Inspiration and motivation are terms that coincide when one goes on a venture of starting a business. The former is considered the brains of the operation, whereas the latter can be used as a tool to perform the task. The inauguration of the journey is entirely dependent upon the stimulus that gives birth to innovative ideas, which consequently, are vital especially in the various tech-related fields of study.
Motivation, on the other hand, is a gadget that assists in achieving the desired results. It is the tool that pushes the individual to power through the adversities and reaches the optimum potential with their inventions. Keeping in mind the success stories of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, the underlying theme in their success story is motivation and innovation.
Following from this, tech entrepreneurs have an inborn need to find these two elements within themselves. A method of achieving that can be by reading the inspiring stories of successful individuals who built themselves up from scratch. This is evident by the story of Mark Zuckerberg, who discovered the idea of creating Facebook after working with Divya Narendra on a Harvard exclusive social network (now known as UConnect).
As a result, tech entrepreneurs are recommended to invest their time in reading the ensuing books that may potentially become a source of inspiration as well as motivation:
1. The Achievement Habit– by Dr Bernard Roth: In this book, Dr Roth- co-founder of the Stanford design school, discusses the art of problem-solving in explicit detail. The book stresses the problems faced by the majority of the start-up businesses, where freshly inspired individuals tackle problems without identifying the core cause of the issue. This inspiring piece further discusses the problems encountered by the author himself, in his thirty years of involvement in the industry. Essentially, he provides an insight into the act of solving the commonly faced issues in new business start-ups. The author further urges the individuals to think imaginatively and to open their minds to new opportunities that can take their business to the top. Furthermore, he talks about taking risks with the project, as he believes that trying and failing is far more superior in contrast to not trying at all. Fundamentally, the book is a great source of finding the motivation to continue with the venture as it encourages individuals to think positively. The power of positive thinking is stressed throughout the book and the results are made evident by the real-life examples provided by the author.
2. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It—by Kamal Ravikant: This masterpiece is a raw, emotional, yet honest take on finding the motivation to continue with a business venture. While this is unconventional reading material for entrepreneurs, the message depicted in the story is vastly motivational for anyone drowning in the stress that arises from the act of starting a business. The main theme of the book focuses on the significance of self-love and its vast influence on the creation of a positive perspective. In his work, the author expresses self-love, as he admits to the daily repetition of the words, “I love myself,” which eventually led him to believe in this statement. The book is recommended for tech entrepreneurs as it normalises the expression of human emotion, which is the key to keeping one’s sanity intact during the dark times.
3. We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet’s Culture Laboratory—By Christine Lagorio-Chafkin: Awarded the title of the best book 2018 by Fast Company, We Are the Nerds is essential reading material for the tech entrepreneurs. This book provides an insight into Reddit, one of the most used websites present on the internet. It discusses the success story of the founders, Steve Huffman, and Alexis Ohanian, who although faced many issues, made their way to the top.
4. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Start-up—By John Carreyrou: Bad Blood is an intriguing tale about Elizabeth Holmes, the founder, and CEO of Theranos, who was once considered the symbolic representation of entrepreneurism. The book unravels the elaborative scams and frauds committed by the organisation. Fundamentally, this well-written book earned the title of 2018 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. Furthermore, this honest tale has been nominated to be transformed into a movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Adam McKay.
5. The Obstacle is the Way- The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph – by Ryan Holiday: In contrast to discussing the probability or the tales of success, Mr Holiday discussed the hurdles, one encounters, on the journey towards success. It elaborates the incidents of failures and setbacks faced by many historians along with the solution applied by those individuals. The style of the book resembles the stoic philosophical tradition, which is based on logical thinking and the implementation of one’s ethics.
6. The Magic of Thinking Big- By David J. Schwartz: The Magic of Thinking Big is a self-help book, which Forbes titled as “the best self-help book.” It emphasises the fact that the only hurdle that stands between successes of an individual is the lack of imagination. The author discusses the imaginative ability of thinking and how it contributes to one’s success. Mr Schwartz further places creative thinking above intelligence as evident by the line in the book, “The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you have.” Thus, if entrepreneurs are looking for inspiration, this book is the best match.
7. The Hard Thing About Hard Things–by Ben Horowitz: The hard things about hard things is a personal experience of the author (Ben Horowitz- co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz) regarding the founding, purchasing, selling, investing, running and managing all the businesses. This book can be considered as an educational guide for new entrepreneurs as Mr Horowitz discusses the difficult aspects of running a business. He contrives his negative experiences in the business and further educates the masses about all the struggles he faced and how he overcame them. The book is extremely powerful, as evident by the fact that Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, and Peter Thiel have endorsed it.
8. Be Obsessed or Be Average- By Grant Cardone: Be Obsessed or Be Average is a true reflection of a success story. The bestselling author shares the secret of his success, which is, obsession. Mr Cardone discusses the emotional obstacles he faced, where he was consistently introduced to the words, “realistic” and “reasonable.” Regardless of the negativities directed his way, Grant Cardone powered through and became a bestselling author as well as a millionaire entrepreneur.
9. Pivot by Jenny Blake: This work of art discusses the method of augmenting one’s existing strengths and using it to their advantage. It further talks about the weaknesses that one may have and how to eliminate them. This book functions as a comprehensive guide for tech entrepreneurs for their initial start-ups.
10. Tools of Titans–by Tim Ferriss: This exceptional book is a compilation of interviews, financial advice and success stories of dominantly successful individuals. The book is written flawlessly, by discovering the underlying themes that are common in the lives of the interviewed individuals. Fundamentally, Mr Ferriss implemented the advice recorded in the interviews to assess their functionality. Hence, reading this masterpiece is highly recommended for new entrepreneurs.
Investing time in understanding the content of these books can prove itself to be expedient for the individuals starting a business. Following the examples and the guidelines provided in these books, the dedicated individuals can find the motivation and the inspiration to move forward with their journey.