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24 January 2017

Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite Business Books

Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite Business Books

You’ll never guess what Bill Gates’ favorite business book is or who first loaned it to him. When he met Warren Buffett in 1991, he asked the business icon about his all-time favorite read. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks was his answer. Buffett loaned Gates his copy and—more than 25 years later—Gates admits he still has it. It’s just that good.

Pivotal business books usually have certain qualities in common: They’re simple, straightforward and timeless. Here are some recommendations from entrepreneurs we know and love:

  • Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson: Steven Bankler recommends this modern classic, based on the simple notion of taking fear and anxiety out of managing change. “It’s a quick, simple story with a powerful message for business owners,” Bankler says. “Change is inevitable in both life and business. Those who succeed have learned to embrace it rather than fight it.”
  • Hunting in a Farmer’s World by John F. Dini: Bankler also recommends this book by fellow entrepreneur and San Antonio business leader John Dini. The book celebrates the differences that drive entrepreneurs. It’s filled with the stories of real business owners who overcame real challenges; including those that accompany success.
  • Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman and Mark Winters: We asked John Dini (the author mentioned above) for his own recommendation and he pointed to this “explosive” favorite. “In it, the authors talk about how important it is for a business to have both a visionary and an implementer in order to succeed,” Dini explains.  The idea behind the book is that visionaries have groundbreaking ideas while integrators make those ideas a reality. “This explosive combination is the key to getting everything you want out of your business. It worked for Disney. It worked for McDonald’s. It worked for Ford. It can work for you,” the authors write.
  • Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott: Chelle Neff, owner of Urban Betty Salon in Austin and co-founder of the Weird Homes Tour, didn’t just read the book, she attended a class that showed her how to implement several of the business tactics into her salon. “The ‘decision tree’ discussed in the book gives employees a layout of who to talk to when they have issues and what order they should use to resolve that issue,” she says adding that not only is the book great for business but “you can use it in your daily life in all the conversations you have with your family and friends. It’s definitely a must.”

Honorable mentions include:

What’s your favorite business book? Do you agree or disagree with any on this list? Connect with us and let us know!

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