With 2018 coming up very fast, we thought we’d review some books for entrepreneurs to get you started in 2018 faster.
These inspiring stories teach valuable lessons for all entrepreneurs. They also make fantastic Christmas presents for the Entrepreneur in your life. Every Entrepreneur should be reading at least one non-fiction book per month. Reading is important to expand your knowledge, activate your imagination and inspire you to what is possible.
6 Books for Entrepreneurs to Get Started in 2018
1. The Crossroad between Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion – Elle Luna
What is Should and what is Must? According to the Elle Luna, Should is inflicted upon us by our socialization and/or other people expectations. Must is our true self; it is what we dream of doing. The Crossroad between Should and Must is based on the author’s own personal journey. It is short book divided into four chapters which through amazing illustrations and art shows how to find what you want. Finding and knowing what you want is the first step into a Must but it is often the hardest. Therefore, the author provides techniques for finding your true self. At the same time she explains why more often we choose Should than Must.
The book is a light read, but on the other hand is an excellent for people who are looking for their Must. Once they find it, or realize what it is, they can go and pursue it. So this book is great starting read for changing your life in 2018.
2. Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time – Howard Schultz
Howard Schultz definitely poured his heart and soul into his business. Same thing he did while telling this story about his business. Business that he started with just one small coffee shop, only to became world’s best known coffee shop chain.
Pour Your Heart Into It is story about passion of one person and his team. They have idea, they have passion and they make it work. Their path was not easy one but they were led by the passion and persistence. The message of the story is: when you find your passion you should give all and then your wildest dreams will become reality.
This book is a must read for aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs, managers. For anyone who wants to turn their passion into profit. Definitely a good, exciting and passionate read.
3. The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness – Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval
Business world can be cut-throating sometimes and very often companies themselves cultivate and encourage a dog eat dog mentality. In that kind of business world Linda Kaplan and Robin Koval decided to use completely different approach; they decide to be nice. They succeeded by playing nice and they moved to the top of advertising industry. In The Power of Nice they demonstrate how and why nice people really will finish first in the end. They bring their own stories, but also stories of other people who succeeded by being nice. They show the benefits of being nice on individual and company level.
If you ever thought that being nice does not pay, this book is for you. If you ever thought you didnt want to be ruthless or cut throat so gave up your dream of being an entrepreneur this book is for you. As well as nice stories the authors present an action plan for success. A very inspiring book for entrepreneurs who want to try different approach in their businesses.
4. From Grit to Great: The Journey to becoming Asia’s First Apprentice – Jonathan Yabut
Jonathan Yabut is not a millionaire or big business owner, but one never knows. Jonathan Yabut is a young Filipino man who won the Season 1 of the Asian reality TV show The Apprentice Asia. His story is even more amazing because he was a one of the poorest kids in the school and by sheer determination he managed to succeed. His philosophy is simple: one has to work smart and one has to have grit and the success will come. He shares his pre-show and during-the-show experiences in this book.
From Grit to Great is partially autobiography and partially self-help book for entrepreneurs. It is both inspirational and an easy read. Recommended for all who are starting their own business or who need some extra motivation to move forward in 2018.
5. How to Become a Rainmaker: The Rules for Getting and Keeping Customers and Clients by Jeffrey J. Fox
Jeffrey J. Fox is an entrepreneur, company owner, speaker and author of more than 10 books on business and success. Some of his books have been in the New York Times best seller lists.
In this book Fox provides common sense advice to become a “rainmaker”. According to the Fox, everyone can become rainmaker because rainmakers are not born that way, they are made. Self-made. The author presents practical and easy to grasp rules, divided into 50 short and to the point chapters. This is great book for all aspiring entrepreneurs and it will definitely help you become a better businessman or woman.
6. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is Facebook’s COO – an incredibly successful position. She is also one of the most powerful women in business according to the Fortune magazine.
In her 2010 TED talk she pointed out that women often and unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Following this Ted talk she wrote Lean In to help aspiring women entrepreneurs (and men).
Lean In is about women and their careers. It builds upon the TED talk and brings practical knowledge on building a career, mentorship and negotiation. In Lean In Sandberg combines her own personal and intimate story with research and data. By bringing her own story Sandberg makes this book very attractive, very authentic and relevant to all women who are struggling in male dominating business world.
This is absolutely amazing book, foremost for women entrepreneurs but one that should be also read by men.