Want to get going on your business idea? Read the Best Business Motivation Books to kickstart your efforts.
The Lean Startup by Eric Reis
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- The Lean Startup by Eric Reis
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Start with Why by Simon Sinek
- The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
- do more faster by David Cohen and Brad Feld
- Black Hole Focus: How Intelligent People Can Create a Pow
- Designing Your Life: Build a Life that Works for You by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
- Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
- Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight
This book has become the standard authority on how to launch your startup business.
It explains why startups require a different approach to normal businesses and how to approach launching a new venture through a series of tried and tested processes, keeping things cheap and low risk, pivoting using feedback rather than firing shots in the dark.
Save yourself months of frustration and wasted money by reading this book before even thinking about your next startup.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich outlines Napoleon Hill’s 13 principles of success, based upon the collated wisdom of buisness titans and moguls.
The book takes direct inspiration from Andrew Carnegie and more than forty other millionaires to provide a behavioural roadmap to achieving great things.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
With over 10 million copies sold, this book provides a manual for personaal and professional effectiveness.
Covey recommends undergoing a “paradigm shift” – a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works – before implementing his 7 habits into your life.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
An unassailable classic. Many of Ferris’s recommendations have dated a bit but the principles he outlines are still incredibly applicable today.
This book is widely cited by entrepreneurs as a complete game-changer. Of course though, like Ferriss himself, what you’re really doing is learning to prioritize the work you really want to do, freeing yourself to pursue the big goals in your life.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
One of the most successful books of all time, Carnegie’s manual is about how to appeal to others, how to become a better listener and how to better get what you want in business and in life.
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
Based on the most-watched TED Talk of all time, Start With Why explains why some businesses succeed and others fail, even if they begin on the same footing.
Sinek explains the power of ‘Why’ and how to make your mission integral in everything your business does. To him, people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.
Tapping into your ‘Why’ might be the best thing you ever do. That’s what we did at Impossible.
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
A quick start guide on how to fire up your own business, complete with insights from 50 ordinary people who made their own $100 startup.
Similar to some of the other guides out there, this book nonetheless provides some good frameworks and mindsets, as well as real case studies, to help you begin your own business adventure.
do more faster by David Cohen and Brad Feld
Two of the founders of TechStars, one of the leading technology startup accelerators, team up to provide short anecdotes from entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors deatiling how to succeed (or fail) at launching a startup.
The idea is to give the reader the tools to do more faster. The book includes practicla advice from Techstars startup founders and mentors like Tim Ferriss, Eric Ries and Matt Mullenweg.
Black Hole Focus: How Intelligent People Can Create a Pow
A book with a series of practical exercises that explain why and how to unearth your true purpose, using case studies such as Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey, and J.K. Rowling to illustrate the point.
The author uses the science of purpose and the principles of entrepreneurship to explain how best to build a life of purpose and meaning.
Designing Your Life: Build a Life that Works for You by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Uses the principles of design thinking to explain the process of creating a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling.
Burnett and Evans are professors at Stanford who apply the mental models responsible for technology, products, and spaces to design and build a life that fits with your values and goals.
This is one for those who like to get forensic and put things down on paper.
Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
A startup business classic, Thiel explains some of the reasons behind his business methodology, including why being first isn’t necessarily best, what creativity is in business terms and why you should aim to be a monopoly.
Thiel’s contrarian mindset chimes perfectly with doing the Impossible and his book is full of counter-intuitive insights that will get you thinking and questioning what’s possible.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight
Nike is one of our most iconic brands and this is the inside story of its creation from the founder himself.
Started with only $50, Knight details the risks, setbacks and the wins that he experienced along the way to creating a modern behemoth. He also tells how a shared mission and a deep belief in the value of sport led to something special.
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