7 Best Business Audiobooks You Shouldn’t Miss In 2023
Running a business is hard. There are no two ways about it, and you can ask anyone, read anyone, or listen to anyone, but managing a business and its complex machinery requires more than just passion for that project.
That’s where books help. They can help you teach skills and insights that can help you thrive in any niche and market that your business might be operating in.
But there’s another issue at hand. In this busy day and age, who has the time and attention span to sit with a book and read it?
That’s where audiobooks come into the picture. They help you with listening to books anywhere you are, without having to abandon other activities and concentrate on one place.
You can listen to them while driving, doing household chores, and so much more. The best audiobooks can help you learn and grow over time without having to make any separate time for reading.
Without any further delay, let’s look at the best business audiobooks that you shouldn’t miss:
1. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters, narrated by Blake Masters
It’s the time of technological stagnation, Peter proposes. But just because there have been vast improvements in the world of IT doesn’t mean one can’t innovate and invent.
The next big name in Silicon Valley isn’t going to develop a new operating system like Bill Gates or a new search engine like Larry Page. What they’re going to have to do is create a new space altogether where there exists no competition.
The book helps you understand how to find opportunities in the unlikeliest of corners and how to think like an innovator.
Because unless you think differently from the crowd, you’ll never be able to stand out from the rest. And the first step to reaching there is by asking all the right questions and making progress wherever and whenever you want.
2. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, written and narrated by Eric Ries
It’s no secret that a large majority of startups fail at the very inception and most others fail over a slightly longer duration of time.
Eric argues through this book that a lot of those failures and their reasons can be controlled for a more favorable result.
According to him, a startup (no matter what stage they’re at) is a business devoted to creating something new under all kinds of uncertainty.
The book shows how a startup can be more efficient when it comes to managing its finances while also being as creative as possible and developing an environment of creativity.
No matter what your business size and stage, this book is going to help you understand how to adapt and how to work toward your vision in a ridiculously competitive environment.
3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, written and narrated by James C. Collins
With some extensive research that went on for five years, Collins and his team tried to find the key to greatness if there is one, and this book is the fruit of that research.
His question was simple. Are there companies that go from being merely good to exceptionally great? How great, you may ask.
Their stock returns should beat the general stock market by some 7 times (at least) for a minimum of fifteen years.
The results of this study showed that these companies often had a particular type of leadership, followed the Hedgehog concept, had a disciplined culture, and usually didn’t make any radical changes within their business.
4. Influence: Science and Practice by Robert B. Cialdini, narrated by Lloyd James
To open a business means to inevitably deal with people, and if the business is not good at dealing with them, the chances of failure are pretty much high.
Through this book, you can learn how different methods of persuasion and influencing are used in our daily life, and how we can learn and adapt accordingly to understand and use it to our advantage.
We’ve all been in situations where we’ve unwillingly said yes to something or bought something even though we didn’t need it.
The techniques salespersons use on you and how good leaders ensure you follow their lead are tools you can use in your own life and business. Cialdini helps you dissect and learn those tools for you to have a better social and professional life.
5. Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine, written and narrated by Mike Michalowicz
Conventional wisdom tends to frown upon profit, greed, and keeping yourself first. Having a business means you keep your profits for the last and make sure that the business is growing at any cost whatsoever.
Mike flips all of this and emphasizes making profits first and later spending it on expenses. Through some very simple accounting principles, he shows how you can create and run a profitable business.
Businesses that are profitable from their early days have a much higher chance of making it big and also sustaining it for a longer period.
Using several case studies and his indispensable wisdom, Mike paves a simple yet effective pathway for any business to follow, regardless of where they are right now.
Through the methods suggested in the book, you’ll be sure to put your profits first and make your business a successful one.
6. The Ten-Day MBA: A Step-By-Step Guide to Mastering the Skills Taught in America’s Top Business Schools by Steven Silbiger, narrated by Timothy Andrés Pabon
There’s a reason why business schools are so coveted even now. The skills taught there help you navigate through the waters of business in the real world seamlessly and effectively.
But not all who own businesses have had the time or resources or circumstances to get an MBA degree. Not to fear, because this book is here!
With concise yet informative chapters on the different subjects and topics taught in a business school, the ten-day MBA helps you understand the nitty-gritty of the market and the climate it operates within.
If you’ve always been curious about what they learn in business schools or have always wanted to get that degree, this is a great book to go for. Those who are in two minds about going to a business school will find this book useful as well.
7. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, written and narrated by Simon Sinek
Why? That’s often the most important and the most meaningful question to ask on any given topic. Studying cases of popular leaders and successful businessmen around the world, Simon Sinek tries to understand what it is that differentiates them from others. The key lies in that one word. Why? To be successful, you need the answer to that question.
Why do you do what you do? Why would someone prefer your company over your competitors? Why should your company even exist in the first place?
These are the questions (and their answers) that ensure your success or your failure in life. Channeling through many successful case stories, Sinek shows what it takes to be a great leader, one who can be inspired and inspire others around him.
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