Did you know that Warren Buffett, perhaps the most important investor of all time, reads 500 pages a day? We can easily say that reading a lot and constantly improving himself contributed to his success. Buffett states that reading a book, like "compound interest", provides a constant income to the person.
That's why all successful entrepreneurs place so much emphasis on reading. Bill Gates reads 50 books a year, Mark Zuckerberg takes care to finish one book a week.
If you want to get new ideas, think different things and improve yourself, you should definitely read these books. Reading can give you great satisfaction in both your business and private life; It can make you a more conscious and knowledgeable person.
In this article, we include the 10 most important books written in the context of business life.
1. The Intelligent Investor – Benjamin Graham
This work of Benjamin Graham, the most important investment consultant of the 20th century, is quite famous. Graham's concept of "value investing" saves entrepreneurs from making big mistakes and opens their horizons to long-term investment strategies.
This book, which was published in 1949, can be considered as a reference work especially on the subjects of "investment and stock market". Warren Buffett also considers this book "the most important book on investment ever".
2. How To Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
This book, which consists of Dale Carnegie's recommendations proven by time and many experiences, is a must read for those who want to climb the ladder of success both in business and private life.
This book brilliantly covers important things like how to be friends with people, ways to get people to think like you, and ways to change people's behavior.
3. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
Written by Sun Tzu in the 6th century BC, this book is used in the field of military strategy even today. Inspired by names such as Napoleon and Mao, this book is full of inspiring ideas about war as well as human management and business life.
4. Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman
With his interesting examples, Daniel Goleman examines 5 different aspects of emotional intelligence and emphasizes how important emotional intelligence is in relationships, business life and health. Daniel Goleman argues that emotional intelligence is more important than IQ.
5. Think And Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
Analyzing the lives of billionaires, Napoleon Hill identifies the philosophy and lifestyle behind their success. Even though Hill's purpose in writing this book was to mentor those who want to become billionaires, "Think and Grow Rich" is still an eye-opening piece that can encourage people to achieve their own goals.
6. Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead - Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg, who is Facebook's second name after Mark Zuckerberg and whose career is full of countless successes, writes about the place of women, and gives invaluable advice for women to lead in business life in this book, which is supported by personal memories, scientific research and statistics.
7. The Innovator's Dilemma – Clayton M. Christensen
Examining the successes and failures of large companies, Christensen focuses on making innovations that fundamentally change the way they do business.
Steve Jobs states that he was greatly inspired by this book for Apple's entry into the cloud computing business.
8. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is a book suitable for all ages and professions that has transformed the lives of politicians, CEOs, academics and many different segments of society for nearly 30 years. In this work, you can learn the habits of effective and successful people and make big and small arrangements in your own life.
9. The Lean Startup – Eric Ries
Most startups go bankrupt within a year, but most of these bankruptcies are not mandatory. So it is possible to avoid failure. In this book, Eric Ries explains how the newly established companies should have a structure and what strategies they should follow while developing products and services, in a "simple" way like the title of the book. Entrepreneur candidates who want to start their own business should definitely read this book.
10. Good to Great – Jim Collins
In this book, Collins states that achieving excellence is not by imitating famous CEOs or by adopting the latest technologies, but with a good team that it can only be achieved by creating a work environment focused on the right target and dominated by discipline. He embellishes this argument with examples and real company stories.