Some things can only be learned by doing, but that doesn't mean that reading about business and entrepreneurship isn't incredibly valuable.
While you don't want to get stuck in “analysis paralysis” where you're perpetually stuck in the research phase, there are quite a few books out there that are worth reading for any aspiring entrepreneur.
Some of the most popular business books are practically household names. Chances are, you've read The E-Myth or The Four Hour Workweek.
If not, you've probably at least heard of them.
But there are many, many books out there with valuable, actionable advice for entrepreneurs.
Some of them are “hidden gems” that don't get as much recognition as they deserve.
In a recent article, Entrepreneur offers a list of business books that probably aren't the same two or three that you've seen recommended ad nauseum.
If you're looking for new reading material, check them out.
These three books are worth checking out if you're either running your own business, or planning to start one.
1. The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs by Hal Elrod and Cameron Herold
The principles and skills in this book will help you channel your passions, give yourself an edge, and start your day with purpose. The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs has helped transformed lives though six daily practices, or Life S.A.V.E.R.S. (silence, affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading and scribing).
The Miracle Morning explains these principles to give you the essential skills you need to create a successful business and personal life, accelerate your influence, and develop your vision.
Most importantly, Hal Elrod and Cameron Herold demonstrate why mornings are so important in managing your physical, mental and emotional energy. They give you the guidance to get focused and chart your own course for success.
2. Deep Work by Cal Newport
How many times in the past 15 or 20 minutes have you been distracted by emails, social media notifications or text messages?
Deep Work explains how living in an age of technology with constant interruptions and distractions obstructs our ability to “go deep” and completely focus on the task at hand.
Learning to practice deep work — when you don’t let distractions interfere with your concentration — will not only make you better at what you do, but also give you a sense of fulfillment. Cal Newport gives readers a rigorous training regimen and a series of four rules that will transform your mind and embrace the habits that allow deep work to take place.
3. Performance Partnerships by Robert Glazer
If you're looking for a deep dive into the world of affiliate marketing, Robert Glazer's new book, Performance Partnerships, is perfect.
Consider it a crash course filled with insights, starting with the birth of affiliate marketing, its evolution in an ever-changing industry, and its progression into one of the most important forms of digital marketing out there. A customer acquisition expert, Glazer delivers the education you need on how to build the types of beneficial relationships you need to grow your business.
From lifestyle tips that boost your productivity, to actionable advice for web entrepreneurship, there's a lot of great content out there in book form. You can find five more amazing business books over at Entrepreneur.