When we were children, our parents told us to never stop reading. They were onto something big. As adult business owners, an easy and fun way to develop a competitive advantage and get ahead in today’s fast-paced business world is to read. Reading helps you continue to build your knowledge of business, finance, commerce, and just about any other topic.
Fortunately, there is plenty of reading material for those looking to read the most progressive and insightful business books, and get ahead, in the next several months. Here are four of my favorite business book picks for 2015 and beyond:
This book is one of my must-reads. I highly recommend it to all of my small business clients, and anyone who is thinking of starting, or has, a small business. The book discusses the importance of placing components of your small business on auto-pilot, allowing employees to assist you in the day-to-day execution of tasks, and giving you the peace of mind to strategize the business.
The Intelligent Entrepreneur, by Bill Murphy
Focusing on the experiences of several Harvard University alumni, this book takes a look at those who turned down high-paying, fancy jobs for entrepreneurship. I especially love it because it relates to the many people I meet each week here in New York City. It inspires me to be a better entrepreneur, and has inspired many to take on entrepreneurship.
The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries
I’ve always loved The Lean Startup since the first time I read it, because it truly makes you go through the (sometimes) painful process of elimination that comes with developing a great and viable business idea and product. By facing the hard reality of starting a business early on, first-time entrepreneurs will be more likely to succeed and develop a sustainable, long-term business.
Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
This classic is a must-read for any entrepreneur, small business owner, or anyone looking to better understand why certain people have been extremely successful and made a lot of money. Think and Grow Rich is also a very entertaining and insightful read as it dives into the lives of those who have already experienced huge success.