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NetWork Kansas: Eight Must-Read Entrepreneurial Books

Published Feb 09, 2015 by

By: Anne Dewvall

We start the year full of hope and promisbookse and to quickly, fall off the wagon as the day-to-day pressures of real life catch up to us and cloud those powerful resolutions we made. Whether you are planning a big year of business growth or trying to challenge your mind, the staff of the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship is here to stoke your entrepreneurial fire with eight killer book suggestions to improve your business game or just keep you on your toes.

  1. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. Starting a business doesn't have to be expensive. Guillebeau showcases low-investment businesses who made it big and provides advice – and a dose of inspiration – for doing the same. (Recommended by: Anne Dewvall)
  2. Risk Only Money: Success in Business Without Risking Family, Friends and Reputation by Jack DeBoer. Mr. DeBoer uses stories of personal experience to talk about things that don't have to be jeopardized (family, reputation, self-respect, friendships and health) in the pursuit of great entrepreneurial success. (Recommended by: Erik Pedersen)
  3. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. This tome comes highly recommended by the Kauffman Foundation and aims to equip entrepreneurs to reduce big mistakes early in the startup process. (Recommended by: Steve Radley)
  4. The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge. This is “an awesome read” about how changeable the brain actually is and its amazing ability to reorganize. (Recommended by: Jamie Hofling)
  5. The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton Christensen. How successful, outstanding companies can do everything “right” and yet still lose their market leadership – or even fail – as new, unexpected competitors rise and take over the market. (Recommended by: John Gendron)
  6. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie. The founder of TOMS shares a first-hand account of starting a socially oriented, highly-profitable business. (Recommended by: Ted Kriwiel)
  7. It’s Okay to be the Boss by Bruce Tulgan. Tulgan dismantles today's biggest management myths and discusses how to be an effective hands-on manager. (Recommended by: Amara Kniep)
  8. Bossypants by Tina Fey. Readers will identify with Fey’s constant battle to achieve work/life balance while pursuing her highest goals in this abbreviated autobiography full of laughs. (Recommended by: Imagene Harris)

We hope you'll check out one or more of these suggestions. Bonus points if you support your locally owned bookstore at the same time! What is on your entrepreneurial reading list? Have you tackled any of these recommendations? Share with us in the comments!

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Content contributed by Anne Dewvall, Network Kansas. Network Kansas is a proud affiliate of U.S. SourceLink, America’s largest resource network for entrepreneurs.