7 must to read books for entrepreneurs
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7 MUST-TO-READ BOOKS FOREntrepreneursGanesh Samarthyam
START WITH WHY
Why do leaders like Steve Jobs inspire action (and why many others dont)?
Answer: They start with why - the complete opposite to everyone else.
Simon Sineks Golden Circle: WHY -> HOW -> WHAT
Watch his TED talk (How great leaders inspire action) that captures the essence of this book.
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek, Portfolio, 2011
HOW TO GET IDEAS
We live in times when ideas can be turned into a service or a product faster than ever before; but how to get ideas?
This is a fun to read book on getting ideas
Has nice cartoons, practical suggestions (Give yourself a deadline, the shorter the better!), and catchy phrases (e.g., Different questions, different answers, different solutions)
How to Get Ideas, Jack Foster, Larry Corby, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2007
THE LEAN STARTUP
Most startups fail by burning out cash too quickly!
Startups operate under extreme uncertainties
Fundamental idea: Startup == Experiment
Lean thinking defines value as providing benefit to the customer (everything else is a waste!): Success is not delivering a feature; success is learning how to solve the customers problem.
The Lean Startup, Eric Ries, Crown Business, 2011
ZERO TO ONE: NOTES ON STARTUPS
Book from venture capitalist and the billionaire co-founder of PayPal
Discusses how to create a game-changing company that goes from nothing to something (instead of running yet-another business)
Many insights; example: Every great entrepreneur is first and foremost a designer
Bold ideas; example: Every startup should start with a very small market. Always err on the side of starting too small
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Peter Thiel, Blake Masters, Crown Business, 2014
RICH DAD POOR DAD
Most of us are financial illiterates
Our schooling system does teach us how to handle money (even when we earn money, we don't know how to deal with it)
Key points: The poor and the middle class work for money but the rich have money work for them; financial literacy is the key to financial freedom
Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert T. Kiyosaki, Plata Publishing, 2011
THE POWER OF LESS
Most of us are hyperactive with our lives filled with unnecessary work and distractions - 24 hours a day doesnt seem enough
We live only in weekends!
A 4-hour work-week is certainly attractive
Essence of this book: Simplicity boils down to two steps:
1. Identify the essential.
2. Eliminate the rest.
The Power of Less, Leo Babauta, Hachette Books, 2009
THE 21 IRREFUTABLE LAWS OF LEADERSHIP
Everything rises and falls on leadership is my favourite quote by John C. Maxwell
This books condenses the wisdom about leadership in the form of laws
Has colourful examples, interesting anecdotes and pithy quotes
Example: Law of Influence (law #2); Mother Theresa as a leader is understandable, but Princess Diana was also a leader because of her influence
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell, Thomas Nelson, 2007
Read at least one of these books!
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