17 Books You Need To Survive The Crazy World Of Entrepreneurship
Have you ever heard of Warren Buffet’s famous quotation?
“Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest,” he said.
It’s crazy, right? But it’s true. Every person who dreams to become successful someday should start reading books every single day. No television, no Netflix, no The Walking Dead or Jane The Virgin series can help you reach your goals but reading.
Reading business, self-development, marketing, non-fiction, fiction books in your dusty bookshelf is an underrated weapon to your success. Take it from Warren Buffet himself.
After reading a countless number of books in my entire life, I can recommend you the top 17 books to read, if you dream to become a wiser and a more knowledgeable entrepreneur than any other bloggers and businessperson out there.
1. “Purple Cow” by Seth Godin
This is one of the most amazing books I have read. And this was also the first book I read from Seth Godin, hailed by many bloggers and entrepreneurs across the globe.
I don’t know why they venerate this man until I read his book about business and marketing. If you want to learn how to grab attention and to give “remarkable” value to your audience and to your clients, I highly recommend this book.
2. “The Thank You Economy” by Gary Vaynerchuk
If I haven’t come across Seth Godin until this month, Gary Vaynerchuk was the second great entrepreneur and author that I just recently encountered in my list.
Many people have always talked about him and applauded him like a god, so I was curious why. I started reading this book and I said, “Now I understand why.” Eureka!
3. “Life Lifters” by Zig Ziglar
I won’t ever forget this book, written by a man named Zig Ziglar. Aside from a mnemonic sound of his name, his book sounds easy to recall.
“Life Lifters” is great for people who are lost and saddened by any life circumstances. This man motivated people through his profound words and lessons all contained in this book.
4. “On Places To Go” by John Ortberg
When I encountered John Ortberg, this is the first book I will remember. If you aren’t sure with your life and if you’re confused with which way to go, this is the best option for you to read.
It tells you how to identify the options implicitly given by God and to choose with wisdom, not stupidity.
5. “Heart Detox” by Bo Sanchez
Among the 17 books I recommended, this is the only Filipino author I suggested. Bo Sanchez is one of the most inspiring and most popular Filipino authors in the country that you should check out.
And among his popular books that people love reading is “Heart Detox,” which tackled straightforward discussion on how your unhealthy emotions brought from the past trapped you and how to use the mental tools to free yourself from them.
6. “ShiftPoints” by Del Sesto
If you are writing daily journal entries, Del Sesto’s book ShiftPoints is a great option. The book is structured in short paragraphs, intentionally crafted for daily reading and reflection.
At the end of each entry, there are questions for you to answer and to ponder. Thus, reading this book while journaling is a great activity combination.
7. “Failing Forward” by John Maxwell
This is one of the most expensive books I bought from a local bookstore. But, the content is superb. You won’t regret reading John Maxwell’s wisdom.
If you are a very sensitive person, you will definitely cry, because he really spoke to you in a way that he’s trying to make you realize you should gather yourself and learn from your mistakes. Make them your weapon, not a trap.
8. “Unleashing the Ideavirus” by Seth Godin
Do you want to be viral?
If yes, gear yourself up as Seth Godin unleashes his awesome power that will turn every ghost a poltergeist!
Godin’s words resonate well and inspired me to do something on our business blog. “Why I haven’t thought of this?” I asked myself several times while reading this book.
9. “Talent Is Never Enough” by John Maxwell
When I read the first few pages of the book, I could not dare return this book on the shelf. Whenever I pass through the bookstore, I always read this one. Literally, chapter by chapter.
John Maxwell’s words try to destroy your sturdy wall between your talent and your attitude towards success.
If you think you can assure your prosperity because of your talent alone, think again.
10. “How to Win Friends And Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
From the first chapter alone, whoa! It’s a great book to read, especially if you are a blogger and a businessperson who wished to become popular and viral.
Dale Carnegie teaches you to create new visions for your business with the use of making new friends and popularity. In that way, you can easily spread your influence in that niche.
11. “Born To Win: Find Your Success Code” by Zig Ziglar
With almost perfect ratings from different book reviews available online, you would really wonder why Zig’s book amazes people.
Given that we’re already born to win, the book teaches step-by-step process on how to win the game and to achieve the prosperity in your business.
All we need is a little bit of a push and training to go for it. That’s what this book all about.
12. “Money Master The Game” by Tony Robbins
If you want to copy the billionaire’s financial habits and attitude on handling their money and being able to work and live independently, though it’s almost impossible to do, grab this book by Tony Robbins.
He has condensed his 4-year project interviewing billionaires — Warren Buffet, Charles Schwab, Sir John Templeton, Paul Tudor Jones, Kyle Bass, and other 50 billionaires, with which he simplified their patterns and strategies of making money and influence in seven concrete steps that any average person can understand.
If you’re curious what this book is about, listen to Tony himself.
13. “Will It Fly?” By Pat Flynn
I came across with his book when I just started as a full-time blogger and his techniques were insanely simple but made more impact.
A typical Pat Flynn humor and wit, he used his paper airplane which he and his son made as a metaphor to life’s circumstances and as a tool to exemplify smart, badass tactics to success, regardless of the niche we focus.
If you’re just about to test your next business idea, read Pat’s book first to avoid wasting much of your time experimenting strategies that won’t work.
14. “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss
As the title promises, you can expect saving time through Tim’s underrated techniques to achieve the 4-hour per week spent for work.
For craft business like we do, it’s hard to manage the blog and the online business. On top of that, we have the household to manage.
By reading Tim’s The 4-Hour Workweek and by listening to Mozart’s classics, it will guarantee you that promise through following the strategies he suggested.
So, if you’re like me, who’s apparently stressed and procrastinated, this book is for you.
15. “Platform: Get Noticed In A Noisy World” by Michael Hyatt
As a former Thomas Nelson CEO for two decades, Michael Hyatt has a quite experience with leading a huge publishing company, producing on-top-of-the-list books in the market.
Using that experiences as his tool, Michael wrote strategies that any average reader could realize and apply to their own businesses in a perspective of the reader or the client.
He once said that as a CEO of a big publishing company, it’s important to assess the book if it’s marketable and has an appeal to the public.
If you read this book, you’ll know how to position your blog and your business in a way that guarantees appeal to the massive readers across the globe.
16. “You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One)” by Jeff Goins
If you are a J. K. Rowling wannabe, why not read Jeff’s book? With his long list of experiences as a writer in a huge magazine company, he doesn’t have the attitude of a writer that affected his work and eventually his blog.
When he started acting like a real writer, everything changed. When I read this book and believed that I am a writer, my view started to change.
My once forgotten dream to publish a book someday was reborn after almost ten years. I was 15 when I first told myself, “I will be an author someday.”
This book doesn’t limit to authors and writers, but also welcomes bloggers, especially that they’re writing stuff on the web.
It’s really important for any blogger to give worth-sharing articles with whatever niche they are.
He said that if you aren’t confident with what you’re writing right now, why publish it, why let thousands of your audience read that crap?
17. “The Art Of Work: A Proven Path To Discovering What You Were Meant To Do” by Jeff Goins
When I bought this book on Amazon, Jeff’s words made a great impact on my life that it reached to the point where I built a business blog.
He wrote that you should quit the status quo and discover the path where you should be.
What was that thing that speaks so loudly to your heart?
What was that job, that kind of life you want so badly?
Jeff wrote that you should start moving forward towards that dream and live that life, without compromising the income for yourself and for your family, though it’s risky and scary.
Overall, you need to read other people’s work and learn more of their experiences and ideas to apply in your own work. You can’t rely on what you’ve learned all the time.
At times, you need to humble yourself and open your mind to others’ ideas. Just in case, you miss something. At least, you can do something about it.
Besides, you’re here because you want to serve more and earn. Not solely for money, right?