Starting with your own venture is an adventure. It requires immense hard work, sheer determination, and an absolute commitment towards your work. However, it helps if you learn from others so you don't have to make every mistake for yourself. We have some a few books that can help you get a head-start on your journey.
The 7 books we see coming up in our founder interviews the most are:
1. Zero to One - Peter Thiel with Blake Masters
Thiel is the founder of Paypal and uses the lessons he learnt during his journey of founding, selling, and investing in companies as a venture capitalist. He uses his philosophies in this book on how to run a successful business, and provides frameworks, tools, and practices that can be practically applied.
It is the perfect book for anybody who wishes to become an entrepreneur in the future or is already a budding entrepreneur, as it depicts everything in an uncomplicated and neat manner. The book also provides the reader with authentic examples from the lives of different entrepreneurs, and educates them about the industry.
It gives a whole new perspective to the reader about the business run-through, and the economy, which is not only a good read but also a fresh viewpoint altogether. Mainly focusing on monopoly, it is a book that gives you everything about how to build your start-up, secure its future, and continue in the field to become one of the biggest business tycoons, by taking your venture from ZERO to ONE.
2. The 4-Hour Workweek - Timothy Ferris
If you fail to have a work-life balance, this is the book for you! This book teaches all the budding workaholics, how to work for a living and not live for working. Tim provides the readers with excellent tips and tricks on how to work smartly and efficiently, even though his opinions are a little tough to digest at first. Although, as one continues to read the book, they realise what a legendary read it is. The book focuses on dispelling the notion of a single retirement, and imbibing a strategy of mini retirements. It gives key lessons on the fact that you are always the owner of your business, and not merely a worker. It focuses on achieving freedom with financial stability, and a life with activities you love to do, apart from your work.
3. Deep Work - Cal Newport
The Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Deep Work is no less than a work of art. The book focuses on what Deep Work is and why it is so important. It provides suggestions on how to work with full concentration, and also gives us methods to avoid distractions. Addressing various schools of thought, Newport has also managed to provide the readers with solutions for obstruction in work. The best part about this book is its readability, as it does not matter if you are a student or a professional, the book is easy to understand and adapt.
4. Creativity, Inc. - Edwin Catmull with Amy Wallace
A book solely dedicated to managers who are passionate about leading their employees to a prominent stage in their professional career, this book oozes out creativity, as its name suggests. Ed Catmull, the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, talks about the ideals that made his company touch great heights that in turn led them to generate astounding profits. This is a book with the actual story of a company that changed the entire scenario of the animations industry, and is portrayed in its rawest form. The author takes his readers in the Pixar ecosystem to understand how it was built and what they did to take it to a platform so high! This book is an exemplary read for anybody planning to launch their start-up, or already has one, and is firm to make his/her company stand out!
5. Rework - David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried
A book far away from conventional reads, Rework presents techniques and ideals on how to be more productive, how to not always rely on external investors, and a lot more inspiring ideas on-board. The book follows a straight forward language and simple approach, and is the perfect guide for hard-core entrepreneurs, small business owners, individuals wanting to get out of their day jobs, and artists who are tired of living on the edge. It is an all in one book that helps not only someone with a start-up, but even a person in the corporate. This is the book that tells you to stop talking, and start working!
6. Hooked - Nir Eyal
The Silicon Valley Favourite, Hooked is a fascinating read that gives the readers a co-relating insight on three important things: business, technology, and psychology. The book talks about various business habits and its importance. It focuses on discussing a step-by step process on how some ideas work, and some don’t.
The author backs these procedures by latest examples, using Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest; for the youth to relate. The book explains the Hooked Model in-depth, with real life instances to make it more relatable and practical. The model helps the readers and potential business owners to realise and improve their product’s marketability and performance, through understanding business habits. It is a book for millennials striving to make it big!
7. Shoe Dog - Phil Knight
Last but not the least, is the book by the shoe giant, Phil Knight – founder of Nike. The book is the story of the man himself, about how he borrowed $50 from his father to create a company, and took it to unbelievable heights. The book mentions his daunting struggles, setbacks, and even the risks he took.
Written very humbly, in a dry state, but filled with lots of humour, the book also provides the readers with invaluable lessons about how to build something from scratch without investing all your money, and making your remarkable place in the world, by overcoming all the hurdles and hardships.
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