6 Books to Read for Startups During Covid-19 - Updated

July 7, 2021

As we are going through very difficult times due to the COVID-19 pandemic happening worldwide, we are confident that we will overcome these challenging periods with measures taken worldwide and great devotion and positiveness. During this period, many companies continue their activities remotely. It is very important to spend this time psychologically healthy. In addition, it’s a great opportunity to focus on our personal development. So, as we have too much free time, Hackquarters team decided to summarize useful books for you to read and improve yourselves. And don’t forget that all audiobooks on Amazon are free now:)

1- The Execution Factor: The One Skill That Drives Success

The Execution Factor by Kim Perrel emphasizes on the notion of the difference between a successful execution and a promising idea.Summary Link

2- Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

Throughout the Purple Cow, Seth Godin urges the reader to think outside the box and put something remarkable and different to the market so that you can create a product that is noticeable.SummaryLink

3- Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell offers you a take on how to make useful inferences out of the successful people’s experiences throughout their careers, instead of just focusing on how superior they are.SummaryLink

4- You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

Sincero'sYou Are a Badass at Making Money encourages us to adopt our reality which holds us back and teaches us how to move upwards from an altitude where we at disregarding how low it is.SummaryLink

5- How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

Through 11 key principles, Maxwell coaches the reader on maximizing the efficiency of the way we think. A must-read book to improve our mindset.SummaryLink

6- Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life

A motivational book by John Bishop, which makes you embrace your given situation that weighs you down no matter how awful the conditions are.SummaryLink

UPDATE: While the books above are still completely relevant, things are looking up in terms of the pandemic since we last shared our list of useful books to read. We now feel like it’s time to dust off and put those personal development reads into good use. This time we are upping the ante by diving into topics like leadership and management. Here are 5 amazing books you might need to get inspired and back in the leadership game post-Covid: 

1- The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership

The Score Takes Care of Itself is based on the outlook of Bill Walsh, 3 time Super Bowl champion that will make you question your perspective towards success and perfection. Summary Link

2- Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

In Let My People Go Surfing, Yvon Chouinard lets us peek into the world of how he founded one of the most environmentally responsible brands in the world. Summary Link

3- How to Win Friends & Influence People 

Do you want to understand people better? Do you feel like you could improve your relationship with people, especially after Covid-19? We recommend you add Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People to your summer reading list. Summary Link

4- Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

In this Bestseller, Danny Meyer shares the valuable lessons and philosophy he obtained while building a restaurant empire. Summary Link 

5- The Art of Communicating

Another Bestseller by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is the expedited lane to make up for all the time we spent at home, with little communication during quarantine. Summary Link

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