To be a successful entrepreneur, it’s important to never stop learning. One of the best ways to learn is through reading books. On a personal level, books have been invaluable to my growth as an entrepreneur. Below are a list of books that have been influential in my journey as a food business entrepreneur.
|Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters
If you are ready to start your business, or just dabbling around with the idea, this book is the motivational kick in the pants you need. START is essentially why FoodLauncher was born. It motivated me to do something outside the scope of Bearded Brothers.
|Raising the Bar: Integrity and Passion in Life and Business – The Story of Clif Bar Inc.
The Clif bar story is truly inspiring for any entrepreneur. This book is all about the journey. Don’t expect inside information about how the product is made. The book touches on the entrepreneurial experience that Gary went through while building the company.
|Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t
This book is a must read for any entrepreneur. Jim Collins compares some of America’s top companies and explains why one succeeded and the other didn’t. My biggest takeaway from this was the lessons on leadership. Great leaders make the business, and the way you treat your team goes a long way.
|Cooking Up a Business: Lessons from Food Lovers Who Turned Their Passion into a Career — and How You C an, Too
Wow, is all I have to say about this book. Rachel tells the stories of top food entrepreneurs around the country. The book includes the stories of companies such as: Mary’s Gone Crackers, Justin’s Nut Butter, and EVOL Burritos. This book is a MUST MUST read for food entrepreneurs. The book was such a wonderful read, I finished it in just two days, which is rare for me: I’m typically a slow reader.