Do you dream of building a multi-million dollar company, or are wondering how people do it? Books are not called man’s best friend for nothing. Yes! They do have the answers to your questions. Here are 10 books that are favorites of all entrepreneurs and successful startup founders.
Focusing on getting the right things done is often the most necessary and most valued characteristic of a founder. Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness, including time management, knowing where and how to optimally mobilize strength, and effective decision-making.
2. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
A veritable classic that thousands of people have vouched for. The author interviewed some of the wealthiest and most successful people in the world over a span of a decade. This book documents his learnings.
3. Chanakya Niti
Written by Indian economist and politician Chanakya in the 3rd Century BC, Chanakya Niti is a chronicle of valuable lessons on work and life, most of which are perfectly applicable to the startup world.
4. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Another blast from the past, Meditations is a set of essays by one of the greatest Roman emperors and the last of the Five Good-Emperors, Marcus Aurelius. The book focuses on the philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve psychological stability and composure in the midst of conflict.
5. Zero to One by Peter Thiel
For someone working on the ‘next big thing’, this book focuses on efficiently harnessing technology and the importance of knowing what you’re doing before you dive in.
6. The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank
For any person looking to build a startup, this book is a Bible. This, along with The Lean Startup (another recommended read), addresses the Product-Market Fit and the path Customer-Development process from the perspective of a startup as we know it.
7. Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Building a sustainable startup takes a lot of sweat and brains. It also needs adaptability to change, and the will to change. Switch explores how our mind functions in order to unlock shortcuts to switches in behavior.
8. Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Maybe not an obvious choice, but this book gave us the mantra that most entrepreneurs live to execute – “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
9. Losing My Virginity by Sir Richard Branson
This book is not a guide or manual of any sort. But Richard Branson’s biography is filled with anecdotes that give some serious food for thought, and have inspired millions of people to pursue their goals and striving hard to create what they believed in.
Which are the books that have helped you along your startup journey. Let us know in the comments below.