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Five Books I Recommend To Makers In 2020

eekayonline profile image Edwin Klesman Originally published at Medium ・2 min read

I've been reading (by listening to AudioBooks) a lot in the last two years. And I know there is a lot of content out there. Free courses, paid courses, books, eBooks, email letters, etc.

Although I learned something from every book I read, not every book was (and is) relevant to me and my goals of building viable products.

A lot of books can be a lot of distraction, too

Because of all that information, there are many distractions that prevent you from shipping products. It is easy to stay in "consumption mode", trying to find helpful information instead of working on your product.

If you're on IH, you are - like me - probably busy (or still pondering) on building viable products for yourself.

Why Are These Books So Important?

Since I know how precious time is when you're working on shipping something awesome, I took the time to manually walk through all the books I read and select the most valuable resources that helped me improve my maker mindset the most.

I wanted to share with you the five books that have the greatest value to give a maker the insights, tools, and mindset to create (better) products better.

Each and every one of these books helped me in an area necessary to grow as a maker. Some on a product level, others helped me work on my goals through personal growth.

The Books I Recommend

Five Books I Recommend To Makers In 2020

Here are the top 5 books that I really believe are helpful for product makers:

1 | Product Positioning To Find Your Market
Obviously Awesome: How to Nail Product Positioning so Customers Get It, Buy It, Love It

2 | Asking The Right Questions
The Mom Test: How to Talk to Customers & Learn If Your Business Is a Good Idea When Everyone Is Lying to You

3 | Stay Small As A Maker
Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business

4 | Being Consistent Through Creating Habits
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

5 | Getting The Right Mindset
Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too

Read The Full Article For More Extra's

If you want to see the full article - that includes links to the books (and AudioBook version) and motivations on why I recommend them, check it out here:

Five Must-Have Read Books For Makers in 2020

To Conclude

I'm wondering: how many of these did you read? What are you planning on improving or read up on in 2020? Let me know in the comments πŸ™ŒπŸ»

And remember: Code Hard, Ship Harder πŸ”₯

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Vladimir Ognev

Thanks Edwin for your list. Link for atomic habits leads to company of one

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Edwin Klesman Author

Thanks for your feedback πŸ™ŒπŸ». I corrected the Atomic Habits link to go to the right book, thanks!