ENTREPRENEURSHIP / FEB. 11, 2015
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5 Best Books for Entrepreneurs 2015

Time is of the essence for most budding entrepreneurs. Every minute counts, and as cringe worthy as it is to say: ‘time is money!’ For this reason, it is imperative that you use your timely wisely as an entrepreneur and avoid unproductive tasks at all costs. You need your time to relax just as much as you need more minutes in the day to do the million and one tasks that are on your list. What’s more relaxing than reading a book? Reading a book is the perfect way to relax, recover from the day and to learn more tips and tricks that could bring you an even more productive day tomorrow.

Some of the best books for entrepreneurs are written by experienced and successful entrepreneurs themselves, and so you are quite literally learning from the best in the industry. Want to avoid making mistakes on your entrepreneurial journey in 2015? Learn from the experience of others by picking up one of the incredibly valuable books mentioned below.

#1 Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save YAHOO! – by Nicolas Carlson

This book is set to be released onto the shelves in February this year so get ready to pick up your copy! Reviews say that this book is a real page-turner and lets the reader into the remarkable journey of Marissa Mayer and her efforts to save Yahoo. Mayer’s role as a CEO of a $30bn company by the age of 38 is testament to the fact that reading up on her mistakes, risks taken and decisions made could really help you become successful in life.

#2 Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future – by Peter Thiel

As a no. 1 New York Times bestseller, this book is a riveting read for those who want to know the secrets to building their own empire. The book, written by legendary entrepreneur Peter Thiel  (co-founder of PayPal) describes at length the future of America. How innovation and unique business ideas will be extremely successful in the future because these ideas will not need to compete in an aggressive market. Why? Because the idea is unique.

#3 Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal – by Nick Bilton

Starting out on your journey as an entrepreneur can be daunting. Many people get so wrapped up in launching their product or idea that they overlook the relationships they have with those who are also integral to the success of the company. If ever there was a more appropriate and relevant book for entrepreneurs to read, it is this one. Another New York Times bestseller, this book unravels the turbulent journey of the group behind Twitter; it uncovers the betrayals, risks, struggles and dramas experienced by the four founders.

#4 Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less – by Robert L. Sutton and Huggy Rao

Standford professors Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao have dedicated much of their time over the past 10 years to uncovering how organisations can ‘scale up’ and follow best work practises whilst avoiding unnecessary costs and avoiding other obstacles that may come their way. If you are set on establishing a company this year, you need to have long term goals for growth in mind. With this book, you can gain a deep insight into ‘exemplary performance’ and how this can be applied with real practical advice to help your business grow.

#5 The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs – by David Kidder

This book truly is an entrepreneur’s handbook. Written by Clickable CEO, David Kidder, this book delves into the experiences of some of the most renowned, influential and successful entrepreneurs in the world today. Every new entrepreneur craves the advice of those who have made it, lost it and built a bigger empire than ever imaginable, because it is these professionals who understand the risks to take and the paths to follow for ultimate success. This book reveals closely held advice from incredibly influential business moguls including the founders of PayPal, Flickr, LinkedIn and TED.

Have you read a book recently that you think would be an ideal read for a budding entrepreneur to get inspired and to learn valuable tips for business success? If so, please add them to this list by inserting them into the comments section below!

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