3 Must-Read Books For All Start-Up Business Owners
No time to read? Audiobook it!
Reading is one of the easiest and fastest ways of tapping into the wealth of knowledge which others have to share.
And here at Words Do The Talking we know how precious your time is when starting your new business, so we’ve pulled together a list of our three favourite books to save you some time and help you along the way.
1. Richard Branson - Losing My Virginity
We love this book because of the outlook and attitude Sir Richard Branson has towards his business and work life. In particular his ’screw it, let’s do it anyway' attitude. In his book Branson comes across as intelligent, incredibly driven and hard working whilst placing joy and fun at the centre of everything he does.
Branson is the perfect example of a leader who is at the heart of a business and its identity. Something which he has done and still does so successfully with the Virgin Group.
So, grab this book for inspiration, 'doable' business tips and a boost of energy ALL business owners will be grateful for.
2. Meaningful: The Story of Ideas that Fly - Bernadette Jiwa
In an age of digital disruption, where copious businesses are continually popping up, it can be difficult to separate your own business from the competition. Based on her own personal experiences, Bernadette Jiwa explores how successful ideas blossom when they are based on and driven by helping and improving others. Jiwa explains that once your brand becomes meaningful to consumers, it will naturally grow and take flight.
We found this book truly inspiring as it provides a very different view on what is important when establishing and growing your business. A view which is often forgotten in fast-paced business.
Key takeaway? Your business will prosper when you aim to enhance your customers' lives before you enhance your bank balance. Find a problem and fix it!
3. Zero To One - Peter Thiel with Blake Masters
At times it is tempting to think that all great start-up ideas have already been taken, however Theil challenges his readers to think differently by exploring new frontiers and to play and think BIG.
One of our biggest takeaways from this book is the power of creating a vision for the future. By doing this you improve your chances of business success dramatically. Thiel also highlights the importance of getting support from a carefully selected team and how this support is invaluable.
So there it is, three little gems that every new (and established) business should place at the top of their reading list. And, if you’ve got time for one more then take a look at our bonus recommendation below, a book that our Founder Maisie puts at the top of her go-to reading list:
Bonus book. Headstrong - Dave Asprey
Dave Asprey, the creator of the Bulletproof Diet, is a great example of someone who lives and breathes their brand. Asprey has built his bio-hacking brand by providing forward-thinking, thought provoking and easily digestible content at an unbelievable pace. We're talking quality content shared to his Bulletproof followers on a daily, even hourly basis.
His book Headstrong provides the reader with the tools to upgrade their mind and body, to ensure it's operating at its clearest and sharpest. And for any new business owner being in control of your health and fitness is simply priceless. As a business owner looking after your mind, body and soul should be as important as reaching out to new clients, updating your website and making money. Without a clear head your vision and focus will be off and this will reflect in the decisions that you make.
So the messages we gain from Asprey's book are to eat well, care for your body and stay headstrong.
Happy reading folks.
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