Is there any business book that is worth the while?

For some years, I’ve been reading or trying to read books about business and investment, but they all seem to have diluted ideas and you don’t get any much from them than you would have by reading a summary.

I’m not saying they don’t open your mind, but they seem to have little practical advice.

Let me save you the time…

The Intelligent Investor — Main idea — (not finished because it’s big and quite boring) — invest in stocks and bonds and over time (25+ years) you will get financial freedom.

Built to sell — Main idea — a fun and easy read — create a business that can thrive without you with a repeatable process. Find a niche.

Buyology — Main idea — has some insights on the buyers brain and the marketing tricks used by companies. You can learn some things about marketing, but nothing spectacular.

The E-Myth Revisited — Main idea — as “Built to sell”, it tells you some ideas on how to make your business work without you, but this time with the franchise idea at the base, without necessarily starting one.

Zero to One — Main idea — nice autobiographic story — create something new, think outside the box.

The Lean Startup — Main idea — easy to read — pivot in your business, don’t get stuck.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad — Main idea — inspiring story and easy read — it’s important not to get stuck in a job, but to invest in your financial education and wealth (stocks, bonds, real estate).

Elon Musk — Main idea — more impacting than I thought — you see a lot of the problems that Musk has gone through. His life.

So good they can’t ignore you — Main idea — work hard on something you’re good that, even if you don’t like it and, step by step, invest your time to build skill in something you enjoy and then, do the switch.

The parable of the pipeline — Main idea — use the internet to make your business exponential in growth, become an influencer. Create multiple streams of money in different fields.

Money, know more, make more, give more — Main idea — I had to abandon it because it was mumbling away about money in general.

Conclusion

Although at the time of each book I got thrilled and gave them 4–5 stars, thinking back, I think I was only rating them based on the temporary hype.

Do you recommend a business book that’s more practical?


Originally published at Code that Counts.