“Go to bed every night a little wiser than you were when you got up.”- Charlie Munger
A common trait among successful entrepreneurs and business owners: the love of reading. The desire to achieve more and make a difference in the world is correlated to a strong interest in lifelong learning. Whether you’re a business owner or a team member dedicated to your craft, it’s vital to keep an open-mind and passion to absorb knowledge if you want to be considered a dynamic individual and improve your skills. A few famous examples of dedicated readers include Bill Gates (reads one book per week), Mark Zuckerberg (reads one book every two weeks), Elon Musk (an avid reader), & Warren Buffett (spends 80% of his day reading).
At RD, our team loves to read. We are a group of bookworms, but each with our own favorite genres. We believe reading is an important habit to improve our minds, skills & processes both professionally and personally. We set a goal in early 2018 to start a business book club. The first book our team planned to read was Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk. The book was overall short and easy to read. Yet, somehow our entire team was not finishing the book. Discussion dates kept getting rescheduled. As a diverse group with varying interests, it became apparent that as individuals, choosing their own book with a writing style & relatable voice was important. Three of us actually read Crushing It and found the stories interesting but found the information was knowledge we already knew. We decided to scrap the book club idea and let everyone explore their own reading materials.
Are you looking for something new to add to your list? Here are 5 business books we highly recommend!
Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
Nate: It is a highly practical and extremely dense look at optimizing personal and professional performance to create an extraordinary company. I found Dalio to be extremely realistic, relatable, and concerned with achieving success the right way. No fluff. no tricks, just pure road map for measure, continual improvement. “Principles are ways of successfully dealing with reality to get what you want out of life.”
Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander
Michelle: Small and mighty book about being a hard charging, snorting 3 ton rhinoceros running at full speed. What? Yes, Rhinoceros charge their way to success. Alexander teaches how people are truly able to achieve more and have a better balance in six major areas of one’s life: financial, work, physical, family, social and spiritual. He has a cool “to do” which I will not give away. If you are ready and really want to live your best life, Charge like a rhino!
The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton Christensen
Ynez: This book was surprisingly good! Christensen drove home the point that the more successful a company becomes, the more difficult it is for them to innovate. Yet, complacency is the ultimate destroyer if the leaders are not able to move quickly to adapt. “Through this compelling multi-industry study, Christensen introduces his seminal theory of “disruptive innovation” that has changed the way managers and CEOs around the world think about innovation.”
Digital Marketers Sound Off by Matt Chiera
Riley: As a student and Ruben Digital summer intern, I found this book easy-to-follow. Chiera takes a look at many specialized digital marketing insights. The book touched on: Search Engine Optimization, Google AdWords, Facebook Ads, PR, Email Marketing, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing, and Affiliate Marketing. I could apply my knowledge in my internship and future. Personal connection is that my dad, Craig Chapman and Matt are associates who ran a workshop together at the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce in July.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
Hannah: This book gave me the inspiration I needed when I was at a point in my career and life where I felt bored and trapped. A few of my most important revelations: 1) give fear the middle finger and stop letting it hold me back, 2) change my attitude towards money and see it as a useful tool for opportunity, and 3) I am AWESOME and capable of amazing things if I take risks and pursue my passions! This book is formatted into short chapters that are easy to follow, a combination of advice, personal stories, and action steps for the reader.
Reading regularly offers countless benefits such as mental stimulation, knowledge, stronger analytical skills, reduces stress and so much more! Ruben Digital values lifelong learning. You will discover most of us with a book in hand when the screen day is over. Do you have a favorite business book? Share with us on social!