We’ve put together our top 10 must have books for Entrepreneurs this Christmas, ideal if you’re looking to drop some hints to those closest to you or in need of gift ideas for others. Whilst there are in no particular order, we’ve made sure to include everything from start-up and life advice to daily habits, plus how to break free from the 9-5! Happy reading and Happy Christmas, from us all at Bridge.
#1. ‘The Achievement Habit’ by Bernard North.
In this book, Roth offers fantastic insights fed down from design thinking to help people realize the power of positive change.
#2. ‘The Obstacle is the Way’ by Ryan Holiday.
If the competition threatens you, it's time to be fearless and display your courage. An impossible deadline becomes a chance to show how dedicated you are. As author Ryan Holiday discovered, if your brand is generating controversy - it's also potentially generating publicity.
#3. ‘The $100 Start-up’ by Chris Guillebeau.
This is your manual to a new way of living. 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 and spend less time working and more time living your life.
#4. ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport.
Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves your attention the most.
#5. ‘Lean Analytics - Use Data to Build a Better Start-up Faster‘ by Alistair Croll.
Whether you’re a start-up founder trying to disrupt an industry or an entrepreneur trying to provoke change from within, your biggest challenge is creating a product people actually want. Lean Analytics steers you in the right direction.
This book shows you how to validate your initial idea, find the right customers, decide what to build, how to monetize your business, and how to spread the word. Packed with more than thirty case studies and insights from over a hundred business experts, Lean Analytics provides you with hard-won, real-world information no entrepreneur can afford to go without.
#6. ‘Never get a real Job’ by Scot Gerber.
In Never Get a "Real" Job, Scot Gerber explains how to dump your boss, build a business, and not go broke. Gerber challenges the social conventions behind the "real" job and empowers young people to take control of their lives and dump their nine-to-five or their quest to attain them.
#7. ‘Like a Virgin’ by Richard Branson.
Find out the secrets they won't teach you in Business School. Richard distills and shares the wisdom and experience that have made him one of the world's most recognized and respected entrepreneurs. From his 'Top 5 secrets of Business Success', to hard hitting discussions about the global financial crisis, this book brings together his best advice on all things business.
#8. ‘The Lean Start-up’ by Eric Ries.
The Lean Start-up is a new approach to business that's being adopted around the world. It is changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. It’s about learning what your customers really want and testing your vision continuously, adapting and adjusting before it's too late.
#9. ‘The Fire Starter Sessions’ by Danielle LaPorte.
Danielle LaPorte's straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have been read by over one million people. Bold but empathetic, in The Fire Starter Sessions she re-frames popular self-help and success concepts.
#10. The Invested Investor - The new rules for start-ups, scale-ups and angel investing by Peter Cowley.
The most readable business book for angels and entrepreneurs. Written by serial entrepreneur and seasoned angel investor Peter Cowley, this book describes the key ingredients for becoming an Invested Investor and what it takes to work with an Invested Investor, whilst guiding you through the business journey.
Aimed at angel investors, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in start-ups, you will learn from the experiences of serial entrepreneurs, seasoned angel investors, and many more from the start-up ecosystem. The book aims to reduce mistakes, increase honesty and create more successful exits. It will guide the reader on how to raise a start-up and build a scale-up.