Which books should you read if you’re an entrepreneur? You want to find something that’s helpful, inspirational and will keep you motivated on the path to success. These 10 books are the best books for entrepreneurs, whether you’re an aspiring business owner or already running your own company.
You can read them all straight through or choose just one or two based on what your business needs most right now!
Each of these will help inspire your entrepreneurial mindset and get you moving in the right direction.
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Eric Ries’s book, The Lean Startup, is one of my favorites. It’s a great introduction to agile software development and lean startup methodologies. It also helps you think about how your business will respond in a rapidly changing market (which they always are).
I recommend reading it if you want a better understanding of why iteration is so important when developing new products or services, and how to go about it in an effective way.
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
This book will help you understand what drives your customers, why they act in certain ways, and how to inspire them to take action. Customers aren’t necessarily looking for a great product or service; they’re looking for something that speaks to their values, fits into their lifestyle, and makes them feel good about using it.
Start with Why will help you get in touch with your customers’ values and align your business with those values so you can grow together over time. A lot of entrepreneurs see their businesses as a means to an end—however, if you truly want yours to be successful, then a better approach is to see it as an opportunity—and Sinek shows you how.
Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
Peter Thiel is one of Silicon Valley’s most respected entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Zero to One shares his thinking on startups and entrepreneurship, including strategies on how to create entirely new industries rather than just jump into existing ones.
It’s a quick read at only about 150 pages, but you’ll come away with a wealth of insights from Thiel about starting your own business.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book has withstood the test of time as an essential read for anyone interested in personal development. It’s one of those books you can pick up and reread several times over and get something new out of each time.
Carnegie uses a fun, conversational style to share his tips on how to become a more effective communicator, closer friend, better networker, and overall more influential person.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
In The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg takes a look at how habit works, how you can change your habits, and why they’re so important. He also includes case studies on companies like Target and Starbucks that have successfully implemented habits into their businesses.
Learning how to create good habits is one of the key skills every entrepreneur needs to have; whether it’s improving your ability to learn from failure or increasing productivity by creating a morning routine.
For these reasons, I highly recommend The Power of Habit as one of the must-read books for entrepreneurs.
Purple Cow by Seth Godin
The Purple Cow made quite a splash when it was published in 2003, and just about everyone who has started a business since then has read Godin’s bestseller. If you haven’t read it yet, you should; Purple Cow is still one of the most famous books ever written on marketing—and we definitely recommend it.
The book’s target audience is larger than just entrepreneurs; any reader can take away important lessons from Godin’s deep insights into marketing and thinking outside of your competition’s box. This is a book that will change how you think about business forever.
The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard
The Motivation Manifesto is a great read for anyone who wants to overcome fear, be successful and live life on their own terms.
This book is full of inspiring anecdotes from Burchard’s speaking career. The stories drive home his points about how we can motivate ourselves by identifying and facing our fears. The chapters are short, which makes it easy to read in small chunks as motivation when you need it most.
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
A New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Delivering Happiness is a unique look at business from one of its most innovative thought leaders.
The book follows Hsieh’s transition from Harvard undergraduate to Zappos CEO and details how he created not only a successful company but also a culture that has made Zappos one of America’s fastest-growing companies.
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
I couldn’t make a list of must-read books for entrepreneurs without including Ryan Holiday’s Ego Is The Enemy. If you’re building something big or have an entrepreneurial mindset, ego will rear its ugly head at some point.
In fact, ego is there from day one; if you aren’t honest with yourself about it, you’ll never succeed. The reason Ego Is The Enemy is on my list of must-read books for entrepreneurs is that it can help prevent mistakes before they happen—and save thousands of dollars and hours down the road.
Let’s face it: ego comes with putting yourself out there and making your dreams come true, but don’t let it hold you back!
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
A book that started a million businesses. First published in 1997, it’s still considered one of (if not) THE best personal finance books out there. Although it was written for those just starting, I recommend rereading it at least once a year. It’ll change your outlook on money and business forever.
After all, as Kiyosaki says: If you want to change your financial situation quickly, find someone who has done what you want to do and model them. Read More>>
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