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Recommended Business Books
One of the books that I kept re-reading often is Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why“. I believe that this book is a must read for both newbie and expert entrepreneurs. Knowing what to offer and how to supply the product or service are not enough. There must be clarity of purpose and it starts by figuring out why our company or organization exists and why that should be meaningful to our customers and the rest of the society we live in. As the book’s editor says, “People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. It was their natural ability to start with why that enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things”.
We live in the information age and more often that not, we get pushed and pulled in so many directions. I find this book, The One Thing, inspiring and timely. Amidst all the tasks that needed to be accomplished, we need to focus on one thing at a time. This reminds of a story about Warren Buffet came to dinner at the Gates’ home at the invite of Bill’s mother. When someone asked Warren and Bill what was the biggest thing that contributed to their success, they answered in unison, “focus on one thing at a time.” Need I say more?
For the last 20years, if you want to know how to start and run your business, we were told to create a voluminous business plan We now know that that advice is simply wrong. We now are cognizant of the fact that startups are not a smaller version of a big corporation. Thus, all the tools that were taught and used in large companies are not directly applicable to start-ups. It does not mean that we do not need a formal business plan. We need to do the planning first before we create the business plan. One of the ways we start our planning is to organize our facts using the steps pointed out in Alexander Osterwalder’s book, Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challenger. Osterwalder gave us a way to organize our thinking and to communicate with our customers to get facts instead of assuming that what our idea or product will be a profitable one. Two companion books for Osterwaldr’s book that increase your knowledge on how to start you business are 1) Steve Blank’s The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company and 2) Peter Thiel’s Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.