The best books for inventors with big ideas

The Books I Picked & Why

Magic of Thinking Big

By David M. Schwartz

Magic of Thinking Big

Why this book?

Being a creative person is a journey, that’s for sure, and not an easy one. It’s tough and it takes courage, but you can get there. Along the way, how do you prevent yourself from getting discouraged, especially when you’re focused on bringing a big idea to life? Reading this timeless book on the importance of mindset never fails to motivate me. Follow its advice, and you will be able to climb the highest of mountains and pick yourself back up when you get knocked down. A must-read for inventors, entrepreneurs, and anyone with an idea.


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The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph

By Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph

Why this book?

Part of the reason why I’m such a fan of this book is that I was able to implement what I learned from it immediately. For me, the biggest takeaway has been why and how I should look at the problems that frustrate me as opportunities rather than obstacles. For example, my business partner and I have a history of disagreeing. In the past, I would allow that to frustrate and upset me. Now I approach our relationship from the perspective that any problem he is experiencing is actually my problem too. Inventors face many obstacles on their path to market, making this book a priceless companion.


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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

By Timothy Ferriss

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Why this book?

This book continues to be a #1 best-seller on Amazon because it fundamentally changed the way people think about their work, freedom, time, and how to make money in the global, digital economy. I can never thank Tim, who was one of my earliest students, enough for including me and putting me on the map. It is an excellent guide to the concept of passive income. If you want to monetize your creativity and have the freedom to live anywhere you want, this resource deserves your time and attention.


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Greenlights

By Matthew McConaughey

Greenlights

Why this book?

This is the best book I have read on how to live your life without regrets. It’s all about making mistakes and moving on, which are two things that inventors must embrace. Along your journey to commercializing your invention, making mistakes is inevitable, so getting comfortable with moving on quickly is key. That said, you don’t have to make every mistake yourself. You can and should learn from experts.


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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cashing in On Your Inventions

By Richard C. Levy

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cashing in On Your Inventions

Why this book?

This is the best book I have read about how to become a profitable toy inventor. Richard Levy, the toy inventor responsible for the Furby and many other massive successes, is the real deal. His inventing tips and advice are absolutely priceless. He is the perfect example of the right person to take inventing advice from! By that I mean, he is an inventor who has achieved repeat commercial success.


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