You have the idea; it’s been rolling around in your head for months; you’ve done a little research and have found very little competition; you have kept it a secret. But now that idea is becoming a passion, and you are ready to move. The problem is you need some inspiration, some advice, and some assurance that you really can do this. Family and friends around you may provide moral support, but that will not be enough. You need to hear from people who have been there and done it. Here are 6 books that will give you just that – stories that will inspire, nuts and bolts advice, and methods to keep that passion going through the highs and the lows of your launch and early years.
1. The Startup Playbook by: David Kidder
If you want to learn from those who have been through it and have emerged successfully, then this book will be a must-read. Kidder has pulled together lessons learned by 41 entrepreneurs from their launch to where they are today – how they kept their passion; how they promoted their products and services, how they found financing, and how they pushed through all of the challenges and roadblocks. There are lessons to be learned here – everything from finding your perfect niche to developing leadership skills.
The Lean Startup by: Eric Ries
Ries begins by telling us that most startups fail – not a pleasant thought. But Ries says failure can be avoided with some very important practices. Rather than adopt an elaborate business plan, start with your idea, test it all along the way, adapt and change as your feedback tells you to do, and push through uncertainty very quickly. There are real-world examples of business startups from garages to already intact companies – all of them with an idea and the willingness to take risks and be flexible as they move forward.
My Big Idea by: Rachel Bridge
This book is for those who already have that big idea and for those who are still hunting for it. These are the stories of 30 entrepreneurs who found their big ideas and went for them with passion. Here is what you will learn: Is your idea a good one? How will you know? How do you look for that big idea if you don’t yet have one? How these 30 successes found their ideas and tested them will inspire you and confirm that great business ideas are all around if you know where and how to look. Great advice on not becoming a failure statistic.
1,000 Dollars and an Idea by: Sam Wyly
Many people have not heard of Sam Wyly, but he is an American billionaire who literally went from rags (his parents faced terrible financial hardships) to riches, with one idea and $1000 in savings. He launched University Computing in 1963, took it public in 1965 and was a millionaire by the time he reached 30. Since that time he has been involved in startups ranging from Michael’s craft stores to Green Mountain Energy. This memoir provides everyone ready to launch a startup with both inspiration and some very practical advice on how it’s done right. An easy read, filled with great stuff.
Against the Grain by: Karan Bilimoria
Cobra beer was first sold out of the back of Bilimoria’s old Citroen in West London. With huge student debt and absolutely no experience in running a business, this man shows us all how determination, passion, creativity and relentless refusal to give up resulted in a brew that went from that car to a multi-million pound business that exports its product to more than 40 countries across the globe. You will get insight, along with very practical advice on strategy, planning and discipline, with a little bit of luck thrown in.
The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster By: Darren Hardy
Entrepreneurship can be a “wild ride” for sure. You will have lots of doubts and fears and plenty of naysayers along the way. Through all of this, you must maintain your passion, your discipline, and your determination to push through every obstacles thrown in your path. Here you will find the success stories of some of the most successful entrepreneurs and their advice and counsel for any entrepreneur. According to Hardy, there are four essential skills, and he will show you how to master them.