There are so many great business development book that can inspire us, educate us and help us to become better entrepreneurs. In this article, we are sharing with you 11 business development books that will absolutely change your life for the better. These books are a source of tremendous knowledge where you’ll learn countless valuable lessons that will help you to finally achieve your dreams. These 11 books are jamp packed with advice from experts like Rand Fishkin, Warren Buffett, etc. By the time you are done with reading these books your life will change for the better.
Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World by Rand Fishkin
Rand Fishkin is one of the world’s leading SEO experts and has a successful marketing company Moz that is now a $45 million/year business. But as the title suggests things weren’t always that great for him. We all know of those epic successful startup stories where a young and brilliant entrepreneur overcame all the odds and became what he always dreamed of.
Rand Fishkin did get his happy ending but the road to success for him was a bumpy road with all the ups and downs imaginable. He wasn’t an overnight success. And most people really aren’t. This is a brutally honest story that portrays all the troubles young entrepreneurs face every day. It is a life-changing story because by the end of the book you’ll realize that you are not alone. And that will give you the strength to carry on.
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
Warren Buffett is one of the most respected men in the world, and although he could have reaped all the perks of being a multimillionaire he stayed humble and to many a mystery. This book is a collection of his memoirs written by Alice Schroeder. He read her writings on finance and was very impressed and decided that this gifted writer is the one who he will open up to.
The Ohana investor is not just an investor he is a human. A human being that has opinions, struggles, triumphs, and follies. It is the story of a man behind the myth. He is proof that nice guys can finish first. But it is a life full of complexities. When you look inside his life you will see that you already have everything you need to succeed. By reading his success story you will know what your next step in life should be.
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss
You might know Tim Ferris as the interviewer from The Tim Ferriss Show podcast. His show had an array of guests. From superstar celebrities to Special Operations commanders and Breaking Bad kind of biochemists. If you watched the show then you know that this isn’t your typical 20minute show of gags. But a full and in-depth interview with some of the most succesfull people in the world.
The knowledge he acquired through these interviews is unmeasurable. And he decided to share his knowledge with people across the world. This book will help you to make yourself the best version of yourself. You’ll get specific tools and tactics you can use in all aspects of life. From your everyday life to high-stake negotiations and large business dealings. This book will definitely be a life-changer if you are willing to use these high-leverage tools Tim has provided for us.
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
In his book, Eric Ries gives us a scientific approach to building successful startups in an age where being innovative is the only thing that counts. Every startup entrepreneur thinks his idea is innovative and that it will one day become a succesfull business. And it is great to have this kind of mindset, however, Ries wants to teach us in this book how we can keep being innovative and how we can build a sustainable business.
In Lean Startup, he wants to teach us how we can foster and use human creativity more effectively. In his book, he will also show us how we can test our vision continuously without major losses. Because focusing and recognizing what our customers really want is the key to a succesfull business that will only continue to grow. As the book title suggests this book will surely turn your startup into a radically succesfull business.
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
This book is all about bringing something new to the table. As the title suggests they want to help us understand how we can build the future, now. Thiel and Masters believe we live in an age of technological stagnation. And although we might think this is not the case, they have some pretty solid arguments that show us otherwise. They want to teach us how we can become the future, meaning how we can finally progress technologically.
They believe in order to become a leader in your business you must learn how to think for yourself. We can no longer do what other people have already done. When you do something new, they say we go from 0 to 1. We want to get to that 1. They will show us how we can avoid market competition completely by being unique. By the end of this book, you’ll be inspired to ask yourself what hasn’t been done yet and you’ll know the answer.
The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone
In his book, The 10X rule Cardone shows us how we can accomplish results efficiently and finally see our efforts come to fruition. He took the time to create a specific set of rules that can help us avoid business troubles. You’ll have concrete steps that will help you finally reach your dreams. By showing us how people get stuck when developing their business we will learn that that doesn’t have to be the case for us.
He will show us how we can use the 10X Rule, Massive Action and Estimation of Effort. These steps will give you solid results and will take your business from mediocre to exceptional. If you thought there isn’t a formula for success you can just read this book and you’ll begin to think differently. With his simple equation, your business will skyrocket and will make your dreams finally come true.
The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William N. Thorndike
This book is the number 1 recommendation of Warren Buffet. So it’s definitely a book worth looking into. In this day and age, most people believe a CEO should have qualities like charisma, good communication skills, confidence, great management style, some even believe they should be good looking. But are these things really what makes a good CEO or are these more celebrity types of traits?
Thorndike in his book will show us what makes a good CEO. You will read about eight CEOs and will learn about their specific traits and method they used to become who they are today. And most of them are multimillionaires. So what is the hallmark of an exceptional CEO? Returns for the shareholders over the long term. Sales growth, laser-sharp focus, and cash flow is what a succesfull business has. These stories will inspire you to cultivate your primary business skills.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The Art of War is one of the most read books in history. This twenty-five hundred-year-old book is a classic that still holds today. Although the book’s subject is on a military strategy based on Chinese warfare, it is a book that will help us understand how loyalty is built. When you think about it the market is similar to a battlefield so it’s no wonder that this book still inspires millions of people worldwide.
Sun Tzu teaches us how to conquer our opponents and how to build a loyal following. His teachings have been and can be used in politics, business and everyday life. The Art of War should be on every serious business man’s bookshelf as a book you can always come back to. This book will teach you how to gain the advantage of your opponents while staying calm and with laser-sharp focus.
The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Fifth Edition edited by Lawrence A. Cunningham
These essays present gems of financial wisdom that will surely inspire you to upgrade your performance. You will learn about the principles behind investments from the very best and that is Warren Buffet. These essays will teach you that thinking for yourself and making smart moves can take you a long way. Just remember this famous line by Warren Buffett. “What could be more advantageous in an intellectual contest–whether it be chess, bridge, or stock selection–than to have opponents who have been taught that thinking is a waste of energy?”
This book will help you become a smart investment that will learn the principles of investing wisely. Just like Warren Buffet said, “price is what you pay and value is what you get”. This book will teach you how to invest in a way where the first — price — will always be less than the second. If we have a chance, we should always choose to learn from the best. And who’s better than Warren Buffett?
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
In his book, Gerber explores what he calls the E-Myth. The E-Myth is the myth of the entrepreneur. Of the entrepreneur that runs deep in America’s culture. In this book, we will learn that the entrepreneur is simply a myth of similar those of the Greek heroes. This is a book that will show us that there’s more to business than mere enthusiasm.
He believes that America has The Entrepreneurial Seizure which isn’t particularly a bad thing. The idea of being your own boss is appealing, but what are the real consequences of being your own boss and what are the traits we must cultivate to become succesfull? He will try to teach us how we can cultivate those traits and what it takes to be an entrepreneur. This is an honest book that will inspire you to cultivate your qualities without the heroic myth.
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
by Chris Guillebeau
This inspiring book written by Chris Guilbeau will show you that it is possible to live your dream life. That it is possible to lead a life you always dreamed of, full of adventure meaning and purpose, all the while earning a good living. If you are not interested in traditional employment (which you probably aren’t because you are reading this article) this is the book that will show you how you can make money off of what you’re good at.
Chirs doesn’t talk in generalities. He will show you exactly how much money you’ll require and how much money his group of interviewed people needed to get their project running. He’ll teach you how to avoid mistakes and what are some of the most crucial factors that will make your business stick. This book is about finding what’s your expertise and what people will pay you for. And finding a balance.