Unconventional (but lovely) books
I like reading books that challenge me personally or in the way I think about business. I like books that inspire me and make me want to get off the couch and do something remarkable.
Part of the reason we were able to make this website work for us is that I read so many inspiring things.
This is a (very) curated list of the books I found irresistible and think could help you immensely.
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Books on Unconventional Business
$100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau: This book is filled with stories of successful entrepreneurs that are providing quite well for themselves thanks to starting an incredibly lean business.
Tribes by Seth Godin: The heart behind this books challenges you to find a tribe and lead it. This is why you should build a business around serving a community rather than just finding customers.
Rework by Jason Fried: A book on simplicity and business. Why plans suck and how you can get to work on what matters more.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss: Don’t be fooled, I read the book and still work (much) more than 4 hours a week. In fact, the book is a bit dated as it describes setting up a mail-order company. However, the principles are the same: focus, batch projects, and automate whenever possible.
Give and Take by Adam Grant: This book gives powerful empirical data to suggest that (smart) giving is always the best route. Give without expecting in return and have long-term life/business success.
Purple Cow by Seth Godin: Seth challenges you that after you’ve seen one or two cows, they become boring. But a Purple Cow? That’d be unbelievable. Build a business being a purple cow.
The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton: Richie points out that most colossal, life-changing ideas are initially labeled as stupid or impossible. In that spirit, he asks if the key to success, creativity, and fulfillment in your life lies in the potential of these seemingly outlandish ideas.
Quitter by Jon Acuff: This book addresses the “gap” between your dream job and your day job. I like how realistic and practical Jon is about the struggles of jumping this gap, as well as challenging you in the ways to make that leap.
Start by Jon Acuff: The premise of this book is simple: Start. Jon uses this book to present a fork in the road concept about two paths in life: average and awesome.
Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky: Scott is a productivity expert and gives you practical tools to make your ideas happen. Most importantly, this book focuses on the premise that it’s always better to make ideas happen than it is to merely search or hope for ideas.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg: What really makes resolutions stick? Habits. How can you actually change your habits? This book has all kinds of wonderful scientific evidence on how habits are formed and how you can successfully change them.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin: Gretchen realized she wasn’t focusing on things that really matter. A year-long happiness project ensued, and in the book she challenges you to think about what really causes you to be happy.
Quiet by Susan Cain: Permission to be an introvert.
Poke the Box by Seth Godin: A manifesto challenging you to do what nobody else is doing. And be great at it.