To get the most out of your business, you need to give it the best strategy. But which books can help you do that? Here are eight of the best strategic management books for up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
With a 4.5 star rating and nearly 14,000 reviews on Amazon, “The 4-Hour Workweek” is a favorite amongst entrepreneurs and business fanatics alike. Ferriss talks about his journey with the 4-hour workweek and taking control of his life. Ferris also gives readers tips on how they can do the same. If working less and earning more sounds like your dream come true, definitely grab a copy of this book.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Rated nearly five stars on Amazon, “How to Win Friends & Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie, is all about how to get people in your corner. Don’t let this book’s age fool you—the advice Carnegie gives is still relevant today. If you’re out to learn more about working with others, this is the perfect read for you.
The Power of Broke by Daymon John
If you’re obsessed with “Shark Tank,” then read this book written by the shark himself, Daymon John. “The Power of Broke” is all about how to use your empty wallet as fuel for your most creative venture yet. If you’re just getting started and find yourself with little money to spend, “The Power of Broke” will be your new best friend.
Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Starting a business and building your brand definitely isn’t easy. Sometimes the hardest part is simply getting started. “Rework” will help you learn how to turn challenges into opportunities and excuses into actions.
Purple Cow by Seth Godin
When it comes to making it big, the old rules of advertisement don’t work anymore. Today, it’s important to stand out from the crowd and do something remarkable. Seth Godin’s “Purple Cow” is all about how to stop relying on outdated business techniques and instead boost your creativity.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
A New York Times bestseller for nearly 20 years, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” will take you from wishing you were successful to actually be a high achiever. Covey’s straightforward explanation of how successful people approach life will leave you with a new mindset on what it means to be an “effective” person.
Get Rooted! By Stacy Henry
In Stacy Henry’s “Get Rooted!” you’ll learn all about the importance of value-based leadership and how to strengthen your company through all of life’s changes. This read is great for those just getting started and those looking to get back to their roots.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes has created and produced some of the biggest shows on TV today–but how did she do it? “Year of Yes” dives into Rhimes’ life as an introvert and how facing her fears helped her reach her truest self. This is an entertaining and informative read on how simply saying “yes” can change your life.
Running your own business is a non-stop challenge, but there are plenty of resources out there to help guide you on your journey. If reading just isn’t your thing, or if you’re looking for more personalized guidance, maybe it’s time to look into hiring a business coach.