Updated: Apr 11
I'm always on the hunt for a great business book; which not only challenges my way of thinking, but which holds actionable insight to improve my business.
From a young age, while we still lived in the Karoo, we had a library card and weekly went on a book hunt (I can still remember the smell of the Library!)It was a space where your imagination could run wild and this is where my love for visuals started to take shape. I can recall when I turned 13 (not old enough for the adult book limit of 10 books), I started to use my dad's card to loan more than my 5 book limit. This is possibly the reason why I buy A LOT of books; I've always dreamt of having an epic mini library / reading room in my home, so I have been collecting since my first pay cheque ;)
The following 5 books I read in my first year of business. They hold a very special place on office bookshelf and they signify a period where I was figuring out what I wanted my business to be and how I would like to operate as an entrepreneur. Reason being, that I think they are very beneficial for anybody who wants to take the plunge and start their own business.
Drumroll please! Here are my 5 FAVOURITE Business Books (in no particular order)
REWORK - CHANGE THE WAY YOU WORK FOREVER by Jason Freid & David Heinemeier Hansson
A quick read with fun illustrations and punchy, thought provoking ideas encouraging you to take the plunge on your big entrepreneurial dreams. The authors explore a new reality for business owners and highlights when it's time to pull the trigger on outsourcing / expanding on your core teams; how to stand out in a sea of competitors and not fall in the business as usual mindset of running a business.
THINK LIKE A FREAK by Stephen J Dubner and Steven D Levitt
By the authors of Freakonomics, this book is written in the similar captivating storytelling approach (I love books like this!) unpacking the process of decision-making, and offering a new way of solving problems. They share anecdotes on various business owners, the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog eating competition champion and why email scammers are open about being from Nigeria ;) The authors' unique perspective on the world highlights the attitude we need to overcome the the tricks and problems the world can throw at us.
PEOPLE OVER PROFIT by Dale Patridge
Probably one of the most influential books in my business! It might feel counter-intuitive to put people first, but making this shift can have a huge impact on the growth of your business. If your aim is to create, and be apart of, a more responsible and compassionate marketplace, then this book is a must! People over Profit is the first step in creating a socially responsible business model. Dale Patridge will encourage you to become a business owner who values honesty over deception (largely influenced by Dale's religious belief, but applicable to everyone regardless), transparency over secrecy, authenticity over hype, and ultimately, people over profit.
TRIBES by Seth Godin
Another quick and easy read! I've actually re-read this book last night. In a time where the internet has eliminated geographic barriers, cost and time; it is now more than ever possible for you to become a leader and change the status quo of your industry. Seth urges his readers to take the leap (if you feel the time is right and it's your calling) to lead a movement. As humans we tend to seek out and associate with certain groups (or tribes) and in this book Godin discusses what is required for a tribe to instill change. It's not about being the largest tribe, but enabling certain necessary activities to take place, i.e. easy communication. He goes further to discuss the difference between a leader and a manager (this was a whoa moment to me, and one of the nudges I needed to quit my day job).
If you feel stuck in your current job, or in your new venture, this read will guide your thoughts in a direction of action.
QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING by Susan Cain
As an introvert, this was one of the first business books I purchased, while I still had a day job. I used to read this on on the train to work! It is a heavy read, and you have to be in the right mindset to retain the information (it feels very scientific at times), but it's worth it.
Cain uncovers the power of people who are Quiet and elaborates on how this 'super power' can be harnessed by introverted business owners to claim their space in a loud and busy marketplace and attract clients who resonate with a more reserved demeanor. Yes! A sensible, encouraging, thought provoking read with statistical data (I'm a nerd!) illustrating that there is indeed a place for us in the business world.
Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. - Albert Einstein
I have loads of other business titles on my Must-Read list, which I will tackle during my winter season and I cannot wait to share all the feedback with you real soon! Personally I prefer to read the hard copies of books, there is something magical about turning the pages and holding something tangible in your hands, but I want to experiment with getting some as E-Books which I can listen to while working. I'll keep you posted on how this is working for me.
If you have any suggestions you would like me to read and review for you, let me know! Or if you have titles which you think I would enjoy and find valuable, email me your recommendations and we can build on my home library together ;)
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