6 books to help you start up
Taking the first step can be the hardest part of that assignment, project, and even that business idea.
Do you need extra motivation to start your entrepreneurial journey? Start with one of these six book recommendations from members of our very own UTS Startups community who managed to take that first step.
Elon Musk - Ashlee Vance
"This book goes deep into the actions and thought processes of arguably one of the smartest minds on the planet, showing you the amount of hard work and grit that's needed to beat the odds.
It really helped see how important it is to believe in yourself and not give up even if the odds are stacked against you. If you do this - more often than not, everything will work out in the end!"
Shivendrah Singh, edcall
How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
"How to Win Friends and Influence People is a great general development book that can help you succeed in entrepreneurship, work and job-searching, relationships, leadership and general life.
Beyond that, there’s quick and easy tips to help you get out of a mental rut, boost enthusiasm within your team effectively win more clients. The practical advice is broken down into bite-sized principles, allowing you to take what works for you and implement straight away."
Emma Earley, UTS Startups
Zero to One - Peter Thiel
"I think Zero to One is an important read for anyone who thinks they're on a unicorn's journey. It lays out a really simple framework to understand what it takes for a business to do this. That framework was so obvious once I read it, but I was completely unaware of it beforehand."
Tim Cochran, Qorsi
7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey
"This book really helped me put into perspective how things and people are, and why you should understand this before you decide to apply any preconceived notions to it.
It helps you realise you are in control of your own feelings and the path you take. Also, how important it is to have a clear vision of where you want to be while also having a clear set out goal for each and every day, based on importance and urgency to reach your desired destination."
Shivendrah Singh, edcall
Any Ordinary Day: Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life - Leigh Sales
"Loved this, and it was such an uplifting read during the time of COVID-19."
Joyce Yu, Consent Labs
The Lean Startup - Eric Ries
"The Lean Startup is viewed by many in the startup ecosystem as "the bible". It suggests a method for developing ideas to build and manage startups, backed up by diverse business case studies and practical ways to implement.
The focus is on action and learning as you go, not just abstract concepts and buzzwords. It is an approachable and essential read for any startup founder that you should fill with highlighter, scribbled notes and dog-eared pages.
It is one that will stick with you on your entrepreneurial journey as you read it again and again over the years."