S031: 10 Books Young Entrepreneurs Should Read (2/2)

April 22, 2017

S031: 10 Books Young Entrepreneurs Should Read (2/2)

In our  last episode, I started the topic: “10 Books every young entrepreneur should read. In today’s episode, we will be talking about the last 5 books I have to recommend for now:

Episode Takeaways

In this episode, you will learn

  • about the five other books you should read this year.


Why Books?

There many ways to acquire knowledge: you could go to a school, attend a conference, take an online course, ‘row’ with smart people, learn on the job or read a book. Out of all these, reading is by far the cheapest and most flexible way to learn new ideas. It is also void of any limitation and restraint these other ways will offer you. Have met a person who barely finished school and talks like Solomon? Yeah, asking him/her about the books (s)he has read.  Aside, just reading to broaden your horizon, reading can help you break old habits while you form new ones, by making you more aware of yourself. The richest mine in the world can be found in the pages of books.

Bookshop Bokeh

Book 6: The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

If you think you need a lot of money to start a business, you will smash that mindset into small bits and grind it into sand when you done with this book. The Author, Chris, traveled around the world (193 countries) before he clocked 35! His book, is a result of his research of about 1500 business owners across the world. Too bad I missed him when he came to Nigeria!

Book 7: Disciplined Entrepreneurship by Bill Aulet

I shared a story of mine that makes this book very dear to my heart. Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management over 20 years experience. I played an audio of Bill Aulet published by Wiley in this episode. Here is the link to the video version.

Other Books

Other books recommended in this podcast are The Art of Start by Guy Kawasaki: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything. I also played an review by a reader,  Andrea Richards Scott; The Blue Ocean Strategy was developed by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne. In the book, the authors argue that leading companies will succeed not by battling competitors, but by systematically creating “blue oceans” of uncontested market space ripe for growth. The illustration in this podcast on the book is by A Macat Business Analysis and you can watch the full video here.

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