I recently wrote a big post on my annual goals here. The post is worth checking out not only for my goals, but my annual year in review video.
Anyway, one of my goals this year is to read at least one business book a month. I really do enjoy reading, but unless I consciously make an effort, I can find myself going a while without reading a good book.
This goal will keep me educated, inspired, and off the computer for a little while!
However, I’ve already gone over half of January and I haven’t even picked a book yet! So, I need your help! Please recommend a good business book to me below in the comments.
I think this will also be interesting for other readers to get some good business book suggestions as well. Here’s a few decent business books that I’ve read over the past little while:
Business Books I’ve Read Recently
- $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau – I enjoyed the book and especially liked the stories of the different boot strappers
- The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries . The book was good, but honestly I wasn’t as impressed as everyone has made this out to be. The principles it teaches are excellent, so I do recommend it; but I would argue that these principles are nothing many bootstrappers haven’t been doing for years. (Many people tout these ideas as “new” and “revolutionary”). Perhaps to the VC crowd or businesses using other people’s money being “frugal” is something new. But for those of us starting with just a little, this is how we’ve always thought. I would recommend because Eric’s thoughts can take your “lean” intuitions a little bit further.
- One Simple Idea by Stephen Key – An interesting look into the world of licensing. All you need is the idea, then just get someone else to build it and sell it for you. You get an ongoing license fee! Well, its not really as easy as it sounds. Stephen Key gives some great examples, but the process of pitching ideas and securing license ideas is almost as difficult as just starting the entire business yourself.
- The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris – I finally read the book this year. I’ve resisted for several years because it sounded like more hype than I could handle. As much as I wanted to hate it, it was actually pretty good. I was surprised at the interesting stories of OTHER people (besides Tim Ferris) that have done well automating their businesses. I could do without all of Tim’s lingo like he’s coming up with something great like the “New Rich” and other nonsense phrases. People have been outsourcing or hiring others to run their businesses long before Tim came along. But despite my obvious desire to not like Tim, the book is actually a decent read. So, if you can get past the hype in the title and the effort in the book to come up with new words or acronyms, the principles are solid.
- Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham – This book focuses on several example companies that have made a conscious effort to stay small and focus on quality and experience rather than constantly try to hit growth goals. These are mostly private companies (maybe all, can’t remember). The book was okay. However, when I think of “small”, I was thinking of 1 to 10 employees. However, this book covers companies with much more than 100 employees often. Nothing wrong with that, but perhaps isn’t as interesting to bootstrappers. We keep it REALLY small
I may have read a few others this past year, but I can’t remember them at the moment.
So, what should I read next?
I need some help picking a book real quick, so I can read it before the end of February! I also hoping to get a few other ideas of business books to read so I can be prepped for the rest of the year.
I look forward to your thoughts, comments, and suggestions!
UPDATE: I just bought 3 books off Amazon (1/18/2013). I’ll be reading whatever book arrives here first for January
UPDATE II (Jan 22nd): I’m reading Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh right now and loving it!
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