Did you know a company’s CEO, on average, reads just over 60 books a year? Even when they’re not working, they’re business building by learning.

As an entrepreneur in any industry, it’s important to stay on top of current events. It’s also important to learn from those who have paved the way for you to build your own business. There are valuable lessons to be learned – lessons that could be detrimental, or even devastating if you had to learn them the hard way. Here is a list of books recommended by CEO’s both famous and relatively unknown that you’ll find valuable insight within.

Business Building Books to Read - No Matter What Industry You're In - Innovator's Dilemma

The Innovator’s Dilemma

Forbes had this to say about the Innovator’s Dilemma “This book ought to chill any executive who feels bulletproof —and inspire entrepreneurs aiming their guns.” Click here to read more.

Business Building Books to Read - No Matter What Industry You're In - The 10X Rule

The 10X Rule

“While most people operate with only three degrees of action-no action, retreat, or normal action-if you’re after big goals, you don’t want to settle for the ordinary. To reach the next level, you must understand the coveted 4th degree of action.” Click here to read more.

Business Building Books to Read - No Matter What Industry You're In - The End of Power

The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be

“Power, we know, is shifting: From West to East and North to South, from presidential palaces to public squares, from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and, slowly but surely, from men to women. But power is not merely dispersing; it is also decaying. Those in power today are more constrained in what they can do with it and more at risk of losing it than ever before.” Click here to read more.

Business Building Books to Read - No Matter What Industry You're In - Your Portable Empire

Your Portable Empire: How to Make Money Anywhere While Doing What You Love

“In a sea of snake oil and get-rich-quick nonsense about fast money on the Internet from people who haven’t really done it, O’Bryan’s book is a ship of sanity to an island of common sense e-commerce. This works.” Click here to read more.

Business Building Books to Read - No Matter What Industry You're In - Competing Against Time

Competing Against Time: How Time-Based Competition is Reshaping Global Markets

“Today, time is the cutting edge. In fact, as a strategic weapon, contend George Stalk, Jr., and Thomas M. Hout, time is the equivalent of money, productivity, quality, even innovation.” Click here to read more.

Business Building Books to Read - No Matter What Industry You're In - Influence

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings.” Click here to read more.

Business Building Books to Read - No Matter What Industry You're In - The Hard Thing About Hard Things

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

“Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.” Click here to read more.

Business Building Books to Read - No Matter What Industry You're In - The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

“The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively.  Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.” Click here to read more.

While you’re at it, I encourage you to check out the Things I Love page, there’s a link to a helpful article on what the Lean Startup Methodology is and how it can help you build your business!

Business Building Books to Read - No Matter What Industry You're In - The Art of the Start 2.0

The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a small-business owner, intrapreneur, or not-for-profit leader, you need to read this completely overhauled version of Guy Kawasaki’s Art of the Start. It features his latest insights and practical advice about social media, crowdfunding, cloud computing, and many other topics. Click here to read more.

Business Building Books to Read - No Matter What Industry You're In - Made to Stick

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

“Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In Made to Stick, accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions.” Click to read more.

Business Building Books to Read - No Matter What Industry You're In - Happiness for Practical People

Happiness for Practical People

“This book is for anyone who at some point in the last year thought, “You know, my life is pretty good, so why am I not enjoying it more?” We want positive emotions to be our habit so that when we wake up, they are there. When we go to sleep, they are there. We feel confident, sure, passionate, relaxed and all the other energy-giving emotions that lead ultimately to happiness. How much more energy would we have if we enjoyed positive emotions during the any project we work on as well as at the end? How much more fulfilled might we feel? This book will end the roller coaster of emotions and put you firmly in control of how you feel. And when something big happens to test your emotional stability (and it will) you will have the resources and energy to handle whatever is thrown your way.” Click here to read more.

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