Tired of staring at your laptop screens mindlessly consuming movies and never-ending drama? Then it’s time for a change! It behoves you to shift from the typical forms of mass media to reading books, for it is scientifically proven that books are more stimulating and more conducive to mental growth than other forms of media. So, here is a list of books that are as essential to an entrepreneur as vitamins and minerals are for the body.
Originals by Adam Grant
For any business venture or entrepreneurial journey, it all starts with an idea, but just an idea is not enough; you need an idea creative-enough to make you stand out in the crowd. “Originals” by Adam Grant gives you just that inspiration of how a single crazy idea can turn your life around. Copying someone else’s idea is not exactly what you would want to do to set up your line of business. Successful are those who are obsessed with being unique and creative. Novelty and creativity are what drives the 21st century! This book is an essential guide to creative and original thinking. Let not your ideas waste away but into a fertile soil that could grow into a thriving tree!
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
It is commonly thought that entrepreneurship is a rich man’s game; only those who have the money can earn more, but this has proven to be patently wrong and falsely assumed. ‘The single most powerful asset we have is our mind and rich people require assets, not money!’ Just change your perception of the word ‘Rich’? ‘Succeeding is not just about how much money you make but also about how you keep it.’ These are some of the pearls of wisdom by Kiyosaki, in the book Rich Dad Poor Dad, that fundamentally rewrites what it means to be rich, which as he so eloquently expresses, is more than just about gaining physical wealth but gaining a wealthy mindset.
The start-up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
Where have you been searching on and on for some connection that will help you with your business start-up? Is it Linked in? maybe it is, maybe not. But hey! you certainly have heard about it and undoubtedly of the numerous connections, you can find there for business. Here is how the co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman connected with the entrepreneur Ben Casnocha to publish this masterpiece, which presents a practical and interesting perspective based on experiences. “The Start-up of You describes how to take a start-up approach to build a life: start with an idea, work over your entire career to adapt it into something remarkable. This book distils the key techniques needed to succeed.” as recommended by Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter and Square. Surely you want to know how to revolutionize and create a blueprint for your career by digging out the opportunities where others see as obstacles, taking risks when others take refuge. So it is worth your time and effort in this lockdown, to turn over the pages of this book and ingrain valuable techniques and wisdom that will definitely shape your entrepreneurial journey for the better.
Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso
Not every hitchhiker, petty thief, dumpster diver girl becomes the founder of successful businesses like the Nasty Gal and Girlboss. It’s inspirational to know that a girl who had dropped out of school, broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school could become a successful entrepreneur one day. While we are here counting the numbers of successful male entrepreneurs, the author and entrepreneur Sophia breaks the stereotype and gives honest advice with humorous tidbits during the ups and downs of her business. As the saying goes, ‘Rules are meant to be broken!’ Yet no matter how intriguing this sounds, you should know which rules to follow and which to break, when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly! So, it is time that you break the stereotype and go get some guidance as to how you can become a boss from a woman’s perspective which is becoming more and more relevant in the modern world.
Who moved my cheese? by Spencer Johnson
Not much time to read long techniques and tips? Do not want to ponder over words and sentences that take you into a labyrinth of boredom? Do not worry! Try out this 96-pager wisdom book and sniff in the cheesy mould of motivational business fables. Have you been watching Tom and Jerry and took a liking to Jerry and his creative mind? Here, the book presents itself featuring 4 such smart mice: Sniff, Scurry, Hem, and Haw. They take you into a deep maze with tons of cheese to help you fulfil your hunger of entrepreneurial dreams. Taking the cheese as a metaphor for what you want in life, this book elaborates ideas with deep insights and imagination. It succeeds in entertaining and enlightening you, and scurries you into a maze of profound truths.
Surely after you start feeling like a cute little mouse scuttling towards a path of entrepreneurship, it’s got a small recommendation that makes you hunt for a pen and paper. It makes you sit down to sketch a map positioning yourself between the four mice with the personality type which suits you best! It facilitates the discovery of not just the nerdy part of you but the artistic part as well! Isn’t this practically thrilling, to become a mouse and start your cheese hunt with a map of your ideas tucked within your furs? Indeed, this short yet insightful book is worth reading if you want to move confidently forward towards your entrepreneurial goals.