You are a startup founder, busy in developing something new and embarking on your ambitious path. You are working on auto-pilot and probably have no time to attend trainings/educational programs.You could turn towards reading to keep expanding your horizons since it is the most vicarious form of learning.
We don’t always have to learn from trial-and-error when we have books written by entrepreneurs – about their successes and failures- who have triumphed against the odds and become successful. There are many habits a good entrepreneur must have and one of them is reading. As Charlie Munger said, “Go to bed every night a little wiser than you were when you got up.”
From the stacks of books printed every year, here are a select few titles which have the power to change your finances, your business, and your perspective. The books shall guide you through expansion and evolution.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Anshee Vance
This book gives the reader a look into Silicon Valley’s most daring entrepreneur’s life. It tells the stories of Musk’s global companies like Paypal, Tesla Motors and SolarCity. Musk is portrayed as a typical modern entrepreneur who dedicates his life to inventing a future that is rich and far-reaching with new levels of innovation. The author explores the question of whether the innovators can continue to be successful in the light of global competition. The book is a perfect combination of entertainment and entrepreneurial guide.
Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy – George Gilder
George Gilder has written many books on the future of technology. In this book, he gives interesting conclusions about how tech giants’ like Google and Facebook may already be out-of-date. According to Gilder, the virtual world will become much more decentralized and the driving force will be the blockchain or crypto technologies which will result in a more secure and efficient network. If you believe that humans are capable of improving and bettering the world, then this is a must-read book.
The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau
Many books have been written about entrepreneurs but this book stands out since it offers actionable information. The author gives you fifty interesting case studies of entrepreneurs who have created sustainable businesses with low costs. It teaches you the inner workings of different businesses and provides checklists to go through with concrete examples. An inspiring read which shall make you want to follow your passion, all over again.
The Everything Store -Brad Stone
The book tells the tale of how Amazon progressed from being a small online bookseller to a global behemoth that operates across many industries and is constantly growing. The book is a biography of Amazon’s visionary Jeff Bezos who wanted Amazon to offer limitless selections (at low prices) and convenience. The book discusses how the founders placed one of the first (and largest) bets on the internet and forever changed the way we shop.
The Innovators -Walther Isaacson
Who does not love stories of heroes who sacrifice everything and lose and yet, come back to change the world? The book is about the creative minds who push boundaries and reinvent how things are done. The book explores the fascinating personalities like Bill Gates, Robert Noyce, Steve Jobs and likes who immensely contributed to bringing about the current digital revolution.
Mindset: The new psychology of Success -Carol Dweck
The book is all about the growth mindset. The book discusses what a growth mindset is as compared to a fixed mindset. It explains how a growth mindset can help you in life (especially relevant if you are an entrepreneur). The book tells you why certain people excel and grow over others, just because of a different mindset. The author has researched and put together real-life examples of how people’s belief system has affected the outcome in their personal and professional lives. The book is a delightful, life-changing must-read.
Will It Fly? – Pat Flynn
This book is a must-read for every entrepreneur who is just getting started with a new idea. Pat Flynn tells you how to pre-launch a product to make sure it is accepted in the market. He reiterates that doing a little homework to test your new business idea can save you a lot of money and energy. He has an interesting website “Smart Passive Income” that teaches you how to create multiple streams of revenue.
Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone – Satya Nadella, Greg Shaw
Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella (through the book) shares interesting and inspiring stories of Microsoft’s continuing transformation and how technology has impacted our lives. He has written the book on his moves to rejuvenate the sinking Microsoft in 2014 when he took over as the CEO. The book includes the new vision and the execution plan he put in place back then. He talks a lot about partnerships, how you can partner even with your fierce competitors which epitomizes the new Microsoft. The book discusses how people, companies, and societies must transform themselves in their persistent quest for innovation.
The E-Myth Revisited -Michaell Gerber
The author says having the right approach for your business is crucial for the business to thrive. Most business owners fail (even when they work so hard) because they focus on the wrong things. Gerber points out how you must create a system-dependent system and not a people-dependant system for your business to succeed. He shows you how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, making sure your business grows productively and assuredly.
Leaders Eat Last -Simon Sinek
The book starts a refreshing conversation on how to lead effectively and create a world where everyone wakes up inspired to work, feels trusted and valued and has a sense of fulfillment. Many leaders around the world are striving to create such an environment where people can work together and bring phenomenal value to the business. The author outlines the importance of understanding the qualities of the great leaders when you are starting your business because only great leaders can instill trust, motivate and help the team reach their full potential.
These books make the cut to our favourite list. Do you have a list of your own? Do share with us @ [email protected]