20 Must Read Books For Every Entrepreneur

Being a young entrepreneur is not easy. It’s when you realize that you have to work harder to prove yourself. Your insight won’t be at the same level as those who’ve been in the business for a quarter century and that can be very intimidating. You don’t need to worry though, if you have a high teach-ability index, you will be fine! We have devised a list of books for young entrepreneurs like you, to help you grow both in life and in business in order to become a successful entrepreneur.

NOTE: These books are only numbered, please don’t confuse it with the ranking. We haven’t ranked the books, only listed them via numbers.

20 Must Read Books For Entrepreneurs:

1. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries


The Lean Startup is all about taking the scientific approach to creating and managing startups in order to get a desired product to customers’ hands faster. Get it HERE.

2. The Art Of Start by Guy Kawasaki


The Art of the Start is a popular business book written by Guy Kawasaki. It focuses on entrepreneurship and key points about starting a business, bootstrapping, and pitching new ideas to potential investors. Get it HERE.

3. The Seven Habits by Stephen Covey


Renowned as the world’s premier personal leadership development solution, the book presents an approach on how to be effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself to what he calls “true north” principles of a character ethic that he presents as universal and timeless. Get it HERE.

4. Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker


This is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline that explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America’s new entrepreneurial economy. Get it HERE.

5. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker


The measure of the executive, Peter Drucker reminds us, is the ability to ‘get the right things done’. Usually this involves doing what other people have overlooked, as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Get it HERE.

6. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen


“The Innovator’s Dilemma” popularized the (often misused) phrase “disruptive technology,” but there’s a lot more than that one big idea. Great insights into the “dynamics” (changes over time) of markets. Get it HERE.

7. Business Adventures by John Brooks


“Business Adventures” is as much about the strengths and weaknesses of leaders in challenging circumstances as it is about the particulars of one business or another. In that sense, it is still relevant not despite its age but because of it. Get it HERE.

8. The Obstacle Is The Way by 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. Get it HERE.

9. Zero To One by Peter Thiel


Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future is a book by venture capitalist, PayPal co-founder, and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel along with Blake Masters. Get it HERE.

10. Reality Check by Guy Kawasaki


Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to outsmarting, out-managing, and out-marketing your competition is an entrepreneur’s cheat-sheet. A must-read book for any entrepreneur in general and startup founders and co-founders in particular. Get it HERE.

11. The Startup Playbook by David Kidder


From technological entrepreneurs to social entrepreneurs, The Startup Playbook features important tips from top innovators that will change the way you think about your job, your business, and maybe even your industry. Get it HERE.

12. Creativity, Inc by ED Catmull


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This book is a must read for any business leader, not just the entrepreneur. It is filled with valuable insights about what creates, drives and sustains an innovative culture and compels a company to attempt what no other company has done. Get it HERE.

13. Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko


This book reveals life-changing tools that will help you think like a genius. From the linear to the intuitive, this comprehensive handbook details ingenious creative-thinking techniques for approaching problems in unconventional ways. Get it HERE.

14. Gamestorming by Dave Gray


This book includes more than 80 games to help you break down barriers, communicate better, and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies.

15. Rework by Jason Fried


Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. This book is short, fast, sharp and ready to make a difference. It takes no prisoners, spares no quarter, and gives you no place to hide, all at the same time. Get it HERE.

16. Purple Cow by Seth Godin


In Purple Cow, Godin advocates building something so amazing that people can’t ignore you. There are a lot of great lessons in this book and it’s definitely the one you’ll be making notes on throughout. Get it HERE.

17. Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelly


This book will help you unlock your inner creativity, even if you think it’s an area where you’re lacking. A must-read for entrepreneurs. Get it HERE.

18. To Sell Is Human by Daniel H. Pink


Even if you don’t consider yourself a sales person, all entrepreneurs need to understand how to sell. This book breaks down the stigmas about salesmanship and shows you a simple strategy for moving others. It’s a fantastic read. Get it HERE.

19. The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D. Johnson


This book is where every ‘wannabe’ entrepreneur should start. It outlines 100 essential beliefs, insights, and habits of serious entrepreneurs. Get it HERE.

20. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau


This is a very interesting book for anyone who feels unmotivated because they lack funds. You might be just out of College, or still in school and feeling unmotivated because of your lack of funds, but Chris turns the tables around and gives you the upper hand. Get it HERE.

Do let us know if we have missed any books that you would like us to add to the list, in comments section below.


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