10 Essential Books for Entrepreneurs


Reading plays a crucial role in our lifetimes. No matter which path we use, a commitment to learning and investing in yourself will pay dividends. Although my reading is largely history and finance based I wanted to share ten essential books for entrepreneurs from my past reading.

10.) The Power of Positive Thinking — Norman Vincent Peale

I almost left this book off the list, but it’s potential impact is immense. Given to me in my second semester of business school, this classic forever changed my life. As an entrepreneur you will undeniably face hardships, but the manner in which you face them is up to you. Dr. Peale outlines not only practices that will give you a glass half full mentality, but it will open your eyes to the ways in which life will yield to you in applying this mindset.

9.) Creativity Inc. — Ed Catmull

Pixar is a pioneer in its industry as well as a sustainable creative engine. Along with John Lasseter, author Ed Catmull created a company culture and framework which maximizes collaborative creativity. What better source?

8.) Outliers — Malcolm Gladwell

A fascinating read which delivers the revelation: I really can do this. Gladwell details the stories of several unconventional success stories, teaching the important lesson that no matter your background, past mistakes, or current circumstances you may overcome them just as was done in the past.

7.) Getting to Yes — Roger Fisher & William Ury

Negotiation is a core skill in entrepreneurship, whether financing a deal or working towards an agreement. This negotiation classics provides guidelines and case studies that will fortify your negotiation skills and prepare you for success.

6.) Tap Dancing to Work — Carol Loomis

Finance is an area where plenty of entrepreneurs struggle to grip. What better source of information than the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet, whose life work and publications are put together here. This gem will cover a variety of important topics including leverage, financial planning, economics, the impact of legislation and government, financial solutions, and of course investing. After reading this, you will feel plenty more comfortable with the subject.

5.) Elon Musk — Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk is quickly becoming one of the most iconic entrepreneurs of our time, rivaling the likes of Steve Jobs. Here the author Ashlee Vance takes us through the life journey of Musk, teaching us what contributed to the making os Musk and what goals he has on his horizon. Reading this will infuse you with the mindset to conquer anything as Musk is tasked with hurdles in solar energy, electric vehicles, and traveling through space.

4.) Delivering Happiness — Tony Hsieh

In this underrated gem the Zappos founder and former CEO elaborates on the framework he applied to create a comfortable, collaborative, and creative work environment. If you’re as interested in company culture as me, and the wonders it could work on your venture, you will not be able to put this down!

3.) How to Win Friends and Influence People — Dale Carnegie

Largely considered one of the most important book not only for entrepreneurs and largely all walks of life, Carnegie’s classic will do just as it is titled. Networking plays an essential part of business, and your relationships with people are the foundation of life. If this life doesn’t make even the smallest increment of improvement in your life, you could send me your gripes.

2.) Predictably Irrational — Dan Ariely

A close runner up. Predictably Irrational sparked my interest on the subject of consumer psychology. From explanations to phenomenon that we may not quite understand to fascinating human behaviors that may have an effect on your business, this book will not disappoint. Our thorough review of a book whose subject matter we hope more entrepreneurs find interest in could be found here: https://medium.com/@PulseBlog/book-review-predictably-irrational-8b9a0cae9286?source=linkShare-540803a1f967-1470371747

1.) The Virgin Way — Richard Branson

Not only one of the most personally fascinating entrepreneurs on the planet, Richard Branson has applied his Virgin framework or culture and marketing over a number or different product and service areas. The bible of culture for all entrepreneurs.

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