If you observe carefully, you’ll notice that reading is a common pattern among the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. A lot of wisdom comes from the books you read and this can define the direction you decide to take as an entrepreneur.
“The difference between where you are today and where you’ll be five years from now will be found in the quality of books you’ve read.”
This is a deep quote from Jim Rohn, one of the top success coaches in the world and it actually makes you think.
If you had an opportunity to completely change the direction your life is going today, wouldn’t you take it?
To be honest, most of us are not where we would like to be in our careers, relationships, goals etc. Some of us have actually given up and we think that it’s okay!
However, Jim Rohn goes on to say “The only thing worse than not reading a book in the last ninety days is not reading a book in the last ninety days and thinking that it doesn’t matter.”
In today’s post, we’re going to be looking at 50 books every entrepreneur should read if they want to gain a lot of wisdom that will propel them to greater heights.
However, this doesn’t mean that there are only 50 books that all entrepreneurs should read. No. There are hundreds of books that you should look into.
However, in this post, I’m going to narrow it down to 50 of my favorite books to read as an entrepreneur.
Here Are 50 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read:
This was actually one of the very first books that I ever read on entrepreneurship because so many people were talking about it.
At the time I wasn’t really looking to become an entrepreneur.
Instead, I was more focused on making money fast but this book completely changed my mindset.
“Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!” by Robert T. Kiyosaki is a book that tells the story of how two different dads from different classes, one middle class and another rich, shape a child’s thoughts about money and investing.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss is an inspiring story of how Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week and it teaches you to do the same.
Tim sells you on the dream of having a business that practically runs itself so you can free up your time to do whatever you want!
“The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles introduces you to the power of positive thinking together with the laws of attraction to create a powerful formula for getting rich!
“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill is a great motivational book because it doesn’t just look at one successful person. Instead, it gives you countless illustrations of successful people in history and with this, it teaches you what makes people succeed.
“Bringing Out the Best in People: How to Enjoy Helping Others Excel” by Alan Loy McGinnis teaches you how to motivate your employees to do their best.
Simon Sinek the author of “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action talks about a Golden Circle which separates successful leaders who are able to push their businesses/organizations to the next level versus everyone else.
This book shows you what successful leaders do differently from the rest!
“The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy shows you the power of your subconscious (the part of your mind you probably don’t realize you’re even using) in improving your relationships, your finances, and your physical well-being.
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins is a book that teaches you how to build long-lasting success with your company/business by engineering success into the DNA of your company from the start.
9. The 50th Law
Rapper 50 Cent actually partnered with Robert Greene to write the 50th Law which is about the principle of fearing nothing as a key factor in excelling in life!
“Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life” by Maxwell Maltz teaches you that it is possible to change negative habits that are affecting your life into more positive experiences.
It talks about the concept of empowerment and how you can create a new self-image to achieve the success and happiness you deserve!
“Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives” by Dan Millman is a book about living a life of meditation, mindfulness, compassion, and acceptance.
“The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything” by Stephen M.R. Covey will show you how trust and the speed with which it’s established with clients, employees, and stakeholders is extremely important in your success as a leader or as a business.
“Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth” by T. Harv Eker tells you why some people easily get rich while others struggle.Eker identifies something called a money and success blueprint which can predict a person’s financial future!
“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell poses the age-old question, ‘What makes the more successful people in the world different?’
15. The Alchemist
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho definitely makes it to my list of one of the 5o books that every entrepreneur should read because it’s an inspiring story about self-discovery, following your dreams, listening to your heart and recognizing opportunity along life’s journey which are things that every entrepreneur needs.
“Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion” by Robert B. Cialdini explains the psychology of why people say yes to buying or doing things and how you can apply these principles ethically in business and everyday situations
“The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino is one of the most inspiring, uplifting, and motivating books that you’ll ever read because it inspires you to persist until you succeed and not let failure pull you down.
This book guides you on all the principles you could ever need to become the very best salesman you can be!
“Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!” by Tony Robbins teaches you to take control of your life by giving you effective strategies for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life.
“The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon’s Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness” by Steven K. Scott is about King Solomon’s breakthrough strategies to achieve a life of financial success and personal fulfillment.
20. Insanely Simple
“Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success” by Ken Segall reveals how simplicity helped one of the world’s top companies perform better and faster and save millions of dollars.
“Beating the Street” by Peter Lynch will show you how you can become an expert in a company and how you can build a profitable investment portfolio.
In this book, Lynch explains his own strategies for investing and offers advice on how to pick stocks and mutual funds to assemble a successful investment portfolio.
22. Think Big
Even if you’re not a fan of Donald Trump, this book written together with Bill Zanker will change your life by teaching you how to think big and never settling down for less.
“MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom” by Tony Robbins is a book that shows us how to create financial freedom for ourselves as well as our families using simplified financial concepts that we can all understand.
“Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It)” by William Poundstone is all about how prices are a collective hallucination used by marketers leveraging psychological influences to get customers to buy things.
“The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community.
It shows you that you can achieve everything you always wanted: financial security, power and influence, the ideal job, satisfying relationships, and a rewarding, happy life if you set your goals very high and working towards exceeding them.
There are 25 books left in our list of 50 books that every entrepreneur should read. I will be completing the list in my next post. In the meantime, I hope that these books inspire you to become a better version of yourself.
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Which book are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments section below.