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Trying to start a successful mena startup? Here are all the books you need to master your entrepreneurial skills
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Trying to start a successful mena startup? Here are all the books you need to master your entrepreneurial skills

Ambiguity, problems and mistakes are some of the many obstacles that entrepreneurs face in the early stages of their startups, most startups dont even make it further than 2-4 weeks! For this unfortunate small lifespan of even the most ‘genius startups’, lack of knowledge and most importantly…Guidance can be blamed! While University programmes and diplomas may help you learn the dynamics of entrepreneurship, real practical knowledge, life experiences and implementation of these principles can only be mastered through ‘Self Learning’. Several successful entrepreneurs are living proof that one must keep learning and reading throughout their life in order to be triumphant and victorious.

Case in point- Warren Buffet (CEO of Berkshire Hathaway) reads 500 pages a day, Mark Cuban (American entrepreneur and Billionaire) reads three hours a day, Bill Gates (Huge American business magnate) reads fifty books a year and if that hasn't convinced you already, Elon Musk expressed how he learnt how to make a rocket solely through reading! So here is a minimal but highly valuable and constructive list of books that you must read in order to channel your inner mena entrepreneur and successfully expand the horizons of your startup to unprecedented heights!

1. The $100 Startup: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better to Live More: As its review reads, “The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau is your manual to a new way of living. With this book you can learn how to:

➢ Earn a good living on your own terms, when and where you want
➢ Achieve that perfect blend of passion and income to make work something you love
➢ Take crucial insights from 50 ordinary people who started a business with $100 or less.
➢ Spend less time working and more time living your life.

The book motivates those with a lack of resources and capital to Go For It! By providing 50 real-life case studies of people who started with 100 dollars or less and now own billions through their startups.

2. Zero to One: Notes on Startups or How to Build the Future: As the title suggests, doing something new takes you or your work from ‘Zero to One Peter Thiel, PayPal founder and Facebook investor, in this book talks about the importance of being independent of others thoughts and following one’s own path, he also emphasises on innovation and originality in producing a completely new business idea and/or product instead of working on products that already exist. This book is perfect for anyone that is looking for motivation to do something extraordinary and completely alien to the world!

3. Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk: Gary Vaynerchuk, Four-time New York Times bestselling author in this book gives new lessons and inspiration coming from the lives of several influencers and entrepreneurs who refused to follow “the predictable corporate path” in order to fulfil their goals and aspirations of owning a successful startup or brand. According to the summary, “ In his 2009 international bestseller Crush It, Gary insisted that a vibrant personal brand was crucial to entrepreneurial success, In Crushing It!, Gary explains why that’s even more true today, offering his unique perspective on what has changed and what principles remain timeless. He also shares stories from other entrepreneurs who have grown wealthier—and not just financially—than they ever imagined possible by following Crush It principles. The secret to their success (and Gary’s) has everything to do with their understanding of the social media platforms, and their willingness to do whatever it took to make these tools work to their utmost potential. That’s what Crushing It! teaches readers to do.”

4. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris: A spectacular book that has been A\a New York Times bestseller for 7 years with 1.3 million copies sold! This book is a must for each and every aspiring entrepreneur, This book includes a step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design that teaches:

➢ Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week
➢ How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
➢ How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
➢ How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
➢ How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements

5. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries: This book teaches entrepreneurs how to use Digital innovation to up their startup game, especially with the rapidly growing technology in the middle-east, “Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs—in companies of all sizes—a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in an age when companies need to innovate more than ever.” Thus, this book is a must in the constantly changing business environment in today's day to create an impact.

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