Five books every student entrepreneur should read
There is no perfect time to launch your own business and you will always be able to find some excuse that you’re not quite ready yet, but the truth is that now is always the right time. But if your nerves have got the better of you, it can be reassuring to see how some of today’s most successful entrepreneurs have got their starts – here are five of the best books from entrepreneurs to get help you along the way.
The media might have you believe that for your company to become a success you need to be first out the gate and with a truly unique idea, but in reality successful businesses are built on getting the execution right and building traction. Even the best idea in the world will get nowhere unless it is combined with an effective operations side of the business that can execute and deliver on your goals, and Weinberg’s book gives you the cliffnotes on how that can be achieved.
Vaynerchuk was one of the leaders in promoting the idea of a personal brand in today’s society, and in Crushing It, he follows up on the success of 2009’s Crush It and explains how to make the most of today’s social media tools to do just that. Alongside these tips and tricks, he also shares stories from other entrepreneurs who have found success from following the Crush It principles, and has received rave reviews from across the board such as from the likes of entrepreneur Chrissy Weems.
When you launch your first business, most founders have a huge breadth of responsibilities from getting the product out the door to finding clients and investors. It can be a monumental task, and the only way to survive is to get yourself organised and keep to a schedule/routine. Founders that run around putting out fires are wasting time they should be spending on more valuable things and will find they are always falling further behind their launch timetable. Glei makes the case that by organising your day better, you will create better products, a better company, and have a better time.
Ferris is best known for his self-help books about the 4-hour work week, but on Tools of Titans he is more focused on creating a guide of real actionable steps entrepreneurs can take to build the business they want while staying in shape and dealing with the stress. It’s a compilation of notes from interviews from more of a decade in the entrepreneurial space, and is a book to delve in and out of when you need some inspiration more than a cover-to-cover read.
Keeping on top of your finances is rarely a fun task, but in Unshakeable Robbins compiles tips from the world’s best financial minds to create a guide for getting it all in order and being able to plan for the future. It covers both personal and professional financial topics, and aims to help teach people the best methods to find financial freedom, so they can stop worrying about debts and enjoy more of life.
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