Be honest… You want to be successful. In fact, you’re hungry for success. Books for entrepreneurs are all over the internet, why are these ones special? Well, they are based on the recommendations of world successful entrepreneurs.
In one of my previous posts, I listed the 5 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs. The No. 1 habit on the list is “Read rigorously”. I used the recommendation of Forbes rated world richest person, Bill Gates to prove my point.
Reading doesn’t only increase you in knowledge, it reduces stress and improves mental stimulation. It also increases focus and concentration whilst serving as a form of entertainment.
Now the obvious problem, I can’t buy a book! Not even books for entrepreneurs?
Then you’re not ready for success, it’s as simple as that! Reading a book informs you, entertains you, helps you through social pressure and makes you look smart. Then why not buy one when needed?
Listed below are 7 must buy and read books for entrepreneurs:
- 1. The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business
- 2. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
- 3. Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World
- 4. Lucky Or Smart?: Fifty Pages for the First-Time Entrepreneur
- 5. Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller – Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century
- 6. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
- 7. The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs
1. The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business
According to Brad Stone’s book, The Everything store: Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon, there are a few dozens of books widely read by executives and employees of Amazon.
One of those books is “The Innovator’s Dilemma”. Jeff Bezos, the brain behind Amazon recommended this book to his executives.
It’s an influential business book. Amazon acted on the book’s principles by creating the Kindle and AWS.
It’s a must buy and read book for every entrepreneur.
2. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
This book is recommended by a distinctive entrepreneur, Elon Reeve Musk who is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, engineer, and inventor. He is the founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX and co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors.
Whenever anybody asks Elon how he learned to build rockets, he says, “I read books.”
And He said Benjamin Franklin: An American Life is his all time favorite.
Shouldn’t you read it too?
Peter Thiel, a billionaire, the co-founder of PayPal and the first outside investor in Facebook loves Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World.
He respects and highly regards the author, René Girard. He told business insider Girard ranges over everything, every book, every myth, every culture and argues his point boldly and clearly.
He also said the book changed the way he views the world. He first read the book when he was an undergraduate at Stanford.
It’s better late than never.
4. Lucky Or Smart?: Fifty Pages for the First-Time Entrepreneur
The author, Bo Peabody is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
He founded his first business, Tripod in his room. Then sold it off to Lycos. He didn’t stop there.
He sold almost all his shares in the company to invest in bonds and a house. Then people asked him an obvious question.
Are you lucky or smart?
He wrote this book to answer that question. You should check it out!
5. Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller – Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century
Daymond John, a shark tank investor and entrepreneur told business insider Think And Grow Rich changed his life.
He read it at 16, he said it reinforced what his parents taught him and inspired him to set a lofty goal.
At 23, he and his mom mortgaged their house in Hollis, Queens for $100,000 to start a clothing business — FUBU.
The business earned him millions. It’s a book that’s worth your time.
6. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
The Forbes rated world richest man, Bill Gates published the following on LinkedIn, it’s titled The Best Business Book I’ve Ever Read:
“Not long after I first met Warren Buffett back in 1991, I asked him to recommend his favorite book about business. He didn’t miss a beat: “It’s Business Adventures, by John Brooks,” he said. “I’ll send you my copy.” I was intrigued: I had never heard of Business Adventures or John Brooks.
Today, more than two decades after Warren lent it to me—and more than four decades after it was first published—Business Adventures remains the best business book I’ve ever read. John Brooks is still my favorite business writer. (And Warren, if you’re reading this, I still have your copy.)”
I need not tell you to check it out!
7. The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs
As the name implies, secrets from different founders just in one book!
It’s a must-read book for every entrepreneur, borrow others ideas. This time, they are ideas of all in your niche — Entrepreneurship.
Have you read any of the above-listed books for entrepreneurs? Share your thoughts in comments.