Came across this nice post about good books to read when starting off on your own business:
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey - I have read this one, and if I remember correctly, one of the chapters had a quote of Goethe's “Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”
The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings On Management - I have read some of Drucker, but not this one. It's now on my books-to-read list.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill - I read this one many , many moons ago. Lots of lessons, but not all are applicable today.
The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman - Haven't gotten around to this one yet.
Built to Last : Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins, Jerry I. Porras - I'd strongly recommend this one as well. Also, Collins' other book "Good to Great" is nice.
I'd add to that list the "22 Immutable Laws of Marketing" and the "22 Immutable Laws of Branding" by Al Ries.
I would also recommend some autobiographies, since I find them very inspiring:
- Made in Japan - Akio Morita
- Iacocca - Lee Iacocca
- Losing my Virginity - Richard Branson
- Maverick - Ricardo Semler (not exactly an autobiography)
- My experiments with truth - M. K. Gandhi