For anyone who dreams of building the next biggest multi-national company, there are rules to follow. One of them is to learn, unlearn, and relearn. One of the many ways to thriving, as an entrepreneur in a fast changing world is to keep learning, and not just learning anything, but learning good materials. I’ve had conversations with many entrepreneur friends to find out what kind of books they will recommend to aspiring entrepreneurs. Here are 5 of them:
1. Start With Why – Simon Sinek
Everyone has a why. If you don’t you’ve already lost. Your why is your purpose or belief that inspires what you do. In this book, Simon Sinek addresses the fundamental issues that every company needs to envelope itself in to succeed. The book also teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire a winning company.
2. Who Moved My Cheese – Spencer Johnson
With only 96 pages of wisdom, this book is an easy weekend read. Featuring four mice – Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw – the story goes over the four different personalities and how they can affect one’s business. This book will enlighten all young businesspeople on themselves and the choices they make in life. It will teach you how to become flexible with your decisions in order to move forward confidently towards your dreams and goals. At the end of the book, it’s recommended to draw a map and position yourself between the four mice, at the personality type that best fits your own. If you are within a type that will most likely keep you from succeeding in business, do something
3. Rich Dad
Another great read for every young entrepreneur. When you are younger in age, financial education might not be as high as the older competition, which puts you in a place of vulnerability. Robert Kiyosaki’s book breaks down everything you need to know about financial education without giving you a headache. The book will shine a light on the 9-5 jobs and the rat race that keeps you in that job you hate in order to pay the debts. He teaches you how to make your entrepreneurial dreams come true by giving you the cold, hard truth about wealth – it’s not found by going to school, getting good grades, graduating with a diploma, and working for a secure company.
4. The 4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferris
Who hasn’t heard of Timothy Ferriss? His name has been everywhere since he launched in his book, The 4-Hour Workweek. Nowadays, everyone is looking for that easy fix, and becoming an entrepreneur is all about enjoying the wonders of life without having to work 40 hours a week. Timothy knows that and therefore puts you in the right mindset to start building a business that will allow you to work not 20, not 10, but 4 hours a week and still build a fortune.
5. Crush It: Why Now Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion – Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary takes a very motivating and persuasive voice in his book Crush It! by motivating you to move on your passions. In his book, he goes other the many reasons why you should stop sitting on your couch dreaming about the day you will get paid to do what you love. He wants you to get out of your comfort zone and create a happy and passionate life for yourself. If you need that little extra nudge to move on your passion and create a business, this is your go-to book!
There! Grab anyone of these and soar on your entrepreneurial journey! Good luck.