A book is a man’s friend. Trust me on this one. It is one of the best sources of inspiration – especially for entrepreneurs and innovators, who are people with a creative way of thinking. I’m not just talking about philosophical and informational books. Stories can really open up the mind.
My name is Ofir Bar, and I can say that I have my fair share of experience as an investor in many fields: real estate, young startups, new technology, you name it. I believe that reading is the best way to stimulate new ideas. That’s why I want to dedicate this blog post to several books which have inspired me and left their mark on me.
How To Win Friends and Influence People
Written by Dale Carnegie and originally published in 1936, How To Win Friends and Influence People is in my opinion a sort of guide for people to use when dealing with the world around them. It’s more than just understanding how society works – it is about choosing your position and role in it. This might seem a bit of a cliché, but this book has also helped me understand how I, an individual person with his own characteristics, can make the world a better place.
In short, I really love this book. If you choose to read it, you will learn important lessons for life, like how to get along better with coworkers by being more outgoing, how to ask the right questions at the right time, how to engage in small talk with strangers, and much, much more.
The $100 Startup
Next up on my list is another classic. Author Chris Guillebeau wrote this book in 2012 to share his experiences of starting his own business. It’s particularly geared towards new entrepreneurs because it gives the basic steps needed to get started with a business, including discovering your passion, finding an idea, and planning for success.
In addition to the lessons on entrepreneurship, this book will help you learn more about finance. If the title didn’t give it away, this book also tells you how you can build something great and chase your dreams with limited funding – and that’s also a very important part of entrepreneurship.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Written by Stephen Covey, this book was originally published in 1989. Ever since the first time I read this book (and I’ve read it a few times already) the principles have stuck with me. If you haven’t heard of Stephen Covey yet, one thing I can tell you about him is that he is quite the successful person. In this book he basically breaks down the factors that contributed to his success.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the most widely quoted books all over the world, often referred to by key figures in the financial world – and beyond it. It has a smooth writing style and easy-to-follow examples, which can easily be applied to any form of business because it provides guidance towards results-oriented thinking.
The 4-Hour Work Week
This book is a bit different than the others I’ve described here, mainly because it is more focused on personal wellbeing as a key factor behind success and efficiency. Written by Tim Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week is about how to live life on your own terms. I really appreciate this book because it’s based on the idea that most people no longer need to work their regular 9-to-5 jobs. There are options out there for people who can’t seem to blend into this lifestyle, or simply don’t want to.
The book presents the idea that you can create more than one income source with just four hours of working time weekly. It highlights Ferriss’ personal experience with leaving his regular job and starting an online business in only four days, earning him around $40 per hour at the beginning. This is a must read, even if this is not the kind of lifestyle you are looking for, since it presents some interesting and out-of-the-box ideas and concepts.