As they say, you are what you read. And if your dream is to build your own successful startup, then you should start reading the right books. We searched online and came up with a list of some of the best books around to help you through your journey. These books have received wonderful reviews from other entrepreneurs. We hope that this selection can inspire you in your quest to grow a business.
Here’s our top three:
1. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World
by Gary Vaynerchuk
New York Times bestselling author and social media expert
Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition. A mash-up of the best elements of Crush It! and The Thank You Economy with a fresh spin, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really works.
“Your story needs to move people’s spirits and build their goodwill, so that when you finally do ask them to buy from you, they feel like you’ve given them so much it would be almost rude to refuse.”
2. “Screw It, Let’s Do It”
by Richard Branson
Founder of the Virgin Group
“Screw It, Let’s Do It” is one of Richard’s favorite sayings. In the book of the same name, he reveals the lessons that have helped him through his business and personal life, like believing it can be done and that if others disagree with you, try and try again until you achieve your goal; or that you must love what you do. These and other lessons, with examples of how he learned them and how he’s used them, are included in this stirring and candid look at his lessons from an exceptional life, which will inspire you to make a difference in your everyday life.
“As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live.”
3. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
by Ben Horowitz
Co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz
Ben Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular Ben’s Blog.
Filled with his trademark humor and straight talk, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.
“Life is a struggle.” I believe that within that quote lies the most important lesson in entrepreneurship: Embrace the struggle.”
How about you, what’s your favorite business book? Feel free to share your most inspiring list in the comments below.