In a world full of competition, where many take challenges confidently, it may become hard for fresh entrepreneurs to develop (or further develop) innovative ideas and take the correct steps to carry their venture(s) forward. The competition may seem intimidating, but with the kind of technology and resources we have available today, will help any and everybody gather the courage strength to keep moving forward, since many have done so in the past. Here is a list of some personal recommendations that could motivate people who have ideas and inspire people, who don’t, to develop their own:
1) Stay Hungry Stay Foolish: A story about 25 graduates who chose to take the risks and create their own startups rather than join the corporate workforce. It tells the success stories of the people who started from ground level and how they have reached to where they are today.
2) Thinking Fast And Slow: A book by Daniel Khneman, a noble memorial prize winner, which talks about the three phases of his career, work on cognitive biases, work on prospect theory & happiness. The book highlights research done to suggest that people place too much confidence in human judgment.
3) 6 Thinking Hats: A management book, that focuses on the approach to managing any kind of task, in an efficient and organized manner, rather than just managing itself. It is a way of thinking rather than a book, whose methods are still incorporated today in many firms.
4) The Power of Your Subconscious Mind: This book is for everybody. It emphasizes on how important it is to think positively and clearly, and explains the simple fact that we create our reality by the way we think. Joseph Murphy also gives a few real life examples, which give readers the power of believing that they can bring the desired change, with the correct thinking and actions.
5) Founders Dilemma: Written by Noam Wasserman, this book highlights the importance of making good decisions regarding business roles, relations etc. It includes a lot of his research work which focuses on successful business founders, elaborating on the common qualities that each of them posses.
6) Poke the Box: A quick read that encourages readers to take the leap and start doing things, without hesitating about the outcome. It talks about the feeling of regret, the fear of failure and why we should keep trying even after we fail. You may feel what you are reading is something you already know; but the refreshment of those ideas may help spark something special.
7) The Lean Startup: A book by Eric Ries, which is kind of a scientific approach to running a startup. Divided into three main sections, the ‘Vision’ which talks about what an entrepreneur and start ups really are, the ‘Steer’ is the methodology is building it up, and the ‘Acceleration’ which are techniques to help speed up the steering process.
Regardless of industry, company size or your role, entrepreneurs are everywhere. You don’t necessarily have to be the founder to apply entrepreneurship. These books are a great read for anybody who has the entrepreneurial spirit…you can make always start by making changes in your team or department!