12 Books for Entrepreneurs & Future Business Owners
In celebration of National Small Business Week, we are listing 12 books which can help you develop the skills and character to run a successful business.
If you’re an entrepreneur or a business owner, chances are you may have read some of these already, but if you haven’t, this is a great list to add to your world domination arsenal.
This is by no means a complete list, but it does include a diverse set of ideas that have made giants of many across the world and across generations.
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“Look your audience straight in the eyes, and begin to talk as if every one of them owed you money.”
“In your career, even more than for a brand, being safe is risky. The path to lifetime job security is to be remarkable.”
“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”
“A part of all you earn is yours to keep.”
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
“The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.”
“Your personal core values define who you are, and a company’s core values ultimately define the company’s character and brand. For individuals, character is destiny. For organizations, culture is destiny.”
“When you don’t know what you believe, everything becomes an argument. Everything is debatable. But when you stand for something, decisions are obvious.”
“The most valuable businesses of coming decades will be built by entrepreneurs who seek to empower people rather than try to make them obsolete.”
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
“A startup is a human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty.”
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