Do you think you’ve been through the toughest times in your business? Those days where your business dragged, and you panicked about new customers?
These books will tell you just how tough business can be – and what you can do to prevent mistakes from happening and experiments from blowing up.
1. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by Arbinger Institute
The various authors of this book reveal how we refuse to see our true motives, which limits our happiness in life – and our potential success. This book uses relatable fictional storytelling to drive the theme; readers will learn how to clear themselves of this selfish impulse and become self-aware.
2. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize winner, and psychologist, easily breaks down our thought patterns into two sectors: the impulsive and emotional, dubbed as System 1, and the logical, deliberate System 2. Knowing exactly when you are using one or the other can help you make effective business decisions.
3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” These are the wise words of Aristotle. Duhigg expands on this idea of a constant act of habit, detailing exactly how habits are precursors that create the events that make up our lives, whether personal or professional, success story.
4. The Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price by Laurence G. Weinzimmer and Jim McConoughey
Are you looking forward to making mistakes and failing in the various areas of business – just for the sake of learning valuable life lessons? No? Well, with this book, you won’t have to. In this book of wise words, the various authors of this collaborative piece prefer not to learn simple tactics to make risky mistakes of all the individuals and businesses they researched during a study taking up seven years.
5. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Running a business is hard. And not making the right decisions at the right time can make your business – and your life – even harder. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is a book that Horowitz shares the story of how his now-successful business almost failed, how he dusted himself off, staved off his failure and defeat, and how you can be like him too. Know how you succeed in the challenges of entrepreneurs around the world.
6. Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
Written by the founder of PayPal and Palantir, this book teaches you the importance of unique, groundbreaking business ideas. Discover how vital originality and authenticity indeed is in the world of business.
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