Waddling one’s way through the murky waters of entrepreneurship is not an easy job. Things become especially difficult for aspiring or young businessmen who often find themselves without many resources at their disposal.
At such times, books can help you to partake from the knowledge and experience of others who have been down this road before. Therefore, we decided to compile the LSE book recommendation list, naming ten such books that we believe every entrepreneur must read.
1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This one’s a classic! Not every founder is a people’s person and this book can give you a crash course into the psychology of human relationships, even those in business.
2. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Another classic, whose contents are evident from its title. It details how a person can identify and align with his “true north” to become the best version of himself.
3. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
Founders with little or no knowledge of finance can rely heavily on this book which simplifies the most complex of themes. He does this through the examples of his own dad and that of a friend of his.
4. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
On entering the entrepreneurial world, people often end up getting stuck in the rut of everyday tasks. This book helps you manage your time between work and leisure in the most effective way possible.
5. Start With Why by Simon Sinek
This book tells the reader how good leaders inspire people by putting the purpose of their mission above everything else. Rather than being preachy, it gives examples of leaders from real life.
6. Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
This book is a compilation of interviews of start-up founders, mainly of tech companies. It offers insights of their learning through their struggling period.
7. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Learn the concept of lean start-ups make use of limited resources and available technology in this book.
8. The Psychology of Selling It by Brian Tracy
The most decisive factor in determining the success of a venture is the sales figure. This book tells you what goes in the mind of people buying your product or service.
9. Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder
When pitching to the big guns, a professional approach to business plans and business models is required. This book helps you prepare for that crucial stage.
10. Disrupted by Dan Lyons
It is an inside peek into the world of Silicon Valley, chronicling a journey that looks at the different points of view of investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.
Books could be great mentors. Unfortunately, though, you can’t talk things out or have discussions with them which is required through the course of your entrepreneurial journey. If that’s what you’re seeking, come right over to the folds of Lemon School of Entrepreneurship were we are conducting a 3 month Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program which will help you convert your idea to reality with the help of mentors, expertising and leading in their industry.