Everyone who starts a home business comes face to face with failure at one point or another. We gravitate to starting our own business because we want different things and different experiences and a different life than we are currently experiencing. What’s important about that statement is the word DIFFERENT, and having something different requires thinking, acting, doing and being different.
One of the great things about starting out on your own is that there is a wealth of knowledge contained in the classic texts that have propelled entrepreneurs to success throughout the ages. Below, I recommend 5 different books, each with it’s own focus and wisdom, that will enable you to change your mindset, create a new direction and truly propel your new venture – or the one that is currently stalled – to the greatness and achievement that you deserve.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends and Influence People was the very first best selling self help book. Written by Dale Carnegie in 1936 – yes, it is definetly a classic – it is one of the most revered books in the self-help genre, selling millions of books worldwide. Ask any truly successful entreprenuer if they have read this book and you are certain to hear YES and many of them will tell you they have read it over and over again.
While many of the truths contained in the book might seem obvious, Dale Carnegie’s story-telling style truly bring the examples to life. I decided to start this list of with this book because if you haven’t read it, your journey to home business success truly hasn’t begun yet. Make it a MUST READ as soon as possible.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
If you are looking for a book that has changed the lives on millions and millions of people, that is exactly what you will find in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. If I were to sum up this book, it would be in the words FOCUS and INITIATIVE, as Steven drives home how these two characteristics, regardless of experience, knowledge or determination, create the path to achieving the success you deserve and becoming the person you were meant to be.
The book is NOT a quick and simple read. It is one of those books whose content should be read and re-read time and again while taking notes and studying the material within. It is a fundamental script for staying on your personal path to success and a book that every entrepreur must read.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich was published in 1937 by Napoleon Hill and, by 1970, had sold over 20 million copies. What made this text such an instant and timeless classic? Napoleon Hill illuminates the incredible truth inherent in lifes basic principles and therefore created a text that will be relevent throughout the ages. The book is divided in 13 different lessons and principle to be studied and mastered.
- Auto Suggestion
- Specialized Knowledge
- Organized Planning
- Power of the Master Mind
- The Subconscious Mind
- The Brain
- The Sixth Sense
Napoleon Hill’s powerful book has become not only a permanent member of success libraries throughout the globe, but also required reading for anyone wanting to build a successful business.
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
Are you looking to maximize your time, your productivity and your freedom? If so, then Tim Ferris wrote The Four Hour Work Week for you. Besed on this book, Tim Ferris has gained a huge, devoted following and many entrepreneurs believe him to be one of the foremost business gurus alive today. The book was on the New York Times Bestseller list for over seven years and is a short but excellent read.
In the book, Tim talks about shifting his paradigm to a way more efficient thought and business process which resulted in going from a $40K per year and 50 hour per week life to a $40K per week and 4 hour per week freedom lifestyle.
While some of the assertions have been called “controversial”, The Four Hour Work Week has emerged as a paradigm shifting text for new business owners.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Anyone who has spent any time at all building a business knows that, along with the determination to succeed, creating a profitable business is about creativity. Based on that knowledge, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield is a true must read. It is one of the best books ever penned on the subject of creativity, writing, art and what is necessary to become a true artist – even if it is within your personal business. I cannot imagine a better of the phychology behind the creative process and from a author who has sold millions of books but took years to truly realixe that success. Steven understands the true stuggle that accompanies the creative process and the growth of a thriving business. Pick this one up today!
There you have it.
Five classic entrepreneurial success books – some more classic than others, but each with it’s own truth and gems to offer your new business venture.
Every successful entreprenuer will tell you that constant learning is the key to constant growth so commit to not only achieving the success and life you deserve, but also learning the truths and techiques that make that journey possible.
Grab one of these books and begin reading today!
To your success,