Books are the greatest source of knowledge. As someone rightly said, knowledge is power. If you are knowledgeable and expert in your field, you will be successful and confident in your life. Both these qualities can be incorporated in personality through reading habits.There are different types and genres of books available which can keep you updated. In terms of information and reforming skills, nonfiction books play a significant role. Specifically, when it comes to business and profession related books, there are numerous nonfiction books available.
Brimming with best advice and examples, these books have changed so many ideas into reality. Similarly, they not only help in executing ideas but also help in making innovation successful. This time I have tried to prepare a list of nonfiction books which can be helpful for new entrepreneurs, those who want to become one, or even for those who would like to excel by improving their professional skills. Though I don’t get easily impressed by self-help books, they turned out to be really impressive.
1.The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
Those who never failed are the ones who never tried. Failure is a part of a game. However, we need to learn from those failures. Eric Ries in the book, The Lean startup teaches the art of learning from mistakes. Not necessarily our own mistakes but of others too, from the same field. He draws on both successful and failed attempts of startups. Besides, this book will help you clear some misconceptions related to entrepreneurship. I would highly recommend this book, its ideas push you towards innovative and productive ideas to start your business.
2.The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
Most of us know about the good and ideal aspects of entrepreneurship. You would have often heard that starting is difficult, later on things get easy. However, things don’t get easy, rather you develop skills to manage them. Ben Horowitz in the book The Hard Thing About Hard Things openly talks about the truths and realities of the business industry. Not that he is discouraging the readers, but narrating the hardships that a person being part of it, has to go through. Yet, he not only speaks about the difficulties but also helps the beginners how to deal with such situations. Coming from Ben Horowitz, an expert of silicon valley, this book cannot be skipped.
3.Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
Innovation and creativity is the soul of every field. A company or an industry would never compete, if it keeps on imitating. Zero to One by Peter and Blake is a guide to develop innovative ideas. Similarly, how to incorporate these innovative ideas in a business to compete with others. In a type of world, where it is easy to imitate ideas, Peter and Blake’s book is like a God’s help for creative people who would like to begin a startup in their own way.
4.Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vayenerchuk ‘s How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too is an expansion of his previous,Crush it. The reason why I chose this one is that it is more practical and detailed. From giving all theoretical information to implementing strategies, it provides complete guidance on every aspect of business. In addition, it includes practical examples of all influencers and entrepreneurs who followed the principles and techniques given in Crush it. Moreover, it can be your last powerful push to start working on your business.
5.The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker
Professional skills play a significant role in making the business more successful. Leading the company and managing all the affairs are the key important skills required for smooth running of the company or organization. If you’re successful in executing the things then the rest become easy. Peter F. Druker’s book, The Effective Executive outlines all essential principles of how to manage and lead your team. Starting with the importance of executives, the book serves as a guide of how to be a successful business person.
6.Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
David Allen’s Getting Things Done : The Art of Stress-Free Productivity focuses on healthy and important productivity. Taking into consideration the 21st needs, this book draws on possible techniques of becoming productive without getting exhausted. It focuses on the principle of doing the right thing at the right time. Getting Things Done can help you develop professionally both on a personal and business level.
7.Managing Oneself: The Key to Success by Peter F. Drucker
Managing Oneself by Peter F.drucker based on a principle that the key to success lies in disciplining yourself. The book draws on essential characteristics of business minded people and explains why they are important and how they help a business grow. For instance, in order to lead your team, first you need to control and lead yourself. This one is a must for people who want to become business professionals, because to be one, one has to have certain essential skills like management skills.
8.Use Your Head: How to unleash the power of your mind by Tony Buzan
Entrepreneurship requires problem solving skills and creativity. Similarly, it also demands flexibility. It is really important for an entrepreneur to have these qualities. Tony Buzan’s Use Your Head provides both theoretical and technical information on developing these qualities. Consequently,these characteristics help them use their potential to full extent, creating new ideas.