Thursday, November 4, 2010

10 Books to Inspire Entrepreneurs (In Honor of Book Lover's Day!)

Now that Kansas City has truly begun to experience fall weather—with temperatures below 60 degrees, the need to rake leaves from the yard, and the necessity of turning on heated seats in the car—it is also time to start enjoying downtime indoors.  Kansas City entrepreneurs, this does not mean frantically checking your emails, clicking through the TV for the latest news, or spending hours on Facebook.

Why not spend this fall catching up on the latest business books?  In honor of Book Lover’s Day, which falls on the first Saturday of every November, I have narrowed down some of the bestselling business books that will not only help to inspire entrepreneurs, but also give expert advice from the mouths of seasoned entrepreneurs who truly have “been there, done that.” 

My List of 10 Books to Inspire Entrepreneurs:

1.  Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

2.  The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis

3.  The 1 Hour Plan for Growth by Joe Calhoon

4.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey

5.  The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

6.  What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

7.  Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath

8.  Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinmeier Hansson

9.  Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

10. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

What are your favorite business books and how have they inspired you and your small business?  Please comment to fill in other entrepreneurs about your favorite business books.  And remember to keep Thinking Big! 

Written by Allison Way.  Allison Way is a writer and videographer for Think Big Partners and bizperc, two of Kansas City's newest entrepreneurial resources.  To read more of Allison's work, visit the Kansas City Entrepreneurship Examiner.

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