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7 Books You MUST Read If You Are A Founder 📚

Yesterday, I was listening to a podcast by one of my favorite motivational speakers- Sandeep Maheshwari. In the episode, he spoke about how a person first becomes rich on the inside through their mind and then later in the outside world. ✅

He then further went on to say that books are the best way to achieve this because even if you can't directly access industry leaders, you can access their learnings through the books that they have written. 📚

This thought was so deep that it got me thinking about how books have largely transformed my mindset as well. You can literally advance yourself instantly by reading a book that took years of research by completely reading it in couple of hours. I think that's definitely worth the investment of your time! ✨

So, today I decided to share a list of 7 books that have contributed a lot towards shaping my mindset and thinking in this journey of becoming a founder -

1. Atomic habits by james clear - Taught me how to build good habits and discipline
2. How to win friends and influence people by dale carnegie - Taught me lot of skills that I use to manage my teams
3. This is marketing by seth godin - by far the best marketing book I've ever read
4. The power of starting something stupid by Norton - helped me shatter self-limiting beliefs
5. The greatness guide 2 by robin sharma - amazing book to learn about everything from leadership to creativity
6. Jab, jab, jab right hook by GaryVee - Taught me how to give value without holding expectations
7. Blue ocean strategy - More towards strategic side but this book gave me good business knowledge

P.S - Only reading books won't help. Make sure to implement what you learn actively! Just read, learn, test, improve!

Have you read any of the books from the above list? What did it teach you the most? Let's discuss in the comments! 👇

Love,
Siddhita ❤️


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    I have read 1,2,7. Good books.

    I have also read The Mom Test. This book helped me to understand how to valid a product Idea.

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      I'll put it on the top 1 on this list.

    2. 1

      That's interesting. 🤔
      Thanks for sharing.
      I'll have a look at that book too then!

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        100 $ startup is also a must read

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          Yes haha! Loved reading this book last year! 🙌

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    I have a couple more:

    • E-Myth Revisited -> How to run a small business
    • Lean Startup Playbook -> How to create an MVP
    • Mom Test -> How to talk to your customer
    • The Dichotomy Of Leadership -> How to be a good leader
    • Start with Why -> How to give purpose to your work/employees

    If you have you read any of those, what's your opinion? 😛

    1. 1

      These are pretty good, thanks for sharing! 💯
      Although I haven't read any of it yet, Start with why has been on my list for a really long time! I love listening to the ideas Simon Sinek keeps sharing haha.

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        I love listening to the ideas Simon Sinek keeps sharing haha.

        Yeah tbh if you already have listened to him for a bit and/or seen his ted talk on this you don't have to read the book it's a lot of repetition from those other content pieces but if you learn by repetition you should give it a read 😁

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          Ohh haha alright then!

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    I would definitely add - "The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness" - by Eric Jorgenson

    Its just brilliant.

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      I'll be adding to my list too, thanks! 🙌

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    Thanks for the list! If I may add a few ones I found particularly helpful for my entrepreneurial journey, I would add:

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      Quite a lot of people are talking about the mom test. I definately need to check it out.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts @BibHack! Looking forward to your mini review 📚

  5. 1

    Lost and Founder by Rand? I haven't read it yet though. Has anyone else?
    I believe he wrote it when it cashed out at Moz and created Sparktoro.

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      Haven't read this myself either. Gotta look it up though!

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    I would say that the knowledge by YCombinator's YouTube videos triumph most, if not all entrepreneurship books out there. Would highly recommend checking out.

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      It's a great resource indeed! In fact I love their startup school. It has so much information to consume!

  7. 1

    Wow... really gonna book mark this dude. Thanks.

  8. 1

    Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0
    and other books by Jim Collins are really great as well https://www.jimcollins.com/books.html

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      Looks quite interesting, will have a look @HolyOlie. Thanks for sharing!

  9. 1

    Great list!

    I would add The 4-Hour Work Week, Never Split the Difference, and Traction (Gino Wickman).

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      4 hour work week- definately an amazing read I agree! Will add the rest two to my read list as well :)

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    Most of those books are 1 or 2 good ideas (at most) repackaged in a way to create a product to generate income for its creators, nothing more. You will better invest your time and money on other things. Do you think people like Gates/Zuckerberg/Musk, etc were busy reading start-up books?

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      With all due respect of course but I don't think I agree with this thought @Vitukov. Yes definately they are trying to make money for sure since they are creators as well. But every book of this list that I've read has significantly improved my thinking styles. In fact, there were so many things that I didn't know!

      As far as industry leaders go, it's been proven time and again that they read way more than the common people. They invest heavily into improving their unfair advantage by getting as much knowledge as possible.

      Plus, a big point that I would like to add is that books necessarily don't need to teach you new things. It can also show you new perspectives. New ways of looking at things. There have been many books written by even local authors that I've read and given me "ahhaaa" moments! And this is exactly what is needed to succeed at startups. Learning the stories of other startups might give you many clues, hints or even tricks that you can use for yourself!

      So, concluding we may have a difference of opinion here, which is fine but personally, reading startup books has definately proven to be worth my investment.

      I'm curious to know though- what do other people have thoughts on this 🤔

  11. 1

    Awesome list! Thank you so much for sharing. I'll add them to my personal reading list.

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    What podcast did you listen to? Could you share the link?:)

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      Absolutely @flipchan! Although I don't think they have a Spotify link, I do follow this influencer on YouTube regularly. You can check him out on -> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBqFKDipsnzvJdt6UT0lMIg

      Hope that helps!

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    Nice list! I already had a couple on my wish list.

    I would really recommend reading The Unfair Advantages for business owners no matter the size of your company.

    Also other comments have good recommendations, like @nafetswirth Mom Test.

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      Will surely be reading mom test and unfair advantages for sure @mascarell! Thanks for sharing it!

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    I've read How to win friends and influence people already twice and it is a great book when it comes to the basics of social interaction I really like it!
    I am currently reading Deep Work and I can recommend it as well since we are living in a bit of a distracted world but want to deliver high-quality work :-)

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      @Sunny_ Yeah I agree with you! Can you share who's the author of deep work? would love to take a look at it :)

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    These are great recommendations! I added them to my ever-growing books list. One thing to know though for others looking on here - you need to implement ideas and learnings as you go. Don't cram a bunch of knowledge into your head because it will be gone by the time you finish the book.

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      100% agree with you @jdobry! Unless implemented or absorbed completely, the knowledge won't have any tangible value in real life.

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