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Being an entrepreneur is a lonely, scary life, but that doesn't mean you are out of reach for help. Lots of people have been in your shoes before and are ahead of the pack. Why don't you let someone teach you something?
There are many books out there by entrepreneurs claiming to hold the keys to success, but not all books are created equal when it comes to what they can teach aspiring titans of the industry. Here are some of the writers who are providing the most valuable insights today.
1. Alexsys Thompson – The power of a graceful leader
As a leader, you need to use all of your strengths to improve an organization, even if they don't fit into outdated definitions of leadership. Alexsys Thompson harnesses the power of a graceful leader to show the importance of being honest with yourself in leadership roles. Grace isn't usually considered a key quality for executives, but it can mean the difference between a businessman and a visionary.
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2. Laura Calandrella – Our Next Evolution: Transforming Collaborative Leadership to Shape the Future of Our Planet
If the world is currently facing unprecedented challenges, why do our leadership models remain largely unchanged from what they have been for decades? Laura Calandrella is breaking new ground with her new book and shows how innovative, integrative leadership methods can make the difference in the years to come. Our next development is an invaluable resource for entrepreneurs looking to make a place for themselves in the 21st century.
Far too many entrepreneurs only know the specifics of their local ecosystems. Brian Requarth is here to correct that with Viva the Entrepreneur, an informative and engaging look at what entrepreneurship is like in Latin America. This book is full of lessons for those willing to learn. It's a great introduction to an often-ignored market.
4. Timothy Yen – Better Choose: The Optimal Decision Making Framework
Being an entrepreneur can often feel like asking yourself an endless stream of questions, many of which don't have a clear right answer. Better to choose is Dr. Timothy Yen's guide to wading through some of these tough problems and making the best choices, even when it's not clear which is the best choice. Any business owner will make decisions big and small, and a book like this can help them make the right decisions.
5. Tanner Chidester – Infinite Income: The Eight Digit Formula for Your Online Business
Infinite Income embodies the beautiful promise of doing business online: easy marketing opportunities, low overheads, and a seemingly endless stream of customers. Tanner Chidester thrived in this landscape and in this book he gives you the tools you need to do it yourself.
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6. Mandy Gilbert – Just Join In: How To Navigate The Ups And Downs Of Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is not a straight road to the top. It's full of twists, turns, slumps, and drops that can make you too uncomfortable to reach your ultimate goal. If you feel lost, you know Mandy Gilbert has been there before. Just Go With It is your guide to finding your way through whatever your career path has in store for you and coming out even stronger than before.
7. Jared Graybeal – The Self Help Book: 6 Practical Ways to Never Stop Growing
Philosophies of growth are a given for most entrepreneurs, but growing too fast can lead to serious burnout down the line. The self-help book is a guide to adopting growth-minded attitudes and ensuring that they always produce positive results. Self-care may not sound like a critical component of running a business, but Jared Graybeal has found it to be essential to success. This book shows you how.
8. Robert Althuis – Never Enough Inflammation: A Story of Success, Emptiness and Overcoming Myself
The ultimate goal for any business owner should never be success. it should be satisfaction. Never Enoughitis is Robert Althuis' story of how success on paper does not always lead to happiness in reality. Lean too hard into your career and your career will start pushing you back.
9. Andrew Freedman & Paul Elliott – Thriving: The Leadership's Guide to Building a High Performance Culture
Achieving a good corporate culture may sound mystical and immaterial, but Andrew Freedman and Paul Elliott have proven otherwise. Thrive outlines the exemplary performance system of its authors, EPS for short, which offers a powerful framework for establishing a productive culture in companies of all kinds. Considerations like profit margins easily take precedence over culture, but this book shows why the latter should always be at the forefront of your thinking.
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10. Adii Pienaar – Profitability in Life: The New Measure of Business Success
It is not enough for Adii Pienaar to have a profitable business despite the fact that he has managed to build a highly profitable business himself. You must be content with your life too. Profitability in life is exactly what it sounds like: a guide to ensuring that in addition to success in the workplace, you can also maximize your personal happiness on your business journey.
If you hit the books at this point in your corporate journey, it can pay off in the long run. By learning from what some of these writers have to teach, you can create for yourself the entrepreneurial path you have always wanted.