10 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

10 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

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What is the one thing the world’s successful people all have in common? Most of them read for at least 30 minutes a day. That’s a lot of reading. If you want to be successful, you primarily need to act. But reading books will help you grow both in life and in business.

I asked people on my LinkedIn what are the books every entrepreneur should read. The response was so significant that I decided to create a series of articles. Please enjoy reading the first part below:

1) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie, known as ‘the arch-priest of the art of making friends’, pioneered the development of personal business skills, self-confidence and motivational techniques. His books – most notably How to Win Friends and Influence People – have sold tens of millions worldwide and, even in today’s changing climate, they remain as popular as ever. In the book, he offers practical advice and techniques, in his exuberant and conversational style, for how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding.

2) Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Another classic. It advocates the importance of financial literacy and independence and building wealth through investing in assets, real estate and starting own businesses. Teaches how to increase financial intelligence to improve financial aptitude. Rich Dad Poor Dad is written in the style of a set of parables, ostensibly based on Kiyosaki’s life.

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

While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyses the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.

4) Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk

In Crush It! Gary Vaynerchuk shows how to use the power of the Internet to turn real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed here, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. Step by step, Crush It! is the ultimate driver’s manual for modern business.

5) Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger

One of the most anticipated autobiographies of this generation, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall is the candid story by one of the world’s most remarkable actors, businessmen, and world leaders. Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recallcovers Schwarzenegger’s high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema’s most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

6) Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek

Start with Why analyses leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Steve Jobs and discovers that they all think in the same way – they all started with why. Simon Sinek explains the framework needed for businesses to move past knowing what they do to how they do it, and then to ask the more important question-WHY? Learning to ask these questions can unlock the secret to inspirational business. Sinek explains what it truly takes to lead and inspire and how anyone can learn how to do it.

7) Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes – now the subject of the HBO documentary The Inventor –by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end. A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

8) S.U.M.O (Shut Up, Move On): The Straight-Talking Guide to Succeeding in Life by Paul McGee

Paul McGee’s international bestselling personal development heavyweight S.U.M.O. has helped hundreds of thousands of people around the world fulfil their potential, seize opportunities, succeed at work, and respond to adverse situations with a positive attitude. Weighing in with humour, insight, practical tips, and personal anecdotes, it’s a thought provoking – and possibly life-changing – read.

9) All In Startup: Launching a New Idea When Everything Is on the Line by Diana Kander

All In Startup is not only a novel about eschewing temptation and fighting to save a company. It is a lifeline for entrepreneurs who are thinking about launching a new idea or for those who have already started but can’t seem to generate the traction they were expecting. Entrepreneurs who achieve success in the new economy do so using a new “scientific method” of innovation. All In Startup demonstrates why four counterintuitive principles separate successful entrepreneurs from the wanna-preneurs who bounce from idea to idea, unable to generate real revenue.

10) The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Written in the 6th century BC, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is still used as a book of military strategy today. Napoleon, Mae Zedong, General Vo Nguyen Giap and General Douglas MacArthur all claimed to have drawn inspiration from it. And beyond the world of war, business and management gurus have also applied Sun Tzu’s ideas to office politics and corporate strategy. 


That’s all for this part. Thank you for reading. What books would you add to this list?

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