Top 10 Entrepreneurship Books of 2016

 

An entrepreneur or an aspiring one must look to the successful businessmen and women who have managed to turn their innovative ideas and inventions into empires and brands of today. Thankfully, after succeeding, these minds have written books on their experiences so that the next generation can learn from their wisdom and mistakes so they don’t have to face such setbacks themselves. So without further ado, here’s the list of the top 10 entrepreneur books for 2016.

A Paperboy’s Fable: The 11 Principles of Success

If you recall reading some short stories when you were a kid who taught you some moral values, you'll find grasping this book all the more memorable and interesting. The writer puts across 11 principles in the form of a story which makes it all the more memorable to recall. The story is of a paperboy and through this character, the author teaches us some classic principles we need to learn as entrepreneurs.

Read it For:
The book and its methodology of teaching these 11 principles
Don't Read it For:
No reason to not read this one. An entrepreneur book at its best.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being creative, interesting and educative at the same time.

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Here's a book that tells you to go against the tide and be original if you want to change and make your business grow. Taking examples of real-life people, this book explains how you got to break customs and conventions to make something innovative and creative in a world always competing for the next big thing.

Read it For:
Learning certain skills that an entrepreneur is supposed to possess and also how you need to stand out if you wish to succeed like no other.
Don't Read it For:
The predictable writing that most success books follow by quoting and paraphrasing great stories and events that led to success of some influential people
What makes this book stand out?:
It stands out for stating the obvious and providing examples that support its claims.

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

 Here, the writer illustrates and explains through stories, how to become an effective manager, save time, make sensible decisions, prepare long term and short term objectives and other management related subtopics.

Read it For:
Learning how to be a great leader and make the right decisions through precise planning.
Don't Read it For:
the same words being repeated over and over again. You will be taught and retaught the same thing over and over again but through different illustrations and that makes it a bit annoying and difficult to read.
What makes this book stand out?:
Stories and anecdotes used to convey the lesson in each chapter.

The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future

Written by one of the co-founders of AOL, the author explains how entrepreneurship and business dynamics have entered into the Third Wave, after the wave of AOL(First) and search engines and social media giants like Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Along with that, you also have the experiences of the author as an entrepreneur himself.

Read it For:
A book on the changing world of business.
Don't Read it For:
a history on AOL. That seemed to be the highlight of this book
What makes this book stand out?:
Interesting events are covered in the book giving readers’ insight into AOL and its downfall.
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One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams Into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work

Okay first thing- This book tells you how to make smart money off royalties like the author has done through over thirty different products and earned hefty sums. And all it took was “One Simple Idea.” One idea that corporations take from you at the expense of paying a royalty for every dollar they make.

Read it For:
Knowing how to make money without an investment more than one brilliant idea.
Don't Read it For:
Starting your own company. You'll only know to make money but without making your own start-up, but by literally selling your idea for a company that will put in the effort you want to make a profit.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being a light at the end of the tunnel for the ones who don't want to trouble themselves to setting up their start-up for one simple idea.

Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do

Here's a book everyone looking to start a business must read. If you seek to start your own company, first you must know what skill or talent you can use to make a living. Most of us aren't happy because we don't do what we love and the things we love to do aren't enough to pay the bills. The perfect career is the one which has both paychecks and passion in it.

Read it For:
Knowing your potential and figure out how you might be able to benefit from talents you might have had but never tapped into them along with stories and illustrations.
Don't Read it For:
The same content repeated over and over again.
What makes this book stand out?:
Telling you the obvious with real-life stories in it.

The Art of Start-up Fundraising

Now here's a book that every start-up needs if it looks to survive until it makes its income. The author here tells start-ups how to raise funds for their business, look for the right investors and make the right decisions.

Read it For:
Learning how to find capital for your start-up from different crowdfunding and investment organizations.
Don't Read it For:
Every start-up firm needs this book if they wish to stay afloat.
What makes this book stand out?:
Giving handy tips and useful information on raising funds for your start-up.

Main Street Entrepreneur: Build Your Dream Company Doing What You Love Where You Live

This is what the book's about. The author interviews 100 entrepreneurs across 100 cities and gathered useful knowledge from them, like their work ethics, business plans, etc. The author explains the nine keys you need to have to run a successful start-up.

Read it For:
Real life accounts and interviews with some top entrepreneurs and the nine keys themselves.
Don't Read it For:
A simple book that you might feel is too standard.
What makes this book stand out?:
The interviews and the nine keys to success.

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter

From the Analog age to the digital age and then... Back to the Analog age? The author conveys his message of how we are going back to reducing our dependence on technology and more on physically existing objects like books, music records and so on.

Read it For:
How, according to the author, we seem to be falling in love with the objects of our previous generation instead of the tech-savvy world we live in today
Don't Read it For:
Another book that seems to be standardized and simplified
What makes this book stand out?:
The comparison and need of Analog products which give a personal touch compared to virtual, digital era products of our time.

The Storyteller’s Secret: How the World’s Most Inspiring Leaders Turn Their Passion Into Performance

Here's a book that every upcoming leader must have. An up and coming leader and entrepreneur must know how to communicate his/her product or service that connects to the people they're addressing, particularly through storytelling. This book tells us how to use stories to get our message across to the public or our employees.

Read it For:
Using stories to convey your message to people and how to do that.
Don't Read it For:
You learn how to be a good conversationalist through stories, which can be a very useful strategy. It's not for learning how to start and run your own company though.
What makes this book stand out?:
Some stories and classifying types of storytellers and the author itself.

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