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Friday Five: 5 Business Books for the Modern-Day Entrepreneur

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Doing business in today’s world requires a new approach: a willingness to take risks and a desire to learn new strategies and techniques. One of the simplest ways to ensure you’re making the right business choices is to arm yourself with the latest information. Below are five modern-day business books that can help you understand how to successfully run your business in today’s competitive world.

1) The 4-Hour Workweek

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Timothy Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek shares the secrets behind working less and living more. From managing the hours you actually work to developing techniques for maximizing free time, this book will help you uncover exactly what you need to do in order to be more productive at work and life!

For those of you who work remotely, or are considering it, this book will reinforce your approach and provide insight into how to do better. If you’re a skeptic of working outside the office, after reading The 4-Hour Workweek you might actually become a remote-work proponent.

2) What’s The Future Of Business: Changing The Way Businesses Create Experiences

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The author of this book, Brian Solis, is a well-known social business pundit who has captured enormous attention with his unique and successful approach. His book, What’s The Future Of Business: Changing The Way Businesses Create Experiences, works as a guide for professionals who are having a hard time making an adjustment into today’s business world. Solis explains the latest market factors, deciphers where we’re heading and gives clear and easy-to-read strategies for running a business in a way that leverages all the changes affecting the world.

3) Getting Things Done

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Getting Things Done by David Allen is an international best-seller and a must-read for any business owner or employee. The book is designed as a manual, with a focus on guiding readers on how to actually get things done through proven techniques and best practices. It takes into consideration the importance of maintaining a work-life balance while still growing your business.

If you’re finding it difficult to get through your to-do lists and make real progress, then this book should be high on your reading list.

4) Jumping the Curve: Innovation and Strategic Choice in an Age of Transition

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In order to stay relevant and maintain a competitive edge, certain steps must be taken. Nicholas Imparato and Oren Harari address this issue in their co-authored book. They provide guidance for doing business in today’s world. While you may know a new approach is necessary, the question of which approach to take is addressed throughout the book. Understanding how to best manage your workforce and maintain productivity will allow you find success in this competitive landscape.

5) Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs was one of the most brilliant innovators of our time. Walter Isaacson gives us a look into what made Jobs so successful, what motivated and inspired him and how he overcame hardships.  It’s not often we have an opportunity to understand what a leader of this caliber experienced and take a look inside his decision-making processes. If you’re looking for inspiration and insight, pick up Steve Jobs as quickly as possible!

What books should we add to this list? Tell us in the comments below.

And be sure to follow our “Business Books We Recommend” board on Pinterest to stay up to date on the latest business books we’re reading and recommending.

Featured photo courtesy of the bbp via vecteezy cc.

Originally published Aug 16, 2013, updated Sep 20, 2021

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