Top 10 Entrepreneur Books
Entrepreneurship is more about attitude than acts. The way you think and react to circumstances around you. I recommend this list of top 10 entrepreneur books as good resources to develop the right attitude for success.So the question is: Do you have the “spirit” of an entrepreneur. This collection of top 10 entrepreneur books will tune you mind to thinking and behaving like an entrepreneur.
With that set, you are perhaps just one book away from building a globally successful business. I have made my personal reviews on them so you get an clear idea for which to begin with, considering your plans.
Here they are:
1 The $100 dollar startup by Chris Guillebeau
In this book, Chris Guillebeau shifts your mind from the myth that to start your own business you must have an elaborate business idea/plan, plenty of cash and many other things. Just like the title states, this book will make you think in the now and maximize the little resources around you. So you start with just what you have now and create wealth enough to take you to the next step. If you feel you don’t have enough capital to start, then start with this book.
2 The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
As written in this book:
Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty.
Uncertainty is the common mountain in entrepreneurship. You will learn how to leverage your creativity and innovation to secure yourself in conditions of uncertainty. Also in it is a simple way to test your vision and adapt it for your environment. So if you worry about uncertainty and decision making, then start here, learn how to be innovative in such times.
3 Zero to One by Blake Masters and Peter Thiel
To assume that there is nothing left to create or invent is a bad idea. Peter Thiel shows you ways to create new things from your unique perspective. No need to create an operating system to be the next Bill gates, that is already done. But guess what, you are unique and you will learn how to create new unique opportunities free from competition, the first of it’s kind. Learn a new way of thinking about innovation wherever you find yourself irrespective of the already existing businesses.
4 The Startup Playbook by David S. Kidder
New York Times bestselling author and Clickable CEO, David Kidder, shares the experiences of some of the world’s most influential CEOs, the challenges they overcame, mistakes they made and the lessons to be learned from them. This book compiles a face-to-face interview with 40 founders to give key insights into what it took to build PayPal, LinkedIn, AOL, TED, Flickr, and many others into household names.
5 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Stephen R. Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity. The ability to adapt to change, seize opportunity and get better. Working on yourself is the first thing to do because with the right habits, your business is just set reach the skies.
6 The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Starting a business is good, but don’t get too excited. Sometimes it is not really as easy as it seems. Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, gets brutally honest about how hard it is to start a business. He draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies to offer essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems business schools don’t cover. So if you want to be honest with yourself and get wisdom on all what could possibly go wrong with your business, this book is the read to begin with.
7 How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This is one of my personal favorites. Dale Carnegie was a very successful man in dealing with people. As an entrepreneur this can be the biggest pitfall, the task of inspiring, motivating employees to work not only for 9am to 5pm paycheck but also with zeal for the companies vision. All the skills you will need to develop as an entrepreneur in the area of human interaction are perfectly laid out in this book.
8 The E Myth by Michael Gerber
Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber dispels the myths about the complexity of starting your own business. The E Myth, the Entrepreneurial Myth walks you through the various stages of running a business so that you know what to do at every point in time. Dispel the shadows of fear and uncertainty by gaining a proper understanding of starting and running a successful business.
9 The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Many, fear to start their own businesses because of the idea of the heavy work demand and dedication. Like the title puts it right, Tim Ferriss talks on the NRR (New Rich Revolution), people (both employees and entrepreneurs) building a life where they spend more time working on what they love and less time working for money. Are you fed up with the 9am to 5pm unending ritual? start today and reduce your working hours drastically.
10 The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
When you start your business and start making all that money your dreaming off, what next? There is nothing more exhilarating than having a continuous stream of wealth flowing into your account whether you go to work or stay in bed right?. Benjamin Graham gives you good counsel to make the most of your investments from years of research and experience. This book precisely describes the sound intellectual framework for making decisions and the ability to keep emotions from corroding that framework.
That is my list of top 10 books every acting or aspiring entrepreneur must read. This list is not exhaustive of course, so I’d like to invite you to add it. So please share one or two favorite titles of yours. I, and your fellow readers will appreciate it. If you have any questions I will be more than happy to help as much as I can in the comments section below.
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