So you want to start a business…That’s great! You are getting ready to start an amazing journey full of ups and downs, highs and lows, packed with a whole lot of excitement and fear.
Whether you have already started a business or are just thinking about starting one, these three books will help you overcome obstacles on your journey and help you view business from a different perspective…
Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Jason Fried & David Heinemeier did an amazing job writing this book. It is a fantastic read that turns the traditional business models and rules upside down…which will make complete sense after you read this book.
Rework shakes up the business world with lessons in every area of business you can possibly think of. Some noteworthy points of the book were…
- Long-term business planning is really just guessing
- Workaholism is stupid, pointless, and wastes time
- If you’re going to do something, do something that matters
- Great companies start in garages, yours can too
- The longer it takes to develop the less likely it is to launch
- Interruption is the enemy of production
- Use the time while you’re company is small and unknown to make mistakes
- Be honest about your flaws. It’s okay not to be perfect
- Never hire anyone to do a job until you’ve tried to do it yourself first
- There are no secrets…tell the truth.
- Don’t worry about what your competition is doing
- You want people who work for you to have lives outside of work
- Inspiration is perishable
- If you want to do something, do it now
Mark Cuban said, “If given a choice between investing in someone who has read Rework or has an MBA, I’m investing in Rework every time. This book is a must read for every entrepreneur.”
I literally took non-stop notes while reading this book…I will definitely read Rework again in the near future and I recommend you do as well!
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield is known for his Chicken Soup For The Soul Books, which have sold over 80 million copies. Not too shabby, huh?
I really enjoy Canfield’s style of writing and his great gift of storytelling. I have read several of his books and The Success Principles is my favorite. I’ve even given this book as a gift.
The Success Principles outlines 64 principles throughout that will help you achieve your goals and dreams. I love motivational stories and real life examples of people who have achieved success, which is one of the reasons why I enjoyed this book. The book is filled with tons of inspiring stories of CEO’s, world-class athletes, celebrities, and everyday people that will help motivate you to achieve your goals.
When you read The Success Principles you will have the courage to pursue your goals and dreams. It doesn’t matter how big or small your goals are, the principles of success apply to anything and everything you want to accomplish in life. Read it!
Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
I stumbled across this book when I was at the library last week, and I have to admit this book was awesome…I loved it. The book was written by Blake Mycoskie, the guy who started TOMS shoes. The way he started TOMS is an amazing story in itself, but Blake goes on to give business advice on how we all can make a difference in the world and start something that matters.
Blake talks about 6 principles on TOMS success, from launch to growth. The principles are…
- Find Your Story
- Face Your Fears
- Be Resourceful Without Resources
- Keep It Simple
- Build Trust
- Giving Is Good Business
Some lessons and key points I took home from this book are…
- A simple idea can have a huge impact on the world
- Fear can be useful (Fear happens…it happens to everyone.)
- Having a story is the most important part of a new venture
- No matter what happens…win, lose, or draw, remember that life goes on.
- If things don’t work out, the downside is not that bad and you get to experience something amazing
- Office space is the biggest waste of money when a business is starting out
- Trust is a fundamental part of business
- Don’t fear the unknown
- People don’t buy products, they buy solutions
- Every big company you see today was once small
- You owe it to the world to start something that matters
- A leader can create a company, but a community creates a movement
Start Something That Matters was written well and is a quick/easy read. When I was done reading the book I felt inspired and it made me want to change the world. Definitely, a must read!
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If you have any book recommendations, please let me know! I’m always looking for another great book to read.