One cannot see a new horizon until they have the courage to lose the sight of the current one. The courage to take the risk is the biggest factor that defines your success in a business, but it is not the only factor. The world has seen the rise and fall of numerous start-ups year after year. It is not the number of people who have the courage to take risk is few but only a fraction of these risk-takers succeed.
Every business was once a start-up, no matter how successful it is today but the problems that were faced by them were on the same lines if not the same. From product designing to fetching investors to marketing, anything and everything has to be organized and well planned. Having an idea or a dream isn’t really a big thing but to pursue it and make it touch the skies is what separates a successful businessman from the rest of the lot. One must read the mistakes and the successes that were faced by these successful businessmen when they set their feet in the market. It is fruitful for aspiring entrepreneurs to read some of the good business books before entering the market.
Here is a list of 5 business books one should read.
1. The Lean Startup
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries is one of the most influential business books of the decade. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, was proposed first in 2011. Eric Ries has worked with a startup and knowing the pros and cons well, he based his book over the essentials of how not to fall. As per the book he elaborates on how easily by combining various models one can reduce the mental risks and can meritoriously shorten their development cycles. The Lean Startup is not just a book any more but a fully elaborated philosophy for every aspiring businessman to climb the ladder of success.
Rework: Change the Way You Work Forever by David Heinemeier Hansson is an escape route from tedious hours of work, the work-haunting night hours and depleting savings. The book focuses on today’s market reality where needing fool-proof business plans, staffed up offices, tiresome paperwork, investors or least of all an office space, is nothing but excuses to delay the startup. The book is an upfront remedy for most of the silly excuses. The main idea is to stop idolizing the right time and start working now. It is high time to Rework your work.
3. The Art of the Start
The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki is the new rule handbook if you are starting anything new. Whether it is a multi-national company or a business that only includes few doors on your home street, The Art of the Start will help you start with a refined newness. The book concentrates on doing the right thing the right way and not just to dig your hands in every possible direction. It brainstorms you about what you want from your business and how exactly it could be established. The book talks about everything, from the business plan to buzzing the competition, from following the trends to be the trendsetter. It is basically the science to master The Art of the Start.
4. The $100 Startup
If you are someone who is looking for something more than just a startup or a regular business The $100 Startup is the book for you. Chris Guillebeau, the author talks about how to turn ideas into income. The guy has never earned a regular pay-check but has toured round the world with his small little idea. The book is about how to be adventurous, passionate yet dedicated to work at the same time. It teaches you how being a workaholic is not a synonym for a successful startup. If you want to opt out of your nine-to-five job and live a meaningful life, the book will help you create a perfect balance between work and passion. The $100 Startup definitely lives up to its subtitle Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future.
5. Zero to One
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, is an optimist’s view of how one can add a new idea in today’s time. There is no idea that has not been thought, no line that has not been worked upon, neither is there anything that the world doesn’t knows about, but how to emerge from the known things to create and bring something substantial to existence, is the main focus of Zero to One. Peter Thiel concentrates on how to think for self in the world where people have been talking about everything. The author focuses on the technology stagnation that might not let you focus on creating something new and why is the progress not restrained to the Silicon Valley. The idea of the book is to evolve and bring something to life rather than polishing and bringing newness to already existing ideas.
With a little research and knowing about the mistakes of the top notches one can subtly overcome the hardships. A successful startup is based on smart work and not on hard work. As it is said life is too short to learn after making mistakes on your own but it is about to learn from the mistakes of others.