If you're an aspiring entrepreneur, your heart is filled with excitement and fear, probably in equal amounts. You want it so bad but you're afraid. I've been there. These books will inspire you to find the courage to get out there and make shit happen.
Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Way to World Domination
by Hugh MacLeod
Hugh MacLeod, you had me at "evil plans". Or was it "world domination"? Either way this book is PURE GOLD. MacLeod dispenses advice for escaping the rat race in 41 short and punchy chapters including, Welcome to the Hunger, Remember Who You Really Are, Sleep Rough, Avoid Dinosaurspeak, and No, You Can't Have It All. Need I say more? Get this book.
The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
by Elle Luna
Elle Luna is a painter who found the guts to GO FOR IT. Her book is easily one of the most visually beautiful books I've ever read. It began as an online manifesto and quickly became a huge phenomenon. It's filled with Luna's striking art, stories about her personal journey, and a heartfelt rally cry for moving towards your calling -- doing the things you must do, versus the things you've been taught to believe you should do. Unique. Gorgeous. Inspiring.
The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful and Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms
by Danielle LaPorte
OMGTHISBOOK. This one was instrumental in helping me find the guts to start my own business, so it has a special place in my heart. Danielle LaPorte is equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass. A sampling of her edgy, contrarian business advice: life balance is a myth; being well-rounded is highly overrated; and what looks like fear might actually be excitement. This book is organized into 16 sections, and each one is a loving, inspired, no-nonsense call to action to get your shit together and get started.
Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur
Gone are the days when you had to write up a 100-page business plan before launching a successful business. In fact, a clunky, cumbersome business plan is likely to prevent your biz from being successful. A simple, lean, clear start is often best. If you're serious about pulling your ideas for your business together, this book is incredibly helpful. If it's good enough for 3M, Deloitte, and NASA, it might just be worth giving it a whirl. Want to try it before buying the book? Check out the Business Model Canvas - a free tool that helps you get the essence of your business plan down on one page.
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