As you take your first entrepreneurial steps, these books will be your best friends and guides
Have you recently been experiencing the entrepreneurial itch? But wondering if it is the right path for you? Worried about getting started, and how to take forward?
Building a successful, thriving business isn't going to happen overnight. Hence, it is important to know what you are getting yourself into. The best way aspiring entrepreneurs can alleviate their fears is by educating themselves. And what better way to educate yourself than by reading books that will help you grow your business and succeed?
Here are some must-reads for aspiring entrepreneurs.
The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
The time-tested, battle-hardened guide for anyone starting anything is what the author states is the book all about. The book is divided into four sections- conception, activation, proliferation, and obligation. The four sections take you through the entire process of starting up from the ideation to launch to building a team to the art of enduring. A practical book for any entrepreneur, it will help you turn your idea and passion into a success.
This is one book that is an absolute must-read if you want to make your startup dreams real.
Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
Richard Branson started his first business at the age of 16. This serial entrepreneur, investor and the head of Virgin Group takes us through his exciting journey and what made his successful. This autobiography This book is a captivating saga that takes its readers on a journey marked by courage and unparalleled self-belief.
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel co-founded PayPal and continues to be an authority on startups. In his book Zero to One, he talks about startups and how they can build the future. The book in very practical terms talks about how to build a competitive edge. With lessons for future founders as it draws upon those who have been there and done that, this book is a must-read for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Through this book, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the various lessons he has learned in business and life. Down-to-earth and fast-paced, Delivering Happiness shows how you can dramatically increase your own happiness by concentrating on the happiness of those around you.
Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
This book recounts the stories of startups' early days. Jessica Levingston captures the early days of entrepreneurs such as Sabeer Bhatia, Co-founder of Hotmail, Mike Ramsay, Co-founder of TiVo, Caterina Fake, Co-founder of Flickr, and many others. With 32 stories, this book is a great insight into the challenges these entrepreneurs and leaders faced early on and how they tackled them head-on.
If you need someone to grab you by the shoulders and shake you into action, the above-mentioned books will do the job. In the comments section tell us which one did you enjoy the most? Any other books you would like to add to the list? Tell us in the comments section.
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