12 Books Every Entrepreneur Needs To Read

Successful Entrepreneurs are continually reading, developing their minds and constantly upskilling. There are some books that are an essential read for everyone who has, or is think of setting up, a business. These books take you right the way through planning your business, growing it, implementing a great culture, marketing, influencing people and much more. If you have a business, or are thinking of starting one, then these 12 books are a must read!


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.

51DXwCR9fjL._SX342_BO1,204,203,200_Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich has been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.” It was the first book to boldly ask, “What makes a winner?” Hill will bring your through developing a definite purpose, building a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), channeling the power of the sub-conscious mind and dealing with adversity.

51Zm0PIE36L._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

512-B-1yXuL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B Cialdini

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book.

51MPu8oSjcL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

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.

51xrSIGzOdL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Still in his early thirties, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations – and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck.  Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back…

51yHTga6taL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Delivering Happiness by Tony Hseih

The Iconoclastic CEO of Zappos shows how a different kind of corporate culture can make a huge difference in achieving remarkable results — by actually creating a company culture that values happiness –and then delivers on it.

514kBeGrXDL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco

Demand the Fastlane, an alternative road-to-wealth; one that actually ignites dreams and creates millionaires young, not old. Change lanes and find your explosive wealth accelerator. Hit the Fastlane, crack the code to wealth, and find out how to live rich for a lifetime.

514FKvz8Z9L._SX361_BO1,204,203,200_Purple Cow by Seth Godin

In Purple Cow, Seth Godin urges you to put a Purple Cow into everything you build, and everything you do, to create something truly noticeable. It’s a manifesto for marketers who want to help create products that are worth marketing in the first place.

41+7Y+I2kTL._SX314_BO1,204,203,200_How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. This book covers Three fundamental techniques in handling people, The six ways to make people like you, The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking and The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.

41EV9hbgbCL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Good to Great by Jim Collins

Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning.

419F9j3GqxL._SX339_BO1,204,203,200_Rework by Jason Fried

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…

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