the remarkably esoteric "Science of Getting Rich" I actively seek out any such texts belonging to the study of the Law of Attraction. The simply written paperback by James Allen is a book I intend to study and memorise. As a Man Thinketh is a literary essay, the title is influenced by a verse in the Bible from the Book of Proverbs chapter 23 verse 7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Written in 1903 it contains some great philosophical views that will put your mind at ease and help you deal with every and all situations.
"Men do not attract what they want, but what they are." "A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts." "Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment, of these, if you but remain true to them your world will at last be built."
6: It doesn’t have to be crazy at work
A recommendation from a good friend made me purchase this book which follows the authors first book Rework which I do recall reading and liking but not enough to list here. A mouthful for sure, “It doesn’t have to be crazy at work” essentially gives a big F**k you to the standard business practices and anxieties experienced by staff in all companies around the world. Written by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the owners of Basecamp (a tool I don’t use in my business) deliveries a modern day working manifesto to combat the chaos and relieve the stresses that plague many workplaces.
I have already implemented some of their practices into my business and have joyfully added “Protect our time at all costs” to my own daily mantra. Essentially I too want my staff to enjoy their jobs but more importantly enjoy their families and their own lives. Work to live not live to work.