I was once told by an exceptionally successful entrepreneur that reading is his passion. For him books were a great source of inspiration. He was humble enough to give credit for his journey to the books he had read. Reading books is an attribute that every aspiring businessman should possess. A great scholar once said “words are the strongest element of a society and they can move even a dead person, so humans can’t be spared by its might”. Inspiration & diligence both make a successful entrepreneur. An entrepreneur always gets directions by experiences but most of his direction comes from books.
Information is the factor that determines the working of a business. Without information, a business is baseless and lifeless. Reading habit should be accepted by every aspiring entrepreneur to get the direction for the right path of success. Over the years, many books have inspired young entrepreneurs and extracted a great businessman out of them. Some of those inspiring books have already been mentioned by the giants of business in their interviews. Here is yet another list of books that a young aspiring entrepreneur must read to diversify his skills and take his abilities to the next level. Enjoy the reading! Wish you success.
“It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be” is a handbook of how to succeed in the world: a pocket bible for the talented and timid alike to help make the unthinkable thinkable and the impossible possible.
The world s top advertising guru, Paul Arden, offers up his wisdom on issues as diverse as problem solving, responding to a brief, communicating, playing your cards right, making mistakes, and creativity all endeavors that can be applied to aspects of modern life.
This uplifting and humorous little book provides a unique insight into the world of advertising and is a quirky compilation of quotes, facts, pictures, wit and wisdom all packed into easy‐to‐digest, bite‐sized spreads. If you want to succeed in life or business, this book is a must.”
“Sprint” offers a transformative formula for testing ideas that works whether you re at a startup or a large organization. Within five days, you’ll move from idea to prototype to decision, saving you and your team countless hours and countless dollars. A must read for entrepreneurs of all stripes. Eric Ries, author of “The Lean Startup”
From three partners at Google Ventures, a unique five-day process for solving tough problems, proven at more than a hundred companies.
Entrepreneurs and leaders face big questions every day: What’s the most important place to focus your effort, and how do you start? What will your idea look like in real life? How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you have the right solution?
Now there s a surefire way to answer these important questions: the sprint. Designer Jake Knapp created the five-day process at Google, where sprints were used on everything from Google Search to Google X. He joined Braden Kowitz and John Zeratsky at Google Ventures, and together they have completed more than a hundred sprints with companies in mobile, e-commerce, healthcare, finance, and more.
A practical guide to answering critical business questions, “Sprint” is a book for teams of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits. It s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem, or idea who needs to get answers today.”
3. The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy
When a career-ending injury left elite athlete and professional football player Lewis Howes out of work and living on his sister’s couch, he decided he needed to make a change for the better. He started by reaching out to people he admired, searching for mentors, and applying his past coaches’ advice from sports to life off the field. Lewis did more than bounce back: He built a multimillion-dollar online business and is now a sought-after business coach, speaker, and podcast host.
In “The School of Greatness, “ Howes shares the essential tips and habits he gathered in interviewing “the greats” on his wildly popular podcast of the same name. In discussion with people like Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson and Pencils of Promise CEO Adam Braun, Howes figured out that greatness is unearthed and cultivated from within. The masters of greatness are not successful because they got lucky or are innately more talented, but because they applied specific habits and tools to embrace and overcome adversity in their lives.
A framework for personal development, “The School of Greatness” gives you the tools, knowledge, and actionable resources you need to reach your potential. Howes anchors each chapter with a specific lesson he culled from his greatness “professors” and his own experiences to teach you how to create a vision, develop hustle, and use dedication, mindfulness, joy, and love to reach goals. His lessons and practical exercises prove that anyone is capable of achieving success and that we can all strive for greatness in our everyday lives.
4. Get Backed: Craft Your Story, Build the Perfect Pitch Deck, and Launch the Venture of Your Dreams
“Get Backed” isn’t just about startup fundraising. It s a handbook for anyone who has an idea and needs to build relationships to get it off the ground.
Over the last 3 years, entrepreneurs Evan Loomis and Evan Baehr have raised $45 million for their own ventures, including the second largest round on the fundraising platform AngelList. In “Get Backed,” they show you exactly what they and dozens of others did to raise money even the mistakes they made while sharing the secrets of the world s best storytellers, fundraisers, and startup accelerators. They ll also teach you how to use the friendship loop, a step-by-step process that can be used to initiate and build relationships with anyone, from investors to potential co-founders. And, most of all, they ll help you create a pitch deck, building on the real-life examples of 15 ventures that have raised over $150 million.
What’s in the book?
The original pitch decks and fundraising strategies of 15 ventures that raised over $150 million
Email scripts that will get you a meeting with angel investors, venture capitalists, and potential board members
Pitching exercises developed by startup talent beds like Stanford University’s Bschool and Techstars
A breakdown of the 10 essential pitch deck slides, how to create them, and what questions you should answer with each an overview of the 5 main funding sources for startups, the pros and cons of each, and who the big players are a crash-course in visual and presentation design that will make any deck beautiful
Templates for 4 stories every entrepreneur should know how to tell.
The story of one entrepreneur who showed up in Silicon Valley with no network and six months later had investments from Fred Anderson, Bono, and Peter Thiel
“Get Backed” will show you exactly what it takes to get funded and will give you the tools to make any idea a reality.
This book is designed for those new (or early stage) to entrepreneurship or those who have watched from afar and have wanted/wished to join in, but the fear of the unknown has kept them stupefied and in paralysis.
This book will detail the worst (which is not so scary after all) and the best (which is absolutely thrilling) of being in business for yourself and give you the essential skills to be successful (preventing the 66% death rate).
The focus of the book is on the emotional journey one takes when they step onto the wild ride of entrepreneurship. It’s meant to warn (forthcoming fears, doubts and self-defeating conditioning of past/upbringing), inoculate (from the naysayers, dream stealers and pains of rejection and failure) and guide them (building those undeveloped skills of independence, self-motivation and self-accountability) safely past the landmines that blow up (cause failure) of 66% of all new businesses.
In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies to offer essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems business schools don’t cover. His blog has garnered a devoted following of millions of readers who have come to rely on him to help them run their businesses. A lifelong rap fan, Horowitz amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs and tells it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, from cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.
His advice is grounded in anecdotes from his own hard-earned rise from cofounding the early cloud service provider Loudcloud to building the phenomenally successful Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm, both with fellow tech superstar Marc Andreessen (inventor of Mosaic, the Internet’s first popular Web browser). This is no polished victory lap; he analyzes issues with no easy answers through his trials, includingdemoting (or firing) a loyal friend;whether you should incorporate titles and promotions, and how to handle them;if it’s OK to hire people from your friend’s company;how to manage your own psychology, while the whole company is relying on you;what to do when smart people are bad employees;why Andreessen Horowitz prefers founder CEOs, and how to become one;whether you should sell your company, and how to do it.
Filled with Horowitz’s trademark humor and straight talk, and drawing from his personal and often humbling experiences, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures.”
If every therapist and psychotherapist on the planet could repeat this to their clients, like a mantra, again and again, there would be fewer therapists and psychotherapists. Because it works. Very quickly. Realising that what you’re worrying about and stressing over doesn’t really matter so much in the grand scheme of things is the door to freedom and healing.
And the little profanity ‘F**k It’ is the key to that door. Ask anyone who’s come close to death, or lost someone close to them, or discovered they have a serious disease and they’ll say the same thing: that the little things don’t matter, F**k It… enjoy life in every moment for what it is, not what you want it to be… worry less, live more… remember what’s important and forget the rest.
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