Must Read Business Books for 2017
It’s that time of year again. The time of year when Entrepreneur Hideout suggests a list of “must read” business books for entrepreneurs. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a young entrepreneur or a seasoned entrepreneur, our selection this year will help you grow personally and professionally. We really believe these are the best books for entrepreneurs to start the year!
As you review the list you will see that the books span far and wide. These books are not all cut from the same cloth. Instead, our goal is to help develop you into a more balanced entrepreneur. The authors of these books are thought leaders in their respective fields. They have spent years, if not decades, developing their craft and have done a great job of delivering their insights with these books.
Despite the widespread adoption of social media as a method of learning, we strongly believe in the power of great books – whether in print or digital. Inside a book you will find the details that many times can get glossed over in a video or webinar presentation. That’s why we go out of our way to present these gems to the businessman, businesswoman and entrepreneur in training (remember, we’re always in training!).
We love all these books. Most of them are considered top books in their space. Some are a bit more obscure. No matter. They are all great books that any entrepreneur will find valuable and that will contribute towards transforming any business into a market leader.
To avoid the appearance of playing favorites we’re listing them alphabetically. All 15 books are special in their own way and each provides great lessons to help make you a better entrepreneur. If you haven’t read any of them, you’re in for a treat. If you’ve read some of them, keep the party going and grab the next book on the list.
If you think there are other recently published “must read” books for entrepreneurs, let us know in the comment section below. Apart from providing great content, we are always on the hunt for the best entrepreneur books we can find. And we love hearing from our readers – so share, share, share!
We hope your 2016 was a great year and that you are fired up to make 2017 an even better year! Now, it’s time to get reading!
1. Building the Internet of Things: Implement New Business Models, Disrupt Competitors, Transform Your Industry by Maciej Kranz. Building Internet of Things provides decision makers with a practical handbook for capitalizing on this latest transformation. Focusing on the business implications of Internet of Things (“IoT”), this book describes the sheer impact, spread, and opportunities arising every day and how business leaders can implement IoT today to realize tangible business advantages.
2. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger. Berger identifies six principles that operate, either singly or in combination, when anything goes viral, including social currency, emotion, triggers, and practical value. Some of what the author talks about here will seem utterly obvious, but there is plenty of insider stuff as well. An engaging and often surprising book.
3. The Content Trap: A Strategist’s Guide to Digital Change by Bharat Anand. Companies everywhere face two major challenges today: getting noticed and getting paid. To confront these obstacles, Bharat Anand examines a range of businesses around the world, from The New York Times to The Economist, from Chinese Internet giant Tencent to Scandinavian digital trailblazer Schibsted, and from talent management to the future of education. Drawing on these stories and on the latest research in economics, strategy, and marketing, this refreshingly engaging book reveals important lessons, smashes celebrated myths, and reorients strategy.
4. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport. In DEEP WORK, author Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four “rules,” for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.
5. Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons. Lyons’s uproarious tale of his rise and fall at Hubspot. A trenchant analysis of the start-up world, a de facto conspiracy between those who start companies and those who fund them. A world where bad ideas are rewarded with hefty investments, where companies blow money lavishing perks on their post-collegiate workforces, and where everybody is trying to hang on just long enough to reach an IPO and cash out.
6. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.
7. The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success by Emma Seppala. Everyone wants to be happy and successful. And yet the pursuit of both has never been more elusive. In The Happiness Track, Emma Seppala explains that our inability to achieve sustainable fulfillment is tied to common but outdated notions about success. We are taught that getting ahead means doing everything that’s thrown at us (and then some) with razor-sharp focus and iron discipline; that success depends on our drive and talents; and that achievement cannot happen without stress.
8. How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life by Caroline Webb. In How to Have a Good Day, Webb translates three big scientific ideas into step-by-step guidance that shows us how to set better priorities, make our time go further, ace every interaction, be our smartest selves, strengthen our personal impact, be resilient to setbacks and boost our energy and enjoyment. Through it all, Webb teaches us how to navigate the typical challenges of modern workplaces—from conflict with colleagues to dull meetings and overflowing inboxes—with skill and ease.
9. Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler. In Hustle, Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, and Jonas Koffler―three of the nation’s top entrepreneurs and consultants―have teamed up to teach you how to look at work and life through a new lens―one based on discovering projects you enjoy and the people and opportunities that support your talents, growth, income, and happiness.
10. Keep It Simple: Unclutter Your Mind to Uncomplicate Your Life by Joe Calloway. With simplification and focus as your pillars, Keep It Simple teaches you how to take charge of your goals and your life. By gaining clarity on what is truly most important, you can streamline your life, reduce stress and achieve the personal and business results that you desire.
11. Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy–And How to Make Them Work for You by by Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall W. Van Alstyne and Sangeet Paul Choudary. Platform Revolution teaches newcomers how to start and run a successful platform business, explaining ways to identify prime markets and monetize networks. The authors reveal strategies behind some of today’s up-and-coming platforms, such as Tinder and SkillShare, and explain how traditional companies can adapt in a changing marketplace.
12. Scrappy: A Little Book About Choosing to Play Big by Terri L. Sjodin. Scrappy people see big problems and come up with big solutions. Or they see ordinary challenges and find a new path to extraordinary results. They’re like the entrepreneur who turned his home into an indoor jungle—complete with waterfalls, tropical birds, and a live baboon—to sell investors on the now famous Rainforest Café restaurant chain. Or the Girl Scout who skipped the usual door-to-door cookie sales and set up a table outside a medical marijuana dispensary, selling 117 boxes in just 2 hours.
13. Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends by Martin Lindstrom. Martin Lindstrom spends 300 nights a year in strangers’ homes, carefully observing every detail in order to uncover their hidden desires, and, ultimately, the clues to a multi-million dollar product. Lindstrom connects the dots in this globetrotting narrative that will enthrall enterprising marketers, as well as anyone with a curiosity about the endless variations of human behavior.
14. Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp. A practical guide to answering critical business questions, Sprint is a book for teams of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits. It’s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem or idea who needs to get answers today.
15. Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire. Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people. Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking.