The startup culture has seen a great boom in the country over the last few years. A number of young entrepreneurs have set up successful startups across the country. With the increase in the number of start-ups a number of young people today want to venture into the world of entrepreneurship. A large number of college-going students today are looking forward carve out their own path to success. While this is no easy feat, one can always learn from the successful entrepreneurs who have walked down this road before. One can follow their footsteps and learn from their mistakes and experiences.
Several among the successful entrepreneurs have recorded their experiences in books for the next generation of entrepreneurs to read. One can not only learn the nuances of how to carry out his/her own business but also how to float the boat in uncharted waters, a situation that is expected to occur along the way. Hence, here are some books that will prove to be of of great help for young entrepreneurs and are a must read for them.
'The 4 – hour workweek' by Timothy Ferriss
It's a common perception that with the dream of becoming a young entrepreneur comes endless hours of work and sleepless nights in the office. Ferriss aims at breaking these old assumptions in his book. He talks about how the young entrepreneurs can optimize their time and lead a successful business by investing only 4 hours a week. He encourages youngsters to follow their passion instead of just focusing on their startups and forgetting that they also have a life outside of the office. However, the book is no magical potion that you just gulp it down and voila, you are all geared up for action. It is meant to equip you with useful tips tools and putting them to the right use is in your hands.
'All in' by Bill Green
Not everyone is born with a silver spoon in their mouth. There are many who have inspired the world with their story of rags to riches. Many successful entrepreneurs that we look up to today, once started as clerks or door to door salesman. Bill Green himself is no exception. And in this book, he details the true value of committing your 100% to your venture. He talks about the level of dedication and persistence it takes to achieve success. He also shares and talks about his own experience and learning that he gained over the years.
'The $100 Startup' by Chris Guillebeau
One of the major factors that worries any young entrepreneur is the lack of funds that they need to kick-start their venture. Most youngsters scrape their ideas and dreams and opt for a salaried job instead believing that once they earn enough they would quit and follow their dreams. But the uncertainty of coming back is quite high, and for most the dream just remains a dream. Chris, in his motivational book tells you how to get your dream venture up and running without a treasure trove of investors money. The book is a compilation of 50 success stories all of which started with just limited funds and loads of passion.
'Grit' by Angela Duckworth
Are all talented people successful? No, there are many examples all around us to prove the fact. But what is it then, that separates the talented from the successful? As per Angela Duckworth that quality is 'Grit.' Grit is what separates the successful from the talented. Being talented is of no use unless one has the passion and persistence to not give up when faced with hurdles. There are many challenges that come with the decision to become an entrepreneur and unless one maintains a gritty personality, it becomes quite difficult to cope up with these challenges. Read this book to discover what it means to create a business and what goes behind doing the same.
'How to Win Friends and Influence People' by Dale Carnegie
The thought of becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own venture means that you'd have to meet up with many new people. You'd have to interact with investors and convince them of your ideas. But most young entrepreneurs today are college students and recent graduates with little or no knowledge of interacting with the business heads or big investors. This is where the Dale's Carnegie book comes in quite handy. In this book, he talks about how to make friends with different kinds of people that you come across, how to interact in a professional setting versus as casual one, etc. The tips and tricks laid down by Dale will help you in every aspect of your life.
In conclusion, the books mentioned above caters to some aspect of being an entrepreneur. Be it about how to handle your business or how to win over investors with your pitch. If you are looking to become an entrepreneur take some time out to read one of these books. Also, don't forget to share the article with your friend circles.
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