5 Recommended Books for the Small Business Owner or Solopreneur

In this post, I’ll share a few books that may prove to be of benefit to individuals looking to grow both personally and professionally. They cover topics such as identifying your values and living by them, finding purpose, management principles, and more.

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In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies by Thomas Peters & Robert Waterman

Synopsis: “Based on a study of forty-three of America’s best-run companies from a diverse array of business sectors, In Search of Excellence describes eight basic principles of management — action-stimulating, people-oriented, profit-maximizing practices — that made these organizations successful.”

Choices That Change Lives: 15 Ways to Find More Purpose, Meaning, and Joy by Hal Urban

Synopsis: “Through our daily actions, we create a pattern for living. Before every action we make a choice and, in that moment of free will, we have the ability to change our lives. When you are stressed, pressured or threatened you will often move toward your weakest character traits, creating a pattern that does not support joyful, moral living. Choices That Change Lives helps readers build a fortress of character traits that they can rely on when faced with any decision. These choices support Hal’s inspirational message of positive living, peace of mind, fewer regrets, embracing outcomes and seeing beyond your weaknesses to make better choices over time. Throughout the book, Hal presents qualities that lay the foundation for the dynamic choices that give birth to joy-based living. This inspirational book reminds readers about what it takes to make fruitful choices, the importance of being a person of good character and that we can choose to be better, happier and wiser at any time.”

What Matters Most: The Power of Living Your Values by Hyrum Smith

Synopsis: “In What Matters Most, author Hyrum W. Smith explains why so many people feel something is missing from their lives because of conflicts between actions and personal values. He outlines a formula to help you identify your own values and live them to the fullest. This strategy consists of discovering what matters most to you, making a plan, acting on that plan.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

Synopsis: ‘American icon Benjamin Franklin is known for many things: he published the famous Poor Richard’s Almanack, helped found the world-famous University of Pennsylvania, and was the first Postmaster General of the United States. His iconography is everywhere. His likeness adorns, among other things, the United States’ hundred-dollar bill. Franklin was a wildly intriguing personality, as his autobiography makes plain. From his hoarding of his pay as a teenager to buy books to his askance at such habits as drinking beer, from his work as a printer to his experiments with electricity, this is the story of Franklin’s life–told as only he could tell it–in the years before the American Revolution.”

Wisdom of the Ages: 60 Days to Enlightenment by Wayne Dyer

Synopsis: “From ancestral masters including Buddha, Michelangelo, Rumi, Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Jesus, here are treasured passages on a variety of subjects, including solitude, time, and passion. Among the contributions are thoughts about the importance of action written by Mother Teresa, words in inspiration from Patanjali, author of the Hindu classic Yoga Sutras, and teachings about the power of prayer from thirteenth century monk St. Francis of Assisi.

The voices collected here cut across a wide range of historical eras and cultures, yet they communicate universal truths about the human experience. Wisdom of the Ages provides us with a marvelous dual opportunity: to receive guidance from our great ancestors and to recognize our own potential for greatness.”

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