Regular reading

These books are also some of the best books out there. But these books should be read after you have read few books on the respective topics earlier. As these books can go in depth about those topics, or will not start off of pure basics or can be sometimes slow (in case of psychology).

Books for ‘1st Time Readers’ will build your mindset and books for ‘Regular Readers’ will strengthen it,  increase your knowledge and further push you towards the goal. These books will force you to act.

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$100 Startup

$100 startup

Are you thinking of starting a micro business, or a side hustle? Which can free you of your mundane job, or help you earn some extra bucks? Then this book will show you the way. In this book Chris have talked about many such ideas which you can start within $100 (frankly speaking, for less than Rs.3000 in India) or even some which can be started without any money.

If this is your dream, then you would have searched the net for such businesses and stuff (I did too). But, this book is the first thing you should read, as it gives all such ideas in a single package with some real life examples, what difficulties were faced by them? What should be done when faced with such difficulties and how to scale that business. He also talks about combining the skills you have, money and the resources available to get the best possible outcome.

The best thing about this book is, these ideas work. And you can get them running within few days if you are determined enough to start it.

Zero to One

Zero to one

This book tells us about the radical approach which is needed to get your business running. He says- ”Doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1. The act of creation is singular, as is the moment of creation, and the result is something fresh and strange.”

He talks about the monopoly and it’s importance. If you are creating a business in the niche which is already present in the market, you are just going in to compete. But when you create a whole new niche, you are the only player until others start copying you and thus you have an advantage. You can build a monopoly.

He talks about his experience and things he learnt along his way. This is also a great book for young entrepreneurs. Same, as I mentioned about ‘The Lean Startup’, this book have the potential to be your first reads, but I won’t recommend you to make it your first book (you will understand why I said so, when you will read the book). But, do make it one of your early reads. It’ll teach you many things.

The Idea in you

The idea in you

What the authors say? Do you have an idea in you? A hobby, a project, a product … something that could change your life? The Idea in You is a bulletproof system for finding the right idea and shaping it in to a success – on your own terms. With advice from the people behind the likes of Pizza Pilgrims, Parkrun and Decoded, The Idea in You will show you what to expect, how to think and what to do when launching your own venture. Making your idea happen is possible – and it will be one of the most inspiring and energizing experiences of your life.

What are you waiting for?

What I say? This book is absolutely full to the brim with inspiring quotes, ‘do it now’ activities to motivate you and easy steps to follow in order to help you achieve your dreams. This book is 100% worth a read, even if you’re not planning on starting a business or quitting your day job immediately. This book will surely inspire you to do something in your life.

The lean startup

The lean startup- Eric Ries

This book is recommended by almost every business mentor you will ever meet (even over the internet). But I will not suggest it as your first book, as it can be very technical one to be your first book and thus you can end up bewildered. So, don’t make it your first book, but do make it one of your early books.

‘Lean startup’ basically introduces you to various concepts on how you can try your best to keep your expenses low with maximum efficiency (thus the title- the lean startup). It provides a semi-scientific real-world approach to build you business, using validation and learning to build a growth engine.

The book is about what the author learned while working on his startup. The book is centered on the concepts of validated learning and build-measure-learn feedback loop. It tries to bring in a systematic approach to measuring the progress at a startup.

It talks about importance of vision, MVP, avoiding vanity metric, importance of validation and learning and how to be lean. Worth a read if you are thinking of a startup or want to gain more knowledge about it.

The E-myth Revisited

The E-myth revisited

This book is a classic in business management sector. It teaches a lot of things like- Importance of system building, training of staff, franchising, value and many such topics with some very good and relatable examples, But, the best thing it teaches is- TO PRIORITIZE YOUR LIFE.

It will surely teach you a lot about business. There are very few other books which have such on the point information and examples. But apart from just business, it teaches you about the importance of peace of mind; it teaches you about managing your life. Michael has said“Business plays a very important part in your life, but it is not your life. Work hard, very hard, but don’t lose yourself in the work. Work ‘ON’ the business, not ‘IN’ the business.” He defines 3 personalities in any person- An entrepreneur, a manager and a technician. He explains the role and responsibilities of each and which role should you play for the business to be successful.

Then he explains the importance of systems- the workflow in any organization. He explains how to form & ensure its success. He also explains the importance & key features of organizational strategy, hiring strategy, people strategy, marketing strategy, strategic objective and other such concepts related to business, which if taken proper care can turn any small business into a big company.

The Startup Owner's manual

The startup owner's manual

This is the BIBLE for startup owners and young entrepreneurs. Actually not just for young entrepreneurs, even the guys on higher posts, running big industries can benefit from this GODLY CREATION.

It is like; they have given you a manual for starting a new company. All you have to do is to follow the steps and voila, here is your company. It’s like simply gather the resources (which they have explained very clearly, so it would be very easy for you to gather them) and just assemble them. And next thing you’ll know is that you are running a business.

This book is a very systematic collection of information (As the title suggests- Step by step guide). It will teach you about customer identification, retention, validation, approaching them physically and digitally, product features, sales, and what not. Almost everything is covered in this book. And focus when I say- ‘IT WILL TEACH YOU’ (And not just give an overview of the topic). It contains information related to physical product, website or even software related product.

Every startup owner must own one of their own copies, a physical book. Where you can mark things and write down notes. This book contains more than 50-60 pages of checklists, which you can fill as per your learning and track your progress. Such high number of checklists makes it a must to study through a physical copy.

Failure to success in Selling

How I raised myself from failure to success in selling

This book is about a salesman who was not very good in selling, but with some basic practices he raised himself from failure to one of the most successful salesman in the country. He describes those basic techniques and practices.

It might be a book on selling, but it has teachings which can be used in almost all fields of our lives. This book can be considered as the selling focused version of Dale Carnegie’s ‘How to win friends and Influence People.’

He explains in detail, the difference enthusiasm can play in someone’s life. This book is a must read as it would change your approach towards various tasks in your day to day life and will also help you significantly to improve your communication skills.

The Untethered Soul

The untethered soul

This is one of those book, which you can’t stop reading because you always want to know what it holds up ahead. Because of this curiosity, you finish the book soon and then regret, why you finished it, it shouldn’t have end. 😛

This book explains you why you need to stop fighting with life and how you should start living it. Michael talks about giving up on ego and harness our inner selves and expanding ourselves beyond our own physical limits. He asks us to imagine ourselves as a soul, which is nothing but a pure bundle of energy. And how we should use this energy to do good and raise beyond oneself.

It maybe sounding like talks of some religious GURU, but believe me, it does not feel like it at all. It is a very good teaching where you basically get to know more about what is inside us, to introspect ourselves rather than just flicking through the book and trying to absorb author’s observation.

But this book can sometimes get a bit slow and sometimes a bit complex to understand. And that is why, no beginner should read this book. Consider reading this book, when you would have read at least 4-5 books on self development and psychology.

Eat that frog

Eat that frog

If you procrastinate and are looking for solutions, this might be the book you should read. Brian tracy is a well known self development speaker who have written a lot of books and conducted huge number of seminars. He gives out 21 points which can help you to give up procrastination. Not only this, the book can even motivate you and make you a better time manager.

This book lists down various reasons for procrastination, which can help you realize why it is happening to you and how to eliminate it. He has also explained about ‘The 80/20 Rule’ and how to apply it to everything you do. He has also explained a technique called ABCDE technique to prioritize your daily work, which I think is pretty awesome.

This book mainly focuses on time management. What Brian calls ‘frog’ is actually ‘the toughest work you have’. He speaks about how to tackle that frog, and no matter how ugly (tough) it is, just eat it. His writing methodology makes this book interesting to read.

Thinking Fast and Slow

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Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. The impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the challenges of properly framing risks at work and at home, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning the next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.

He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives—and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you think about thinking.

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