Since starting my entrepreneur journey, I’ve plowed through a ton of business books. The ones listed below are just some of my favourites and I hope you’ll feel inspired to check them out through your local library or bookstore. And feel free to let me know your take on any of them or offer up suggestions of your own favourites!
I blame Guy Kawasaki for this whole ‘entrepreneur’ journey I am on. I discovered Guy in early 2012 and was completely entranced by Enchantment: The Art Of Changing Hearts, Minds, And Actions. Even though I had no idea I would create my own business then, his writing (much like Seth Godin’s) is simple, smart and so compelling, you can’t help but ask yourself, “If it’s that simple, why isn’t everyone, and more importantly me, doing it?”
Anything by Seth Godin! I can’t believe I only recently discovered Seth because he’s been around for a long time and has developed a huge following. Once you’ve read any of his books, you’ll see why. These titles hold a particular resonance for me:
I really wish I’d known about Pamela Slim’s Escape From Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner To Thriving Entrepreneur before I leapt into this journey because it offers straightforward advice for cubicle convicts who are looking to become entrepreneurs – advice I often wish I’d had before I leapt.
Michael E. Gerber is the godfather of entrepreneurs. Like Pamela Slim, I wish I’d known about Michael’s books before I decided to leap into entrepreneurship. The E-Myth Enterprise: How to Turn a Great Idea into a Thriving Business is a great introduction to Michael’s world. Michael also has podcasts on iTunes, but hasn’t uploaded any new material since 2011 – they’re totally worth listening to though as his passion and enthusiasm are contagious and the content is evergreen.
The Trusted Advisor by Charles H. Green, David H. Maister, Robert M. Galford really blew me away. First, it speaks to the most authentic and genuine part of me as a businesswoman and second, it clarified so many notions of what I thought a trusted advisor should be. For example, it’s okay to say you don’t know! Or that you don’t need to be an expert! This should be required reading for all students, never mind just business students, as it can be applied to all types of business and personal relationships.