Going to business school can be a great way to obtain a traditional education in learning the ways of running a business.
However, if you don’t want to spend as much money as it takes to go to business school, or you just don’t have the time to spare due to family, business travel or other reasons, there are books that you can read to gain an edge with the same type of knowledge.
Here are 5 classic business books that can help you get started outside of business school…
How to Win Friends and Influence People
This book by Dale Carnegie is a classic and has been used by millions of entrepreneurs around the world.
As the title of this book suggests, it goes through the basics of interacting with other people and getting them to engage with you.
It’s not about mind control, but it does help you learn the basics of how to treat other people to get them to do what you want.
This can be helpful when trying to sell, negotiate a contract, manage employees, and in countless other opportunities in business.
This is one that you definitely need to check out at some point.
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The One-Minute Manager
The One-Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard is another good resource for you to investigate when you are trying to learn about business.
This book is primarily helpful for individuals who are trying to manage other people.
The book is presented in parable form and focuses on one minute interactions with employees that can be successful.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
This book breaks down success into seven habits that you can develop to achieve success in business and in life in general.
Our lives are basically nothing more than a collection of habits.
If you can develop the good habits and get rid of the bad ones, you’ll be able to have a much more successful life.
While there are obviously plenty of different things that you can do to help your chances of business success, these seven habits are considered to be the most important ones to develop.
If you can master just these seven things, you’ll be a lot better off than you were before.
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Lead the Field
Lead the Field by Earl Nightingale is another classic book about personal and business success.
This book helps people realize just how many untapped resources are lying dormant within them.
It helps you interact with others more effectively and helps you be more productive in general.
It is popular in audio format, but it’s also available as a traditional book.
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The Wealth of Nations
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith is definitely another classic business book that you should investigate.
This particular book is considered to lay out the case for capitalism and gives you all kinds of great truths that you can use right away in your own business.
If nothing else, it will provide you with some great general knowledge that will shape the rest of your business practices.
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There are millions of different business books out there that you could read, but these 5 will give you a pretty good foundation with which to get started.
From here, you may want to specialize with some books that talk about your chosen type of business model.
With these tools at your disposal, you’ll get much of the same information you’d get in college…
For more information, Jackie Benson — a business coach — also writes great articles about getting the right education at Great Business Schools.
What Are Your Thoughts??
✔ Without a doubt, education is important — yet today more are gaining experience outside the classroom, appying the principles they are reading in books into their everyday work life. If you pursue a mentor, do you believe you should include book recommendations in your guidance?
✔ What are YOUR 5 business classics?
✔ What recommendations do you make for more recent publications? and why?
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