Being an entrepreneur is a bit tough, but if you have a proper reading list, it becomes easier. Besides, an entrepreneur who reads is well informed, and can stay at the top of his/her game. Yes, you need to be technically savvy too, and choose software that helps your business grow. But a well-written book could be able to replace, and teach you more than thousands of YouTube videos or podcasts.
This does not mean that you can just pick up a book, and gain invaluable knowledge. Picking the right book is like picking movie jackets, you can go wrong if you don’t like the genre, or know much about it. So, you need to find something which will not only resonate with you, and inspire you to succeed in life, but also be interesting to read. In case you are wondering where to find such a book, we have a list prepared for you. All you need to do is read!
#1: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
When you are an entrepreneur, you need to learn from others’ mistakes. Because, if you did more than your share of mistakes, you’d be at a loss. And you can learn from those mistakes only when you know about others’ business and study their notes. Tim Ferriss has compiled years of notes and interviews in his book ‘Tools of Titans’. It not only includes financial advice but also morning routines including how to take care of your health, so that you can stay on top of the game. Now, that’s a book every entrepreneur should read, isn’t it?
#2: All In by Bill Green
Bill Green is a serial entrepreneur who comes with 40 years of experience, and started his career from a flea market. So, if you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you can get a glimpse of what it takes to become successful in life. And yes, you need to remember that even the richest people on earth had a humble beginning, like being a paper delivery boy, with 100% commitment.
#3: Disrupted by Dan Lyons
What would you do if you suddenly lost your job because of modernization? Instead of losing hope and becoming depressed, you would need to adapt yourself and develop new skills. This is what Dan Lyons did when he shifted from a popular magazine writer to the popular HBO show ‘Silicon Valley’. So, Lyons shares his infinite wisdom along with the basics of entrepreneurship in his book, which can be an important motivation for everyone struggling with life.
#4: Unshakeable by Tony Robbins
If you are looking for insightful financial advice, you know Tony Robbins is your guy! In ‘Unshakeable’ Robbins puts forward a collection of knowledge from the world’s best financial minds to provide you with an outlook and the process of financial freedom. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur or a serial entrepreneur, you’d need financial freedom, and this is the book you should read.
#5: Idea to Execution by Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg
Are you running out of office space, or employees, or don’t have enough funds? If yes, then virtual assistants can be the perfect solution for you. Nowadays, they are becoming more and more active, and essential in building a business. This is because virtual assistants do the ground work for you, freeing your time for the most important tasks, which need your proper attention.
However, if you haven’t tried out virtual assistant service before, you’d need a helping hand. Meisel and Sonnenberg has the perfect way to streamline your business. All you need to do is optimize, automate and outsource. So, how do you do that? You’d need to grab a copy of ‘Idea to Execution’ to know it.
#6: The Third Wave by Steve Case
Many of us might not know, but Steve Case is the co-founder of America Online (AOL), which was started in 1985. This book tells you the story of AOL’s merger with Time Warner. It also speaks about Case’s perspective on the Internet. If you are a tech entrepreneur, who believes in using internet as his/her work field, this is a must read for you.
#7: Grit by Angela Duckworth
What is the one quality that sets you apart from others, and makes you successful? According to Angela Duckworth, it’s grit. For anyone striving to succeed, in any field or task, should focus on grit, and not only talent. If you become gritty, in addition to persevering, you’d be successful against all odds. So, how do you develop grit, and what exactly is it? Duckworth answers this in her book ‘Grit’. This is a book for anyone who is interested in hitting the target, be it entrepreneurs hustling in business or in personal life.
#8: Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone is a well-known name in the field of entrepreneurship. He has also invested in his brand, and presently motivates other entrepreneurs to succeed in life. In the book ‘Be Obsessed or Be Average’, he has laid down the simple rule of success – set goals, reach them day in and day out, and leverage the profit. As for his message to the aspiring and young entrepreneurs, he says that everyone needs to demand success, or it won’t happen.
#9: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The creative process of any business can not only be confusing but also difficult. This means if not managed properly, this can be a cause of failure for your business. In her book, Gilbert shares her perspective of overcoming the difficulties of creative process and how to inspire others. ‘Big Magic’ is rich in tips about attitude shifts, daily habits and all you need to know about keeping your creative juice flowing against all odds.
#10: Pivot by Jenny Blake
What aspiring entrepreneurs miss out on is an actionable guide, which would give their business the proper momentum. This is why Jenny Blake has written her books to provide the essential insights to her readers. ‘Pivot’ is an actionable guide to manage and survive as a startup. Be it agile or lean or anything, Blake has an answer for all. As Blake mentions, this book is truly “All about your next move.”
Now that you know about these amazing books to provide your business with the correct momentum, it is time to get started. All you need to do is read at least a couple of books from this list and implement them in your daily and professional life. After all you are responsible for your success, and you need to work hard for it! Do you have a favorite entrepreneurial book to share? Tell us in the comments below!