“An Entrepreneur always searches for change (ie, providing a new tool, solving a problem, etc), by responding to it with passion, then exploiting it as an opportunity for improvement.” Peter/CXO Wiz4.biz
TITLES: E’Mind, Hard Things, Lean, 0 to 1, Crush It, $100 Startup, Chasm, E’Myth, Delivering Happiness, Achievement, $M Fast-Lame, Obstacles, Titans & 4hr Work-Week.
The Greatest Lessons we will learn will most likely be from our own experiences. However, we can also learn a lot from the advice & experiences of others – as long as we allow ourselves to be teachable. I’ve narrowed down some of the best books every entrepreneur must read. Here’s a collection of the top 15 best books for entrepreneurs in 2020. These best Entrepreneur books are for anyone from Serial Entrepreneurs to those just starting out. Peter/CXO Wiz4.biz
#1 The Entrepreneur Mind
“100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, & Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs by Kevin Johnson” To achieve unimaginable business success and financial wealth—to reach the upper echelons of entrepreneurs, where you’ll find Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sara Blakely of Spanx, Mark Pincus of Zynga, Kevin Plank of Under Armour, and many others—you have to change the way you think. In other words, you must develop the Entrepreneur Mind, a way of thinking that comes from learning the vital lessons of the best entrepreneurs.
#2 ‘The Hard Thing About Hard Things’
What do you do when a book is endorsed by Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Peter Thiel? You drop every other book and read it. Author Ben Horowitz has won the hats of an entrepreneur, CEO and now a VC owner. What makes this book outstanding is that he starts by saying that there is no formula for success. But, there are lessons to be learned from others failures & hardships. Why? Because as an entrepreneur, you know how life can be difficult when you are faced with problems. Ben shows how to sail through these problems with a tail wind.
#3 ‘The Lean Startup’
Author Eric Ries literally started the Lean Startup Revolution. His timeless book shows how to bootstrap a business and keep it lean for maximum effectiveness. Often, as the business becomes successful and starts getting scale, the temptation is to hire people and buy assets and spread the net wide to get more customers. Don’t. This book shows how the lean culture should permeate the organization – so that no matter how big or small your business is, lean thinking, innovation & execution always make your business agile.
#4. Zero to One
“Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel & Blake Masters” This book for Entrepreneurs is a #1 NY Times Best Seller. It presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America & a new way of thinking about innovation, It starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.
#5. Crush It !!!
“Why NOW, Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk” Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Gary shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. He spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera – and by using the secrets revealed here – transformed his entire life & earning potential – by building his personal brand.
#6. The $100 Startup
“Re-invent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau” In The $100 Startup, Chris shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning, & purpose + earn a good living. He identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment, and from that group, then focused on the 50 most intriguing case studies. In nearly all cases, people with no special skills discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized and were able to re-structure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom & fulfillment.
#7 Crossing the Chasm
Geoffrey Moore’s book will teach you the intricacies & psychology of going from “cool product” to mass adoption. That’s what differentiates small, “cult” & “cool” brands from unicorns.
#8 The E-Myth Revisited
Most people who make the jump from employees to entrepreneur fail, says author Michael Gerbner. One of the main reasons is that they don’t think (yet) like an entrepreneur and they end up doing everything and making the business dependent on them. The E-Myth teaches you how to change your thinking in a way that allows you to build a brand that runs independently from you.
#9 Delivering Happiness
Tony Hsieh’s book doesn’t “just” share his touching, personal story of two successful startup. But, much in line with the growing wave of positive psychology, it makes the case that success and happiness go hand in hand. And making your employees and customers’ happiness a KPI might indeed increase your bottom line as well.
#10 ‘The Achievement
The Co-founder of “Design Thinking”, Dr. Bernie Roth’s central question in this book is: Are you solving the right problem? Too often I have seen start-ups jumping into a product idea either because it is exciting or they have some expertise around it. Dr. Roth with a very simple questioning process helps you explore what the “real” problem is. He then distills his three decades, of working with individuals & organizations, into clear steps to move from idea to business.
#12 The Millionaire Fast-lane
“Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime by MJ DeMarco” Is the financial plan of mediocrity — a dream-stealing, soul-sucking dogma known as “The Slowlane” your plan for creating wealth? Demand the Fastlane, an alternative road-to-wealth; one that actually ignites dreams and creates millionaires young, not old. Change lanes and find your explosive wealth accelerator. Hit the Fastlane, crack the code to wealth, and find out how to live rich for a lifetime.
#13 ‘The Obstacle is the Way (to Success)
Ryan Holiday’s book is about success and the leading indicator of whether you will be successful or not is how you handle obstacles & hurdles. As an entrepreneur, there will be hurdles from every side: technology, disruptive competitors, etc. How does one handle these and thrive? The author goes back to history to look at individuals who mastered the art of shining – despite deep setbacks & personal challenges.
#14 ‘Tools of Titans’
If an obstacle is the way is about the “past”, this book is very much of the “present”. Author Tim Ferris has interviewed hundreds of incredibly successful people in different walks of life on his podcast. He has distilled these conversations into premises and it is remarkable how successful people have “common” premises – which flow across their lives. Tim has also personally tested them, so you know they are repeatable for success.
#15 The 4-hour Work-Week
Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait + every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Work-Weak is the blueprint by Tim Ferris.
Comments: Do you know any other books that should be on this list & why?
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