Measuring What Matters- John Doerr
“Great book for those who want to be able to take their start up to the next level of execution. It’s good to have goals but if you can’t execute then you have nothing. This books will teach you how to set over the top goals but yet make them achievable in a manner that creates transparency and accountability within your startup”
Traction- Gino Wickman
“Great book for startups who are struggling with creating traction. This books allows you to build traction where it matters which is within your organization. Read this book and immediately was able to see why my startup was struggling and was able to get things back on track”
Both of these books were crucial in shaping the culture and identity of my startup. They booth work hand in hand so I recommend reading “Traction” first then jump into “Measuring What Matters” a lot of your questions or woes will be address. Lmk what you think and if you would like for me to continue sharing more books that have helped me through my struggles. ENJOY!!
It is imperative to constantly learn and add to your wisdom. Most CEO's read 50 books every year to increase their wisdom and refresh their minds. With that said, there are a lot of books out there to choose from. That is why I compiled a list of my favorite books for my fellow founders here.
- The Personal MBA: Teaches the fundamentals of business (Value creation, marketing, finance, etc)
- This is Marketing by Seth Godin: Imperative knowledge about marketing and value creation
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu: About leadership and power, while it talks about war. The principles it teaches are still relevant in the 21st century.
I'll post more book recommendations soon… Let me know what you think about these books!
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I'm sure most of us have read books like Think and Grow Rich and Rich dad poor dad. These are finance books that are considered world-class and have lots of people that follow the advice they teach. With that said, down below is one of my biggest takeaways from these books.
Before I get into it, I just want to say I know these books entail lots of great advice, however, the particular advice I'm about to mention is something that I view as really imperative. It is apparent that a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs want to pursue entrepreneurship for money and a lavish lifestyle. Unfortunately, most great finance books all-state this somewhere in the book.
"Money should not be your sole objective, let money be the consequence of whatever you are doing."
Most great finance books try to express this message one way or another during the book. In fact, this quote is from Ray Dalio, the founder of the biggest hedge fund in the world. For clarification, there is nothing wrong with desiring money, however, when it is your sole mission in life. You will quickly realize that it can be quickly attained.
A lot of people will associate their happiness with their aspirations in life and when your aspiration is simply being a millionaire, you will quickly attain that goal and start to wonder if the journey was worth it or you won't be able to find real fulfillment.
Plus the saying that states money does not buy happiness is true, money brings joy to one's life when it creates new opportunities and opens new doors. When you use money as a mission rather than a tool, finding satisfaction will be difficult.
With that said, Ray Dalio advises aspiring entrepreneurs to rather dedicate their lives to things like cultivating meaningful work and meaningful relationships. You could also dedicate your life to helping people, making an impact, or even being the greatest entrepreneur to ever live.
I hope this post helps you!
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I'd like to learn more about how to find / identify a niche, how to research that niche to come up with a problem they have, and how to validate if that problem is common among the niche. From my understanding, this should be the research phase before coming up with a solution for a given problem.
I'd like to have some recommendations to books, online courses, or any other material to learn more about these topics.
Many thanks in advance!