A wise anonymous man once said “F*ck your shoe collection! Show me your book collection”. And I have been driven by these words ever since. Surely, Paul Smith and Gucci would take your feet to paradise but with a sturdy shelf loaded with books, you own that paradise. And as the owner, you must feed your mind with knowledge and think like a boss.
Here are 10 books that can help you do so.
1. Crush It
Gary Vaynerchuk is known by many for his hyper enthusiasm and passion for the hustle. His book, Crush It, teaches how to cash in on your passion, build an engaged community, and offer up value via content.
2. Shoe Dog – A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Nike’s founder, Phil Knight, recounts his long and challenging journey of how he built Nike. Many are already familiar with the brand’s iconic slogan ‘Just Do It’. However, reading this book will show you how a man currently worth over $25 billion actually ‘just did it’.
3. The Lean Startup
Some books are so good, they have to be read more than once. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries is surely one of them. The ‘lean start-up’ approach favors testing and customer feedback over elaborate planning.
4. The Alliance – Managing Talent in the Networked Age
This New York Times bestseller is written by Reid Hoffman (co-founder and chairman of LinkedIn), Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh. In this book, Hoffman and co debunk many of the traditional ideas we hold about business.
5. Think and Grow Rich
After interviewing hundreds of successful businessmen in the 1930s, the result of it was this motivational book by Napoleon Hill. After over eight decades, Think and Grow Rich remains the go-to guide for those hungry to join the rich kids quickly.
6. The Hard Thing About Hard Things
If there is one book that you must purchase and distribute to every employee in your company, this is it. The author, Ben Horowitz, encourages the reader to ’embrace the struggle’ that comes with the business.
7. The 4-Hour Work Week
The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss reveals very practical and actionable steps to creating an infrastructure so you can work only 4 hours a week. This New York Times bestseller will boost your productivity in email, outsourcing, and business.
8. Purple Cow
Many businesses die out because their products are like so much else on the market – quite forgettable. This is why Seth Godin in this book stresses the need for staying power and constant value provision.
9. How to Win Friends and Influence People
The strength of every businessman is in his network. Dale Carnegie, in this book, offers golden insight on connecting with the right people and forging power alliances.
10. I Will Teach You To Be Rich
In this book, Ramit Sethi writes about living a rich life, how to make money and practical financial management advice. He also blogs on these same topics at iwillteachyoutoberich.com