In this blog post I would like to share some of the business books that I really like. You ask why would I need to read business books if I am an artist? If you are just an art hobbyist and make art just for fun, to chill and relax I agree that you probably don’t need to read these books (even though they would not hurt you and you would probably learn a thing or two ;)). But if you are seeking to become a professional artist and seeking to make any serious income from your art you must understand that you are a BUSINESS and you must act like one. That means knowing how to write a business plan, how you will market / sell your stuff, what’s your target audience, how to issue invoices and do taxes, how to find partners or hire people and so on… you get the point. This is where these books come in, they help us learn about business in general and then combine this knowledge with our artistic skills for a winning formula!
So let’s get to the books:
- “Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too” by Gary Vaynerchuk – I love all the content of Gary Vee and this book basically gives the insight on how this guy thinks. It also teaches social media marketing, a lot of social media marketing. Also a bit of a motivational word at the start, just like the Gary Vee is himself. If you would watch some of his YouTube videos you could see. He also talks about the importance of the content and providing people value and only then after some time asking for a sale. Now I suggest you to go and read it since I am not writing a book summary here, just giving inspiration :). If you are not into reading very much go watch some of his YouTube videos or listen to his podcast on Spotify while riding a bike (that’s just what I do :), you can do that while on the buss or driving a car) and you will get the same content and more just in a different format. And believe me, it’s worth it!
2. “Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!” by Robert T. Kiyosaki – in this book Robert basically tells his story and using that method he teaches us about the fundamental money principles by giving “rich dad” and “poor dad” thinking examples. The “rich dad” was his friend’s dad and the “poor dad” was his real dad. Both of them taught Robert, but very differently. The book is very easy to read and quite entertaining even though it’s about money and business. The book tells that the school systems just teach you to be a poor life long employee just like his real very educated dad who works in a job and struggles with money. Talks about working for money (being an employee) and making money work for you (being a business owner). According to this book knowledge is the most important asset that you can have, because with the knowledge, even if you would lose all your money you could build everything back up. So if you want to know something about money grab this book!
3. “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” by Gary Keller – this book explains how and why to focus just on ONE THING in order to succeed. Great tips to learn how to really focus on work instead of wasting half of our workday as we usually do when we sit down to “work”. The book is very practical with real life methods on how to work on that ONE THING, how to make and manage time and work productively. This excerpt from the book basically explains the main idea of the book – “Chase 2 rabbits at the same time and you will catch none” (Russian proverb).
“Chase 2 rabbits at the same time and you will catch none” – Russian proverb