“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
Entrepreneurs often describe starting their first company as taking a leap, risking it all in a gamble on themselves and their own ambitions. The above quote seems to support this mindset that venturing into the unknown may be the best thing for us. That quote however did not come from Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, but rather those are the words of the great novelist Kurt Vonnegut. He may not be the person that comes to mind when we think of famous entrepreneurs, but he too took the leap and created his own brand of writing that turned him into a literary legend. While I do recommend that everyone read Kurt Vonnegut’s work, the titles below are some of my favorite books that pertain to entrepreneurship.
- The 4-Hour Work Week- Timothy Ferris
- The Lean Startup- Eric Ries
- Never Eat Alone- Keith Ferrazzi
Other Recommendations: Hacker News
The 4-Hour Work Week is my favorite of these three and had the greatest influence on me. I highly recommend it to everyone even if you are not interested in entrepreneurship. The overall goal of the book is to prove to it’s readers that you do not need to work 9-5, instead anyone with a basic understanding of technology could create a business that allows them to take a step back from the daily grind to live their lives.
The Lean Startup should be read by anyone who is remotely interested in starting a technology business. In fact if you are interested in technology and you haven’t read this yet then you should turn off your computer right now and go get this.
This past summer I read Never Eat Alone and thoroughly enjoyed it. You do not need to be interested in entrepreneurship to find this book useful, but if you do plan on starting a company at one point in your life, then you need to learn the value of forming relationships. Keith Ferrazzi does a great job of conveying the importance of relationships in the business world and how to form lasting ones.
In addition to the three books that I listed I also included a link to the Hacker News site. There is no better way to stay up to date on the technological entrepreneurship community then by checking this site every day or so. The articles included on the site vary greatly in there content, ranging from recent events in the industry to information on new startups.
Kurt Vonnegut also once said
“by reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.”
The books that I have listed above are from some of the most respected authors in the entrepreneurship industry. If Vonnegut is correct in his description of reading, then it would be a wise decision for those interested in starting their own company to read these books.