Crazy? Who, me?
Usually when I meet other aspiring business people (entrepreneurs, investors, etc), I always like to suggest a very short, but potent list of books that could help them become better in the path they have chosen.
Now, I understand that simply reading books doesn't give someone all the knowledge needed to conquer the business and investing world. Experience, in my mind, will always stand out as the best teacher. Experience aside, I always attempt to become an advocate of the few books - of the many that I have read - that stand out the most and have made the most impact on my life.
A few months ago, I received an email from a guy name Barry Moltz. Barry, also a fellow blogger, has recently written a book called "You Need To Be A Little Crazy: The truth about starting and growing your business." The email simply asked me if he could send me a copy of the book for a possible review on this blog. As a side note, there are 3 things I will never pass up: free books, free CDs, and free food. So, of course, I took Mr. Moltz up on his offer to give his book a read.
Needless to say, perhaps (from the first few statements of this blog), that this book has become one of my "must read" books for ANY aspiring - or current - entrepreneur, business/investing enthusiast, or someone who would simply like to understand this particular type of person. I'm going to make this book a requirement for my wife to read as well, so she can understand me a bit more!
There are very few books for me that do what this book has done. Further, this book has accomplished something no other book has... it has taken who I am and put it into words. I have simply never felt as understood as I did when I read this book.
Entrepreneurs, I have found, are a lot like artists in their own way. No one understands us. We're a minority group. And don't even get me started on the family dynamics this causes with the in-laws!
Aside from the connection I had with this book, it also provides some amazing, blunt lessons that Barry has learned either from experience or from the wisdom of others. This is one of those books that you read it and think "I wish I would have read this before I started my business!"
I firmly believe that this book needs to be a prerequisite for everyone to read if they're thinking about starting a business.
Barry has an amazing way of making you feel as though you're not alone anymore. I've always been looked at as though I was crazy for the things I've wanted to do... but I've never thought of it as a good thing until now! This book will, or at least should, become one of the leading books read by entrepreneurs. Barry Moltz has recruited another advocate of his book in me. Finally, we have good reason to embrace the fact that we're all crazy!
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I just ordered it - great review by the way. So what are you short list of books you recommend reading?
Posted by: Bootstrapper | Jan 14, 2005 11:17:47 AM
Good question. My list of books that are a must read for other entrepreneurs:
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
(This is actually an entire series, in which I would also highly recommend Cashflow Quadrant, Guide to Investing, Retire Young Retire Rich, and Prophecy)
E-myth by Michael Gerber
Positioning by Al Ries
Pour Your Heart Into It by Howard Schultz
I think this could get anyone out of the gate pretty strong. Obviously, I could give numerous more suggestions depending on the category (marketing, finance, etc).
Anyone else care to add share their lists of must reads?
Posted by: BJ | Jan 18, 2005 4:54:29 PM
While the books mentioned are great, I would also suggest the following:
Art of the Start ... by Guy Kawasaki
[Great for those who are bootstrapping]
Purple Cow ... by Seth Godin
[Highly recommended if you are building/marketting products]
The next one on my list will be "Crazy"
Posted by: marion newman | Jan 27, 2005 7:18:28 PM
Barry's book is excellent. Barry is also a funny guy and very approachable -- leverages the Web extremely well, too.
He even shared some of his philosophy about startups over at my blog, Small Business Trends, when I emailed him.
I'd be interested to hear more about your experiences running Cilantro's Grill -- you know, "out of the mouths of entrepreneurs..." and that kind of stuff.
Posted by: Anita Campbell | Feb 7, 2005 9:26:56 AM
Don't take books too seriously though. Sometimes the information in books are not accurate. My grandfather is a very successful entrepreneur in another country and many people have written books about him. However, to my knowledge, it seems that the information in every books are skewed to some extent--I guess the authors were either trying to make the books more entertaining or they were trying to make the subject seems more impressive/presentable.
Anyway, Interesting blog :)
Posted by: chaichat | Apr 19, 2005 8:37:48 PM
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