Along with The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss and The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau, The 7 Day Startup by Dan Norris is one of the 3 key books that defines the business philosophy and strategies of the Lifestyle Entrepreneur movement. The key message from this book is that “You don’t learn until you launch”. All your assumptions about your business will be wrong, so focus less time on asssuming (planning and testing) and more time on shipping (getting your product into the hands of a paying customer).
How to become a Lifestyle Entrepreneur. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau is a collection of case studies detailing what the author describes as “The Unexpected Entrepreneurs”. These are business owners who started their own business to pursue their passions (as opposed to trying to sell the business in traditional startup terms). They are the Lifestyle Entrepreneurs who put lifestyle at the top of their needs pyramid, and this is how they do it.
Essentialism by Greg McKeown is a good read for any entrepreneur or business owner who wants to get a better handle of their health, wellbeing and happiness. We can make a choice about how to spend our energy and time. Almost everything is noise. An Essentialist learns to say “no” to make time what really matters in life.