Choosing the path less taken is no easy decision. Therefore, as an aspiring entrepreneur, you need constant motivation and more than that, you need to understand what you’re getting into. Perhaps more important of all, you need passion to keep you going. These books may just help you get where you’re going!
The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte
If you’ve been needing some passion or motivation to get started (or keep going!) then this book will do the trick. Full of enthusiasm, the book is all about reinforcing the strength that is required to make it work. This book will leave you wanting to go out into the world and leave your mark. Here’s a quote: “Self-doubt is so insidious that it not only renders us stuck in our lives, but it also actually weakens our ability to dream about what living unleashed would look like.”
Lean In by Sheryl Sanberg: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Estimated to be worth $1.26 billion by Forbes.com, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, definitely knows what she’s talking about when it comes to succeeding in the workplace. She makes several very important points in her book, such as the fact that even in the 21st Century it is still so very difficult to balance work and motherhood; that men still dominate economically (Sandberg marshals plenty of statistics to support this fact. Example: “Of 197 heads of state, only 22 are women.” Another fact: Of the top 500 companies by revenues, only 21 are headed by women. In politics, women hold just 18% of congressional offices.) and that she benefits from the feminist movements of the past. Lean In is a must read for aspiring entrepreneurs not just because she provides some solid advice as to how to get ahead, but also because it points out some glaring issues of inequality.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Written by the founder of one of the world’s most successful leadership programs, this is a classic. Not only does it teach you how to socialize successfully, it also teaches some other valuable lessons on how to be a better entrepreneur. It teaches you how to turn those disinterested people you see at business pitches into avoid listeners, and how to do it through sheer force of your personality. It’s also a must-read for those who do not understand interpersonal relations in the corporate workspace.
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
According to Guillebeau, anyone with a passion or hobby can be an entrepreneur. All it takes is a good idea, and a lot of grit and smarts. He provides examples of how many people turned their hobbies into businesses. This book is a good idea for anyone who’s thinking of starting a business, or who is unsure of how to make the transition. Read it for the creative ways in which he transforms natural talents into practical business models. Here’s a quote on how to identify your target market: Guillebeau says, “Who are your people? You don’t necessarily have to think of them in categories such as age, race, and gender. Instead, you can of them in terms of shared beliefs and values.”
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
If you need a word or two on the importance of actually caring about what you’re doing, then this book can help you out. In other words, if you’re fixing a motorcycle, then really fix it. Don’t text your friends or make plans, or do something else simultaneously. Do what you need to do, and take pride in it. Here’s a quote:
“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn’t any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it’s right. If it disturbs you it’s wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.”