Before the Jim Rohn’s of the world there were self-development mentor’s like Dr. Orison Marden. He was there even before Napoleon Hill. His bio and works are all over the web and very impressive. I stumbled upon him while reading another self-help guru, and I can tell you I know where they got their material from – Dr. Orison Marden. You can read his books for free or buy them on Amazon (reprints) via Project Gutenberg and UPenn Online Books Page.
Three books I would read immediately.
I just finished these 3 books and I can tell you they are amazing. The Self Investment book is one of my favorites. I gave it to my son to read and learn from. Every Man a King is worth the read too, and Iron Will is the last one I have read. I sent his books to my Kindle via the Project Gutenberg link.
Entrepreneurs need to stay sharp and know what is happening in the community. How can entrepreneurs do this? They can stay current by reading two of the leading magazines and some of the best journals on entrepreneurship.
My two favorite magazines are Entrepreneur and Inc. Check out their web pages and subscribe to the magazines. These two provide many golden nuggets of opportunity available to entrepreneurs and the art of entrepreneurship.
Some of the major journals on Entrepreneurship also provide great advice to thriving entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in general.
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ETP) is a leading scholarly journal in Entrepreneurship. The journal’s mission is to publish original conceptual and empirical research that contributes to the advancement of entrepreneurship. ETP is consistently ranked as one of the most influential business journals of the Journal Citation Reports and by the Financial Times as one of the top journals.This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship is a double-blind reviewed and scholarly Journal dedicated to publishing in English and French original and outstanding studies that improve knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurship and small business management and, eventually, shape these fields of research.
Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal (AEJ) is a peer reviewed open access journal affiliated to allied Academy. Sponsored by the professional bodies like the Academy of Entrepreneurship, the journal adheres to a stringent double blind peer review policy. With an acceptance rate of 30%, AEJ considers theoretical, conceptual and empirical studies in entrepreneurship and small business management for publication.The journal caters to the needs of wide range of readers like B-schools, small and medium business entities, industries, policy makers, researchers, scholars, academicians and students. To this extent the journal encompasses a broad spectrum of topics in this field for publication, including but not limited to Strategy and entrepreneurship, nascent entrepreneurship, global entrepreneurship monitor, female entrepreneurship, business model evolution,Latent entrepreneurship, global entrepreneurship monitor, entrepreneurial spirit, small business owner-manager, small and medium enterprises, industrial policy and sectoral choice, entrepreneurial heuristics, entrepreneurial Spirit, Small business and economic growth, Nascent and start-up entrepreneurs,New venture creation process, organization, and behavior family business, Managerial characteristics and behavior of entrepreneurs,start-up entrepreneurs, customer relationship management, consumer behavior, E-Commerce and E-Business Models.
Osterwalder, Pigneur, Etiemble and Smith (and Papadakos, White in other volumes) are all involved in writing books that can help you in business and as an entrepreneur. They wrote four volumes that address all the issues that a business needs to know to include: having the right business model, creating a value proposition design, testing the business model, and building ‘The Invincible Company.’
The first of these books is Business Model Generation. In short, this book addresses the practical to understanding your business model or renovating a new business model. It is meant for not only business owners, but entrepreneurs, managers, designers, executives, consultants and anyone else in between.
The next book in the series is Value Proposition Design. In short, helps you create value for your customer, and helps you create compelling products and services that customers want to buy.
The third book in this series is Testing Business Ideas. In short, this book explains how to increase success of any venture by testing through rapid experimentation, and finding a path to scale using bulletproof, evidence-backed cases.
The fourth book is The Invincible Company. In short, this book shows how any organization can become invincible by managing their current portfolio and exploring a pipeline of potential new growth engines. The author’s explore death and disruption (business failures), how to improve, invent, and manage current business by following top companies models, and becoming an invincible company (constant reinvention, superior business models, & transcend industry boundaries).
This book is for any small business or medium to large organizations that wants to create an Invincible Company. Not only should you add this to your library, but you can use it as a reference on what to do. Having a innovative company requires to think outside the box, and these books provide that for you. Enjoy!
Brian Tracy has put 30 years of his experience in this book and it’s worth its weight in gold. Believe me. I read a lot and there are so many quotable items in this book.
Brian Tracy describes what people are looking for in this book. They are looking for the ER Factor, which is to be “faster, better, cheaper, easier and more convenient” producer of a product or service (in essence an entrepreneur –
Read it and buy it here!
There are several motivational channels that can help drive you to success. Entrepreneurs are always looking for something to gain an edge. I would argue that these three YouYube channels will help you with the right mindset.
One of the best motivational speech compilation EVER #14 – DISCIPLINE |
This is one of those professional development books that all inspiring entrepreneurs need to read. I don’t know why it took me so long to find it. I skipped over it plenty of times too. Napoleon Hill’s book ‘Think and Grow Rich’ is a masterpiece. Read some of these quotes and and watch the video to unlock the power to succeed.
I should have read Jim Rohn’s books years ago, but I didn’t. Rohn provides the right information at the right time and his books are fabulous. Every entrepreneur should not only read his books, but listen to his audio (via YouTube or Audible.
This video is probably one of his better ones, but I just bought the Audible series and it rocks!
Jim Rohn’s book of quotes is especially good…
The key factor that will determine your financial future is not the economy; the key factor is your philosophy. – Jim Rohn
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Many of the MOOC’s (Massive Online Open Courses) offer entrepreneurship training and courses for free. MIT uses EdX for a course titled
“Becoming an Entrepreneur” – click on the picture to take this course.
Others such as Coursera offer this course by Wharton: Click on the image to take this course…
“Wharton’s Entrepreneurship Specialization covers the conception, design, organization, and management of new enterprises. This four-course series is designed to take you from opportunity identification through launch, growth, financing and profitability. With guidance from Wharton’s top professors, along with insights from current Wharton start-up founders and financiers, you’ll develop an entrepreneurial mindset and hone the skills you need to develop a new enterprise with potential for growth and funding, or to identify and pursue opportunities for growth within an existing organization.”
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