We all need a little inspiration when it comes to starting a business, side hustle or even excelling in our career. Here are the Crunchmoms Team's top picks for business books that spark joy and a whole lot of motivation.
1. The Lean Startup by Eric Reis
The Lean Startup is a new approach to starting a business that has been adopted all over the world. This book is a must-read for entrepreneurs, people thinking about starting something, and even managers looking to innovate.
Reis provides actionable steps that, if followed, can prevent startups from failing. He postulates that starting small, continuously testing, and staying flexible can shorten product development cycles and allow companies to change directions with agility.
The Lean Startup helps cut through the fog of uncertainty that surrounds starting a new business and provides a rigorous approach to startup success.
2. The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you by Rob Fitzpatrick
Great title aside, The Mom Test is an excellent guide to understanding how to get better information from your customers or people in general.
Most startup founders tend to embark on 'customer discovery' without realizing that they are probably not asking the right questions. With a good business idea, founders generally tend to go out looking for positive feedback so that they can build on their idea.
Fitzpatrick believes that having people tell you that your idea is great, or that they’ll buy your product is dangerous. In fact, most people are likely trying to get rid of you or unwilling to say something negative. The Mom Test helps you solve this problem.
3. Never Split The Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz
Let's face it, life is a series of negotiations – buying a car, asking for a raise, compromising with a partner or deliberating with a colleague. Chris Voss, a former international hostage negotiator with the FBI, shares his practical advice on negotiating successfully. The aim is that these tips can then be used in everyday life.
Never Split The Difference distills the skills that Voss learned over the course of his distinguished career into nine easy-to-understand principles that can help you become more persuasive.
4. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
In the Originals, Grant uses fun anecdotes and studies that span politics, business and sports to explore non-conformity. He provides compelling insights on how to challenge an idea and phase out old traditions. This helps leaders identify a good idea, or show parents how to nurture originality in their children.
The Originals illustrates how people can go against the grain and change the status-quo for the better.
5. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
Rich Dad Poor Dad is a personal finance book that will change the way you think about money.
In his book, Kiyosaki explains that you don’t need to earn a high income in order to be rich. As an advocate of financial education, Kiyosaki uses this book to show people that they can’t rely on school education to learn everything they need to know about money. He challenges widely accepted ideas like how owning a house is an asset, when actually it can be a huge liability.
Rich Dad Poor Dad clearly defines the difference between an asset and liability, how you can teach your kids about money and how to make your finances work for you.