The Best Business Book I Have Read

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As you already know, I'm heaven-bent on starting a company. I have been preparing hard for the lifelong journey. I have started a part-time consultancy biz. I have almost resigned twice to take it full-time. And I have been reading every book I believe will help me on this amazing entrepreneurial journey.

I have:
  1. How to Start a Business. Jason Nazar
  2. The Cold Calling Secret. Mark Boardman
  3. How to Write a Business Plan. R. T. Williams
  4. The Intelligent Entrepreneur. Bill Murphy
  5. Street Smarts. Norm Brodsky
  6. How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling. Frank Bettger
  7. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days. Jessica Livingston
  8. Bookkeepers' Bootcamp: Get a Grip on Accounting Basics. Angie Mohr
  9. How to Do a Year's Worth of Bookkeeping in One Day: A Step by Step Guide for Small Businesses. E. T. Barton
  10. Economics for Investment Decision Makers: Micro, Macro, and International Economics. Christopher D. Piros
  11. Finance. Ehsan Nikbakht
  12. How to Build a Financial Model. Sol Hong
  13. The Everything Store. Brad Stone
  14. Security Analysis. Benjamin Graham
  15. Iacocca. Lee Iacocca
  16. The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls that can Sink a Startup.
  17. The Personal MBA. Josh Kaufman
  18. Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders, 1965 - 2012. Warren Buffett
  19. The Warren Buffett Way. Robert G. Hagstrom
  20. The Book Investing Wisdom. Warren Buffett
  21. How to Win Friends and Influence People. Dale Carnegie
  22. One Up on Wall Street. Peter Lynch
  23. The Steve Jobs Way. Jay Elliot
  24. The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie.
  25. The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho
  26. Rule #1. Phil Town
  27. The World is Flat. Thomas L. Friedman
  28. The Five Elements of Effective Thinking. Edward Burger
  29. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs. Carmine Gallo
  30. Outliers. Malcolm Gladwell
  31. A Random Walk Down Wall Street. Malkiel Burton
  32. Too Big to Fail. Andrew Ross Sorkin
  33. Lower Your Taxes. Bob Adams
  34. The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing. Joe Mansueto
  35. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Steven Covey
  36. Dig Your Well Deep Before You're Thirsty. Harvey Mackay
  37. Sharkproof. Harvey Mackay
  38. Personal Finance. Deaver Brown
  39. Start Something That Matters. Blake Mycoskie
  40. Think and Grow Rich. Napoleon Hill
  41. The Success Principles. Jack Canfield
  42. Millionaire Upgrade. Richard Parkes Cordock
  43. Extraordinary Leadership. Robin Sharma
  44. Simple and Cheaper. Deaver Brown
  45. Managing Your Home Office. Deaver Brown
  46. The Free Agent, No Employee World. Deaver Brown
  47. Make Yourself a Millionaire. Charles C. Zhang
  48. Building Your Network Marketing Business. Jim Rohn
  49. The Lean Startup. Eric Ries
  50. Jim Cramer's Real Money. Jim Cramer
  51. The Greatest Salesman in the World. Og Mandino
The one that has helped me the most is -- Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days. By Jessica Livingston


It's a collection of the interviews Jessica had with the founders of some of the biggest startups. Including Apple's Steve Wozniak. It opened my eyes to the reality of starting a company. And made me resolve to start my own company no matter what. If I had bought the book for $300 (N49,650) it would be worth it. Luckily the book sold for less than $20 (N3,310).

It provided me with practical ways to start a company, what to avoid, how to grow the company, and everything a mentor would tell me. It's the best business book I have.


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