BUSINESS BOOKS

 A peek into my at reading collection. It is always filled with business books & Entrepreneur Magazines like above.

A peek into my at reading collection. It is always filled with business books & Entrepreneur Magazines like above.

"I am an entrepreneur. I am 30 years old, and I have no other identity that I relate to more than that. Sure, in high school and college, I interned and picked up work here and there, but for the most part, I have been starting and running small businesses my entire life. I have never worked a full-time, 9-5. Never. And, to be honest, I don't really know anything different. 

At 7 years old, I started growing sunflowers and selling them in local markets. This led to making and selling my own fly fishing flies at age 12. By 15, I was trading stocks with my saved up lemonade stand money. Then, after college, I started a film production company before landing in an arena that married my love of tech and business by launching, along with my business partners, my own software and app development company. 

Everything I have learned is self-taught. I never went to business school, but I am constantly surrounded by people that have. One of my partners holds a business degree from Duke and the other from Columbia. As the CEO of our company, I have to be able to hold my own in a world filled with heavy weight business minds. And, while I may not have an MBA or frat stories from Harvard, I do have an extensive business nerd book collection, and I can spout off all the right jargon just like the rest of them. 

Every single day without fail, I read at least one chapter of an entrepreneurial focused book. I have been following this reading pattern for years now and never miss a day. I alternate between biographies of tycoons like Rockefeller in Titan or Nike Founder Phil Knight, to business management books such as the E Myth and the Lean Start Up. I will always have more to learn, but I have found that education through reading is the greatest tool I have given myself over the years.

And, recently, as we both laid in bed one night reading, my wife, asked me if I would put together a list of the books that have had the most impact on me both as an individual and as a business owner. She asked me 'to simply email her a list in the...' Before she could finish her thought, I spouted off my top reads. I didn't need to research books in the morning. I knew the ones that had changed my life. I have committed them to memory. And, I hope you find them just as inspiring as I did."

- Nicholas Scott Bailey


Here are the Top 8 Reads recommendED for every entrepreneur:

 

"Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against."

"Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.

 

 

"In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates―two men and one woman―turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their ten-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs―and left their mark on the world."

"The Innovator’s Dilemma is the revolutionary business book that has forever changed corporate America. Based on a truly radical idea—that great companies can fail precisely because they do everything right—this Wall Street Journal, Business Week and New York Times Business bestseller is one of the most provocative and important business books ever written."

 

 

"Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever."

"While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies.

 

 

"In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands".

"From the acclaimed, award-winning author of Alexander Hamilton: here is the essential, endlessly engrossing biography of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.—the Jekyll-and-Hyde of American capitalism."