Whether business is your job or your passion, there are plenty of ways to develop your business skills and strategies. One of the best methods for becoming well-versed in business of all kinds is by reading. There are tons of books to choose from that focus on strategic business planning, habits of the most successful business men and women in the world, and how to compete in a society where new business are popping up everywhere. Check out these five classic and modern books to read to help you with whatever business you’re involved with.
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers has been considered a classic in the business world for quite some time now. The main concept of the book is that it takes as much as 10,000 hours to master any skill and that practice makes perfect. It explores the topic of how high-achievers are different and why we should pay attention to their habits to achieve success in our own lives. According to Gladwell, patience is a virtue and we should stick with a skill if we want to master it.
Tools & Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss
Flipping through the pages of Tools & Titans by Tim Ferriss might seem impossible – the enormous book is almost 700 pages long – but it is completely worth it. Ferriss explores specific routines of the most successful people in the world and interviewed with over 200 of the most influential business icons. You’ll learn about how to develop new habits, how to become as productive as possible, and the best ways to focus on your entrepreneurial future.
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
In today’s world there are distractions around every corner. It is easy to lose focus and develop bad habits quickly. Spending too much time on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other unessential apps is easy. If staying focused isn’t your strong suit, consider reading Deep Work by Cal Newport. Throughout the book he touches on how to effectively master a skill without constant distractions getting in the way. You’ll learn how to keep the distractions at bay and focus on what’s really important in life.
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek originated in the world of business through his popular TED Talk. His main focus is on why some businesses are more profitable and influential than others. He believes that the most successful businesses and business figures all have the same habits and follow the same general routines.
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
As the creator of PayPal, Peter Thiel knows good business better than anyone. His book Zero to One focuses on the idea that innovation is still possible, and there are still plenty of inventions that the world is waiting for. If you want to be the next world influencer and innovator, read Zero to One.