What if you could get a rough guide to Entrepreneurship in a fortnight?
If you are the kind who can read and assimilate a book a day, try this Entrepreneurship fortnight. We are recommending books that don’t hard sell entrepreneurship to you, they don’t seduce you with glamour and dazzle and yet by the time you are done reading them, your desire to start the journey as an entrepreneur will be strong and unshakable.
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1. [email protected] the Speed of Thought – by Bill Gates:
Every business, every industry in the world has been disrupted, torn apart and rebuilt in entirely new ways by the advent of technology. As an entrepreneur, it is important to have a perspective on technology, regardless of the size or nature of your business. You may be thinking of setting up a mini-dessert chain or bringing together logistic companies to better utilize transportation. Regardless of what you intend to do, technology can come in and revolutionize what you are doing. Bill Gates gives you a perspective on technology and business that can help every aspiring entrepreneur foresee the evolution of their business.
2. Zero to One: Notes on Startups or How to Build the Future – by Peter Thiel:
Peter Thiel postulates on how to build an inimitable business model. This is every businessman’s dream. Often in every business, the founders and CEOs agonize over making their businesses or at least their unique selling proposition (USPs) hard to replicate. However, today’s technology makes copying really easy. Is there a way to build the business idea upwards inimitably? If you are looking for an answer, this book is a must-read.
3. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – by Ashlee Vance:
This book gives an inspiring view of the journey of Elon Musk from being an outsider to the hi-tech inventor-driven world of Silicon Valley to become an influence in this world. A must-read for every self-doubting entrepreneur.
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4. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – by Simon Sinek:
This is not a book, it is a movement. It is not just for entrepreneurs or business people. It is for everyone who wants to inspire people to join a movement, a cause, an organization, a cult, you name it. This is particularly useful for entrepreneurs understand how they can make their enthusiasm infectious and influence everyone from their partners, employees, customers, and investors to help build their vision.
5. The $100 Startup:
Reinvent the way you make a living, do what you love, and create a new future – by Chris Guillebeau: This book makes a gentle mockery (without actually spelling it out) of the accepted business world, its MBA fuelled talentless stagnation and corporate excesses. It provides real case studies of people who have become entrepreneurs with $100 or less and without any of the accepted corporate pedigrees like MBA, business plan or PR machinery. It is a practical rough guide to making a small entrepreneurial outfit cash flow positive.
6. Radical Candor: Be a kick-ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity – by Kim Scott:
Yes, it is a management guide written from a woman’s perspective. It was written because the author felt keen that women managers are unable to give candid feedback for various cultural reasons. However, this is an excellent guide for anyone who finds it difficult to be candid. It stresses on the need for real constructive feedback without window dressing and that is essential for every aspiring entrepreneur.
7. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – by Stephen R. Covey:
This is definitely a book to read for everyone who wishes to create habits that can help make their life fulfilling. However, this is an essential read for an entrepreneur who has to shape himself/herself into a more effective and impactful personality within a short time.
8. How to Win Friends and Influence People – by Dale Carnegie:
The secret to successful entrepreneurship lies not in the product/service/business but how well the entrepreneur can influence the business ecosystem. If there is any book that can help with that, it is this master class on influence.
9. What I know for Sure – by Oprah Winfrey:
May Oprah be your life coach and help you handle your failures and successes with wonderful equanimity. This book helps fledgling entrepreneurs learn about how to deal with conflicting emotions during their journey.
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10. The Essays of Warren Buffet: Notes on Corporate America – by Warren Buffet:
People make the mistake of thinking that reading Warren Buffet is essential for someone who wants to be an investor in equity markets. Buffet’s work is actually an essential read for anyone who is concerned with building a business. Smaller entrepreneurs will find it especially beneficial in understanding how to prioritize their investments in the business.
11. Awaken the Giant within – by Anthony Robbins:
Being an entrepreneur means making all kinds of decisions. Our decision-making is affected by our environmental, physical and emotional context. Tony Robbins gives a perspective on honing our decision-making skills, based on his life experiences. Valuable guidance for anyone starting out to build their business.
12. How to Win at the Sport of Business – by Mark Cuban:
Mark Cuban lays out the roadmap to entrepreneurial success, illustrating with his own experiences. A simple yet practical and proven guide for any entrepreneur today.
13. Like a Virgin: Secrets they Won’t Teach you at Business School – by Richard Branson:
The flamboyant daredevil entrepreneur of our times gives an inspirational talk on how to be an entrepreneurial success. Read this for a dose of inspiration.
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14. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead – by Sheryl Sandberg:
Though a book is written from a woman’s perspective and especially relatable for women, this is a must-read for every entrepreneur of every gender. This book will inspire you to embrace challenges and not evade them. She sells the risk takers’ mindset to people who are risk-averse. Risk taking drives success, especially for small entrepreneurs. So if you are toeing the waters of entrepreneurship, this is one book that will force you to take the plunge.
Taking the 14-day entrepreneurship boot camp? This is the best way to equip yourself at the beginning of your own unique entrepreneurial journey.