Entrepreneurship and travel both require one thing: bravery. Whether it’s a venture or adventure, taking that leap sometimes needs a little encouragement. While you could go for liquid courage, literary courage might do you better. Here are 3 books that every entrepreneur and traveler should read for that extra boost of “Let’s do this.”
“When you want something, all the Universe conspires
in helping you to achieve it.”
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is seriously one of my favorite books and hands down one of the best books of all time. Interesting note about Paulo Coelho–he actually walked the Road of Santiago de Compostela in Northwest Spain (over 500 miles) which he says changed his life and inspired him to pursue writing full time. How amazing?!? I’m glad travel pushed him to pursue his dream. I can’t recommend this book enough. It has been translated into 56 language for very good reason. If I had Oprah’s money, I’d be screaming “You get a book, You get a book, You get a book.” But I don’t so you’re on your own but you’ll certainly thank me. The books tells the story of Santiago and his journey to fulfill his Personal Legend and find a hidden treasure in Egypt. Powerful yet simply written, this book will inspire you to define your purpose, embrace it, pursue your dream, see the world, and change it.
“All men have fears, but the brave put down their fears
and go forward.”
This seems like a strange choice but go with me on this. I’m personally a fan of self help books. If you aren’t, this is one for which you can make an exception for How To Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. Running a company and traveling the world, especially solo, requires some social skills. Interacting with customers, strangers in the street, language barriers, complications…well, communication is everything. Although the language may be a bit outdated in this book (It was written 1936), the principles in this book are still relevant today and very useful. By the time you’re done, you’ll be a more efficient thinker, communicator, leader with skills you can use in just about any situation.
“Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. (983⁄4% guaranteed.)”
Preach, Dr. Seuss.
A children’s book. Really, P?
Well, yes. Trust me on this. The book, in Seuss’s classic simple and rhythmic writing style tells the optimistic open ended story of a young boy’s through life. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is short and sweet,with pictures too! The story is simple: You will go and you will do it. he book grosses its highest sales every spring as its a popular gift for high school students embarking on the journey into adulthood. This will leave you feeling like you can do just about anything. And, you can!
Reading is fundamental and essential–to our growth as individuals, entrepreneurs, travelers. And it’s fun, too!
What are your favorite books? What are you currently reading?
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