“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”The above lines were said by Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. And how correct was he in encouraging this idea of entrepreneurship. Today’s era is the age of competition. The world is a race, a stiff race. If we don’t run fast and steady, we lag behind. Choosing the right way is not important, what matters is how you continue on that path. The world is no longer a collaborative one, the moment you stop and sigh for a moment; you get pushed by someone else who is always willing to take your place. So how do you actually stand amidst others? How do you become a face among the millions? It is through your ideas, your vision and your entrepreneurship. After all, it is not the people who live on; it is the idea that lives on and on forever.
Entrepreneurship is one of the most key elements in today’s generation. If you are not unique and do not have the vision to think out of the box, you will lag behind. So how do you develop this intuition? Where do you get the motivation from? Here is the list of top 9 books every entrepreneur should read:
9 books every entrepreneur should read:
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
This book is written by Robert B. Cialdini. The book deals with the fact that how important is the art of persuasion for entrepreneurs. If you wish to succeed, you need to build on a customer base. Making people say “yes” to your idea is what you should work on. And this book is the perfect guide to teach you the art of persuasion. The writer has clearly expressed and explained six universal principles of art of persuasion and the psychology behind it in this book. It also is a perfect guide for you to learn how to defend yourself against a persuader.
The Effective Executive
This book deals with the perfection every entrepreneur should have. It tells you the importance of decision making and time management in your business. The book is authored by Peter Drucker, a famous business communications writer. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was so impressed with this book that he made all his workers at the office to read this book. It is certainly one of those books that you should not miss!
Rework is co-authored by Jason Fried and David Hansson. It is a short and simple book that tells you about the secrets to efficient and smooth working of an organization. As the name suggests, the book tells you how important it is to work on your ideas again and again in order to attain perfection and eventually be a successful entrepreneur. It tells you that you are not alone. It is not one man show that leads to success, all you need to do is staff up, work as a team!
The Start-up Playbook
A book by David S. Kidder is a compilation of the hard fought experiences of the best entrepreneurs and CEOs of the world. The failures they faced, the mistakes they committed and many more. The same is explained beautifully with good explanations and suggestions for similar sort of problems. The book is divided into small chapters and is an ideal book to learn how to avoid pitfalls.
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie penned down this book about 78 years ago in 1936 and this book is still shaping the modern entrepreneurial world. Over 15 million copies of the book have been sold and the numbers are still counting. The book describes how to charm people and influence them for your ideas. Warren Buffet read this book when he was 20 years of age and we all know what he has achieved in life!
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
A book by Stephen R Covey is known for its simplicity and authenticity. The book tells you that different people in the world have different perspective and hence the importance of putting forth your viewpoints is highly essential. Do not curb your ideas. Let them flow. Because these are the habits of highly effective people!
The Innovator’s Dilemma
Written by Clayton Christensen, The Innovator’s Dilemma is an all time classic for the business world. A book that has always been the first choice of various CEOs and VCs over the time still continues to aspire the modern generation. A perfect and must read book for the entrepreneurs.
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
The book is as unusual as its name. Written by Seth Godin, the book inspires you come to come up with unusual ideas that could shape the world. Everyone has seen white and brown cows. How about seeing a purple cow now?
Outliers: The Story of Success
Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers has clearly inspected the various factors that are needed to be successful. This book will help the young entrepreneurs strategize and plan accordingly and come up with flying colors.
Everyone in this world needs motivation at some stage or other. Books are the best way to get motivated. Read and enjoy!