Entering the world of business and entrepreneurship is quite difficult and challenging. It definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted, but you’re surely in for a treat if you have the passion, dedication, and goal-driven spirit. You’re going to have to go through a long stage of self-help, studying and knowledge acquiring, and seeking help from experience tycoons. For starters, here are three popular books to get the ball rolling!
“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”
— The Art of War by Sun Tzu
This is a very popular book about military strategy used in the olden times that could very much be applied in life today. Many people, whether prominent or not, have been inspired by the Art of War and even applied the ideas in different situations such as office politics or corporate strategy.
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(The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Image link)
“Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win/Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw”
— “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”
by Stephen R. Covey
Have you ever wondered why it’s always been so difficult to achieve some of the goals we’ve always wanted to reach? well , maybe because bad habits are hard to break and discipline is actually very hard to acquire. However, it could also be that we don’t do the things that some people do. Learn the habits of success and apply it in your life! Make a drastic change in your life and see the difference it makes!
“Basically, CEOs have five essential choices for deploying capital—investing in existing operations, acquiring other businesses, issuing dividends, paying down debt, or repurchasing stock—and three alternatives for raising it—tapping internal cash flow, issuing debt, or raising equity. Think of these options collectively as a tool kit. Over the long term, returns for shareholders will be determined largely by the decisions a CEO makes in choosing which tools to use (and which to avoid) among these various options. Stated simply, two companies with identical operating results and different approaches to allocating capital will derive two very different long-term outcomes for shareholders.”
— The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success
by William N. Thorndike
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Know what it takes to be a successful CEO! Although we’ve been taught the more common qualities like having valuable experience and good education, there are still many qualities from the perspective of a business tycoon that we don’t know about. Reading this book will definitely get you ahead and will lead you to great results!