What are the MUST READ books for entrepreneurs?

by Geeth20 44 replies
Please suggest which books need to be read by entrepreneurs.
#mind warriors #books #entrepreneurs #read
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  • Profile picture of the author Unregistered
    Could you help me a bit more by saying what industry your in?
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  • Profile picture of the author webodesigns
    ^ Was me

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  • Profile picture of the author nwik
    I suggest that you try this one "Business Adventures" by John Brooks.

    That is the collection of New Yorker stories by John Brooks became Bill Gates' all-time favorite business book after Warren Buffett recommended it to him in 1991.

    I just saw the description on the Web. But the book was absolutely good.
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    Think and grow rich Classic and a must read!
    The Charge is a great read as well
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    • Profile picture of the author JDNinjaMarketing
      Originally Posted by siwell16 View Post

      Think and grow rich Classic and a must read!
      The Charge is a great read as well
      I must agree! Think and grow rich is a must read!
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  • Profile picture of the author dynamicwealth
    "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" penned by Dr. Joseph Murphy

    "The Game of Life and how to Play It" by Florence Scovel Shinn

    "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie

    Anything by Napoleon Hill. Hill penned many tremendous books on top of his most popular book: Think and Grow Rich.

    These books are my top picks however, I have countless others that have made a major impact on my life and business.

    Let me know if you have any questions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eloquent
    I pretty much love this list here: 15 Best Books For Entrepreneurs - Bon Vita

    BUT I'd also add...

    The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone
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  • Profile picture of the author karenmmcgee
    Try reading the book Think and Grow Rich, it has help me think of business and entrepreneurship in a whole new way.
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    thaank youu !!
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  • Profile picture of the author Reimaru
    Hello! I suggest "The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success" by Brian Tracy. It covers the basics, like personal development, leadership, targeting markets, providing value,... and a lot more. There's a hundred laws and there's corollaries for each.
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  • Profile picture of the author gr8money
    Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill and The Guided Meditations (esp the Financial meditations) by Abraham Hicks
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    • Profile picture of the author markoBM
      Originally Posted by gr8money View Post

      Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill and The Guided Meditations (esp the Financial meditations) by Abraham Hicks
      classic book, but yea.. it's still "must read" book..
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  • Profile picture of the author sj145
    One great book that many do not talk about is "The Success System That Never Fails". Great book by W.Clement Stone!!!
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  • People mentioned some classic books!

    I'd like to add a couple more books:

    - The 80/20 Principle (Learning to be more efficient & prioritizing)
    - What they don't teach you at Harvard Business School (Learning key skills not taught in school)
    - The compound effect (Developing small habits & becoming consistent to have big wins)
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  • The Lean Start up by Eric Ries
    The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
    Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

    Those are just a few...
    Check this post for more 10 Books Budding Entrepreneurs Need to Read - Aspiring Mind
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  • Profile picture of the author scott m harvey
    There a number of books I would recommend, but the most impactful one in my life was The Millionaire Fastlane by M. J. DeMarco. It's not necessarily because of his world leading business acumen... I found the book to be incredibly inspirational, and motivational.

    I wouldn't be far wrong if I said this book was the reason for me getting started and taking action.
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  • Profile picture of the author otjcenter
    Here a few that you should read, these will also help your mind-set
    Think & grow rich by Napoleon Hil, Lead the Field by Earl Nightingale.
    Jim Rohn Entrepreneur author.
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    as a man thinketh by James Allen
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    Whenever these threads pop up I always like to add...

    The Magic Of Thinking Big: David J Schwartz

    Such a great book. It was the book that kicked it off for me. I've listened to the audio book version while driving interstate too which is helpful. In between lengthy bouts of "Robbo" of course.
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    • Profile picture of the author dave147
      Originally Posted by Mr Bill View Post

      Whenever these threads pop up I always like to add...

      The Magic Of Thinking Big: David J Schwartz

      Such a great book. It was the book that kicked it off for me. I've listened to the audio book version while driving interstate too which is helpful. In between lengthy bouts of "Robbo" of course.
      Great Book!!!

      Here's my 3...

      MONEY: Master The Game - Tony Robbins
      No Excuses - Brian Tracy
      The Automatic Millionaire - David Bach

      There are many more GREAT books - Build your library to success!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sara20
    I can say that entrepreneurs must read a lot of books! I think it can be books about a trade law, the Forbs magazines, " Stev Jobs" and others books! Also, very needed to have a lot of skill for it, that is why, very need to have a knowledges about SEO and other news about internet sales!
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  • I highly recommend reading:
    "Rich Dad Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki
    "The Millionaire Fastlane" by MJ DeMarco
    "The 4 Hour workweek" by Tim Ferriss
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  • Profile picture of the author Nassime
    - The 4 hour workweek by Tim Ferriss
    - The power of the subconscious mind by Joseph Murphy
    - Think and become rich by Napoleon Hill
    - Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
    - The factor attractor by Joe Vitale
    ...

    Since I have applied my life is changing and if it's worked for me it can work for you ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author VicIncOb
    Some great suggestions here, some i've read, some I haven't, and my list of pending books to check out has definitely grown!
    Some books that I have found to be really helpful/inspiring/motivating:

    The Success Principle - How to get from where you are to where you want to be - Jack Canfield
    The Slight Edge - Jeff Olson
    The Cashflow quadrant - Robert T Kiyosak
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  • Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
    The Science of Getting Rich - Wallace Wattles
    Working With the Law - Raymond Holliwell
    Circle of Profit - Anik Singal
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Brown
    As an entrepreneur, if you put a gun to my head and made me choose ONLY 3 books:

    (1) Napoleon Hill - Think & Grow Rich
    Still a bestseller 80 years after it was first published. And don't let the gimmicky title fool you - it has influenced more lives, accomplishments, and fortunes than any other book of its kind.

    (2) Tim Ferriss - The 4-Hour Workweek
    Yes, another gimmicky title, but packed with countless examples to help you shift your mindset from a wage slave to living life on your own terms. Essentially a road map to help you create your dreams now.

    (3) Chris Guillebeau - The $100 Startup
    Road-tested, effective, and exceptionally pragmatic advice for starting $50,000+/yr businesses with less than $100. The checklists and business models will blow your mind, opportunities are everywhere!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    I'm currently reading and enjoy "Born for This" by Chris Guillebeau.

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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Originally Posted by Rose Anderson View Post

      I'm currently reading and enjoy "Born for This" by Chris Guillebeau.

      Rose
      Sounds interesting, Rose. : )

      If I may, what's the "best" thing you've learned so far?

      Thanks,
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  • Profile picture of the author DFearon
    A few of my favourites:


    Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
    Outwitting the Devil - Napoleon Hill
    4 Hour Work Week - Tim Ferriss
    Body for Life - Bill Phillips - First book I read on food, fitness and the power or reciprocation. Clear and concise.
    Prometheus Rising - Robert Anton Wilson
    Quantum Psychology - Robert Anton Wilson


    The R Wilson books might be a bit out there for some to follow, but I found them to be a great way of delving into the deep psychology of why we do what we do and how we/society program ourselves. Deep thinking, keep these for a rainy Sunday


    Happy reading my friend.
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  • Profile picture of the author DFearon
    Also Psycho-Cybernetics - Maxwell Maltz. I can't believe I forgot to add that. A personal favourite of mine.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gishka Gile
      Originally Posted by DFearon View Post

      Also Psycho-Cybernetics - Maxwell Maltz. I can't believe I forgot to add that. A personal favourite of mine.

      Yeah, definitely!


      i'd like to add The man search for meaning! Viktor Frankl..must read!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gishka Gile
    All books from GARY VAYNERCHUK! simple Must read!
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  • Profile picture of the author ShawnLim
    In my opinion, every entrepreneur must read, Steve Jobs, from Walter Isaacson.
    Very inspiring and full of business insights. It's a thick book, and I love it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Billy The Kid
    Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

    The Richest Man in Babylon - G.S Clason

    Art of The Start - Guy Kawasaki

    Crush It - Gary Vaynerchuck

    First Things First - Steven Covey
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    For me, "The Four Hour Work Week" by Tim Ferriss was very powerful.
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  • Profile picture of the author denidzoja
    4 Hour workweek - Timothy Ferriss (for online businesses)
    The Dip - Seth Godin
    A Million Bucks By 30 - Alan Corey (mainly for real estate / what it takes to become a millionaire)
    How Rich People Think - Steve Siebold
    The Millionaire Fastlane - MJ DeMarco (amazing book for every entrepreneur - this is a must read)
    $100 Startup - Chris Guillebeau
    Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki
    How To Get Ideas - Jack Foster

    I've read all of these books and they're all fantastic.
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    The Alchemist

    Third Circle Theory

    4 Hour Workweek

    You,INC
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  • Profile picture of the author StevePTanner
    All of the above are great books - If you are fairly new to the personal development world then a good cross-section of books would give you a broad idea and help you to find out what inspires you and where your strengths may lie, what weaknesses you may need to overcome.

    If you have been reading books for some time and don't seem to be getting anywhere then I would suggest focusing on just two or three of the ones you resonated most with - re-read them (multiple times as you will always learn something new) and also focus on taking the action steps outlined. This will give you a better than average opportunity for success.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    These are the top 15 business books recommended by today’s top entrepreneurs.

    Here they are:

    The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

    The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

    Rework by Jason Fried

    How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

    The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

    The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

    Delivering Happiness by Tony Hseih

    The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco

    Purple Cow by Seth Godin

    Mastery by Robert Greene

    Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B Cialdini

    Good to Great by Jim Collins

    Crush it! by Gary Vaynerchuk
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  • Tellya, I have read more MUST READ books than any mortal blessed with choice ever shoulda.

    Get on THIS PATH — an' you too will follow in the footsteps of the world's greatest ever entreprenoors.

    Truly, it is a shoe-in.

    But I would feel so victimized to walk forever in that way, like my spin on all possible schwango had been denied its fruitsome virginity.

    I love that there is wisdom, voiced by ascendants who lofted up from outta sum sweet nuthin', but you gotta figure alla that got started with a divine restlessness — a kinda constructive rebellion.

    So alla these words gonna ripple throughya like immortals' blood pulsin' swell into your veins — unless you got sinew to direct the flow someplace else devoida ripplable media.

    Every moment is a bombardment of Nature's unrelenting unleasho, yet we strap her down, tether her up, an' presume our mastery over expectation grants access to material power.

    Prolly we gotta do nuthin' more special than feel for what is happenin' right now.

    So I am gonna go lie down an' fill my head fulla stoopid.

    I will suck liberally from generality's bounty an' mebbe figure sumthin' cute from outta the mix...
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  • The E-Myth Revisited followed up with E-Myth Mastery, both by Michael Gerber.

    These books also make excellent thank-you gifts for clients of yours that are entrepreneurs. Giving these away has brought me quite a bit of referrals over the years.
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  • Profile picture of the author jw22777
    Think and Grow Rich is a good one. I think someone may have posted that above somewhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony MC
    A lot of the books listed here are already in my library. One book I didn't like was Tim Ferris's 4 hour work week. It would take a certain mindset to be able to pull off what Tim describes and I don't think I've ever met anyone of that mindset. I know a few have tried it and got ripped off by some clever employees. The other thing is, why start a business if you are only going to bother with it for a few hours a week or when things go wrong?

    I would advise anyone starting out to read the E-Myth first. Otherwise they could find themselves in a self employed J.O.B. rather than a manager of their own business. Same goes for Robert Kowasaki's Rich Dad - Poor Dad series of books. Get to understand the differences between employer and employee and how to use systems.

    Two newer books I'd reccomend are Hustle, by Neil Patel and partners.
    Made to Stick, by Chip & Dan Heath.

    I'm into sales copywriting and the pyschology side of it. Two of the books already mentioned on this subject are:-
    Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B Cialdini and
    Quantum Psychology - Robert Anton Wilson, both of which can be heavy going and a bit weird at times but worth getting through for undesrstanding how we and our customers can be influenced.

    For self development? It's got be be Jim Rohn and Tony Robbins.

    While Think and Grow Rich and anything else by Napoleon Hill contains some brilliant advice, just remember they were written by, allegedly, one of the worlds best conmen. Quite a bit of what Hill said happened he kept quiet about until after Andrew Carnegie had died and couln't respond to. Look up about Hill sometime, it's facinating.

    Thanks to all others posting about their books, I'm always learning and some of those will help.
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