Deciding to start your own business is a big one—while you are choosing a path of ownership, flexibility, and limitless opportunity, you are also giving up the safety and security of the known and familiar.
As an entrepreneur, you are probably familiar with the courage, confidence, and relentless grit that it takes to run your own business.
That’s why we’ve gathered five of the best books for small business owners to help you navigate the world of entrepreneurship.
Whether you are an established business owner or still in the planning stages of launching your business, these five books for entrepreneurs are a great place to turn for extra support.
5 Must Read Books for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners
1. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
Published in 2009, Simon Sinek’s Start with Why puts forward a case that until people understand the WHY behind a product, service, or movement, they won’t truly buy into it.
Arguing that inspiration is the most powerful and sustainable method of influencing human behaviour, Sinek’s book highlights the importance of leadership and purpose in both life and business through real-world examples in people like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers.
Sinek’s ideas are sure to inspire new ways of thinking about leadership for entrepreneurs everywhere.
2. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
Getting Things Done (GTD) is a system for personal productivity and the center of David Allen’s book of the same name.
The basis of the system is in externally recording all of the information, issues, tasks, and projects that are on your mind and then breaking them down into actionable work items with time limits, allowing you to focus completely on one task at a time.
A must-read for busy entrepreneurs, Getting Things Done can help you focus on the tasks at hand and help you achieve your big picture goals.
3. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Why do some people find success where others fail? That is the question at the heart of psychologist Angela Duckworth’s Grit.
Based on insights from her own research, Duckworth writes about what she believes to be the true secret to sucess—a special blend of passion and perseverance known as “grit.”
Everyone experiences failure at some point in their lives, Grit is about the importance of how you think about and handle that failure.
4. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. By Brené Brown
Published in 2018, Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead is about the importance of openness, courage, and empathy in leadership.
Based on research with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, Brown shows us how to lean into the most difficult situations emotions and use these opportunities to become stronger leaders.
As an entrepreneur, you are sure to face difficult conversations and decisions, Dare to Lead is about how you can meet those challenges with empathy, connection, and courage.
5. Finding Confidence in Conflict: How to Negotiate Anything and Live Your Best Life by Kwame Christian
Entrepreneurs face difficult conversations and situations all the time—whether with their employees, clients and customers, or business partners.
Kwame Christian’s Finding Confidence in Conflict uses psychology research to help you find the confidence you need to navigate these challenges authentically.
Learning how to control your emotions, defuse conflictual situations, and put yourself in the best position for successful negotiations are essential skills for all entrepreneurs.
Looking for more advice?
Reading books, listening to podcasts, and following business-related blogs are great ways to stay informed about helpful tips, trends, and new technologies. But sometimes you need more personalized advice.
That’s where MicroMentor’s free online mentorship program comes in.
When you connect with a business mentor, you are accessing not just their advice, but also their networks of people, information, and resources.
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