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7 Books You Should Have On Your Shelf (and Maybe Even Read) If You Fancy Yourself An Entrepreneur

Some say that entrepreneurs are a special breed of people. They are brave, passionate, resourceful, and don’t shy away from hard work. And on top of all that, they don’t get taught these skills in school or college. For the first few years especially, entrepreneurs stumble along, learning everything they need to make their ventures successful. To help these determined folk, here is a list of seven books that could help them navigate through all sorts of entrepreneurial anxieties.

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1. ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ by Robert Pirsig.

This book has nothing to do with startups, venture capital or marketing. It also not really about Zen Buddhism or motorcycles. It is about a father/son trip across the US and anybody who is creating anything should read it.

2.‘The Effective Executive’ by Peter Drucker

This is one of the three books Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has his managers read. ‘The Effective Executive’ explores practical aspects of being an entrepreneur like decision making and time management.

3.‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ by Spencer Johnson

It may only contain 96 pages, but this book packs a powerful punch. It features four mice, Hem, Haw, Sniff and Scurry. It's filled with wisdom that will highlight the choices entrepreneurs make and help them reflect on how they can succeed in business.

4.‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead captures entrepreneurial passion like no other book. It is one of self-made billionaire Mark Cuban’s top recommended books for entrepreneurs. Protagonist and uber-entrepreneur in the book, Howard Roark says, ‘The question isn't who is going to let me - it's who is going to stop me.’

5.‘The $100 Startup’ by Chris Gillebeau

Whether you are fresh out of college or just don’t have money to launch your dream business, lacking funds can be disheartening. This highly interesting book is perfect to motivate you not to focus on the money, and reassure you that everything will follow once you have an idea and a passion for it.

6.‘Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!’ by Richard P. Feynman

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google was so impressed by this book that it inspired him to dedicate his life to a career in which he would blend creativity with technology. If it’s good enough for Google, it’s got to be good.

7.‘The 4-Hour Workweek’ by Timothy Ferriss

Aren’t entrepreneurs meant to be trudging through 12 hour days? Not according to Timonthy Ferriss. He believes that you should start your journey towards not only a 4-hour work week but also earning a fortune by looking at the five people you associate with most. Because you are as pessimistic and disorganized, or ambitious and determined as the people you choose to hang out with.

Is this a definitive list? No. It is not. And I should probably have thrown in a couple of graphic novels or some manga for comic relief. If you are diving into the realm of entrepreneurship, you need all the help you can get.

Which books inspire you to invent, disrupt and change the world? Let me know in the comments, I'm looking for a good read.

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