5 books that you must read as an aspiring entrepreneur
5 Books to Read as an Aspiring Young Entrepreneur
Being an entrepreneur is quickly becoming a popular choice among the youth of any country today. More and more of youngsters nurse a passion to carve out a path of their own in this world- a feat not so easily achieved. But fear not, because there are those who have tread the path before you and have transferred their experience and wisdom in age old instruments called books. These books do not tell how to carry out your business or what exactly to do in which situations because entrepreneurship is a dynamic profession with unique challenges. What these books do have are invaluable principles and values that you as an aspiring entrepreneur can use as guidelines when you navigate the unchart ed territories you wish to venture. Without further ado, here are 5 books that will be greatly helpful to young, aspiring entrepreneurs.
- The 4-hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris
It is the general impression that being an entrepreneur comes with long hours of work and many a night at the office. Well Timothy Ferris breaks many such myths in this book by elaborating on how to optimize your time and business to build an income generator that will allow you to pursue your interests with just 4 hours of work a week! Filled with action-inspiring tips and tools, this book is a great read for both old-timers and new recruits.
- The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
A major factor that demotivates new talent in being entrepreneurs is a lack of funds to kick-start their ideas. Well, Chris is here to tell you that there is a way to get your company up and running without a pot of gold. This book is a compilation of 50 success stories that began with only a few bucks and a passion to ride on. Many of these stories involve leveraging your talents or strengths and are inspiring narrations for a beginner.
- Lean Startup by Eric Reis
Entrepreneurship is game that requires speed and acute awareness. One has to keep up with market trends and new technology besides updating one’s strategy regularly. Eric Reis presents a variety of techniques that an entrepreneur can use to build a sustainable business that can withstand the odds and take on challenges. A must-read for long-term insight, this book has a very scientific approach to its methods.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Starting a new business will definitely involve interacting with many new faces. This is where Dale Carnegie’s compilation of do’s and don’ts of social life will come in handy. This book explains how to make friends with a potential partner, overcome competition, convince a narrow-minded person or get someone interested in your pitch. Each of these tasks require certain etiquette and mannerisms that are clearly laid out by Carnegie in this book that will help you in all of life beyond entrepreneurship.
- Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
As far as guiding elements go, no book can be more clear or concise than “Think and Grow Rich” by Napolean Hill. Written by one of the pioneers of what we categorize today as “self-help” books, this book lays out basic guidelines on how to be successful. This formula was distilled by Hill after interviewing over 500 successful men and women in various industries at the time. A book carrying the wisdom of many, it gives you 14 principle to follow in order to be successful.
Each of these books offers something that contributes to a unique aspect of being an entrepreneur. So grab one or more of these books, get inspired and get started on joining the entrepreneurial movement that’s sweeping nations across the globe. If you’re looking for more inspiration, you could check out 3 Movies to Fuel the Entrepreneur in You at the Twenty19 Blog.