Millennial's are more ambitious than any other generation thus far. With their booming ideas, accessibility to funds through mediums like crowdfunding campaigns, many millennials feel unstoppable in their business ventures. If this sounds like you, before beginning your venture as an entrepreneur, check out some of these incredible books about what it means to be successful and how to get there:
1. The Start-Up of You by Reid Hoffman
With four out of five starts from Barnes and Noble, this book is a must read for any millennial even considering entrepreneurship. Written by the co-founder of the wildly successful LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, this book is a tell-all guide to how to be successful as a millennial building a business in today’s market. As a number one bestseller on both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, The Start-Up of You gives you the tools you need to succeed.
“A profound book about self-determination and self-realization. By capturing and universalizing the wisdom of successful start-up businesses, the authors provide an exciting blueprint for building a fulfilling career. Invaluable for any person who wants to be a successful entrepreneur – not in a particular company – but in the most important enterprise of all: one’s own life.” — Cory Booker, United States Senator
2. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
In this phenomenal book, Tim Ferriss reveals the secrets to living a full and productive yet successful and well-balanced life. Whether you are a person looking to get out of your 9-5 to travel or you simply just want more time to spend with your family, this is for you. In this book, Ferriss teaches future entrepreneurs how to eliminate 50% of your work, outsource your life, create passive cash flow, and so much more! This book is perfect for anyone who wants a workaholic salary without the workaholic lifestyle.
“Stunning and amazing. From mini-retirements to outsourcing your life, it's all here. Whether you're a wage slave or a Fortune 500 CEO, this book will change your life!” — Phil Town, Bestselling Author
3. The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D. Johnson
Kevin D. Johnson is the president of the multimillion dollar company Johnson Media, and needless to say, he knows a thing or two about entrepreneurship. In his groundbreaking book, The Entrepreneur Mind, Johnson details what he has learned through his own personal experiences and also shares stories of many other equally successful businessmen and women. Not only will you find a lot of sound entrepreneurial advice in this book, but you’ll also get to read about seven different key lessons on subjects including; Strategy, Education, People, Finance, Marketing, Sales, Leadership and Motivation.
4. Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder
Known as being the book for visionaries and game changers, the Business Model Generation takes what you thought you knew about business and flips it upside down. This book is a must have for those that are trying to become thought-leaders in their industries and those that dare to challenge the popular existing business models for something bigger and better.
“Essential Reading for Startups or Large Companies. Osterwalder and Pigneur have written the definitive text for how to define, think, draw and iterate business models.” — Steve Blank, bestselling author
5. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
In this book, Ben Horowitz, the successful technology investor, writes about what people are afraid to write about when it comes to running a business. He strays away from talking about how awesome success is and tells you about the hard stuff. Horowitz delves right into analyzing the hard problems that one is sure to encounter as a business owner and does a great job of doing so.
“Horowitz tends to dispense management advice in a kind of one-two punch. First comes the self-deprecating quip about mismanagement and misery, delivered with a knowing grin and capped with a two-beat chuckle. But soon the smile will vanish, and he’ll turn dead serious. His brow will furrow slightly, his eyes will widen and focus with an intensity that borders on scary, and he’ll speak slowly, deliberately. It’s almost as if you can’t afford not to listen.” — Fortune
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