3 books that shaped OYO CEO's journey

Inspiration opens the door to new possibilities. The world is busy evaluating the talents and abilities of people. However, in all these mindless measurements and calculations of one’s worth, most of us overlook how important it is to be inspired. To be motivated by the story of another individual who has defied odds and reached the pinnacle.

While many may argue inspiration seems elusive, there is no denying that successful people and their habits have a positive influence on those who follow them. It is not solely a positive effect that is gained from inspiration, for many, inspiration catapults their creativity.

Today, in an ocean of knowledge and influencers, it is difficult to find the right source of inspiration for oneself. However, with abundance also comes the power of choice. People are at liberty to follow their role models and witness their journey. Talking about his entrepreneurial journey, OYO CEO Ritesh Agarwal took to
LinkedIn to share the ingredients of his success.

The 28-year-old billionaire entrepreneur shared three books that have immensely shaped his entrepreneurial journey. Below is the list of the books that Agarwal credits for his journey.

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‘No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention’ by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer

The book throws light on the unique and efficient culture of Netflix. It highlights the freedom and responsibility that the company entrusts to its staff. According to them, empowering their employees has tremendously helped them scale the business. Netflix began as DVD-by-mail service some 20 years ago. However, over the year it emerged into a pioneering streaming service worldwide with millions of subscribers. The company went on to produce its own shows and acclaimed movies. The book recounts what went into the making of Netflix that created a revolution in the entertainment industry.

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‘Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future’ by Peter Thiel

The book by Peter Thiel offers an inside look at the philosophy and strategy for transforming a start-up. Thiel offers lessons that he learned from establishing and later selling PayPal, his investment in Facebook, and his journey as a billionaire. ‘Zero to One’ is among those books that inspire readers to keep aside the great selling and marketing strategies, and try something radically different. The book essentially teaches readers how Thiel thinks, his approaches to business and how one can implement these into their establishment.

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‘The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers’ by Ben Horowitz

The book by Ben Horrowitz offers a closer look at the tough decisions and loneliness that CEOs are often accosted by. The book takes one through all those moments that culminate in the greater organisation and the rise of a global business leader. In the book, Horowitz writes, “The only thing that prepares you to run a company is running a company.” The author elaborates on various characteristics of CEOs and how they must be comfortable being uncomfortable. The book is highly recommended for all the young aspiring entrepreneurs as well as management executives of the corporation.

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