One thing that all successful men know is that their is no substitute for experience. Many of us may prefer to get hands on and learn from trial and error, but it never hurts to learn from other’s experiences as well. If there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that there’s more books about how to become successful and how to improve yourself and your business-sense than there are actually successful people and we know that you’re likely as busy as we are, so wasting time reading nonsense from people with no idea what they’re talking about isn’t high on our list of things to do either.
Check our personal favorite reads that provide powerful knowledge actually relevant in today’s business world:
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable – Patrick Lencioni
- It’s pretty rare in the modern world to see an extremely successful solo-entrepreneur that never has to work with a team to accomplish their goals. If you are the exception then feel free to skip this one, but for everyone else, read on. Lencioni does a spectacular job of outlining a model by which you can diagnose and repair dysfunctions within your teams. It’s important for any manager or business owner to be able to get to the root of the problem and solve issues to keep workflow and productivity running smoothly and the information learned through this parable is invaluable to any leader’s arsenal.
- The 4-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss
- The biggest problem plaguing successful individuals in Western society is trying to find any kind of work-life balance. If you’ve managed to get past the first hurdle of actually becoming successful, then Ferriss’s book can help you figure out where to go from there, because obviously the goal of being a successful businessman or entrepreneur is to be able to have the time to enjoy the fruits of our labors. Even if you think four hours a week seems ridiculous, the message and the mindset is extremely powerful for helping to structure your life in a way that doesn’t keep you in the office all of your waking hours.
- The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries
- Ries does a wonderful job of shifting the mentality of launching a product or business from the antiquated methods of our parents and grandparents to a more modernly functional approach that increases your chances of success in a global setting dominated by technology and e-commerce that is always rapidly changing and evolving.
- Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell
- In Outliers, Gladwell picks apart exactly what methods led to the most successful examples of modern businesses to dominate the global marketplace. You’ll find plenty of examples and in-depth analysis of ways to rethink, restructure, or take a new approach to your own business ventures and hopefully turn your own companies or products into the juggernauts of tomorrow.