Running your own business is the new cool. With increasing young guns venturing into the mean and competitive space, world is now seeing the new era of business tycoons who have barely touched their 30’s. Few of these entrepreneurs have executed their ground breaking ideas, setting a brand new example of innovation.
Books play an inspiring role in enabling goals and reaping them into fruitful actions. To help aspiring young businessmen achieve success in both their personal and professional life, we have compiled top list of books that will impart you with basics and give you an insight towards the journey of success.
In “The $100 Startup, “Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose “and “earn a good living.
Still in his early thirties, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth he s already visited more than 175 nations and yet he s never held a real job or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back.
There are “many” “others “like Chris those who’ve found ways to opt out of traditional employment and create the time and income to pursue what they find meaningful. Sometimes, achieving that perfect blend of passion and income doesn’t depend on shelving what you currently do. You can start small with your venture, committing little time or money, and wait to take the real plunge when you’re sure it’s successful.
In preparing to write this book, Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and from that group he s chosen to focus on the 50 most intriguing case studies. In nearly all cases, people with no special skills discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized, and were able to restructure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom and fulfillment.
Here, finally, distilled into one easy-to-use guide, are the most valuable lessons from those who’ve learned how to turn what they do into a gateway to self-fulfillment. It s all about finding the intersection between your expertise even if you don t consider it such — and what other people will pay for. You don t need an MBA, a business plan or even employees. All you need is a product or service that springs from what you love to do anyway, people willing to pay, and a way to get paid.
Not content to talk in generalities, Chris tells you exactly how many dollars his group of unexpected entrepreneurs required to get their projects up and running; what these individuals did in the first weeks and months to generate significant cash; some of the key mistakes they made along the way, and the crucial insights that made the business stick. Among Chris s key principles: if you re good at one thing, you re probably good at something else; never teach a man to fish “sell” him the fish instead; and in the battle between planning and action, action wins.
In ancient times, people who were dissatisfied with their lives dreamed of finding magic lamps, buried treasure, or streets paved with gold. Today, we know that it s up to us to change our lives. And the best part is, if we change our “own” life, we can help others change “theirs.” This remarkable book will start you on your way.”
“Disciplined Entrepreneurship” will change the way you think about starting a company. Many believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught, but great entrepreneurs aren’t born with something special — they simply make great products. This book will show you how to create a successful startup through developing an innovative product. It breaks down the necessary processes into an integrated, comprehensive, and proven 24-step framework that any industrious person can learn and apply.
You will learn: Why the “F” word — focus — is crucial to a startup’s success Common obstacles that entrepreneurs face — and how to overcome them How to use innovation to stand out in the crowd — it’s not just about technology
Whether you’re a first-time or repeat entrepreneur, “Disciplined Entrepreneurship” gives you the tools you need to improve your odds of making a product people want.
Author Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship as well as a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
The Untold Truth About Building A Startup is a must read if you are interested in learning how to build a startup the right way from someone who made a ton of mistakes so you do not have too. This book cuts to the chase and removes the fluff and gets right to what you need to know about setting up and growing your startup. The truth is finally revealed about what it really takes to build startup that was never shared until now. After reading The Untold Truth About Building A Startup you will know how to avoid falling into the 80% of businesses that fail category and move into the 20% that succeeded!
66 PERCENT OF SMALL BUSINESSES FAIL — AND IT’S NOT FOR THE REASONS YOU THINK*.
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.
Clifton Taulbert attended school in the Mississippi Delta and would have failed if not for the community of unselfish adults around him. Their presence gave rise to his first book, “Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored”, which was included in the United States’ gift to Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison and also became a critically acclaimed movie of the same name. Taulbert is president and CEO of Roots Java Coffee and the founder and president of the Building Community Institute. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
‘Now’ is the right time to get started. What holds you back from starting your own business? What holds you back from following your dreams? People are often concerned that it’s too late to start a business and that it’s hard to do. Let me tell you something — every year there are over 500 new millionaires in this world; are you ready to become one of them? If the answer is ‘yes’, then you need to get moving right now. You don’t have to be an expert, and you don’t have to be perfect in what you do; you only need to be committed to what you do. You have to always push and move on, no matter what happens. Nobody said that it will be easy to become an entrepreneur. This book will unveil some of the secrets that an entrepreneur needs to succeed and it will also reveal my personal experience and thoughts regarding entrepreneurship. Every success story has a beginning. So, are you ready to get started?
Entrepreneurs are a special breed. Could you be one of them? Many dream of owning their own business and being their own boss. There’s nothing stopping you from doing it except for you-but you’re a big hurdle. Whether it happens, much less whether it succeeds, largely depends on you. Starting a successful business is not just a function of wanting it badly enough. The key ingredients for entrepreneurial success are particular character traits. This book is an attempt to describe twenty-six of them. If you’ve already started a business, use it to take inventory and make a plan to grow into what you’ve begun. If you’re still deciding whether to launch into entrepreneurial life, let’s see if you’ve got what it takes.
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