6 Books that taught me to run my businesses

6 Books that taught me to run my businesses
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I run businesses. I’m a dropout from the National University of Singapore. And most importantly I have learned to fall in love with my work.

I did quite a few courses on business in school and university, and what I realised is most added 0 to 2% to my life as a business person. It sadly did add a ton of wasted time, loss of passion and phenomenal student debt to my account.

If you know a finance graduate, or better still a PhD — aka “a Doctor of Finance” shouldn’t that bloke be able to make a ton of money from THE financial institution — the stock market. Ask him what his portfolio looks like and see the bullshit flow. You’ll not get a clear answer. And with portfolio, not one that he would advise for you, but his own Personal Portfolio, and how much has he invested and profited from the financial institution in the last 5 years.

This is the story of all educational institutions. We read books written by professors, who have lived their last lives teaching. So what do they specialise in — they specialise in teaching. They may be teaching finance or management but they don’t do that for a living. They teach.

That’s where the trouble is.

To be successful in a startup you need to learn from people who have had several startups, had fucked up and fixed their shit to get to where they are. To learn where to invest you need to learn how people like Warren Buffet and Ray Dalio are investing. If your finance professor teaching you to make money from the stock market doesn’t invest in stocks/bonds/funds himself then how valid are his teachings?

I’ll talk about 6 books that changed the way I see business and passion.

1. Never split the difference by Chris Voss

6 Books that taught me to run my businesses
Never split the difference by Chris Voss.

All business is negotiations and conversations and this book is the most important book ever written on negotiations. He knows what he talks about. Since reading this book whether it’s confidence in sales or dealing with my team. Or just talking to my family. It’s all improved, it empowered me to handle every single conversation better. Chris Voss is a professional hostage negotiator his negotiations has lived at stake.

2. Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson

6 Books that taught me to run my businesses
Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson

If anything you take from this book is his business view. I love that he has fun with it, takes it easy. And he talks about how his most important assets are his employees, happy employees mean happier work, meaning happier customers. That changed my whole outlook to work, forget to focus on your bottom line, focus on your team.

3. One minute manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

6 Books that taught me to run my businesses
One minute manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

This book is more of a personal choice in my family, we weren’t very good with communication and I knew I had to do better. This was the book I found that helped me the most. It talks about how to empower your team and keep your conversations short which is amazing. It’s a really thin book and I’ll strongly recommend it.

4. MONEY: Master the Game by Tony Robbins

6 Books that taught me to run my businesses
MONEY: Master the Game by Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins does the world a favour by using his social connections to get to the world’s top finance guys. And asking the question — if you could only leave behind a portfolio for your kids what would that be. And then he would go back and put that to a test by adding in data from the last 50 years to see how it would hold up. This book is worth its weight in gold and better than 10 PhD in finance. You WILL be able to make money in the stock market consistently after trading this. And this is just a fraction of the things the book covers.

5. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

6 Books that taught me to run my businesses
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

This book taught me the difference between being a professional and one that is a hobbyist. What makes a writer churn out book after another while other hits a “writer’s block”. This book is the kind of book that should be compulsory read in school.

6. Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

6 Books that taught me to run my businesses
Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

How to think of business and fragility. How to identify bullshit. This book consists of such ground and topics that I don’t know how to cover. It has changed the way I think deeply. And I love this book, I know it’s a book I’ll come back to over and over to understand it in greater depth. This is also the book that’s most difficult to read for someone who doesn’t read often, so I’ll suggest reading the other books first before venturing into this book. This books jumps from philosophy to risk assessment, to being less fragile. And its a difficult book to summarise, if you are not afraid of a book that gets deep and doesn’t hold your hand, read it.

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Hi, guys. Here is Evgenia and Riddhwaj. We are from Russia & Assam, sharing our stories with you. ❤️ Welcome to our page. We grow tea, have 7 cats🐈 & 3 dogs🐶

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Hi, guys. Here is Evgenia and Riddhwaj. We are from Russia & Assam, sharing our stories with you. ❤️ Welcome to our page. We grow tea, have 7 cats🐈 & 3 dogs🐶

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