The next several days, as everybody is out of the office, which allows us to catch up on things that we otherwise wouldn’t have time to do. And one great thing to catch up on is reading; I love to read, but my work means I seldom get a chance to read. But nothing is worse than a bad book that doesn’t teach us anything. Entrepreneur.com recently published a list of five great business books you can read this season that will offer valuable lessons. I’ve heard of a few of these, and have heard some great things too. Here are the books:
Tools of Titans (Tim Ferris): A book filled with straightforward tips that you can use immediately, as well as various insights on habit forming, particularly forming the habits of successful entrepreneurs.
Ten Restaurants That Changed America (Paul Freedman): Great for foodies, history buffs and entrepreneurs, it’s hard not to love this book, which takes a detailed look at various restaurants to see how and why they succeeded and/or failed. It’s an easy and entertaining read that looks at what it means to stay relevant.
The Richest Man in Town (Randal Jones): Randal Jones, best known as the founder of Worth magazine, goes through the “twelve commandments of wealth” in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner that goes through how various habits can lead to success.
Only the Paranoid Survive (Andrew Grove): A look at how Intel became such a major force, as well as how the company dealt with various mishaps (and potential mishaps) along the way.
The Hard Things About Hard Things (Ben Horowitz): This raw, frank and straightforward look at what it takes to run and start a business spares few details. The author takes a brutally honest approach to detailing the finer points of running and managing a company, but with a fun voice to it.