There is often too much information and not enough time. How do the most successful entrepreneurs stay up to date on what’s going on in their industry and beyond? We asked 11 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what thought leaders they read regularly and why.
Q. What one entrepreneurial thought leader do you read regularly and why?
Their best answers are below:
1. Jeff Haden
Jeff Haden‘s day job is ghostwriting books for the business world’s elite, but he also has a regular column on Inc.com. I never miss Jeff’s column. All of his articles are incredibly insightful, and most include actionable tips to help improve your business (or your own leadership skills) right away.
2. Marie Forleo
Marie Forleo offers practical (and sometime hilarious) tips for entrepreneurs. What I find most helpful is that her advice covers all aspects of an entrepreneur’s life — everything from managing your business to work-life balance.
3. Andrew Chen
If you’re running an online business (web/mobile apps), Andrew is a guy who understands growth, milestones and daily metrics. He’s a critical thinker who provides actionable insights for your business. Whether you’re on your first or tenth business, he’s must-follow thought leader. – Mary Ray, MyHealthTeams
4. Seth Godin
I really enjoy following Seth Godin‘s blog. The content of Godin’s blog ranges from technical and complex issues in marketing to daily bits of wisdom and inspiration. It’s important for entrepreneurs to focus on more than just the technical theories and strategies we incorporate in our businesses and to also continuously develop and improve ourselves as people.
5. John Hall
I find myself reading pieces by Influence & Co.’s CEO, John Hall. His articles are great for entrepreneurs and usually target topics in social media, personal branding and content marketing.
6. Michael Hyatt
I regularly read Michael Hyatt. Best known for helping entrepreneurs build their platforms, Michael covers a range of topics, but I especially enjoy his content related to being an intentional leader. Being an influential leader starts with genuinely delivering value to others. – Sean Kelly, HUMAN
7. Shane Parrish
Shane Parrish writes on everything from entrepreneurship to philosophy and economics to psychology on his blog, FarnamStreetBlog. He draws on the best knowledge from other people and adds a unique perspective and analysis that makes this blog continuously engaging, entertaining and educational.
8. Mark Suster
Mark Suster is an entrepreneurial/VC hybrid who has bootstrapped and also happens to be a great writer. He gets into tactics rather than just spewing opinions like so many entrepreneur/VC blogs do.
9. Fred Wilson
Fred Wilson is a VC who blogs over at AVC.com. His posts are always super timely and informative. He also tends to cover a wide array of topics based on what he is exposed to everyday. As an entrepreneur, it’s important to read as if you were an investor. While some insights might be similar, many aspects come from a perspective that you may have never considered. – Logan Lenz, Endagon
10. Ramit Sethi
Ramit is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “I Will Teach You to Be Rich.” And although this might sound like a gimmick, it is anything but that. Ramit is the first name I recommend to millennials starting out in their career and looking to better understand money and personal finance strategy. His blog is gold and features advice on a variety of lifestyle issues other than money.
11. David Allen
David Allen of Getting Things Done is the nuts and bolts of productivity, which is easy to lose sight of in the flurry ofentrepreneurial efforts. I’ve learned that it’s very beneficial to remind myself of good productivity habits.