I’ll be honest with you. I’m not such a big fan of reading books because I’m a bit lazy. Unless I really really really want to read a particular book, it’s quite tough for me to convince myself to pick one up. Even if I manage to do that, it’s even tougher for me to finish the book.
However, there have been some books that I did manage to read end to end and they had a massive impact on both my life in general and my entrepreneurial journey too.
Here are some of those books:
P.S: These books are slightly rare and therefore the paperback versions on Amazon can be a bit expensive. I would suggest you buy the Kindle versions of these books as they are way less in price.
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne
This book will resonate a lot with anyone with entrepreneurial ambitions. That’s because one of the main reasons why people start a business is to achieve some kind of freedom. But this book is more than that. It’s about a striving to live a life where you are deliberately trying to make it as independent of external shackles as possible.
I read this book in 2013 when I was unemployed and kind of lost. I was trying my hand at freelance writing that time but I knew I wanted to start an online business of mine. This book really helped me in understanding the WHY behind starting a business. In the book the author talks about why it is important to start a business where you’re not only focused on the end goals but also enjoying the journey at the same time. All this is explained with the help of a story where the author is guiding a budding entrepreneur. I would recommend this book to all upcoming entrepreneurs who also are deep thinkers and interested in a bit of spiritual side of things.
How to Get Rich: One of the World’s Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets by Felix Dennis
Don’t let the title of this book fool you. This book is actually about NOT GETTING RICH. It’s about what happens when money is only thing you care about in life. The author actually discourages you from living a life where all you are thinking is about getting rich. According to him, there is a sweet point after which you should not care that much about money. Doing otherwise can have a negative affects on your health and lifestyle. His story is quite an incredible one and it really opened my eyes towards the idea of ambition.
All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Wealth by Laura Vanderkam
This is a great book to understand how money can be used in alternative ways to improve your life. I really loved this book because I had very similar views about the usage of money. I’m kind of a minimalist and don’t like spending my money on status symbols. I like to spend more on experiences and small things that can improve my life. This book addresses how we can lead a stress-free life by changing the way we spend our money and making it more in line with what we value in life.
The $100 Startup: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better To Live More by Chris Guillebeau
I read this during the COVID lockdown. I was already an entrepreneur but it still inspired me. That’s because this is the first book I came across where the author gives so many real life examples of people achieving success with small businesses which can be run all by yourself as a solopreneur. I never liked reading business books which talk about big companies because I could never relate to those. I want to keep my online business a small ,manageable and relatively stress-free one where I’m doing something I am passionate about. This books addresses exactly that.
Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins
If you’re ever feeling down in life, just pick up this book. It will shake you up and you’ll almost feel like someone has injected you with a performance enhancing drug. David Goggins is a crazy guy. He does things like run marathons on broken legs, break pull-ups records and what not. He’s also been through a lot because of racism and having abusive parents during his childhood. You have to be slightly careful with his book because you should not try to imitate his physical feats. What you have to take from the book is how strong we can be both mentally and physically and how much we underestimate ourselves.
Online Business from Scratch: Launch Your Own Seven-Figure Internet Business by Creating and Selling Information Online by Matthew Paulson
If you are new to this whole online business thing, then this book is a must-read. Even though my main focus here at Click Trainers is on running an Online Course business, this book addresses the online business topic from a general perspective. The funny part is that when I bought this book I was not expecting to learn a lot from it because I felt I already knew a lot about the online world. But I was wrong. Some of the principles I learned from this book really helped me improve my online business.
I hope you liked this list. I would love to hear your thoughts and your own recommendations in the comments section below.
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