Just like life, entrepreneurship is a journey not a destination. It’s constantly redefined by social, economic and political aspects of a given environment and only the informed few manage to tap into the moment for their own good.
What then differentiates between those who spot opportunities from the rest? The answer is simple, lessons in entrepreneurial history! Our forefathers believed a mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone. This has proved true in the sense that only education can pierce through obstacles for humble beginners to end up winners.
As an aspiring or established entrepreneur, one thing that you should never stop doing is reading. The day you stop, you begin to lose focus on things that matter which may eventually affect your ability to adapt to changing times or the ability to seize new opportunities.
There are quite a number of books that will teach you a lot on entrepreneurship but to kick-start your journey into the reading process, I recommend these eight books that I personally find best on the topic.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
This is my personal favorite because it teaches that everyone can be an entrepreneur irrespective of his or her educational qualifications. Entrepreneurship is not a preserve for the those with good grades, working in good companies or anything of the sort but for those who believe anything is possible. In this book, Robert Kiyosaki has taught financial education in ways that every aspiring entrepreneur ought to learn before doing anything else.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
I have read quite a number of books but Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is certainly one that I will never forget. This books was initially published in 1937 but every time I read it, I get something new on entrepreneurship. It’s a masterpiece that I recommend all people to read be they entrepreneurs or not. Napoleon did justice by capturing necessary details on life and business and showing how one can make it irrespective of area of focus.
Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson
As an entrepreneur one thing that you will certainly be doing is making decisions. Who moved my cheese teaches on four kinds of personalities and the ways in which they affect business. The book is well illustrated to assist you identify the type of personality that is your life and how it is going to positively or negatively affect your business. With these lessons, you have a blueprint on how to make it like a professional.
The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D. Johnson
Ever heard of the saying you can be anything you commit your mind to? Well, that is true and it is what this book illustrates. It discourages negative thoughts by encouraging positive attitude. It also shows that failure is likely in business but what matters most is how you get back up. It’s a mind game. Your mind plays a great role in influencing who you become.
The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups From Their Founding Entrepreneurs by David Kidder
This books aims at sharing the secrets that one can learn from people who have been there and done that. Learning from the mistakes and success of others is always recommended for entrepreneurs because it arms them with knowledge on how to react to certain situations with the right courage and skills. Failure is not the end but a way of showing you can succeed if you tried doing your thing in a different way.
My Philosophy for Successful Living by Jim Rohn
As a worthy entrepreneur, you should consider adding value to others before wondering what is in for you. It’s through being selfless that you are able to attract good things in return. Jim Rohn teaches about attitudes that define a worthy entrepreneur and steps that lead to prosperity. It’s a well written book that anyone can understand and resonate with.
Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki
If you want to achieve greater heights in business, this is the book that holds the secret to it. It discourages the thought of assuming that everything has already been done and all you can is work within existing limits. Guy Kawasaki challenges you to think beyond the ordinary by setting new limits and not just for you but for your business as well. The possibilities are endless even when the horizon appears to be the limit.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Last but not the least is The 4 Hour Workweek by one Timothy Ferriss. This book contain secrets to dreams that characterize many souls. Working many hours a week just to make a meager pay is nobody’s dream. As a matter of fact, we all want to put a little effort but reap maximum benefits. Well, if you thought that wasn’t actually possible, don’t lose hope until you have read this book from cover to cover. It will definitely teach you how working four hours a week can build a fortune.
I love reading books on entrepreneurship and one thing I have certainly known for sure is, everything is possible. With the right mindset, determination and creativity, you can be anything you dream of. And when that spark grows dim due to various handles a long the way, read one of these books and you will definitely find your way back to the top.
So, what are you reading?