5 Recommended Books every Start-up Entrepreneur should read during Covid-19 #Lockdown.

The Coronavirus is a major threat every country is facing, and different governments in Africa are announcing strict lockdown of major cities to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Since people are mandated to restrict their movements and work from home, we thought it was a good idea to highlight 5 books every Start-up entrepreneur should read during the lockdown.

1. The Lean Startup | Author: Eric Ries

The Lean Startup consists of the learnings which the author, Eric Ries, had while working on his startup. The book focuses on the concept of validated learning and the build-measure-learn feedback loop. It tries to bring in a systematic approach to measuring the progress at a startup. A startup has a true north, its vision. It employs a strategy that includes a business model, a product road map, and a view of partners, competitors, and customers. The product is the result of the strategy. Products constantly change (engine tuning). Strategy changes occasionally (pivot). Vision rarely changes. In general management, failure to deliver results is caused by failure to plan or failure to execute. Both are frowned upon. But in the modern economy, both are useful tools for testing new ideas.

2. How to Win Friends and Influence People | Author: Dale Carnegie

The most successful people in the world have one thing in common: How to Win Friends and Influence People!

This book is a self-help classic that reads as a life manual. The core idea is that you can change other people’s behavior simply by changing your own. It teaches you the principles to better understand people, become a more likable person, improve relationships, win others over, and influence behavior through leadership.

3. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future | Author: Peter Thiel

Going from zero to one means going from nothing to something. This is the greatest leap possible — greater than going from one to 10 or even from one to 100. To go from zero to one is to conjure something into existence from the dark void of oblivion. This is the essence of true innovation.

In Zero to One, Peter Thiel draws on his experience at PayPal and Palantir to offer ideas and suggestions for technology startups. Unlocking the power of innovation is the primary goal. In order to reach this goal, the entrepreneur will need to question conventional wisdom, embrace monopoly and capture value for their new enterprise.

4. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future | Author: Ashlee Vance

This book offers readers the unique chance to get into the life (and mind) of one of the most interesting guys of the 21st century – Elon Musk. The guy behind PayPal, SpaceX, SolarCity, The Boring Company, and Tesla Motors. How he got started in the business world with companies like PayPal and later SpaceX? What he’s up to now? How does he imagine the future and how dreaming huge (not only big) can make you a modern superstar?

Some of the core ideas in the book; don’t just aim to make money or chase momentary opportunities, create your own meaningful worldview, your own mission that will be beneficial for society as a whole, not only you. With your actions, try to solve big problems, like Musk. All the companies Elon manages are devoted towards making Earth a better place to live.

5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People | Author: Stephen R. Covey

In this book, Stephen Covey describes how you can be happier and more effective in life. This book is the result of a long-term study into the principles of success. Until World War I success from a fundamental attitude to life could be summarized in terms of for example modesty, integrity, moderation, loyalty, patience, etcetera.

After WWI success was defined by a more pragmatic attitude to life. Success is especially measured by personal performance, skills and status. Stephen Covey argues that lasting success is only possible if you live according to a number of fundamental principles. He summarized these principles of success in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

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