Entrepreneurs are constantly striving to expand their knowledge and to develop their minds. They are constantly on the lookout for new ways to reach their full potential. Entrepreneurs network with other successful entrepreneurs in order to learn new methodologies and interesting business tactics. They enjoy discussing with high-achievers in order to discover novel approaches to growing their success. Actually, entrepreneurs use all the available sources of information to learn new strategies. Indeed, entrepreneurs listen to podcasts, watch videos and read books.
Let’s take a look at three books entrepreneurs have particularly enjoyed. Not only have these books stood the test of time, but they are also are available online for free. There really is no reason to not give those books a try.
The Laws of Success in Sixteen Lessons by Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill (1883 – 1970) was an American author whose works claimed that entrepreneurs should leverage positive attitudes and fervent expectations in order to improve their lives. Hill wrote numerous books on the principals to achieve success. He mentions that he has found the formula to rise from rags to riches by interviewing wealthy people, such as Andrew Carnegie (d. 1919), one of the most powerful men in the world.
The Laws of Success (1925) is based on the wisdom gathered from a compilation of over 100 interviews with self-made American millionaires such as Henry Ford, J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison. Napoleon Hill synthesized the most important insights from these successful entrepreneurs in 16 lessons. The first lesson is about finding a definite purpose. Hill explains how to get rid of aimlessness and describes how to create a defined and well-conceived purpose in life. In the following lessons, Hill writes about the tactics to use in order to develop the instinct for leadership. Hill also writes about imagination and explains how to stimulate the mind in order to create new ideas and to develop new plans. In the sixteenth lesson, Hill writes about The Golden Rule and describes how to use the great universal law of human conduct in order to gain co-operation from any individual.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie (1888 – 1955) was an American writer who developed famous courses in self-improvement and in interpersonal skills. Carnegie wrote numerous books and gave many lectures on public speaking. His books revolve around the principle that it is possible to modify other people’s behavior by modifying one’s own behavior toward them.
How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936) was a bestseller that is still popular today. The fundamental techniques of public speaking described in the book still apply nowadays. The notions of business communication skills defined in the book remain accurate and continue to prevail in the modern world. Carnegie has successfully devised the secrets to winning people over and his tactics have proven successful on countless occasions. Ultimately, Carnegie’s book shows the reader how to become a leader and to change people’s behavior. The goal of the book is to demonstrate how to change people without giving offense.
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Robert Greene (b. 1959) is an American author known for his books on power, seduction, strategy and war. In order to write The 48 Laws of Power, Greene went through three thousand years of history. He dug deep and drew from the philosophies of Machiavelli and of Sun Tzu. Greene researched the lives of prominent figures such as Louis XIV and Henri Kissinger. The author then synthesized his findings in 48 principles.
The 48 Laws of Power (2000) is a cunning, ruthless and ingenious book for anyone interested in observing or gaining ultimate control. The first law recalls the need for prudence and suggests its reader to never outshine the master in order to avoid inspiring fear and insecurity. In the following laws, Greene explains how to use enemies to one’s advantage and describes the benefits of concealing intentions. The author also explains the importance of preserving one’s reputation by demonstrating how a good reputation represents an invaluable source of power. Green then goes on to explain how to transform one’s weakness into power and how to concentrate one’s forces at their strongest point. He writes about the benefits of mastering the art of timing and explains the reasons one should never seem to be in a hurry. Green’s 48th law suggests one should assume formlessness and remain adaptable in order to take advantage of the power of change.