Your business will only meet you as far as you are. There is always pressure on the entrepreneur to grow and learn while still scaling the business. This can be hard when the only employee on your venture is you. However, it is essential for your growth. Luckily these days you can even get listen to an audiobook as you prepare the packages for your products or commute to work. Here are a few books you might want to as
1. Build to Sell-Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow
One of the biggest traps that a business owner can fall into is falling too in love with their business. It is very easy to think that marry your business to the point that it cannot function without you. My entrepreneurship teacher used to say there’s a difference between being self-employed and being an entrepreneur. Self-employed has a business that heavily relies on them while an entrepreneur creates sustainable businesses that are bigger than themselves. If you want to be an entrepreneur, John Warrilow will take you through a fictional story with good business lessons.
2. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take action by Simon Sinek
The scariest part of being an entrepreneur is realizing that you are responsible for more than just your vision. You have people who bought into your vision with their time and dedication. If you messed up your business, you affect all their lives. It is essential that you have the words to speak life to them when you are scared. Simon Sinek not only empowers you to have the words and tools to be a great leader but also allows you to empower your employees to practice self-leadership.
3. Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve by
One thing I always feel as an entrepreneur is that 24 hours are never enough. So much to do yet so little time. This can feel even more overwhelming when you are just starting out and alone. One thing I remember feeling is the need to not want to sleep at all. Morten Hansen gives you a breakdown of how to get organized and become more productive. Get the most out of your 24 hours.
4. Zero to One by Blake Masters and Peter Thiel
At some point, in my entrepreneurial journey, I really needed someone who had been through everything that I was going through to hold my hand. I tried to reach a few entrepreneurs but then it became very clear that if I was struggling to find everything, it could be the same for other entrepreneurs. Then I discovered that I could read books written by entrepreneurs to learn a few things from their journey. Peter Thiel’s journey to becoming a billionaire has a lot of takeaways, I hope you take the time to read.
5. Exactly What to Say: The Magic Words for Influence and Impact by Phil M Jones
When I was starting to reach out to people for partnerships or sales. I often found myself at a loss of words. The pressure of knowing what is at stake always seems to dry up all my words. Finding Phil M Jones helped add words and confidence to my emails. I am not yet a pro with words but I can’t wait to see what difference these words will have in my life.
Have you read any of the books above? What other book would you recommend to an entrepreneur?