President Harry Truman once said that not all readers lead, but that all leaders read. Given the fast pace of life in these modern times, it is not a surprise that the leaders of today may eventually fall by the wayside unless they make a very concerted effort to stay abreast of new developments. Many people do not understand that being on top is a job just like getting to the top was. You have to work at it. Sometimes you have to work harder at it than you did in your ascent to that position.
It might be best to think of it as having to work smarter than you ever did before. One way of doing that is to read. Every chance you get, read. I know that I do, and I know that most self-improvement gurus constantly exhort their followers to crack the books. With that thought in mind, here are five good entrepreneurial books that contain a lot of great ideas you’ll want to stuff into your brain this year.
The Startup Hero’s Pledge
Since you may be inspired to start right away, it only makes sense to recommend a book that you can get busy on right now by downloading it. I am referring to billionaire investor Steve Draper’s highly introspective and often autobiographical offering known as “The Startup Hero’s Pledge“. Not only are there a lot of very thought-provoking ideas in his work, but it is also free for the asking. That makes it even better– particularly for those who haven’t made their first billion yet.
They Ask You Answer
Because a large part of building a successful business or life is all about selling, you need to enhance your own sales ability with something like Marcus Sheridan’s “They Ask You Answer“. Keep in mind that selling is a larger concept than just, well, selling stuff. You need to sell yourself and the rest of it is actually pretty easy once you master that first essential trait.
Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, And What The Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
A common conceit is that everything can be reduced to data, which can then be examined rationally in order to produce the best possible outcome. This idea makes “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, And What The Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are” by Seth Stevens-Davidowitz all but essential. Until you are able to look at information in a way that others are not capable of doing, you are going to find it very hard to rise above their level of performance and understanding.
The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates The World’s Greatest Teams
While the concept of “team” in today’s business world has really become a way of evading personal responsibility, the principles of providing leadership to a group of people who are prepared to follow your lead are timeless ones. For that reason, Sam Walker’s “The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates The World’s Greatest Teams” provides you with valuable insight as to what it takes to become the leader you need to be.
What To Do When Machines Do Everything: How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data
Finally, you need to be thinking ahead a move or two even as you grapple with today’s challenges. So take a look at “What To Do When Machines Do Everything: How To Get Ahead In A World Of AI, Algorithms, Bots, And Big Data”. Authors Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig, and Ben Pring take you on a little trip into the not too distant future where you can see how current trends are creating certain almost guaranteed paradigms around which the future will revolve.