This is a list of what are, in my opinion, the best entrepreneur books of all time! These are all books I’ve read over the years which have helped me in my businesses and my career. Some are some classics, and I’m sure you won’t be surprised by their addition. But, I’ve also thrown a few unique choices in here too.
Becoming an Entrepreneur is a difficult path. The business world is constantly changing and revolutionizing, and you need to stock up on every piece of advice and knowledge you can get your hands on. This is why business owners throughout the world are always avid readers. It is well known that the average successful Entrepreneur reads on average of 4 books per month. What do most people do? Lucky if they read one per year to be honest. I know I didn’t read much at all until I started up in business.
Books play an important role in guiding you through the difficult parts of your entrepreneurship journey, and it is important to have a variety of different books. Being a successful Entrepreneur is like having knowledge in a vast variety of areas, especially when you’re a new startup. Until you’re a large company you can’t afford to have experts in every field, so you need to become the expert yourself!
This is what I find to be the main mistake people make when reading books for their Entrepreneurship journey, they just read the same type of books over and over again. Sure, each author will take a different viewpoint, but there’s going to be very little new information to benefit you. That’s why this list of the greatest Entrepreneur books of all time has plenty of variety!
Now, without further ado, let’s get started with Number 1!
This book is mostly famous for changing Warren Buffett’s life (his words, not mine). Warren claimed that he was an introvert who struggled to ‘control the room’ when it came to discussions with people. It was a course with Dale Carnegie which he claims makes him the man he is today.
Obviously this has the potential to hype the book up quite significantly. However, it really lives up to the hype.
Rich Dad Poor Dad is another classic, which focuses mostly upon the world of investing your own finances. Detracting people from ‘working for the man’ and trying to teach people financial literacy.
This was one of the first books I read many years ago when starting my first business, and it really creates an effective mindset when thinking about your finances. I highly recommend it, and it even comes in a smaller summarised version which can be quite helpful.
I’ve always had an element of hesitance about Timothy Ferriss’ best seller. There is an element of false advertising with the title, and it does hype itself up a little bit. If you go into it with an open mind, it is a fantastic book. However, don’t buy it in the hopes of only working 4 hours a week, and retiring on a beach.
You really need to disect the marketing BS from the value with this one! Some have come out of reading Tim Ferriss’ book disliking his style of writing. However, there’s no doubt there is a significant amount of value within the pages. It hasn’t been a bestseller for as long as it has without being a good book!
This book mostly acts as a good motivator to start your business. There is a lot of fluff within the pages, and it could be more straight to the point. However, that doesn’t detract from its ability to make you excited about “firing your own boss”.
There are many great stories and examples within the book. In fact, the majority of the book consists of stories about how people have gone from zero to hero in their business.
This is probably quite comparable to the 4 hour work week, and some might say is inferior to it. However, it is still a great first read to kick-start your entrepreneurship journey!
Think and Grow Rich is all about your mental state in order to help you become successful.
Where you are mentally in your life is a huge determinant for how successful your business may be. You need to be emotionally stable, know exactly what you want, and go for it. It is an anomoly to become a millionaire by accident…
There are a lot of interesting and unique ideas in this book which set it aside from the rest. Which goes back to my point at the start of always read unique books which pose new ideas.
This is another one of those classics that anyone in business MUST read. Buy it. You won’t regret it!
This is another option for a book about creating your startup company.
This was helpful to allow me to realise that I don’t have all the answers, and I shouldn’t be expected to.
Too many people when they’re starting their first business will want absolutely everything to be perfect. In reality, this isn’t the case. Delaying things by worrying about tiny factors will just harm your business in the long run.
This book helps to allow the reader to reflect on the value that they bring to the table, and gives the reader the confidence to finally start their business and succeed!
Gary V! I feel as though anyone with access to Facebook or Instagram knows who Gary V is.
Crush It has arguably changed the lives of many people when it was released, it really delivered a powerful message that anyone can be successful, and do it simply. You don’t need to reinvent the next high tech payment platform to become a success in business.
I think if you’re going to read this, you really need to follow it up by reading his 2nd book “Crushing It”, which ties together everything.
I would also recommend checking out the Audiobook versions, as this is how I read these books, and Gary adds a lot of extra tidbits to the book, and goes off script.
This book is a bit like marmite. You either love it or hate it.
Some feel as though it is filled with a lot of corporate lingo which doesn’t truly benefit you.
However, others feel as though it is genuinely a tool in making yourself a more efficient and effective. Both personally and professionally.
This is probably best for people who currently aren’t particularly efficient in their attack of life. Those who need to set out a strict path to lead themselves to becoming “highly effective people”.
If you’re already in control and efficient. This probably won’t add much value for you.
This book does what it says on the tin. It provides a large amount of very interesting, inspiring and valuable stories from individuals who have already been successful in their business.
The early days of running your own business are some of the most difficult. Reading about other people’s struggles really helps you in stepping back and realising the struggle will be worth it in the end!
This book is definitely for those of us who have recently started a business, or are about to embark on that adventure.
This is a bit of a random addition to this list, and generally doesn’t appear on many highly recommended lists. I personally think it is an underappreciated book for this list of the best entrepreneur books of all time!
I think when it comes to Networking, Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is always going to be the first option. You can’t network until you’ve learnt the social skills to do so.
However, once you’ve done that, I’d always recommend picking up a book that teaches you about the action of networking. Getting to know people, getting attention, getting business cards, building connections etc. The list goes on.
Networking is by far one of the most important skills of being an entrepreneur, and that’s why you need to pick up “Never Eat Alone”