Running a business comes with hiring the right people, honing acquired skills and learning new ones at the same time, and most importantly – taking the good and the bad days with the same level of motivation. So where does an entrepreneur go to find motivation on the bad days? The easiest resource is to dive into an inspiring book.
After all, there are plenty of success stories to learn from, that can lift you up on your bad days, and remind you why you chose this path.
today, Entrepreneurship 101 It lists books that are useful guides for the high and low days, and will help you walk the entrepreneurial path better.
Zero to one
This book by a famous entrepreneur and investor Peter Thielalong with the Blake Masters, is often hailed as the first book every entrepreneur should read before embarking on their journey.
Recommended by the likes of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, Zero to one Offers a new way of thinking about innovation. It makes the reader ask questions and find values in the least expected places.
As the name suggests, the book focuses on creating something new, something the world has never seen before – it’s about being someone who doesn’t get into a rat race with his competitors, but rather focuses on creating unique businesses that stand out from the competition.
The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. Larry’s next page or Serget Brin will not create a search engine. If you’re copying these people, you’re not learning from them… It’s easier to copy a model than to make something new, and to do what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, and add more to something familiar. Every new creation goes from 0 to 1. This book is about how to get there. ”
How to win friends and influence people
Perhaps one of the first self-help books in history, How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie It may have been written in the 1930s but it still holds value today. Ranked as one of the world’s best-selling books of all time, it has been translated into 31 languages.
Through this book, Carnegie offers practical advice on dealing with and understanding people. As the title suggests, reading this book will help the readers to get along with people better. It was Carnegie’s view that great leaders are those who can articulate their ideas, take leadership, and get people excited about a mission or goal. Hence, he teaches these same skills through this book by dividing them into six parts:
- Techniques for the basics of dealing with people
- Six ways to make people love you
- How do you win people over to your way of thinking?
- Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Offending or Resenting
- Messages that have given miraculous results
- Seven rules to make your home life happier
why do we sleep
We have already demonstrated the importance of good rest. Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams It is written by Matthew Walker, director of the University of California, Berkeley (Center for Human Sleep Science). The book focuses on explaining how a lack of 8 hours of sleep can degrade one’s quality of life. Neglecting sleep not only affects one’s creative and decision-making abilities, but also leads to memory loss, deterioration of heart and mental health, disrupts the immune system, and can shorten an individual’s life span.
This book is the ultimate motivator for entrepreneurs who often overlook their rest and sleep cycles. It’s a reminder to stop and sleep well at night in order to do well the next day.
In fact, businessman Bill Gates shared a note about this book where he wrote:
It took a little longer than usual to finish why do we sleepIronically, because I kept following Walker’s advice to close the book I had been reading a little earlier, so that I could sleep a better night. But Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.”
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
This self-help book is written by Stephen R. Covey It directs businessmen to effectively achieve their goals by aligning themselves with goals based on the ethical principles of character and personality. Covey writes that entrepreneurs can be their best self if they are able to balance their goals with sponsorship, which helps them achieve their goals.
In addition, this book also talks about the importance and values of timeless principles – courage, fairness, integrity, honesty, human dignity, and a sense of justice. As the name suggests, it discusses seven essential habits that every individual must adopt to lead a fulfilling life:
- be proactive
- Begin with the end in mind
- rank your priorities
- I think win win
- Ask first that we understand, then he must understand
- saw sharpening
The hard things are in the hard things
Tough Things In Tough Things: Building A Business When There Are Easy Answers It is written by Ben Horowitz About the challenges he faced during his journey as founder and CEO of Andreessen Horowitzone of the most sought-after project companies in the world.
Going back to where we started, many think that getting started is the hardest leap. In this book, Holowitz talks about the difficulty of sustaining a business. It’s an entrepreneur’s account about buying, selling, managing, investing in, and directing technology companies.
The hard things are in the hard things It’s a first-hand account of Horowitz’s journey as he shares practical advice on dealing with the toughest challenges on your entrepreneurial journey.