Paul Allen (the lesser) initiates a discussion on the best book ever written for entrepreneurs.
It starts by saying that Guy Kawasaki’s infamous The Art of the Start is a must-read, but goes on to extol the virtues of Richard White’s 1977 book The Entrepreneur’s Manual; an, unfortunately, out-of-print book with many unique ideas.
The article’s comments also praise Michael Gerber’s The E-Myth Revisited, a book I’ve seen mentioned a lot lately (Joel Spolsky in today’s previous post and the Tim Ferris–Derek Sivers interview to name just two).
I mentioned the Personal MBA Book List last week, and today have come across this interview between Josh Kaufman and Ben Casnocha, author of My Start-Up Life.
Josh runs the Personal MBA Recommended Reading List — a list of the best business books one would need to read for a comprehensive business education. It’s a terrific resource that’s well worth reviewing. In our exchange, we talk about the list of books and whether recently published ones should be excluded, and then meander into the difference between books offering systems / models and practical advice, and conclude on how prominent a role books should play in the self-education process.
The Personal MBA is a site dedicated to helping people gain an MBA education without the expense of business school. It’s a self-study guide to advanced business topics and concepts. As Kevin Kelly—the founding executive director of Wired—says:
No matter what they tell you, an MBA is not essential for landing or handling a good business job… Pursue your own Personal MBA in tandem with actual experience doing some kind of business. If you combine study with actually trying stuff, you’ll be far ahead in the business game.
An impressive introduction comes in the form of the Change This Manifesto, and one of my favourite pages on the site is the book list: The 99 Best Business Books.
This interview between Tim Ferriss and Derek Sivers—the entrepreneur who founded CD Baby—concentrates on The 4-Hour Workweek and provides a good recap and overview of the concepts. The following quote, however, feels more relevant to me now as it was when I originally read the book:
To learn anything quickly, I approach people who did it correctly and say, “I have an idea, but I don’t know anything, so can I buy you a beer and pick your brain? I’m really ambitious but kind of ignorant.” Whether it’s language learning or tango or kickboxing. That’s how I did all of it. That’s how I identified the rules of engagements, so I could deconstruct them.
Waiting for the right moment to start your own company seems like a perpetual waiting game. There’s always a reason not to, right?
LifeRemix tackles the 7 lies preventing us from starting out own business:
- I’m too busy right now. I’ll start when I have more time.
- After I get an MBA, I’ll be ready to start up.
- I hate sales.
- I’ll do some research after South Park.
- I don’t know anything about business.
- I don’t have start-up capital.
- Before doing anything else, I need to write a business plan.