The Best Books For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

recommended by Catrin Hadaway

Entering the overwhelming world of entrepreneurship can certainly be stress inducing at the best of times, and entirely overwhelming at the worst. There is a whole new field that has to be navigated, with an endless number of potential issues that could confront any aspiring entrepreneur. Hearing from the experiences, successes and failures of other entrepreneurs can always be an inspiring way to gain motivation. This collection of books are a must read for those ambitious entrepreneurs who are feeling bombarded by seemingly endless advice and information, and want to hear about the real-life experiences of those who are well-established in the field.

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    Chancing Your Arm: How I made it big in Britain
    by David García González

    In his book ‘Chancing Your Arm’, David Garcia Gonzalez, a Spaniard who has founded one of the most successful translation and localisation companies in the UK, answers the question of how to be a successful entrepreneur as an expat. The book is an unapologetically honest account of David’s journey from growing up in a northern Spanish town, discovering a love for linguistics, and taking the risk of moving abroad to becoming a multi-award-winning entrepreneur. David reveals his theory of life and business called ‘being bulletproof’ and explains how it has helped him build resilience and shape his success. David’s inclusion of personal accounts allows readers to have the opportunity to learn and apply these lessons in their own lives, serving as a practical guide for readers looking to excel on their business journeys.

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    Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future
    by Peter Thiel & Blake Masters

    The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them. It’s easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. Every new creation goes from 0 to 1. This book is about how to get there. Thiel and Masters provide the concrete reasoning behind the importance of original ideas, and how to successfully fill a gap in the market, especially if you are an aspiring entrepreneur.

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    12 Months to $1 Million: How to Pick a Winning Product, Build a Real Business, and Become a Seven-Fi
    by Ryan Daniel Moran & Russell Brunson

    The word “entrepreneur” is today’s favourite buzzword, and any aspiring business owner has likely encountered an overwhelming number of so-called “easy paths to success.” The truth is that building a real, profitable, sustainable business requires thousands of hours of commitment. It’s no wonder why more than half of new businesses close within six years of opening, and fewer than 5 percent will ever earn more than $1 million annually. 12 Months to $1 Million condenses the startup phase into one fast-paced year that has helped hundreds of new entrepreneurs hit the million-dollar level by using a foolproof formula. This one year plan provides three steps to an entrepreneur's first 1 million: The grind, the growth and the gold. ‘12 months to $1 million’ cuts out the noise and provides a clear and proven plan for entrepreneurs to make decisions quickly.

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    Company Of One
    by Paul Jarvis

    Paul Jarvis left the corporate world when he realized that working in a high-pressure, high-profile world was not his idea of success. Instead, he now works for himself out of his home, and lives a much more rewarding and productive life. He no longer has to contend with an environment that constantly demands more productivity, more output and more growth. In Company of One, Jarvis explains how you can do the same, including: Planning to set up, determining desired revenues, keeping clients happy, and, of course, doing all this on your own. Jarvis provides a convincing argument for making businesses better rather than bigger, a unique but inspirational angle relevant to all aspiring entrepreneurs.

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    The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs
    by Kevin D. Johnson

    To achieve unimaginable business success and financial wealth, you have to change the way you think. In other words, you must develop the Entrepreneur Mind, a way of thinking that comes from learning the vital lessons of the best entrepreneurs. Kevin D. Johnson shares the essential beliefs, characteristics, and habits of elite entrepreneurs. Through the conviction of his own personal experiences, Johnson transforms an oftentimes complex topic into a lucid and accessible one. Johnson identifies one hundred key lessons that every entrepreneur must learn in seven areas: Strategy, Education, People, Finance, Marketing and Sales, Leadership, and Motivation. Smart and insightful, ‘The Entrepreneur Mind’ is the ultimate primer on how to think like an entrepreneur.

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