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Entrepreneurship: Top 280 Books of All Time

Here at HiretheWorld we have always been obsessed with lists. In an age of information overload, we have to filter out the best. Now to be the best, you should take advice from the best.

 

Here are the all-time top 280 books on entrepreneurship below:

  1. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur by Mike Micalowicz
  2. ReWork by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  3. Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey
  4. The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick
  5. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  6. The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the Worldby Chris Guillebeau
  7. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout
  8. Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got by Jay Abraham
  9. The Parable of the Pipeline: How Anyone Can Build a Pipeline of Ongoing Residual Income in the New Economy by Burke Hedges
  10. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge
  11. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
  12. Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky
  13. The Simplicity Survival Handbook by Bill Jensen
  14. The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield
  15. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi Continue Reading
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When Planning Becomes a Problem

The Pursuit of Perfection One thing I’ve learned working in a small business environment is that planning can kill you. Planning is one of the most draining, drawn out processes ever gifted to man by the business gods. Sure, everybody agrees planning is essential. If you’re not planning you’re not doing your job and inviting failure. Right? Probably. But there comes a point where planning ceases to add value to your business, and it begins to stunt your productivity, paralyze your thoughts and slowly drive you insane.

Planning was no doubt invented innocuously enough. Some poor caveman, let’s call him Paul, sank to the ground exhausted and sighed, thinking, “wouldn’t it be nice if I didn’t have to sprint after a deer every time I wanted a meal?” From that moment on, Paul started setting deer traps, saving him time, energy and injury. Thus, planning was born. But Caveman Paul could not have foreseen the implications of his discovery.

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3 Things Startups Should Avoid

There’s a ton of blog posts (here, here, and here for starters) out there on steps startups should take to..well get started. Here’s a list of things startups and entrepreneurs should avoid:

1. Creating the perfect product, now.

It is better to launch a product with the minimum feature set as soon as possible than to waste time and resources in building all the features. We’ve done this so many times that the words ‘minimum feature set’ have become a bit of a mantra at the office.

2. Keeping your product idea a secret before launching it.

People worry too much about their idea being stolen, when really, there’s an incredibly good chance that someone down the street has the exact same idea.  It really comes down to execution intelligence, and whether or not you have the perfect team, work ethic, and the passion to compete.  Just about the worst thing you could do is to not tell people about your product.  The more people you tell, the more people that can help you launch your product. The biggest thing in the tech business these days is the social web, yet its astounding how many entrepreneurs out there are trying to make ‘the next Facebook’ and aren’t asking for feedback.

3. Building a product no one wants

You might build a product that no one has ever seen before.  But when it comes right down to it, if you can’t find anyone that wants it, then you just wasted a lot of time and money.  Be sure to do your research and constantly validate your product idea. This ties back in with #2. You can’t tell if anybody wants to use your product if nobody has used it before.

I would love to hear your stories if you have had experiences with any of these things.

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