There is so much information out there and it can be hard to pick when it comes to the many business books available.
In the past six years I’ve read countless books, listened to many podcasts and watched a whole lot of YouTube videos on entrepreneurship. There are plenty good reads out there, but I believe that if you read the ones on this list, you’ll have learned a great deal already! ☺️
1. Linchpin by Seth Godin
Marketing guru Seth Godin has written many great books, but Linchpin is an absolute winner. It forces you to shift your mindset. Our whole lives, we’ve been taught to tone down our creativity. To colour within the lines. Not anymore! Linchpin is all about YOU. Your choices, your future and your potential to make a HUGE difference, whether you’re working for a company or as an entrepreneur. Read this book and become indispensable. 💪🏼
2. The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
If you want to get rich without doing the work, you’ll be disappointed. That’s not what this book is about. However, it will guide you in your journey to achieve this kind of lifestyle. 🏝 If you’re willing to put in the work at the beginning, Tim Ferris will show you how to optimize your life the same way he did so you can start eliminating all the things you don’t like. This book is all about optimalisation and letting your business work for you. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur, you can also implement his tips if you’re still working for a boss (although I’ll always recommend taking the entrepreneurial path). I wish I had read this book years ago!
3. The Art Of People by Dave Kerpen
This book is all about people skills. It teaches you about personality types like Myers-Briggs. You’ll learn plenty of how to’s; like how to understand others and their points of view, how to dress to impress, read body language, resolve conflict, lead, manage, teach and inspire others. Some people are naturals when it comes to human interactions. Maybe you’re more tech-savvy and could use a little help. Or you’re a complete Sheldon in which case you definitely need a manual. 🙈 Either way, I believe this book has wonderful insights to offer anyone who has to deal with people on a regular basis: which is all of us.
4. How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Fair enough, the title sounds awfully manipulative, but it’s is a true masterpiece. Dale Carnegie teaches you how to interact with others in a way that nurtures relationships and makes the other person feel special. After all, communication is key. If you want to be a great entrepreneur, you need to build great relationships with your clients and team members. You know the number one reason people buy something? Not because the product is amazing, but because they like YOU. The key to being a great salesperson is being likeable. 🥰
5. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
This book is a classic. I’ve read it multiple times already and although it first came out in 1989, it’s still very much accurate to this day. If you’re looking to become the best version of yourself and get in the right mindset to become an entrepreneur, this is it! 🤩
6. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
Who says you need to have money to become an entrepreneur? Anyone can be one! Maybe don’t quit your day job right away, but don’t let money (or the lack of it) stand in the way of your dreams! Chris provides you with ways to become an entrepreneur with $100 or less by showcasing plenty of people who have done it before you. And no, they don’t have a masters degree in engineering either. 😏
7. Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This book is all about mindset. Napoleon Hill believed that whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. After twenty years of research on millionaires across the world, he came up with a method that anyone can reproduce. He talks about how to deal with failure, the importance of visualizing your goals, how to influence your subconscious mind, beat procrastination and overcome your fears. 🦁 Although the book is called ‘Think And Grow Rich’, it could as well have been called ‘You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind To’, because focusing on the positive and implementing his strategy will help you achieve all your goals, whether it’s monetary or something else.
8. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Have you ever heard of the lean canvas? It’s a business model that is used by many entrepreneurs as a strategy to make sure that they’re solving the right problems for their customers. It takes into account all key metrics, problems, solutions, channels, customer segments, cost structures, revenue streams, unfair advantages and your unique value proposition. It allows you to evaluate your processes rather quickly instead of writing and revising an elaborate business plan. The Lean Startup is based on the principle Build-Measure-Learn. 🧐 This book will help you build an innovative and sustainable business. It helps you focus on what matters instead of vanity-metrics.
9. The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma
Not much of a morning person? Time to become one! 5 a.m. is the golden hour for anyone who wants to achieve greatness. If you want to be part of the top 5%, you have to be willing to do what 95% of people won’t. Waking up at 5 a.m. was something I never thought I’d do as I’m quite the night owl, but doing so has changed my life! By 9 a.m., I’ve done more than I used to do in one day. As Robin says it so beautifully: “5 a.m. is the time of least distraction, highest human glory and greatest peace”. 🕔
10. The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday
Feeling like the world is against you and that whatever you’re trying is just not working because of what’s in front of you? 🤯 This book is made for you. Ryan Holiday takes historical examples to highlight how obstacles are mostly there because of our perception of things. Not only does this book provide you with a fresh look on anything that could happen to you, be it on a professional level or in your private life, it also emphasizes how strong you can become if you master the art of perception. Easy to read, this is a must have!
Which book would you add to this list and why? We’re curious to know what you think!