Are you bored? Unfulfilled? Tired all the time? Maybe it’s time to stop watching Jerry Springer and to get your hand out of that Cheetos bag!
Remember that teacher that always used to bug you the most? Here are my recollections:
Teacher: Hey! Billy! Wake up!
Me: Zzzz . . . me learn in sleep . . .
Teacher: Right. Why don’t you wipe that drool and read a book?
Me (stirring): What?
Teacher (pointing at the most popular girl in school): Buffy McGraw just said she likes guys who read a lot . . .
Me (using my scrawny arms to push myself upright): Really? Okay! Gimmie a book!
And that lie, my friends, is how an English teacher is born. I fell for the one that chicks dig poetry too, but that’s a story for another day . . .
Maybe you’re bored at school, work, home. It doesn’t matter. If you want to overcome your ennui, you should
read a book start a business! Either that or buy some guns. It’s the American way!
I’m not joking that entrepreneurship should be viewed the way the NRA does gun ownership. It’s an inalienable right, it protects you from big business, big government, and all threats foreign and domestic, and it’s a lot of fun! Plus owning your own business is really sexy.
Wouldn’t she make a great librarian?
So here are the three most inspiring books that any would-be business owner should read.
The $100 Startup
I talk about this book with everyone I know. It explains some of the main principles of how to start a microbusiness and explores the main benefits of working for yourself and doing something you love. Chris Guillibeau writes clearly and profoundly that you can’t rely on business or government to support you through retirement. You need to take care of yourself! Thanks to the new connection economy it’s never been easier to start a business, and thanks to the resources anyone can access on the Internet, it’s never been less expensive!
Good to Great
This is the seminal text that’s on the bookshelf of every CEO, school principal, non-profit administrator, basketball coach, and millions of other aspiring leaders. Jim Collins and his team are famous for their work on how merely good companies worked to become great companies. But what’s often overlooked is how this book applies to individual excellence. By learning to lead, to specialize in what you’re passionate about, and to plan and repeat simple actions, you can become wildly successful in your chosen field. For this reason and many others, Good to Great cannot be ignored if you want to become an entrepreneur.
The Icarus Deception
If a business book can teach, inspire, and even change your life, this is it. Marketing expert Seth Godin says this was his hardest book he ever wrote–his masterwork–and it’s meant to get you to pursue your business, work, and other endevours as art. Not the type of art that gets hung in galleries but the work that’s important to you, that leaves you vulnerable, that we need you to share with others. Even if you’re not interested in business or entrepreneuership, you really should read this book!
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