In a recent interview with millionaire entrepreneur Richard Lorenzen, I asked him if there was one book, movie, quote that changed his life? He answered immediately with Darren Hardy’s book, The Compound Effect.
“It was a game changer,” he recalled.”It completely changed how I thought about productivity and performance. Every entrepreneur needs to read that book.”
Reading is a must for entrepreneurs. If you’re a budding entrepreneur, and you aren’t actively reading every day, free up at least 20 minutes to fit in some reading time (but not too much because you’ve got a business to run.)
It’s important to read entrepreneurs books, or business books related to your idea, not just for information about your field but to learn about the life of starting and running a successful business. Not just the good stuff but the bad and the ugly as well.
More than a few fantastic new entrepreneur books have been published over the last few years. Here are a couple favorites suggested by some of the successful start-up founders we’ve talked to in our “Ask A Young Entrepreneur” series over the last couple months.
The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs
“In this riveting book written for new and veteran entrepreneurs, Kevin D. Johnson identifies one hundred key lessons that every entrepreneur must learn in seven areas: Strategy, Education, People, Finance, Marketing and Sales, Leadership, and Motivation. Lessons include how to think big, who makes the best business partners, what captivates investors, when to abandon a business idea, where to avoid opening a business bank account, and why too much formal education can hinder your entrepreneurial growth.”
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
“The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.”
The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster
“The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster: Why Now Is The Time To #JoinTheRide, will prepare you for the wild ride of entrepreneurship. It will warn you (of forthcoming fears, doubts, and the self-defeating conditioning of your upbringing and past), inoculate you (from the naysayers, dream-stealers, and pains of rejection and failure), and guide you (as you build those under-developed skills of independence, self-motivation, and self-accountability) safely past the landmines that blow up and cause the failure of 66 percent of all new businesses.”
Size Doesn’t Matter: Why Small Business is Big Business — Profit NOW from the Small Business Boom!
“After having paid his corporate dues as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers in the 1980s, Jeff started and sold three companies, making him an expert with real-life experience on entrepreneurship. Now it’s his passion to help his fellow small business owners navigate their careers through the turbulent and exciting times that come along with the much-coveted position of being the one in charge … of everything.”
Get Backed: Craft Your Story, Build the Perfect Pitch Deck, and Launch the Venture of Your Dreams
“Over the last 3 years, entrepreneurs Evan Loomis and Evan Baehr have raised $45 million for their own ventures, including the second largest round on the fundraising platform AngelList. In Get Backed, they show you exactly what they and dozens of others did to raise money—even the mistakes they made—while sharing the secrets of the world’s best storytellers, fundraisers, and startup accelerators.”
The College Entrepreneur: How to leverage your university to build a business, escape the rat race and live life on your terms.
“Most students are struggling to find work that is interesting and rewarding when they graduate. You can’t follow the same well-worn path of simply “getting good grades and a degree” and expect different results. In fact, the most of the value and opportunities that a university has to offer lie outside of the classroom. “The College Entrepreneur” is a book about discovering your passion, connecting with mentors, and leveraging your university’s resources to build a thriving business or personal brand before you graduate. By starting a business before you graduate you learn key skills and develop a network that will lead to opportunities to do work that you love. This book provides simple strategies you can use to access little known resources at their university, break free of the status quo and take control of your education to get results that you want.”
Discover Your True North
“Discover Your True North offers a concrete and comprehensive guide for becoming an authentic leader, and reveals how you can chart your path to success. As you embark on this journey, you’ll encounter first-hand stories of 101 leaders across the globe and learn how they discovered their True North. Among them are the poignant and revealing stories of Warren Buffett, Howard Shultz, Paul Polman, Indra Nooyi, Arianna Huffington, Jack Ma, Michael Bloomberg, and Mark Zuckerberg, along with some who lost their way like Rajat Gupta and Lance Armstrong.”
The 10% Entrepreneur: Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job
“What if there was a way to have the stability of a day job with the excitement of a startup? All of the benefits of entrepreneurship with none of the pitfalls? In The 10% Entrepreneur, Patrick McGinnis shows you how, by investing just 10% of your time and resources, you can become an entrepreneur without losing a steady paycheck.”
Best Entrepreneur Books That Should Already Be On Your Bookshelf
Here are some entrepreneur books that should already have a spot on your office bookshelf or loaded into your iPad or Kindle.
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