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Must Read books and blogs for entrepreneurs

Looking for inspiration? Look no further. We have put together a compilation of our favorite books and blogs to spark your imagination and guide you on a path to success!

 

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk | by Peter L. Bernstein
Cover ImageWith the stock market breaking records almost daily, leaving longtime market analysts shaking their heads and revising their forecasts, a study of the concept of risk seems quite timely. Peter Bernstein has written a comprehensive history of man’s efforts to understand risk and probability, beginning with early gamblers in ancient Greece, continuing through the 17th-century French mathematicians Pascal and Fermat and up to modern chaos theory. Along the way he demonstrates that understanding risk underlies everything from game theory to bridge-building to winemaking.

 

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable | by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This book will make you think about how you think! A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives.

 

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t | by Jim Collins
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't
Jim Collins begins this book with a startling and counterintuitive claim: “Good is the enemy of great.” We’ve become so conditioned to think of performance as something that develops along evolutionary lines — from poor to good to outstanding — that it takes a minute to grasp the notion that competence can actually inhibit achievement. As Collins says, “The vast majority of companies never become great, precisely because the vast majority become quite good — and that is their main problem.”

 

The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking: What Successful People Didn’t Learn in School | by Cliff Michaels
The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking: What Successful People Didn't Learn in School Cliff Michaels takes us on an inspirational journey while capturing the passion and wisdom of extraordinary people. On the cutting edge of life and business strategies for over 20 years, Cliff not only shares his triumphs and tribulations as an entrepreneur, he unleashes a fun system of timeless lessons anyone can follow. Drawing on classic mentors from da Vinci, Edison, and Mozart, to modern moguls like Jobs, Oprah, and Branson, Cliff suggests we all benefit from a real-world MBA – your Master’s in Basic Abilities. This fast-paced book raises the bar for learning success principles.

 

The Mythical Man-Month | by Frederick P. Brooks, Jr
With a blend of software engineering facts and thought-provoking opinions, Fred Brooks offers insight for anyone managing complex projects. These essays draw from his experience as project manager for the IBM System/360 computer family and then for OS/360, its massive software system. Now, 20 years after the initial publication of his book, Brooks has revisited his original ideas and added new thoughts and advice, both for readers already familiar with his work and for readers discovering it for the first time.