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Read 2 Entrepreneurial Books Before August

Rachel Huang

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April 26, 2014

Stumbled upon "14 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in '14" on Entrepreneur.

Bad thing: just realized I only read 1 :(
Good thing: I have two by hand!

So I'm gonna start reading these books from today and finish at least two before end of August. This is the first GOOD thing I do for myself. I hope to find more insights from the books that will lead me to find more GOOD opportunities to contribute to the community.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Great goal, Rachel! Do you recommend any good books on this list to start with? I feel like I'm not an entrepreneur, but I'd like to think like one.

    • Rachel Huang

      Hey Alessandrea! Good to talk to you again :)

      I read #14 "The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement" about four years ago during my undergrad. It's about the theory of constraints, or I guess can call it "bottle neck effect". But it's not theoretical at all - I am fond of its engaging stories and easy-to-read style. It shifted my recognition of time-manangement! So I would recommend this one to start.

      I have also got "The Innovator's Dilemma", "The Lean Startup" and "Lean In" at home. Just started "Lean In" and it's pretty fun and has more modernness compared to the 25th-year-old "The Goal"! LOL

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        I NEED to get "Lean In". We started a Lean In circle at work for a while and I loved the exercises. It's helpful to have a community to talk to about the difficult issues brought up in the book: http://leanin.org/circles/

        I bet Innovator's dilemma will help with Tag Talk! Thanks for the idea to get "Ongoing Improvement". I just ordered it along with: http://www.amazon.com/Focus-The-Hidden-Driver-Excellence-ebook/dp/B00BATG220

        Time to get cracking on the entrepreneurial side of me. I just built this site as an idea but I'd like to actually make it a real thing. I know that networks like this exist in San Francisco, but I'd like to make it a nationwide organization: http://organizeralessandrarizzotti.nationbuilder.com/

        • Rachel Huang

          Alessandra,

          I just read every single page of your website. I think you are not only full of love and courage, but also a great entrepreneur making impactful social improvements! Because you have personally experienced the problem, when you advocate for the solution I found it to be very practical and persuasive. Just wished I was still in Los Angeles, so that I can contribute some hours to help! (I was working there two years ago before coming up to the country of maple leaf, LOL)

          Back to the books. Yah I started a little bit on Innovator's Dilemma, it definitely has been very enlightening as well! My real dilemma as an inventor was, whether to spend more time on great book that I know will be helpful, or stay away from "analysis paralysis" and delicate to the building of TagTalk. But after all, I started this "to do" because I feel like my skills, especially in English writing, needs a lot more polishing. So I'm very glad that you volunteered to be a pal and hope we can all gain from reading :)

          • Alessandra Rizzotti

            Thank you for taking a look! Happy to have you run your analysis paralysis by me if you ever don't have time to read. It always helps to have an outside perspective, which can be from you after you read a book- or from a friend or consultant.