9 must-read Books for budding Entrepreneurs!May 31, 2019
Becoming an entrepreneur might look like the ultimate dream. Becoming your own boss is the best thing after all, isn’t it? Well, that may be true. But the road to becoming an entrepreneur is far from easy. It requires a lot of grit, passion and skill to build a successful business.
Here are a few books that guide aspiring entrepreneurs towards success. These have helped many eminent entrepreneurs in their journey and are sure to help you too!
Built to Last : Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
This book by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras talks about building visionary companies. The book focuses on how leaders will come and go but the systems that are built into the organisation will take the enterprise to great heights. The authors also review a few companies that became visionary organisations.
The Founder’s Dilemmas
The Founder’s Dilemmas : Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls that can Sink a Startup is a book by Noam Wasserman. This book talks about the kind of challenges entrepreneurs face in the early stages of setting up an enterprise and offers insights into tackling these challenges. Different issues such as equity funding, setting up teams, etc is talked about in the book.
Deep Work : Rules for Focussed Success
This book is written by Cal Newport. He has coined a term called Deep Work to signify working with absolute focus on a demanding task without any distraction. In a world full of distractions, single-minded focus is something that the author says is a very important skill to have. The book helps readers understand Deep Work and put it into practice.
The Lean Startup
This book is one of the most recommended books for budding entrepreneurs. Written by Eric Ries, this book focuses on the core principles of building a successful product and making it reach to the right customers. The concept of a Lean Startup that involves strategies to minimise impact of failure has changed the landscape of entrepreneurship in the past decade.
Rise of the Millennial Entrepreneur
Written by Joey Wilkes, this book is inspiring and guides the new-age entrepreneur through the pitfalls and challenges of entrepreneurship through personal stories.
The author shares relevant experiences and gives tips to the reader about how a bootstrapped business can be run successfully along with all the ups and downs that come with the journey.
Zero to One
There can be two types of entrepreneurs – one that tries to find a successful business and tries to emulate that and another that builds a business from scratch with brand new products. If you belong to the latter kind then this book is a great value addition for you. This book, Written by Peter Thiel, talks about building innovative enterprises and doing so successfully.
This book is written by Angela Duckworth who is a psychologist. In this book, the author talks about how passion and perseverance are the foundational characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. She stresses on the need for grit above everything else and the stories in this book inspire people to become grittier.
This book is written by Ari King and is a great tool for people who are keen on taking up an entrepreneurial journey but do not know where their passion lies. Through interviews of various industry leaders, this book helps the readers get insights into what success entails and eventually helps the readers indentify what they want to achieve.
This book by Gary Vaynerchuck is a great read and helps readers identify their strengths that will help them overcome challenges as an entrepreneur. It specifically deals with how introverted people can shine in areas that are traditionally dominated by extroverts.