"I am an entrepreneur. I am 30 years old, and I have no other identity that I relate to more than that. Sure, in high school and college, I interned and picked up work here and there, but for the most part, I have been starting and running small businesses my entire life. I have never worked a full-time, 9-5. Never. And, to be honest, I don't really know anything different.
At 7 years old, I started growing sunflowers and selling them in local markets. This led to making and selling my own fly fishing flies at age 12. By 15, I was trading stocks with my saved up lemonade stand money. Then, after college, I started a film production company before landing in an arena that married my love of tech and business by launching, along with my business partners, my own software and app development company.
Everything I have learned is self-taught. I never went to business school, but I am constantly surrounded by people that have. One of my partners holds a business degree from Duke and the other from Columbia. As the CEO of our company, I have to be able to hold my own in a world filled with heavy weight business minds. And, while I may not have an MBA or frat stories from Harvard, I do have an extensive business nerd book collection, and I can spout off all the right jargon just like the rest of them.
Every single day without fail, I read at least one chapter of an entrepreneurial focused book. I have been following this reading pattern for years now and never miss a day. I alternate between biographies of tycoons like Rockefeller in Titan or Nike Founder Phil Knight, to business management books such as the E Myth and the Lean Start Up. I will always have more to learn, but I have found that education through reading is the greatest tool I have given myself over the years.
And, recently, as we both laid in bed one night reading, my wife, asked me if I would put together a list of the books that have had the most impact on me both as an individual and as a business owner. She asked me 'to simply email her a list in the...' Before she could finish her thought, I spouted off my top reads. I didn't need to research books in the morning. I knew the ones that had changed my life. I have committed them to memory. And, I hope you find them just as inspiring as I did."