2015 could arguably be named the "year of the entrepreneur." Shark Tank became must-see TV, the SEC allowed regular folks to invest in startups, and Inc.com has become one of the most-visited business websites in the world.
Not surprisingly, 2015 had a bumper crop of excellent books for entrepreneurs. That's a very good thing, because to be useful "start your own business" books must be grounded in the economic reality.
In other words, if you're starting your own business, you need access to the latest and greatest thinking on the subject. With that in mind, here are ten brand-new and updated books that you should read by the end of the year.
Subtitle: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
Author: Guy Kawasaki
5 Second Summary: A step-by-step how-to guide for starting a business while avoiding the pitfalls that trip up the unwary. An absolute must-read. Buy it, read it, thank me later.
Best Quote: "To do things right from the start and fix them later. At this stage, you are forming the DNA of your startup, in this genetic code is permanent. By paying attention to a few important issues, you can build the right foundation and free yourself to concentrate on the big challenges."
Subtitle: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation
Author: Jay Samit
5 Second Summary: Through anecdotes about how famous entrepreneurs got their start, Samit explains why and how to change your belief system to make yourself more successful.
Best Quote: "All disruption starts with introspection. The way we understand our internal value chains-how we view ourselves and how we interpret our personal strengths-is at the core of all external success. I have applied these insights to raising over $800 million for startup companies as well as launching new businesses in million-dollar industries as diverse as telecommunications, music, and e-commerce. I didn't go to the right schools or know the right people, but I didn't learn how to disrupt my own belief systems in order to reposition myself to take advantage of opportunity and achieve success. And I've done it again and again-achieving resilience and security in an often unstable business landscape."
Subtitle: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
Author: Taylor Pearson
5 Second Summary: The book shows how the traditional job is disappearing quickly and why you must make the transition towards owning your own business as soon as possible to avoid being caught in the impending collapse.
Best Quote: " Every farsighted, high-quality employer (potentially you) that comes in and hire someone at above-market rates and invests in them as a valuable part of a team is creating a job for someone that otherwise would have had to work for a low-quality employer [Such employers] are also more likely to win out in the long run. While the companies who pay the minimum possible wage and nickel and dime their employees may make a quick buck, they rarely seem to last."
4. Quit Your Job in 6 Months
Subtitle: Why You Should Quit Your Job and How You Can!
Author: Buck Flogging
5 Second Summary: Rather than the doom-and-gloom tone typical of such books, this book admits that a good job is a good thing, but then encourages you to grow beyond the limitations inherent in being an employee.
Best Quote: "There are some good things about jobs. They provide a pretty decent level of stability and consistency that you can count on. With a family and fixed amount of expenses, this consistency and safety can't be overlooked. They also give you some socialization that can be fun, keeping your mood and mental health on a more stable course. And take can be quite decent in some cases, and even when the pain isn't so hot, there are next to no expenses to be taken off of those earnings. With your own enterprise, online or not, you might have to bring in 10,000 per month in revenue to have as much money actually make it into your pocket as a job that pays less than half that. All that considered, job some pretty great. But they aren't. All they are is average. In most cases, they are a defense against the unknown alternatives of entrepreneurship that could result in less money, less stability, and moral responsibility-all of which can amount to a great deal of stress. But defending against the worst case scenario is hardly the path to a truly exceptional life."
Subtitle: The 7 Steps to Build a Home Business, Quit your Job & Enjoy the Freedom
Author: Jyotsna Ramachandran
5 Second Summary: Explains how to start a home business in your spare time while still working at a job. Essential reading if you're starting with limited financial resources.
Best Quote: " Don't wait for another year or another month to pass by. Don't wait for your pay raise. Don't wait for that promotion. Now is the time. Get started with the steps involved in starting your own business and saying goodbye to your boss! Now is the time to give yourself the freedom that you were born with."
Author: Jim Horan
5 Second Summary: An essential set of exercises to crystalize your thoughts about your business into a simple, easily-read actionable plan.
Best Quote: "Business is complex, resources are limited, and time is of the essence. There is no room for big mistakes. Business owners can't know it all and can't do it all by themselves. Therefore, other people will become involved in the business. That means employees, independent contractors, investors, and potentially partners. Additionally, your business may require the use of 'other people's money.' Other people and 'other people's money' necessitate having a written business plan. It's no longer optional."
Subtitle: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World
Authors: Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
5 Second Summary: A combination manifesto/manual about how companies succeed in today's hyper-connected world.
Best Quote: " Thousands of years ago, it was only kings, pharaohs, and emperors who has the ability to solve large-scale problems. Hundreds of years ago, this power expanded to the industrialists who built our transportation systems and financial institutions. But today, the ability to solve such problems has been thoroughly democratized. Right now, and for the first time ever, a passion and commitment individual has access to the technology, minds, and capital required to take on any challenge. Even better, that individual has good reason to take on such challenges. As we will soon see, the world's biggest problems are now the worlds biggest business opportunities."
Subtitle: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy
Author: Lewis Howes
5 Second Summary: A series of instructive anecdotes about successful people, structured into a step-by-step method for organizing your business and life to server a greater purpose.
Best Quote: "A vision is the most important step to getting anywhere and achieving anything you want in any area of life. But we also have to be clear about what revision is. If vision is not just a dream. A powerful vision emerges when we couple our dreams with a clear set of goals. Without both, we are apt to wander and a clueless and purposeless fog, because a dream without goals is just a fantasy. And fantasies are the bad kind of visions-the hallucinogenic kind, not the real kind.
Subtitle: Why Now Is the Time to #JoinTheRide
Author: Darren Hardy
5 Second Summary: A conversational non-nonsense guide to the all-important task of managing your emotions while starting your own business.
Best Quote: People all around you will become millionaires before your very eyes. Why not you? You could be one of those new millionaires. What's stopping you? Is it your friends? Your family? Your coworkers? Maybe it's the haters doubters, naysayers, and skeptics who won't do it themselves and don't want you to? Or are you stopping yourself? Is it fear of financial insecurity? You're suppose it lack of time or money? Or maybe it's the voice in your head that keeps telling you that you'll never make it."
Subtitle: The Rewards of Being Relentless
Authors: Jeffrey W. Hayzlett with Jim Eber
5 Second Summary: This book helps you overcome the limitations in your thinking which are limiting your personal success and the success of your business.
Best Quote: "Why do so many of us think small and ask smaller? Why do so many smart entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, and leaders (not to mention parents and partners) failed to act bigger even when they think that way? Lots of reasons: they are sure what they really want; they are sure they can get what they really want; they are scared or doubtful and think that if they don't know how to get somewhere, it isn't going to happen; and, most important, they lack the right attitude to own who they are."