While it might be hard to find time for it, entrepreneurs can learn a lot by cracking open a book every once in a while.
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Books authored by other entrepreneurs and business leaders offer a wealth of information on how to succeed in what you're doing. However, finding the books that provide the best advice isn't always easy.
To help entrepreneurs know which books are worth spending the time reading, Audiobooks.com CEO Sanjay Singhal has compiled a list of his nine must-read titles. They are:
- "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" (Simon & Schuster, 2013) by Stephen R. Covey: One of the most influential books on management of all time, Covey's guide to achieving objectives by upholding core principles has sold more than 15 million copies in 38 languages worldwide.
- "How to Get What You Want" (Simon & Schuster, 2004) by Zig Ziglar: Written by one of the most accomplished salesmen and motivational speakers of all time, this book makes a classic argument for goal setting. It delivers broad strategies and practical tactics to achieve success, also offering a generous dose of inspiration.
- "One Thing You Need to Know" (Free Press, 2005) by Marcus Buckingham: This primer on excellence in business management and leadership reveals the fundamental insight that drives achievement. It provides real-world examples that illustrate how "one thing" drives career success.
- "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead" (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2013) by Sheryl Sandberg: Written by the chief operating officer of Facebook, this book is a practical guide to leadership for a new generation of women executives. It examines the challenges women face in the executive suite and outlines practical solutions for overcoming barriers and finding success.
- "Contagious: Why Things Catch On" (Simon & Schuster, 2005) by Jonah Berger:A compelling examination of what makes stories, rumors and content go viral by a Wharton School professor. This book illuminates six insights that make ideas contagious across multiple social platforms.
- "Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think" (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) by Viktor Mayer-Schöberger and Kenneth Cukier: This insightful examination of the hottest concept in business today sheds new light on how Big Data is driving business and social policy — and endangering privacy.
- "The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses" (Crown Startup, 2013) by Eric Ries: With practical tips on how to create a sustainable business and overcome uncertainty, this book provides a fresh look at a startup strategy that is gaining popularity worldwide. A range of companies has adopted the concept, from those launched in a founder's garage to Fortune 500 ventures.
- "To Sell Is Human" (Riverhead Trade, 2013) by Daniel Pink: This book takes an innovative look at the art and science of selling. It outlines principles that are extremely valuable for entrepreneurs, managers, employees, parents and teachers — anyone who has to persuade others to take action, which is virtually everyone.
- "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" (Random House, 2012) by Charles Duhigg: A 60-week New York Times bestseller by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, this book examines the science behind habits and how people can harness the power of those habits to be more productive and successful.
Originally published on Business News Daily.