10 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

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What do Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Richard Branson have in common? Besides being very well-known business leaders? They’ve all had career mentors. And they’ve all acknowledged how important those mentors have been to their success. 

But if you don’t happen to have Warren Buffet’s phone number, no problem. You can find all the inspiration and advice you need here, in these 10 books every entrepreneur should read.

10 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

  1. When to Jump: If The Job You Have Isn’t The Life You Want by Mike Lewis
    Not quite plucked up the courage to leave your day job? This book might just inspire you to live your dream and start your own business. It’s a collection of short stories, written by successful entrepreneurs who’ve been there, done it and sold the t-shirt.

  2. Self Made: The Definitive Guide to Business Start-Up Success by Bianca Miller-Cole and Byron Cole
    Written by a husband and wife team who have both found business success in their own right, this book covers everything you need to know about getting a new enterprise up and running. From investment to networking to social media.

  3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
    Many an entrepreneur has read this book since it was first released way back in 1936. Its title sums up the subject pretty accurately. It’s all about how to be likeable and win people over in order to pursue both personal and professional goals.

  4. You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
    Belief in your financial potential and that of your company is the key to success. So says Jen Sincero who helps readers overcome the doubts that are holding them back.

  5. 100 Things Successful People Do: Little Exercises for Successful Living by Nigel Cumberland
    This book is perfect for those times when the going gets tough. Full of little inspirational quotes and, of course, the 100 things successful people do, it’s a great little motivator.

  6. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
    Timothy Ferriss is winning at life. He went from earning $40,000 a year to $40,000 a month. And the really crazy part? He made his money working just four hours a week. His book explains how.

  7. Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
    A company, its products and/or its marketing strategy need to really stand out from the crowd (like a purple cow) if they’re to be successful. Seth Godin’s book discusses the need for remarkability in business, giving lots of helpful examples and tips.

  8. Radical Candor: How to Get What You Want By Saying What You Mean by Kim Scott
    Good communication is an essential skill for any entrepreneur. But what if you struggle to be direct with your employees? Radical Candor provides all the tips and tools you need to be a great manager and a world class communicator.  

  9. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
    In this book, Jim Collins examines the difference between a perfectly viable company and one that achieves greatness. By analysing companies who made the leap, he provides insight into how to take your company to the next level.   

  10. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
    Life shouldn’t be all about work. Thrive is all about finding balance and meaning in order to live a truly successful life. It’s great reading if you’re feeling a little burnt out. And it offers lots of good advice for promoting employee well-being too.


We hope these 10 books for entrepreneurs provide inspiration, tips and advice for every stage of your entrepreneurial journey. Happy reading!

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