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If you are new to the fast-paced and ruthless business world, you are either scared or eager to conquer it. Inevitably, you are going to make mistakes during the entire process, and some of them may result in you failing to reach your goals. But being an entrepreneur doesn’t end when your both feet are firmly on the ground — it is rather a process of falling down and getting up all the time and enjoying it.
Some of the books presented below will help you understand how to enjoy the process and master it. While the majority of these books will give you useful self-help pieces of advice, some will dive deep into the world of entrepreneurship and teach you how to avoid newbie pitfalls.
In the end, every battle is in your head, and once you win a battle in your mind, the outside world will succumb to you, allowing you to mold it into the shape of reality you perceive as ideal. Ultimately, all the books presented below are about overcoming the self. Let’s check them out and see whether they will grab your attention.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The New Age school of thought may be somewhat present in this classic by Napoleon Hill, but it is primarily based on many real-life situations and psychological theories that found their way into western societies.
Nobody denies that luck plays an important factor when starting a business, but luck is something we should use in Vegas Casino where games of chance could make us rich overnight, without us actually having to start a business at all.
However, new entrepreneurs will find that this book is not about luck, but rather about personal development that will help us minimise the luck factor. Hill drew 13 principles by studying successful people and their every-day routine for more than 20 years and derived a philosophical approach to wealth and happiness.
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
If you’ve already read a couple of books or articles for entrepreneurs, you have probably come across the term lean. When your business is lean, you offer the maximum possible value to your customers by using minimal resources.
We live in a fast-paced and competitive world where we need to keep the waste to a minimum and somehow maximise the value of our product or service. Eric Ries dives deep into the world of start-ups and offers a set of loops which you should apply to your business if you want to succeed.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
Timothy Ferriss is an overachiever who managed to win a lot of prizes as an entrepreneur, as well as many trophies in fighting sports and dancing competitions. He came up with the idea of the New Rich where he explores the philosophy of being rich.
Ferriss claims that it is not about having a great car or a big house, but about freedom. In other words, he wants people to realise that they can work only four hours per week and earn enough money to be free to travel the world and do the things they love.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
You don’t have to be a financial genius to understand that the pieces of advice given by Kiyosaki in his book are something all people already know. However, the true power of this book is not in how it advises people to keep track of their finances, but how it inspires them to do their best.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad is a story of a boy who had two fathers — a biological one and a foster father. One of them was rich and the other one was poor. The boy analysed their thought processes in order to draw some conclusions which can definitely help young entrepreneurs at the start of their journey.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
The title of this book says it all — if you want to become a successful person, you need to stick to seven habits described in this book. Naturally, that is easier said than done, so don’t expect to read the book and become successful immediately by sticking to the habits for a couple of days.
It takes months — often years — before the habits become a part of you and start to produce results. Covey discusses effectiveness and work ethic in his book, tossing in some math equations and algorithms along the way, which helps him prove his points about effectiveness.