What are some best books on entrepreneurship, business, and startups?
For simplicity, I would consider all these books under one category, which is entrepreneurial books. I see these books as a motivational tool more than anything. In actuality, very few people get an exact book on the business they are involved in. Instead, we have to take lessons and transplant ideas for our own purposes, and the more books you read in the category, the better you get at using ideas in other people’s businesses to benefit your own.
What I’m getting at is most people consider motivation an emotional feeling, but it’s actually very logical as well. When you’re truly motivated, it’s because you can see a sudden increase in the possibilities you have to get the results that you want. The road you’re taking appears to level out a bit, and you see a clearer way to succeed.
So then, my main criteria for entrepreneur books is motivation that makes sense logically. So what kinds of books are like that? Well, I know quite a few, and I have more to check out someday soon. I’ll give you my favorites.
For you, without knowing any details yet about what your struggles and goals are, I would suggest six books based on the recommendations of successful entrepreneurs in my network.
1) “The 4-Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferriss
2) “DotCom Secrets” by Russel Brunson
3) “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell
4) “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek
5) “Dying for a Paycheck” by Jeffrey Pfeffer
6) “The Lean Startup” by Eric Rias
I haven’t read all of those yet, but they’re the ones I hear the most good things about most frequently.
If someone has an entrepreneurial mindset, a good book can give wings to those thoughts and make you take that initial leap. In my view, most major entrepreneur books are perfect for someone and just okay for everybody else. It’s not that the best book for me will be the best for someone else too. It depends a lot on personal goals, talents, and your current life situation. For instance, I really liked Man Up by Bedros Keulian because it was what I needed to hear at the time, whereas I tried The Power of Now at an earlier time in my life, and while those books are comparable in their message, I wasn’t in the mood or the right place mentally for that one to really sink in and drive me to action.
When you read the right book for your exact life situation, though, believe me, it’ll change everything and you’ll never stop talking about how great it is. The same is the case with me, as I have discussed earlier. The book that had the most initial impact on me is one of the oldest, perhaps the biggest books on making money online, however you want to do it, and crafting a lifestyle where you make more money for less time spent working. It also covers how to stretch every dollar without living like a penny-pincher, so that you live far better than other people making the same amount of income as you. It lies at #1 on the list, at least for me, and that’s The 4-Hour Work Week (4HWW) by Tim Ferriss.
After starting my entrepreneurial journey by drawing inspiration from 4HWW, another book that helped me boost my online business is DotCom Secrets(DCS) by Russel Brunson. If 4HWW taught me to walk, DCS is training me to become an Olympic runner. The principles of DCS can help anyone multiply his/her online business empire. Both of these books have helped me a lot in my life, more than I could ever really explain in text.
If you are interested, you can read their reviews on my website for more insight. You can also explore the Knowledge Base section on my website for interesting discussions and topics relating to business, entrepreneurship, and startups.
To sum up, every entrepreneur has his/her set of best books. It is better to read the books recommended by successful entrepreneurs since those are the people who value their time the most and they will not sing praises of a book that didn’t make them more money. All the books that I have mentioned on my list are inspired by real-life stories. Many draw inspiration from the success stories of their authors like in the case of 4HWW and DCS.
Please feel free to reply if you have any questions.