Books for Entrepreneurs
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One of the best ways any entrepreneur can get advice would be from other successful entrepreneur all-stars who not only figured out what works best for them in the big world of chasing dreams and starting their own businesses but also wrote incredibly effective guide books on the topic.

The best books for aspiring entrepreneurs are filled with wisdom of the do’s and don'ts

Even though there are thousands of documented personal experiences and outlined strategies from a multitude of tried-and-true successful entrepreneurs, there are only a dozen or so entrepreneurial books that stand out from the crowd because of their motivational style, logical, yet effective points of view, or even step-by-step guidance on approaching a common problem.

Many books touch on the same universal truths over and over again, but only a few can leave a lasting impression

You can probably read forty books on overcoming anxiety when starting your own business, and you will most definitely see a common thread of advice from them all; however, the way in which that advice is given and conveyed can help you better grasp a concept, making it “sticky” and something you can refer to as a guide.

The following books are best suited for entrepreneurs who want effective tips and strategies to help get their feet wet or fine-tune their business, all conveyed in a memorable and thought-provoking manner that will spark inspiration.

So here goes....

The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

If you are an overworked employee that feels trapped in the eternal rat-race or an entrepreneur consumed by your business, The 4-Hour Work Week shatters the illusion of retirement and the “deferred life plan” that many are now used to in this day and age. Instead, this #1 New York Times bestseller is a blueprint on how to effectively begin living your life on your own terms and still be able to afford it. Tim Ferriss provides step-by-step guidance that he has personally tested, complete with specific links, websites, or resources to get you started immediately.

Jab Jab Jab Right Hook by Gary Vayncerchuk

Your customers are incredibly important to your brand; but, if no one is interested in what you have to say or sell, your business will most probably crash and burn incredibly quick. Jab Jab Jab Right Hook is a book that frames your marketing strategy on bringing value-added content (or jabs) to your customers. Basically, the more value you give to your customers everyday, the more likely they will trust you and eventually buy (right hook) from you.

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

If you ever feel the weight of anxiety and self-doubt as an entrepreneur, you will most definitely love Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass. Packed with hilarious stories, inspirational thoughts, and down-to-earth, real advice for unlocking your inner badass is enough to make anyone want to suit up, bust down doors, and take names.

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Ever made decisions based on a hunch or a “gut feeling”? Blink addresses the incredible power of listening to your intuition within a collection of true compelling accounts in past history. In a world that is constantly surrounded by data, this book is an interesting dive into the almost-forgotten world of hunches and how both fact and feelings can play a role in major decisions.

Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy

Every entrepreneur understands the feelings of dread that accompany their daily value-added business drivers; Eat That Frog addresses that constant anxiety and how to effectively deal with it on a daily basis to help make you an effective, organized, and successful leader.

 

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The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Sometimes, we as entrepreneurs forget the big picture impacts of our small daily actions, which can lead to feelings of frustration and thoughts of giving up. The activities you do everyday may not seem like much, but when compounded over time can produce a huge impact on your business, for better or for worse. The Compound Effect is a powerful look at this concept and how the power of consistency, no matter how small, can literally transform your life.

Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

If you have ever experienced difficulty in staying motivated with a goal or creating a product that is just not compelling to your audience, you might benefit from understanding the mentality of creating change in a world where change is hard. Cue in Switch. Switch dives into the human mind, illustrating that all humans have a rational side and an emotional side. Both play important roles in decision making, and if targeted properly can create a massive shift in perspective, boosting motivation, demand, and most importantly the number of people you are helping.

Manage your Day to Day by Jocelyn Glei

If you feel constantly distracted or wrapped up with a million tasks that never seem to move your business forward, Manage your Day to Day will help you to stop doing busy work and instead start doing your best work. Filled with effective tips and strategies ranging from finding your energy level rhythms, establishing associative triggers to get your mind primed for work, setting up working hours, as well as the post-it note to-do list technique, this book will help quiet your buzzing mind and focus on how to get your working less with better sales.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Although this is a very easy, quick read, the lessons presented in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People uncovers the human character and the habits that make up it. Habits are made up of knowledge, skill, and desire - giving us the power to progress and move forward with our goals. Unlike other entrepreneurial books that tend to value complete independence, this book demonstrates the exponential power of interdependent and independent habits, focusing on the art of self-mastery as well as the power of leveraging the talents and resources of others as a team to truly boost your success as a business and as a leader.

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

Although not completely entrepreneurial, The Total Money Makeover is a financial wellness book that teaches you important financial wellness strategies that will help pay the bills, keep a ripe emergency fund, and save for retirement. Every new entrepreneur could use help in the money category and knowing your money-spending habits are fueling your dreams is most certainly useful.

So whether you are battling with internal anxiety on starting your own business, not sure where to start, or just need encouragement from other successful entrepreneurs, reading these ten books can most certainly provide you with tips, strategies, advice, testimonials, and motivation you need to help you grow and develop yourself and your business.