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Best Books for Entrepreneurs in the UK

John McKinney    |
John McKinney

Starting a new business is scary as so running it is even frightening. A good tip to start putting your ideas, in reality, is preparing yourself to become a successful entrepreneur. To save you from mistakes that others have done before, Here we have listed 5 best books for entrepreneurs for our reader in the UK.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz 

You probably have a lot of scary thoughts in your mind that is causing you to delay your plans. Well, this book can help you handle these thoughts as Ben Horowitz talks about how hard it is to run a business.

He offers essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems. The book has a story of the founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies.

Topics in this book include:

  • Demoting or firing a loyal friend.
  • Whether you should incorporate titles and promotions, and how to handle them.
  • Find out if it's OK to hire from your friend's company.
  • Managing your psychology while the whole company is relying on you.
  • What to do when smart people are bad employees.

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Ariana Huffington.

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Ariana Huffington is one of the world's most influential women in the world. In this book, Huffington sincerely talks about the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world.

In this book, Arianna talks candidly about her challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and raising two daughters. 

When she found herself going from brain M.R.I to C.A.T. scan to echocardiogram, to find out if there was any medical problem, she started to wonder if that's really what success feels like.

The most significant point in this book would be that more people are beginning to realize that there is far more to living a truly successful life than just earning a bigger salary and capturing a corner office. 

In a commencement address, Arianna correlates our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. According to her, we need a third leg, A third metric for defining success to thrive truly. 

She wrote that the third metric includes our well-being, the ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, sense of wonder, and capacity for compassion and giving. 

S.U.M.O. (Shut Up, Move On): The Straight-Talking Guide to Creating and Enjoying a Brilliant Life by Paul McGee

"Shut Up, Move On" The phrase to say to ourselves or others when we act or think in a way that is hindering our ability to succeed. 

'Shut Up' - Stop what you're doing. Take time out to reflect and let go of baggage and beliefs hinder your potential. 

'Move On' - Tomorrow can be different from today. Look for new possibilities and don't just think about it, take action.

Six S.U.M.O. principles

  1. Change Your T-Shirt - take responsibility for your own life and don't be a victim.
  2. Develop Fruity Thinking - change your thinking and improve your results.
  3. Hippo Time is OK - understand how setbacks affect you and how to recover from them.
  4. Remember the Beachball - increase your understanding and awareness of other people's world.
  5. Learn Latin - a change comes through action, not the intention. Overcome the tendency to put things off.
  6. Ditch Doris Day - create your future rather than leave it to chance. Forget the attitude 'Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be.'

The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms by Danielle LaPorte

Fire starter sessions book cover

Over one million people have read Danielle LaPorte's straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons. 

In this book she reframes popular self-help and success concepts:

  • Life balance is a myth, and the pursuit of it is causing us more stress than the craving for balance itself.
  • Being well-rounded is overrated. When you focus on developing your real strengths, you enter your mastery zone.
  • Screw your principles (they might be holding you back).
  • We have ambition backward. Getting clear on how you want to feel in your life plus work is more important than setting goals. It's the most potent form of clarity that you can have, and it's what leads to true fulfillment.

Mastering Efficiency and Productivity: How to Run Your Life and Business Like a Billion Dollar Company by Christopher Oosthuisen

christopher oosthuisen book

Christopher Oosthuisen, founded six companies, is a young entrepreneur whose main passion is in the field of deep tech with a focus on artificial intelligence.  

If knowing precisely what you need to do will save you from turning your back from starting or running your business, then this is the perfect book for you.

This is not just another inspirational book as Christopher wrote this book with the goal that each person reading it walk away with actionable strategies to improve day-to-day while achieving life-long dreams.

At this age, technology plays a vital part in running the business. This book is packed with everything you need to know from Analyzation, Planning, Delegation Automation, Peace and productivity, Optimizing for Experience, and more.

A bonus in this book is the product recommendation. These products made a significant impact on the bottom line and on your product and business. You don't need to hire a consultant to take advantage of these platforms and software to make you efficient and productive.

It's worth your time.

The inspiration and the knowledge that you are looking for can be found in these books. They talk about the problem that successful people once had. 

So the next time you lose the gut about starting your business or started to wonder if you are doing the right thing, Read books. It's worth it.


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