This year has been a roller coaster ride for me, knowledge-wise. Going back in January, I thought I had it all figured out how my career would look like. It turned out I was meant for a greater and more exciting journey. And along the way, I had books to help and guide me, some I intentionally sought and others I stumbled upon while reading and browsing various knowledge sources. These are all available in Amazon Kindle so feel free to purchase your own copies.
1. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
I’ve had a hard copy of the book which I used as reference for the presentation I did in the Hackathon event of my previous company. Many might be thinking that the strategy is only applicable for technical product development. While the build-measure-learn process is commonly applied to product development, the strategy is scalable and can be applied to business development too. Validated learning is essential to innovation which the lean startup is all about.
2. What Exactly, Is Business Development by Scott Pollack
Second month in and a newbie to the role, I sought and found this book which really helped me develop the right mindset. It’s a primer about what business development is all about – functions, strategies and tactics. It helped me think of my role from different perspectives. My key takeaway from this book is the core definition: Business Development is creating long-term value for an organization from customers, markets, and relationships.
3. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
This book was recommended by a colleague who was doing a part-time business by selling health products. I haven’t finished reading the book yet. At that time, I was more interested in becoming more competent in my role which I also realized, while I was reading the first few chapters, was what I would need to be a successful business owner someday. For now, I take each project I handle as my own “mock” business and seriously learn everything I need to learn to succeed.
4. Financial Modeling by Anurag Singal
A go-to reference book for financial modeling basics and terms. It’s a technical what-is and how-to book which I haven’t finished reading as well. To be honest, I looked for the most affordable book I could find at that time and found this. Exposure and dealing with actual financial models still made me better understand the business model. Browsing through the book recently made me realize that the content makes more sense now than when I first read it several months ago.
5. The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman & Kaley Warner Klemp
I highly recommend this book to those seeking not just to become a better leader, but also a better person in general. It’s not a book meant to be read in one sitting if taken seriously. It’s a guide book to achieve conscious leadership by exercising and mastering one commitment at a time. The book guides the reader how to transition from leading “below the line” (closed defensive committed to being right) to leading “above the line” (open curious committed to learning).
6. Energy: A Beginner’s Guide by Vaclav Smil
I bought this book to rectify my insufficient technical foundation on the subject matter. It’s a beginner’s guide but it’s very meaty on facts and details. It highlights the importance of power density in developing new energy sources which led me to buying another one of his books that extensively discusses that particular topic.
7. Power Density: A Key to Understanding Energy Sources and Uses by Vaclav Smil
Aside from being recommended by Bill Gates, I have this book in my library because the topic relates to spatial which is within the realm of my expertise. I have just started reading the book two days ago, and like his other works, it’s very meaty on facts and details. It’s too early for me to conclude, but as far as power density goes which in the book refers to power over land area, I can somewhat see why renewable energy development can be challenging in some cases.
8. How Not To Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg
Frankly speaking, I bought this book to improve my arguments, the mathematical way. And I must say it’s effective. Math is all about logic and hard facts. The book teaches the reader how to apply those mathematical thinking skills learned in school in everyday life. The book’s approach is practical and fun which makes it delightful to read.
9. Financial Modeling in Developing Countries by Sean C. Keough
It’s a practical guide book based on the author’s personal account when he started his entrepreneurial journey in Ethiopia. I became interested and bought this book recently knowing that Philippines is also a developing country and I’m particularly curious about the other “unforeseeable” factors that affect the viability of a business model which translates to financial model in a developing country like ours, and how the author overcome those unforeseen circumstances.
10. One Hour Investor by Vishal Reddy
It’s another recently bought book which I took particular interest in after being exposed to an investor’s due diligence processes and becoming personally curious about investing as well. I’ve already been introduced to trading so this book serves as a primer for me.
These are the noteworthy non-fiction books I’ve encountered this year. I will continue reading some of them in the coming new year. For 2020, I have the following books in my wish list so far > Wish List (2020). I really thank God for digital technology which makes it easier to buy and keep track of all the books in my library.
Happy reading! 🤓