As a young, hopeful entrepreneur, you may not have as much life experience as your older peers. Reading is often thought of as the best way to experience certain life-lessons and learn from them without having to actually live through them yourself. Maybe you are looking for a way to glean some life experience by proxy to ensure that your future business will be as successful as you dream it can be. This post will provide you with a few top books for young entrepreneurs like yourself to read and learn from. Why get an MBA when you can just read these books instead? Reading these, we hope that you can gain some of that same knowledge that your older, more successful peers have already learned.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
I am sure you have heard of Atlas Shrugged, and may have even had to read it at some point in your school career. However, now that you are considering a future in business, you may want to reread this book with special consideration. In this dystopian tale by Ayn Rand, you will be able to learn the value of capitalism, sure, but more importantly the value of hard work. This novel will ingrain in you the value of waking up each day and having a vision for yourself and your life. This is a key component for becoming a successful entrepreneur. If you are a young entrepreneur who hasn’t read this book, this should be the first on your to read list.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book is the ultimate classic for businessmen and entrepreneurs. Although it was first published in 1936, the lessons it can impart are still just as relevant today as they were all those years ago. Generation after generation of young businessmen have read this book and used the lessons learned from it in their day to day business interactions. This book can help you learn techniques for managing people and expectations that you simply cannot learn anywhere else. There is certainly a reason this book is a classic. If you have not yet read this book, run, don’t walk, to the nearest book store and pick up a copy. You may be surprised to find that not only do you learn important life and business lessons, but you enjoy it too.
A Paperboy’s Fable by Deep Patel
This biographical tale by Deep Patel chronicles his father’s journey to success while presenting the 11 most important principles for business. This story is not only interesting, it is also informative. The business principles Patel presents in the book can help you to reach similar success by simply incorporating them into your everyday life. After reading this book, you will be able to recognize what it takes to start a successful business, having already seen the story come to life in the life of Patel senior.
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
The House of Mirth is a novel that is not full of mirth at all. This book presents an important aspect of entrepreneurship that no one else cares to. The lesson you learn from this book will be important to remember when pursuing future endeavors. I do not wish to ruin the plot for you, if that is even possible to do for such a classic, but here’s the gist: remember what is really important to you now. Yes, success in business is important, but remember what drives you to reach for great success. The lessons to be learned from this book is not easy, but that is why you should read it. Learn these lessons through Edith Wharton so that you do not make the same mistakes.
These are the best classic books that young entrepreneurs like yourself should add to the top of their reading list. If you are any type of business person at all, these books should definitely be on your shelf. The classics listed above will provide you with valuable life lessons and, more importantly, valuable business lessons. If you are a young adult looking to prepare yourself emotionally and intellectually for a future entrepreneurial career, the above novels are a great place to start. There are many other great classics that experienced, successful businessmen recommend for young entrepreneurs like you and you will find that these three stories are mentioned time and time again. Take some time out of your busy schedule to head to the nearest bookstore and pick up all three. Once you read these novels you will be better prepared for the life of entrepreneurship and business before you.