Learning has no limits, and with knowledge comes confidence. There is no fixed set standard for a good entrepreneur, really, but you can make yourself thrive as one. Equipping yourself with the necessary knowledge for your entrepreneurial skills is the first step to excelling as a wise and strategic entrepreneur. Books, in this case, are a rich source of knowledge. They give you a deeper insight into the entrepreneurial world. Here are some of the books that will stock you with the fundamental knowledge that can guide you throughout the entrepreneurial journey:
1. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
This book entirely advocates for developing a product that customers want and are interested in buying. But, how can you tell if they are actually interested? Eric implies that the Build, Measure, Learn loop is a strategy that can help you realise what your market wants. Build a few products, measure consumer metrics by giving the products as samples. Then, get the feedback and learn from the responses of the customers for a better product. With the customer at the centre and quality value production, you will serve entrepreneurial goals. What a book it is!
2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dale writes about how we relate to each other daily. He worked as a salesperson at some point in his life and performed so well. The basic teachings from his book are:
- The fundamental techniques of handling people
- Ways to make people like you
- How to win people to your thinking
- How to change people.
3. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
This book brings out a principle-centred approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness while adapting your inner core, character, and motives. Covey suggests that interdependence is important. That, working with others yields better results than working by yourself. There is a lot to learn, not forgetting all the seven habits.
Creating time to read as an entrepreneur can be a little tough, but how about making it a habit. Like, say, a 10-minute morning reading session and be consistent. You will be surprised with the great service you will have done to yourself!