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  As a founder, it is important to constantly be learning and improving your skills. One way to do this is by reading books that can provide insight, inspiration, and practical advice. Here are ten books that every founder should consider reading:
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“The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries

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This book offers a framework for developing and launching new products, with a focus on maximizing efficiency and minimizing risk.

“The Innovator’s Dilemma” by Clayton Christensen

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This book explores the challenges that companies face when introducing new technologies and disruptive innovations, and provides strategies for overcoming them.

“The Art of War” by Sun Tzu

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This ancient Chinese military treatise has been widely adopted in business strategy due to its practical advice on leadership, planning, and tactics.

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey

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“The E-Myth Revisited” by Michael E. Gerber

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“The Personal MBA” by Josh Kaufman

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This book provides a comprehensive overview of the key concepts and skills needed to succeed in business, without the need for a traditional MBA.

“Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman

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This book delves into the psychological biases and heuristics that influence our decision-making and offers strategies for making better choices.

“Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferriss

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This book is a compilation of interviews with successful people from a variety of fields, including business, sports, and entertainment. It offers insights into their habits, routines, and philosophies.
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“Start with Why” by Simon Sinek

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This book argues that the most successful leaders and companies are those that start with a clear purpose or “why,” and then work to communicate and execute it.

“The One Thing” by Gary Keller

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This book teaches readers how to prioritize and focus on the most important tasks in order to achieve maximum productivity and success.

Closing Remarks

In conclusion, these ten books cover a wide range of topics, including entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, and personal development. Each one can provide valuable insights and practical advice that can help founders build and grow their businesses. Featured Image Source: Freepik
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This article was first published on 3rd January 2023


Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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  • I will start by Reading the Art of war, heard a lot about that book

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    Very insightful lists. I’ve read only 4 of the 10. I hope to read the innovators dilemma, tools of titans and the one thing.

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