“A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That is why I read so much.” – Tyrion Lannister
Yeah, we went there; we opened up this post with a Game of Thrones quote. There simply isn’t a better way to emphasize just how important books are. When you’re an entrepreneur, books are especially helpful. To stay on top of your market you must keep your mind nimble and there’s no better way to do so than exposing yourself to new ideas through books– whether they are the latest fiction bestseller, a stirring biography, or something more technical and specific to your niche.
Want to build a reading list of your own? Check out these books recommended for successful entrepreneurs and get inspired.
Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss and J. Richard Gott
You probably thought you were done with textbooks after graduation, but this one is worth picking up. Welcome to the Universe was developed as the basis for a Princeton physics course for non-science majors. Full of wit and charm, the material explains the cosmos thoroughly without patronizing the reader. It’s the perfect read for those times when you can’t quit obsessing over the little things and need to be reminded of the big picture.
String Theory by David Foster Wallace
This collection of essays on tennis is the perfect introduction to David Foster Wallace, as noted by Bill Gates himself. Even if you are not a fan of the sport, the gripping prose draws you in and doesn’t let go. Each essay was published separately by various magazines. But after the author’s 2008 suicide, the Library of America compiled them into a handy collection to further solidify his stance as the “greatest tennis writer ever.”
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by don Miguel Ruiz
This is a self-help book for people who hate self-help books. The Four Agreements are simple resolutions that can help a person navigate life in a more mindful, constructive way. The principles have been noted as a primer for cognitive-behavioral therapy. At a mere 168 pages, this is a perfect book to sit down with on those afternoons where your mind is going a million miles a minute and people are driving you crazy.
The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane
Turns out, you don’t have to be born with charisma to have it. Author Olivia Fox Cabane uses her years of experience and scientific evidence to back up her claim that anyone can exude the kind of moxie that inspires people. If you want to be a leader, this is a good place to start.
The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley
When it comes to your venture, what keeps you going? Is it your family? Your dreams? Is it the next cup of coffee you’ll have? How about the advancement of the human race and society as a whole? The Rational Optimist makes the argument that trade, market, and commerce are the catalysts behind all of the human prosperity. If that doesn’t appeal to you as an entrepreneur, we’re not sure what will.
At Number 8, we are constantly reading from various sources to stay sharp and we encourage any and everyone to do the same. Interested in learning more about Number 8 and how we employ creativity and entrepreneurship? Contact us today. Call us at 502-890-7665 today or visit us online.