Back in November 2008, I was laid off from a job that I hated. At a time when everything seemed uncertain, there were two things I was absolutely sure of. First, I absolutely love everything about marketing. And second, I wanted to start a company of my own. Laid-off to CEO: 6 Steps to Building Your Business | Under30CEO
Having never taken a business class in college I find that I read and listen to a lot of business books to round out my education. The books usually aren't "How to Manage Your Cash Flow" but rather get me to rethink the way I run my business, which--despite no business classes or diploma--continues to be in business 13 plus years after I started it. In that time, here are 13 of the books that had the biggest impact on how I run my business (in no particular order): Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink: If you supervise anyone in your business, this book is a must read. It shows that what science knows about motivation, business isn't putting into practice.
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