A large part of succeeding as an entrepreneur comes down to learning. And one way to learn at a fast rate is to adopt a consistent reading habit. Reading is such a valuable asset to entrepreneurs because it allows you to learn from the top experts in any subject in a matter of hours.
The biggest advantage and reason that I became hooked on reading was the notion that I could adopt new mentors along with creating a new environment more ideal for growth. Sometimes, the hardest reason entrepreneurs can't make progress toward their goals is due to their environment.
While books don't physically change your environment, they do change your mindset, which is the most important.
As you're looking to start a business, grow your business, or become a top performer--these five books below are a must read.
1. Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty, by Patrick Lencioni
As a consultant myself, this book was a powerful recommendation given to me by a peer as I was learning about delivering quality client services.
This book's central message discusses fears that many of us have in the client services business. The big three including fear of losing the business, fear of being embarrassed, and fear of feeling inferior.
Of all the lessons in the book, my favorite was celebrating your mistakes. In today's world, it's tempting to appear as the expert who knows everything and doesn't make mistakes. However, it's the very notion of admitting and showing your mistakes that will earn you the trust and loyalty among your clients and team members.
2. Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel, by Candice B. Pert
But in actuality, the ability to control your emotions will play a pivotal role in the magnitude of your success. Therefore, it's important to understand questions such as: "Why do we feel the way we feel?" and "How do our thoughts and emotions affect our health?"
As an entrepreneur, your health is your most valuable currency.
3. How to Get Rich: One of the World's Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets, by Felix Dennis
I'll admit, when I first saw this title, I'll initially assumed it was just another book of recycled ideas about money. However, I was completely wrong. While this book from the founder of Maxim does discuss money, he, more importantly, discusses the various stages of entrepreneurship.
I continually reopen this book when I need a reality check about growing a business and staying the course.
4.Tax-Free Wealth: How to Build Massive Wealth by Permanently Lowering Your Taxes, by Tom Wheelwright
While talk of revenue generally garners the spotlight, another important concept for entrepreneurs to keep in mind is how much they keep. After all, it doesn't matter how much you make if you don't have a strategy for how to keep it.
One way to maximize your dollars is to learn the basics about taxes. Generally, accounting and finance aren't my go-to reading materials. However, reading this book actually made taxes and accounting more exciting. If you want to learn tax laws and how to utilize them, this book is a great resource for beginners.
5.The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level, by Gay Hendricks
Ever find yourself making progress on a business or health goal, but you can't seem to get past a certain benchmark? Or, are you in a creative or business rut?
If so, then this book needs to rise to the top of the queue. When you find yourself in a never-ending cycle of success then subsequent crashes and self-sabotaging, you're "upper-limiting" yourself.
This book is valuable in the sense that it helps you systematically get to the root of why you can't break through to the next level that you're pursuing.
Utilize books to help shorten your curve to growth and expansion along with making unnecessary mistakes.