As an aspiring or starting entrepreneur you need the right and timely information to help you navigate the entrepreneurship path successfully.
The following list of 15 must read books will offer you great nuggets of wisdom and confidence to journey profitably
1. The Lies About Money By Ric Edelman
Ric Edelman doubles up as the CEO of one of the top independent financial institutions in the U.S and a weekly radio show;The Ric Edelman Show host.
In The Lies About Money, Edelman seeks to debunk common financial myths and shine a light on the dark parts of the retail financial industry. Edelman really feels like an advocate of the consumer rather than some slimy salesperson.
Another aspect of this book that I love is that Edelman talks to everyone. He wants to make sure that all people in all stages of their life have a plan.
2. I Will Teach You To Be Rich By Sethi Ramit
Ramit Sethi is a financial advisor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Through this book,he offers one of the most comprehensive guides for people of all ages, especially twenty somethings, to learn how to manage their lives.
If one is looking for a mix of the traditional wrapped in the contemporary, this is a very interesting read. As an entrepreneur, you must first manage your own life before you can help others manage theirs.
Sethi really demonstrates his passion for helping people become the best version of themselves.
3. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference By Malcolm Gladwell
A successful journalist and author, Malcolm Gladwell has written five New York Times bestseller, and is fascinated by how the world works. The Tipping Point is an excellent survey of epidemics and their sociological effects.
As one of the most objective books for aspiring entrepreneurs I have ever come into contact with, the information gained from this work has a lot to do with documentation, instead of commentary.
Where Gladwell is really important though, is in the connections of all of this information. He seems to be more than proficient in connecting statistical data, and presenting it objectively.
I think this book is a must-read for any entrepreneurs interested in the sociological effects of popular interests or detrimental outbreaks
4. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich By Timothy Ferriss
Start with the end in mind. Tim Ferriss is an in-your-face, get-up-and-do-it kind of guy.
With a blog to accompany this life-changing book, Ferris has created an ever-changing guide to becoming better than you were before, rather than a typical “self-help” guide to getting rich quick.
One of my favorite things about Ferriss in The 4-Hour Workweek is his ability to compartmentalize skill acquisition, provide success tools, and quantify typical abstract mindsets.
This is one of the most important reads I have ever come across for development and motivation.
5. The Psychology of Winning for the 21st Century By Dennis Waitley
Visualize, then attack. Dennis Waitley promotes a hybrid of visualizing success while living in the present, and leaving the negative past behind.
Waitley states, “Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.”
In addition to helping the general public, Waitley has worked with top athletes and business people in efforts of giving them the edge they need in high stakes situations.
Imagine what you could do with this top tier information on your way up to financial independence.
6. Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons in Life and Business By Richard Branson
Seneca once said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” If there is anyone with an ability to capitalize on seemingly impossible situations, it is well-known businessman Richard Branson.
Afflicted with dyslexia his whole life, Branson has been able to see opportunity when others see despair.
In this literary work, Branson tells extremely enjoyable stories about many of his pivotal business and personal tribulations.
One of my favorite things about Sir Richard is the fact that he is able to succeed when people tell him not to, or can’t.
7. Linchpin By Seth Godin
The obvious goal of being an entrepreneur is to be able to work for yourself, right?
Whether you believe this or not, you could argue that you could be entrepreneurial within the confines of a typical workforce job. In addition, most entrepreneurs have to be somewhere doing something that can fund your brand new business venture.
As an excellent synergistic addition to the 4-Hour Workweek, Seth Godin’s book Linchpin is the guide on leveraging your social, technical, and time-management skills to your advantage.
This leverage will allow you to move in the direction you want to go. This would be in contrast to being ordered around by a dictator boss, and simply mailing it in to become a cog of a machine.
8. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People By Stephen R. Covey
People get overwhelmed. Unless you are a person who knows to manage yourself, the people around them, and compartmentalize demands as they fly through the door. The 7
Habits of Highly Effective People is a clear, well-known staple to the entrepreneurs repertoire.
All of the things found in this book are worth your time, but the ideology of being able to categorize subjective tasks is priceless.
The world we live in is not black and white, so we must be comfortable dwelling in the gray.
Covey teaches you how to do this in one of the must-read books for aspiring entrepreneurs.
9. Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson
Who Moved My Cheese? is a fictional self-help book dealing with change. The ability to first adapt, then thrive in an ever-changing world should be an entrepreneur’s primary goal.
When people tell me that they are a survivor, they expect me to be impressed. Congratulations! You are not dead. That’s all. You have done nothing.
Instead of being a survivor like every other member of society, be someone who thrives and helps others.
Despite all efforts, change gets the best of people. It converts our thriving mind into a surviving mind.
10. The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business By Josh Kaufman
Not everyone needs the prestigious credibility indicators that you are told all your life you must acquire. The lion’s share of credibility indicators require vast amount of time and money to attain.
Kaufman teaches you how to navigate through the labyrinth of who, what, where, when, and why you may or may not need to attain that ever-so-coveted graduate degree.
The Personal MBA is the resource you need when it comes to making the decision about whether you should spend your time and money on business and personal development – with or without the help of a university.
11. Think and Grow Rich By Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich has been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature” and was the first book to address what makes a winner.
In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles.
Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) enjoyed a long and successful career as a lecturer, an author, and a consultant to business leaders. Think and Grow Rich is the all-time bestseller, having sold 15 million copies worldwide, that sets the standard for motivational thinking.
12. The Lean Start up By Eric Reis
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 that 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.
This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom.
What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.
The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are 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.
13. The E-Myth Revisited By Michael E. Gerber
The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business.
He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed. He then shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business whether or not it is a franchise.
Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business.
After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.
14. Rework By Jason Fried
Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you’re looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.
Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business.
Read it and you’ll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don’t need outside investors, and why you’re better off ignoring the competition.
The truth is, you need less than you think. You don’t need to be a workaholic. You don’t need to staff up. You don’t need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don’t even need an office. Those are all just excuses.
What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way.
You’ll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and many more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.
15. Rich Dad, Poor Dad By Robert T. Kiyosaki
Rich Dad Poor Dad, the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, tells the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads—his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad—and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing.
The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.