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15 Business Books All Entrepreneurs Should Read

Just in time for the Holidays, here’s a list of 15 business books all entrepreneurs should have on their reading list this Christmas – or any time of the year.

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Flash Boys: A Wall Street RevoltFlash Boys

Flash Boys is a non-fiction investigation into the phenomenon of high-frequency trading in the US equity market, with the author, Michael Lewis, interviewing and collecting the experiences of several people working on Wall Street. The Flash Boys band together to bring about change in the financial markets after they figure out that the U.S. stock market have become more controlled by the bigger banks after the financial crisis.

The book, which reached No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list and remained on the top for three weeks is a must read for anyone interested in the equity markets.

Cold Hard Truth on Family, Kids, and MoneyCold Hard Truth On Family, Kids And Money

This book deals with various mistakes made by entrepreneurs and how to avoid them. Authored by television’s celebrity entrepreneur (Dragon’s Den, Shark Tank) and ‘Wonderful shark’ Kevin O’Leary, it is a good read for all entrepreneurs new and old. It is written in a no-nonsense style and can help you take your financial decisions very serious.

Capital In The Twenty-First Century

This is a book by French economist Thomas Piketty which focuses on wealth and income inequality in Europe and the United States since the 18th century. It deals with data from various countries and analyses them to find economic and social patterns. The book’s central thesis is that when the rate of return on capital is greater than the rate of economic growth over the long term, the result is concentration of wealth, and this unequal distribution of wealth causes social and economic instability. An interesting read that can spur various discussions.

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STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0

This is an interesting book dealing with the topic of a person’s strength and natural talents. It is a sequel to the first version of the same name and is basically a self-help book. It is a good read for entrepreneurs who are looking for some inspiration.

Think Like a Freak

This is another Interesting read from the creators of the Freakonomics Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.  It focuses on making daily life easier by making smarter and better decisions. The book also deals with the topic of preconceived notions and prejudices when approaching societal issues.

The Wealthy Barber Returns

This is a sequel of the The Wealthy Barber and is written in a humorous and easy to read manner. The author, David Chilton talks about various methods of savings and investments and gives advice on spending better. It is an especially useful read for people who spend too much money recklessly.

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#GIRLBOSS

Girlboss is an autobiographical book by Sophia Amoruso and tells the story of her company Nasty Gal. While the book is a must read for all female entrepreneurs, men too will find a lot they can learn from it including dealing with co-workers and trusting your instincts. While the book was later made into a Television show, the former remains a better option.

Creativity, Inc.

Written by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace, Creativity, Inc. is a book for leaders. It helps its readers develop their leadership abilities and understand that creativity is not something to stay away from. It deals with Pixar’s and Disney’s work culture and is a good read for not only those who work in creative fields but also those who try to include creativity in their everyday lives.

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BLINK

Blink deals with the process of ‘thinking’, of how choices that are made in the blink of an eye are not as simple as they seem. This book by Malcolm Gladwell is an excellent read for those who like to know more about their own decision making.

The Intelligent Investor

This book by Benjamin Graham is an investment guide that was first published in 1949, however it remains relevant in our times and is a must read for every businessman. It deals with value investing, a topic that remains a favorite of all successful entrepreneurs.

All In

All In by Arlene Dickinson is about ignoring the critics and learning from our own and other’s mistakes. The book deals with the various hurdles that can come in the way of a business and the pros and cons of the need for control whether in a business or a relationship.

Start With Why

This book analyses why some people are more influential and successful when compared to others. It deals with the analysis of leaders who have influenced the world and the common traits they share. The book Start With Why inspires people to do the things that inspire them.

Freakonomics

Freakonomics is a very popular book in the world of business. Written by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, it applies economic theory to diverse subjects not usually covered by traditional economists. The book reminds us that economics is the study of incentives and human behavior, wants and needs.

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge

This is a set of standard terminology and guidelines for project management. The body of knowledge has continued to evolve over time. This book is seen as a global standard for project management and can be the ultimate guidebook for all types of project managers.

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Stop Over-Thinking Your Money!

Stop Over-Thinking Your Money! The Five Simple Rules of Financial Success is a Book by Preet Banerjee that deals with taking charge of your own money. A good book for those interested in personal finance as it does not go on a information overload, rather keeping it simple and efficient.


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