Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read


One of my business mentors recently shared a few books that every entrepreneur should read in their lifetime.  A few of them I’ve already read, and a few others I added to my list. There is undeniable value in continuing to learn as a business owner.  Since reading is essential to your personal and professional development, be sure to put you on your list this holiday season and invest in a few books.

Influence – Robert B. Cialdini

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book.

You’ll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of Influence will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success.

The Effective Executive – Peter Drucker

The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to “get the right things done.” This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.  Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned.

As A Man Thinketh – James Allen

Eminently quotable and full of practical advice for individuals who want to better themselves, As a Man Thinketh is an essential little volume published in 1902 which explains and promotes the direct connection between our thoughts and our happiness.  Basically, this book is all about developing the right type of mindset to help you succeed.

The Obstacle is the Way – Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle is the Way has become a cult classic, beloved by men and women around the world who apply its wisdom to become more successful at whatever they do.  The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.  This book details the 7 habits you need to develop to become a better leader and to be more successful.

I love this book list and am excited to read the ones I haven’t yet read.

What are some other books that you’d recommend for entrepreneurs?

+ Hey just so you know, my hyperlinks lead you to where you may purchase the listed book.  If you do buy something, will thank me in cash for sending you there. Cool?

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