For the past few years, the number of self-employed business owners has been growing. That means the amount of pressure and competition in every industry is also growing. So, in order for starting entrepreneurs to succeed, they must do everything in their power to make sure that they learn something new every day.
Every single day there’s a new breakthrough, a new innovation, a new set of data to analyze and strategize from. One must love to learn if they want to be successful in business. And what’s the best way to learn? Reading.
Reading is a habit that a lot of successful business tycoons have. But with the fast-paced nature of today’s business industry, how can you have the time to pick up a book and read it?
Simple. Pick an audiobook instead.
Audiobooks are a convenient and efficient alternative to the good old-fashioned books. While there is nothing wrong with having a good hefty book inside your briefcase, you have to admit that having a collection of books that only occupy your phone memory is a lot better.
You would get the same knowledge and insights without the hassle of having to carry around a physical material. You can also multitask with audiobooks. You can listen to it while having your breakfast, getting ready for work or driving yourself to work.
But knowing which books to listen to could be a hard decision so I gathered the best ones I could find and listed them down below for you.
- Zero to One – Written by PayPal’s co-founder, Peter Thiel, Zero to One talks about Peter’s business strategy that is unlike that of other successful business owners, and how it works wonders for him. He discusses the importance of a business owner’s ability to think of new strategies for himself, instead of just relying on other entrepreneur’s success. Pointing out that if you’re trying out someone else’s strategy, you’re going from 1 to whatever. But if you’re doing something that’s unique and new, you’re going “from Zero to One.”
- The Power of Broke – If you’re low on budget and is out on a rot for ideas, you need to get a hold of this audiobook. Because the FUBU founder and Shark Tank star Daymond John shares here how he used a meager $40 budget for the promotion of his home-sewn T-shirts. Here he proves that no budget is too little if you have enough strategy and creativity.
- The Richest Man in Babylon & The Magic Story – This book is not directly about business, but it would surely help starting entrepreneurs understand the complexity of the road to success. It offers great lessons: One from the story of Arkad who became the richest man in Babylon, and two, the story of Jay who learned from the success of his once struggling friend, Sturtevant.
- Self Made: The Definitive Guide to Business Startup Success – This guide was made by Bianca Miller-Cole and her husband Byron Miller so that starting entrepreneurs would have a substantial guide to being successful. One more thing that makes this book great for starting up owners is that it’s relatable—Bianca didn’t use any business jargon that only seasoned entrepreneurs would know.
- Ego is the Enemy – Having a successful business is a wonderful feat. But sometimes, success can get too much into our heads that we actually forget to keep our egos in check. Now whether you have a problem in that area or not, this book would help you learn from the mistakes of those who forgot to do an ego check, and also teach you how to keep yours in check.
- The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – At first glance, working for only four hours a week like the title suggests might sound batshit crazy. But in this piece, Timothy Ferris would teach you the importance of prioritizing performance, knowing how to keep a life beyond work, and how to travel around the globe without having to lose your job.
- The New Business Road Test – This one is a guide and a toolkit rolled in one. Unlike most books out there that focuses on motivating and giving inspiration to business owners, this one slaps you in the face with a reality check. Aside from answering some business-related questions that you probably have, it also provides updated and research-based case studies that analyze the current market.
- Profit First: Transform Your Business From a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine – This one is a cult favorite as it helps business owners get a grasp of the accounting side of the business. Mike Michalowicz discovered and developed a unique accounting approach, a behavioral one. Instead of focusing on formulas and logic, this book would teach you how to focus on the simple principles to simplify your accounting process.