Life is about ideas, and the best way to get news ideas is to read. Some of the most successful people have an insatiable need to read, with Bill Gates reading approximately 50 books a year. Here are five books all emerging entrepreneurs should read:
1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – This classic book teaches people how to visualize their goals coming from a place of strong desire. Hill dives into the power of thought and how it motivates people into developing a successful mindset in order to keep thoughts organized.
2. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman – An unorthodox pick, what this book does best is tell tales of curiosity mixed with the science Mr. Feynman was famous for. A seemingly dry subject sometimes, the curiosity and rapaciousness for knowledge Feynman exhibits is second to none, acquiring knowledge and experience with a twinkle in his eye. Necessary for those who like to innovate or have different ideas about typical subjects.
3. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini – A strong aspect of business is sales. If there aren’t products to be sold, the entrepreneur is selling himself and his ideas to others. Using persuasion techniques is key to achieving certain things that may be obstacles, however with real life examples and tips to follow, selling will start to come naturally.
4. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth – All the ideas in the world mean nothing if there’s no passion behind it. Not the regular version of the passion, but passion enough to fight through the troughs of momentum everyone eventually encounters. This book shows how various successful people have succeeded solely through grit, even when lacking natural genius or intelligence.
5. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport – Expanding on the subject of grit, the ability to focus and do a lot of work in a short period of time is just as important. In a world with myriad distractions during the technological age, the ability to put everything down and focus is at a premium. This book explores methods on how to focus through distractions and the insecurity that pops up when there are so many tasks to be tackled at the start.