You can’t stay away from reading if you want to be a successful entrepreneur because the more you Learn, The more you earn and grow. In this article I have put together;
15 best books for entrepreneurs.
There are Lots of books out there and I will be updating the list on regular bases. But this 15 are essential.
Lets get started;
Book Number 1.
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries.
Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.
Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty.
The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively.
Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want.
It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.
Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late.
Book Number 2.
The 6 Principles of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
While most of my readings are about entrepreneurship, I think everyone who wants to achieve something significant should read this book.
It is a book about human psychology and reading it will open your mind into the minds of your fellow humans. We all want to believe that were smart but were not that smart anyway.
Every day, marketers, politicians and other smart guys are using us but we don’t care because we don’t know their tricks.
If you’re an entrepreneur, this book will help you sell more of your products. If you’re not an entrepreneur, this book will help you know how to persuade other humans.
Book Number 3.
Money: Master the Game, by Tony Robbins.
This is a must read book for anyone who wants to make their money work for them and achieve true financial freedom.
This is one book I highly recommend for everyone who wants to master the the game of money and play like a pro.
Book Number 4.
Why You Act the Way You Do By Tim Lahaye.
This is the best book I know about temperament. My life changed after I read this book because I was able to know my temperament.
This has helped me ever since that time because I have a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses. Not only this, it is so easy for me to know other people.
Because I can easily read your temperament within a few minutes of meeting with you, it becomes super easy for me to deal with you.
This book helps me to manage myself and deal with other people better.
Book Number 5.
Rich Dad; Poor Dad By Robert Kiyosaki
When I read the rich dad poor dad, the first feeling I had was that, for the first time in my life, I met someone who confirmed my suspicions about school.
If I had not read this book, maybe the world around me would have defeated me. But because I read this book, I was confident that the world is wrong and I decided to be an entrepreneur, which is who I am today.
This is one single book I’m sure I’ll have in my library till I die.
Book Number 6.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.
In this book Stephen R. Covey offers life-changing advice on everything from leadership, time management, and teamwork to success, love, and taking control of your life.
In taking his advice, you’ll discover how the priceless wisdom of the 7 Habits still holds true after twenty-five years.
Book Number 7.
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
If this book doesn’t awake the giant within you, probably nothing else can do it. This is one book that I really encourage every one to read. There is a lot of value in it.
Book Number 8.
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber.
Again, for entrepreneurs. If you want to build a business that gives you money and freedom, I think you should read this book.
The E-Myth Revisited shows you why most businesses fail and how to build a business that doesn’t require you to operate.
The truth is that most people who want to be entrepreneurs hate jobs because they love freedom. But another truth is that nothing in the world can take away your freedom faster than a business.
Starting a business can turn you to a slave fast because there are a thousand and one things to do in business. This book shows you how to build a business that runs itself thereby giving you money and freedom.
Book Number 9.
Laws of Success: -Simple Laws That Separates The Best from The Rest.
This book is for you if you want to learn all you need to attract the Life, Love, happiness and Success You Want! In this timeless bestseller, you’ll get the motivation and know-how for building up your life and bank account.
This book was written to help unearth and expose all the required information you need to move from nothing to something, zero to hero.
You will also understand all you need to hit the ground running with your current or next big idea.
Book Number 10.
What the rich know and desperately want to keep secrets by Brian Sher.
Its not easy to be rich but its simple. I believe that the reason why most people in the world are poor is that nobody teaches them about money.
An average adult is simply stupid when it comes to money. If you know how money works, you should be rich. This book helps you know better about money.
Book Number 11.
The Purple Cow by Seth Godin
I don’t want to be rude but let me tell you this; if you’ve not read the Purple Cow, you should never try to start a business.
If you wish to be an entrepreneur, well, I think The Purple Cow is a must-read for you. Seth Godin in this book shows you the number one thing that makes every successful business succeed and that is; being different.
Most people who want to build business work so hard to be better than everyone else. Well, its a waste of time to struggle with everyone.
The best way to build a business that succeeds is by being a Purple Cow, meaning, by being different from everyone else.
Book Number 12.
Think and grow Rich By Napoleon Hills.
Its hard to see any entrepreneur or business person who has not read this book. This book by Napoleon Hills is one book I always recommend to people who really desire to succeed.
There is one Quote that really inspires me in this book. I love the quote so much that I had to Memorize it. Let me share share it with you.
“I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.
For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.”
-Jessie B. Rittenhous
Book Number 13.
Overcoming your Limitations – How to turn your limitations into Purpose and assets.
This book is for all those who desire to rise above their fears and limitations and match on to fulfill their glorious purpose here on earth.
This life transforming book will help you rise above your limitations and embrace your true self.
It will help you move away from that limiting fear and believe of;
- I am not good enough, to ‘I AM GOOD ENOUGH.’
- I am a failure, to I am a winner.
- I am weak, to I am strong.
- I am not qualified, to ‘I am the best.’
- What will people think?, ‘to what does God say and think about me.’ . etc.
Book Number 14.
The scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins
This is the oldest book on this list but its also one of the best books you can read about marketing. If you’ve been an entrepreneur for a reasonable period, then, you’ll agree with me that business is 90% of marketing.
If you get everything else right but your marketing is wrong, then, you’ve got no business. If you get your marketing right, you can hardly get anything else wrong.
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This book will show you how marketing can be done. What I like about this book is that its written in simple words and that’s why an average person like me can easily understand the concept inside it.
Book Number 15.
You Can Negotiate Anything by Herb Cohen Well.
I think nobody should be called an adult except they have read this book or a similar book on negotiation. The reason is that we’re all negotiating every day and the better you are at getting what you want from people, the better your life will be.
I once mentioned in one of our videos that I read a book that has made me thousands of dollars since the last decade when I read it.
I didn’t mention the name of that book and many people were asking for the name in the comment. That book is, You Can Negotiate Anything.