It is said that –“One can always learn from one’s mistakes; great are those who learn from others’ mistakes!” Entrepreneurs are those who extract lessons from others’ loss, they shape their strategies accordingly. Some of these great lessons often come packed through books making them handier. So here’s a list of must read books for aspiring entrepreneurs:
(1) The Lean Startup (by Eric Ries):
- This book presents a very pragmatic picture of entrepreneurship. It shows how the path of start-up can be! After reading it, you will probably understand that if your idea doesn’t work then there is no point in mulling over the damage. Instead, one should get back to the desk and start working.
(2) Rework (37 Signals’) :
- Seth Godin said, “Ignore this book at your own peril.” Business books are often bulky and end up by giving superfluous “gyaan”, in contrast to that, “Rework” happens to be a crisp read which narrows down to logical suggestions. It talks about the importance of making more money. It asks you to focus on the idea of being small but dynamic. For anyone who wants to get the exact insight of entrepreneurship, this book is a must.
(3) The $100 Startup (by Chris Guillebeau):
- In this book, the author talks about the possibility of starting up with almost nothing but begin just with imagination. Moreover, the central idea of this book is that if you have some really good skills or if you are really passionate about something then your dream shall certainly intersect with the demands of the market. It won’t show you the legal side of entrepreneurship, but, if you are thinking about starting up and are looking for someone to push you to execute, then this is the right book.
(4) Losing my Virginity, the Autobiography of Sir Richard Branson
- Failures are rarely celebrated, but in this book, Sir Richard Branson talks about the idea of making most out of failures. It talks about building the brand from scratch. The philosophy of, “Oh screw it, let’s do it” is very nicely propagated in this book. It is Branson’s autobiography and has been written with a typical panache.
(5) Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker:
- Though the book had been written way back, the fundamentals for starting up a venture which are mentioned in it, find relevance even today. It talks about the ‘dos and don’ts’ which should be kept in mind before being an entrepreneur. As Drucker is recognized for his clairvoyance, a fast read is suggested.
Author Credit: Mohita Adhvaryu
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