Reading books is valuable for our psychological mindset. Books are a source of inspiration, tips, and strategies and can help you to succeed in so many ways. They can provide you with the right kind of knowledge and can help you to develop the necessary skills.
Reading books can also influence the way you start or do your business. If you are a CEO of a multimillionaire company or someone who is just getting started, you can benefit from the knowledge acquired through reading books. It allows you to make smart decisions right from the start of your business and makes you a better and successful Entrepreneur.
Today, I’m going to share 5 best entrepreneur books which helped me to gain more understanding of Entrepreneurship –
1. Crushing It! How Great Entrepreneurs Build their Business and Influence and How You Can, Too, Gary Vaynerchuk
If you want to grow your own online business, there’s no one better to learn from than Gary Vaynerchuk. Crushing It! is one of the most highly recommended books for entrepreneurs. It is the follow-up or a modern version of ‘Crush It’. Now for those who don’t know, Crush It! was written in 2009. It talked about cashing in your passion using social media.
In Crushing It!, Gary Vaynerchuk includes lots of stories of folks who have turned themselves into success stories by putting Crush It! principles to work. He wants to convey a message that f you use your social media strategically, you are on your way to creating a strong personal brand. He also lists 7 factors that are crucial to building your personal brand – Intent, Authenticity, Passion, Patience, Speed, Work, and Attention.
2. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Peter Thiel
Co-founder of PayPal Peter Thiel wrote this book in 2014. Zero to One is all about inspiring you to build a company that creates something new and generates profits well into the future. Peter Thiel is not a huge fan of competition and in this book; he mainly focuses on how to build a Monopoly.
This book gives an important message – When you are adding more of something to that’s already there, you are going from 1 to n. But, when you are truly creating something new or starting a business that’s unlike other businesses, you are going from 0 to 1. It simply means that – Businesses only succeed when they differentiate rather than compete.
3. The Hard Thing about Hard Thing: Building a Business When There are No Easy Answers, Ben Horowitz
If you’re planning to start a business or are going to be in charge of something, read this book. This is the best Entrepreneurship related book that I’ve ever read. Entrepreneur turned Venture Capitalist Ben Horowitz wrote the book The Hard Thing about the Hard Things to make us aware of the challenges that an Entrepreneur is likely to face. He also explains a lot about management and how you can survive when a company is in crisis.
This book teaches a very important lesson that there are no rules of Entrepreneurship. Even the things, that you believe, are written on stone can change in an instant. So, to be a successful Entrepreneur, you need to get used to adapting to the changes.
4. Poke the box: When was the last time you did something for the first time?, Seth Godin
A 96-page manifest entitled Poke the box encourages all the aspiring Entrepreneurs to break free from their fear of failure and to go and start-up something that they always wanted. This is one of those great little books that can impact your life in a great manner.
Seth Godin, a marketing genius, believes that Fear of Failure is one of the largest contributors to holding people back. Avoiding these failures can prove to be counterproductive. Many successful Entrepreneurs have failed a considerable amount in their lives yet their contributions overshadow their failures. Therefore, to be successful in life, you need to learn from your failures and move forward.
5. Start with Why How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek
Start with Why is mandatory for entrepreneurs who are just starting their businesses. In this book, Simon Sinek explains that effectively communicating our WHYs to anyone is crucial to both personal and business success. To underscore his argument, Sinek mentions the profiles of various leaders and companies such as Apple, Martin Luther King, and many others whose success is directly related to their clear WHY.
This book showcases that any person or organization can explain what they do and how they are going to get it all done. But, very few can clearly articulate WHY. WHY is not about money or profit, instead it is about the things that inspire us to take better decisions in the everyday life and also galvanizes people to take action and get things done when the times gets tough.