There’s no shortage of entrepreneurial advice coming in the form of pithy online articles and—yes—your newest business mantra might even be contained in a 140-character tweet. However, some lessons take time and devotion, and that’s where long-form content comes in. We hope you enjoy these five books as much as we do.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Even though it was first published back in 1989, this book still ranks highly among entrepreneurs. This is because the advice Stephen gives has a strong focus on universality and timelessness. It’s sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
In this memoir, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight details his entrepreneurial journey into producing one of the most iconic brands ever. Selling shoes from the trunk of his lime green Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed $8,000 his first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Psychologist Angela Duckworth claims that the secret to success is a mixture of passion and persistence—what she calls “grit.” In her book, she synthesises her deeply personal experiences into career wisdom that can appeal to everyone. Angela’s also given a famous TED Talk on the topic. Watch it here.
Own It: Oprah Winfrey In Her Own Words, edited by Anjali Becker and Jeanne Engelmann
Oprah Winfrey is undisputedly one of the most influential entrepreneurs of our time. Known as “The Queen of All Media,” Oprah first got her start on Chicago TV in 1983. This book offers an intimate look into the thought processes of one of the most loved and powerful people in the world.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
In this book, author and professor Adam Grant reveals how originality and creativity are at the heart of meaningful business innovation. He also goes into detail about how to present new ideas persuasively as well as how leaders can reject groupthink.
Which books would you recommend to your fellow entrepreneurs? Share your favourites in the comments!