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4 Landmark Books to Guide Your Entrepreneurial Journey

There is no substitute for reading books in the development of your entrepreneurial career.

Timothy Sykes

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One of the best ways to get a head start on your professional endeavours is to learn from the successful individuals that have come before you. There is no better way to do this then to pick up some books and start reading the works of the successful individuals that have made their mark in the business world.

Here are four great books, written by business professionals that talk about their own journey and their own rise to the top of their fields.

1Richard Branson Losing My Virginity

Richard Branson is one of the most notable and charismatic entrepreneurs on the planet right now. His books are all wildly popular thanks to Branson’s no-nonsense approach and sense of humour.

While all of his books have their own unique nuggets of information in them, his book Losing My Virginity is perhaps the best when it comes to detailing his journey, his struggles and his mindset when dealing with some of the trials and tribulations of today’s market.

Related: 10 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal The Books That Changed Their Lives

2Jim Cramer Confessions of a Street Addict

Confessions of a Street Addict is one book that I picked up and just couldn’t seem to put down. It is filled with real-world lessons that any entrepreneur or potential entrepreneur should read.

This books is all about how to play the game in Wall Street. It is candid, raw and at times a little outrageous, but if you want the most down and dirty, realistic look at Wall Street and how to make money on Wall Street, this is the book for you.

3The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder

If you want to read a book about a man that knows how to make money, then reading The Snowball is the way to go. If there is one thing that everyone can agree on when it comes to Warren Buffet, it is that he knows how to make money.

The legendary investor from Omaha has never written his own memoir, but he allowed author Alice Schroeder to write about his life, accomplishments, struggles, setbacks and opinions. This book features insights from both Buffet and those who know him best.

Related: 3 Books To Help You Become Better, Smarter And Faster

4Jack Welch Jack: Straight From the Gut

If you want a brass-tacks look at business, then there is no better book to pick up than Jack: Straight From the Gut, written by “the world’s toughest boss.” Jack Welch has been an icon in the business world for decades and this book looks at his life, his challenges and how he demands only the best, not only from others but from himself.

Bonus: Tim Sykes An American Hedge Fund

I wouldn’t put my book, An American Hedge Fund on this list unless it truly could bring some value to readers. That is also why I have now made it free for everybody.

One of the things I set out to do with this book, is to be as honest as possible, and I really do lay it all out there with this work. You can get my book for free from my website and you can see first hand about all of the ups and downs I went through and the mistakes that I made that helped shape me during the process.

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

Timothy Sykes is an entrepreneur and a penny stock expert, trader and advocate. He has been featured on CNN, Fox News, CNBC and more and has spoken at prestigious institutions such as Harvard University.

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Enhance Your Entrepreneurial Flair With An Online Postgraduate Diploma From The University Of Pretoria

The Department of Business Management at the University of Pretoria, a leader in business management education, will be offering an Online Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship for the 2018 academic year with some seminars to enrich your action learning experience.

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The Department of Business Management at the University of Pretoria, a leader in business management education, will be offering an Online Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship for the 2018 academic year with some seminars to enrich your action learning experience.

The programme content focuses on the start-up processes, creativity and opportunity recognition, business planning and marketing as well as financial management. Furthermore, the programme emphasises entrepreneurial growth and small business policy development with relevance to the enabling environment.

Who should enrol?

The programme is designed for pre-, nascent and start-up entrepreneurs who want to attain an advanced degree in entrepreneurship. It is also intended for individuals who work in an entrepreneurial environment and are involved with small business policy development. Although many students in the programme have academic credentials in entrepreneurship or business management, the programme is also appropriate if your education and/or experience may be in other disciplines (e.g. engineering or medicine).

Admission requirements

A relevant bachelor’s degree.

Related: This Enterprises UP Expert Explains Why Start-Ups Really Fail

Additional programme information

The duration of the course is one year. The language of tuition is English and the course will be presented in two blocks by means of the blended learning method (70% online and 30% contact sessions). Students need continuous access to the internet to complete the course.

Course Contents

Overview of modules for Block A

  • Ideation-to-market: Starting up
  • International Business Venturing
  • Venturing Strategy Building (Part 1)

Overview of modules for Block B

  • Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • Entrepreneurial Supply Chain Management
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Venturing Strategy Building (Part 2)

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How English Language Skills Play An Essential Role In Building Trust With Your Customers

The English language is the global language of business, politics, international relations and entertainment for a number of countries worldwide.

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The English language is the global language of business, politics, international relations and entertainment for a number of countries worldwide.  While English is not an official language in many of these countries, it is the language most often taught as a foreign or second language, which means that it is spoken by over two billion people.  It therefore breaks down barriers, drives global collaboration and thinking and opens doors to a multitude of opportunities around the world.

However, in spite of this leading role of English in the globalised world, management often considers language skills a ‘soft’ issue and does not recognise that  immediate or concerted efforts for change are required; or more specifically, that individuals need to be fluent in English in order to be competitive in an international business market. As  Jeff Standridge, Vice President of Global Workforce Management at Acxiom Corporation states, “We have to be able to work seamlessly across the enterprise. That requires us to overcome any language barriers that exist. Without the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, significant risks begin to enter the equation, including lower quality and lost productivity. By addressing these needs early on companies can see a significant financial impact with global initiatives”.

Companies face challenges in educating clients about services and specifics of a product when they lack English language skills. Misunderstandings or mistakes in conveying that type of information cost time, relationships and money.

Related: Effective Communication Means Business Success

The potential loss of trust and commensurate loss of business as a result of misunderstandings through language underscores the importance of a full knowledge of the language for external communications, marketing and branding as well as for handling government and media relations. Ultimately, developing trust with local and global clients and overseas partners requires highly developed English language skills. This sentiment is echoed by Herman Uscategui, Director of Global Strategic Initiatives and International Business Development, Starbucks Coffee Company:

“Advanced language skills provide the foundation to trusted relationships with customers, communities and partners”.

There are many companies and individual professionals who fail in their quest for business or professional success. This failure can primarily be attributed to one of the most basic foundations of forming business relations – the language spoken. Undoubtedly, the English language is the global language for business and having a good command of English will definitely give one who is eyeing globally competitive business or career a clear edge.  Any communication problem, whether personal or business, translates to losses, zero result in negotiations, incompetence for global business or will just simply leave you ill-equipped to carry out business.

In an increasingly aggressive and competitive environment where people work an extraordinary amount of hours and have a number of objectives to reach,  language vendors need to ensure that individuals are capable of learning successfully at their job. The best results occur when instruction is customised to employees’ roles. Subsequently, they will be able to listen to and communicate effectively with diverse people, using appropriate verbal and nonverbal behaviour, language and strategies thereby bridging geographic and linguistic barriers.

The Wits Language School English Communication for Professional Development programme customises English language solutions for public and private organisations that enable organisations and individuals to reach their language goals and to maintain their competitive edge in local and global business.

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10 Books Tim Ferriss Thinks Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Check out these titles curated by the productivity expert and podcast host.

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Tim Ferriss, the productivity expert, author and inspirational speaker, is an avid reader, and has highlighted many books on his show and through his blog, seeking to share some of the same wisdom that inspires him.

From self-help to science fiction, there is something for everyone, and these 10 tomes have been selected from the many that make up Ferriss’s library. See what he recommends and why, and get ready to spend your Sunday mornings curled up with one – or several – of these books.

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