Reading books is the cheapest and the best the way to open your mind to different ideas, perspectives, learn and gain valuable knowledge from the experience and expertise of other people who have invested their lives to gain it. It is correctly said that all great leaders are voracious readers. One of the best examples is Elon Musk who when asked by people how he learned to build rockets? replies that he learned it by reading books. Although not all of us have autodidactic abilities like Elon Musk, the results may vary for everybody. Every entrepreneur must have active reading list. So I have reviewed and listed 26 business, motivational and autodidactic books for entrepreneurs:
1. Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage By Daymond John
Daymond John, the author of the Power Of Broke FUBU founder and star of ABC’s Shark Tank, shows that being broke can be your most significant competitive advantage as an entrepreneur far from being a liability. It forces you to be a laser focus on goals and come up with an innovative solution as you have to use your resources more efficiently. Daymond John shows how we all can leverage the power of broke to phenomenal success drawing from his own experience as an entrepreneur and branding consultant peeks behind the scenes from the set of Shark Tank and dozens of other entrepreneurs who hustled their way to wealth which will inspire you and help you learning how to tap into the power of broke to scrape, hustle and dream your way to top.
2.Magic Of Thinking Big: The true secret of SUCCESS- how to earn more, lead fearlessly and live happier life By David Schwartz
David J. Schwartz has nicely explained with proofs that you don’t need to be an intellectual or have an inborn talent to attain great success and satisfaction but the main thing separating you from the people who earn five times as much is the product of thinking which surrounds. In course of researching for Magic Of Thinking Big Schwartz spoke to many successful people in various fields and he told that the key factor in personal success was simply the desire for achieving it. This leads us to the conclusion that success is not primarily a matter of circumstances or native talent or even intelligence but it’s the matter of choice.
3.Influence: The Psychology Of Persuasion By Robert B. Cialdini
Influence: The Psychology Of Persuasion is the million-seller persuasion classic written by Dr. Robert Cialdini who is a seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. It’s more widely referenced book than any other book in the field. In this, you will learn six universal principles of influence like Reciprocity, Commitment, and Consistency, Social Proof, Liking, Authority and Scarcity. Understanding these principals and ethically employing them can significantly increase the chances that request will persuade someone.
4.How to Win Friends and Influence People By Dale Carnegie’s
How to win friends and Influence People is one of the best-known books on an interpersonal relationship. Since its release in 1937, this book has sold more than 15 million copies. This book carries thousands of famous people up to the ladder of success in their business and personal life by Dale Carnegie’s rock solid advice. Applying the Principles in this book will help you to make personal connections with people in just a few moments and increase your skills in negotiation, leadership, and dealing with people’s emotions and egos.
5. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment By Eckhart Tolle
6. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change By Charles Duhigg
The author Charles Duhigg is an award-winning Newyork times business reporter. In this book, the author has explained why habits exist and how they can be changed by taking scientific discoveries. Along the way, we learn why some people and companies struggle to adapt despite trying while others remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.
7. Idea To Execution: How to Optimize, Automate, and Outsource Everything in Your Business By Ari Meisel
It is a must book to be read by every entrepreneur. In this book, Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg reveal tactics for building a scalable business in today’s world with three steps Optimize, automate and outsource in business. Author has birthed their VA business from scribbled notes on a cocktail napkin during dinner and was up and running within 24 hours. By following their three-step process optimize, automate and outsource. Idea To Execution takes their journey to creating a profitable virtual assistant company.
8. Be Obsessed or Be Average By Grant Cardone
Be Obsessed or Be Average written by Grant Cardone the bestselling author, self-made multimillionaire, radio and TV personality. In this author explains that if you want real success you have to know how to harness your obsession to rocket to the top. It will give inspiration and tactics to break open cocoon of mediocrity and achieve your dream life. It’s the must-read for anyone salesperson, entrepreneur or 9 to5 employees as your path to happiness runs through your obsession.
9. 10X Rule By Grant Cardone
10X Rule is another book by author Grant Cardone in which he tells that success can be achieved by anyone who wants to seize it regardless of background, wealth or personality anyone can accomplish great things. Author has explained 10x rule to achieve success even when journey towards success is going to get rough.Which will help entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur great way to being a successful entrepreneur you have to sail through many storms.
10. The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months ByBrain P.Moran and Michael Lennington
The author of this book Brain P.Moran and Michael Lennington are leading experts of implementation and execution. In this book, they have redefined year to be 12 weeks long as 12 week year creates focus and clarity on what makes the most sense of urgency to do it now. And they have nicely explained 12 week year to drive improved results in any area of life. It will provide excellent help for individuals and organization idea of year and speed their journey.
11. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers By Tim Ferries
The host and author of his podcast Tim Ferries have interviewed from over 200 people including leaders, entrepreneurs, doctors, actors, comedians in his podcast. And in this book he has included distilled tools, tactics you won’t find anywhere else, as well as new tips from past guest and life lessons from new guest you haven’t met which consists of financial advice to morning routine, actionable to taking care of your body Tools of has titans, leaves no stone unturned.
12.The Hard Thing about Hard Thing: Building a Business When There are No Easy Answers By Ben Horowitz
The author Ben Horowitz, is the co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon’s valleys most respected and experienced entrepreneur. In this book, he offers essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating toughest problems in business schools overdrawn from his experience of founding, running, selling, buying, managing and investing in technology companies. It’s a valuable book for every veteran as well as aspiring entrepreneur planning to start up their new venture.
13. The 10-Day MBA: A step-by-step guide to mastering the skills taught in top business schools By Steven Silbiger
The author of this book Steven Silbiger delivers research straight from the real MBA students attending the top programs today and giving you the tools you need to get ahead in business life. It features latest topic taught at America’s top business schools, from corporate is ethics and compliance to financial planning and real estate planning to leadership and negotiation.
14.Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money that the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! By Robert Kiyosaki
Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter write Rich dad poor dad. It advocates the important for financial literacy. In this author has beautifully displayed his unique economic perspective from two very different influences from his two fathers.The one who was highly educated and financially poor and other his best friend’s father who was the 8th-grade dropout and self-made multimillionaire.
15. Emotional intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves.
The author of this book Dr. Travis Bradberry is the co-founder of Talent Smart consultancy that serves more than 500 fortune companies and is world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence. The book contents proven strategies from a decade-long effort to measure and increase emotional intelligence accurately. Trusted by upper-echelon leaders inside companies all over the world these strategies will enable you to capitalize on skills responsible for 58% of performance in all type of jobs.
16.Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World By Cal Newport
The Deep Work is written by Cal Newport who is associate professor of computer science at George Town University. In this author has presented a rigorous training regiment, introduced a series of four rule for transforming your mind and habits to support Deep Work Skills. This book is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in the disturbed world.
17.How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits By Judy Robinett
In How to be a Power connector a super networker Judy Robinett argues that strategic relationship planning should be the top priority. High-value connections with your specific skills talent you will tap into a dynamic power grid of influence to accelerate your personal and professional success. In this book, she (author) reveals secrets of her trade and her proven ways to find and enter the best network ecosystem to meet your goals and reach even the most unreachable people quickly and effectively.
18. 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People By Stephen R. Covey
In 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. The book focuses not on eliminating bad habits but on building up good ones. Changing your habits cannot change the way you see the world but the way the world sees you. It’s perhaps the best personal development book since 90’s.
The author Chris Voss is one of the preeminent practitioner and professor of negotiating skills in the world. He is the founder and principal of The Black Swan Group, a consulting firm that provides training and advice fortune 500 companies through negotiation. In this book, he shares practical guide nine effective principles counter-intuitive tactic and strategies you can use to become more persuasive in both your professional and personal life.
20. Zero to One: Note on Start-Ups, or How to Build the Future By Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
In Zero To One author Peter Theil explains that we live in digital stagnation and information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to the computer or silicon valley. Progress can be achieved in any industries. Tomorrow’s champion will not win by completing altogether because of their business will be unique. Example: The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. They will have to escape competition altogether because their business will be unique.
21.Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable By Sheth Godin
The author Seth Godin is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, and agent of change. He urges you to be the purple cow (be recognizable)into everything you build and everything you do to create something truly noticeable. Example: well know brands like Apple. It’s a manifesto for a marketer who wants to help create a product that is work making in the first place.
22.The Compound Effect By Darren Hardy
The author Darren Hardy is the visionary force behind SUCCESS magazine as its publisher and founder editor. He is today’s preeminent and success mentor, having been a central business leader in personal growth and success industry now for more than 20 years. In this, the author presents that the compound effect is always in action be it finance, business, health, relationship or spirituality. This easy to use, step by step operating system allows you to multiply your success chart, your progress, and achievements. Author has explained it with lots of simple examples. It’s strongly recommended book for those who want success in life whether it is healthy, relationship or wealth.
23. The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume By Josh Kaufman
The author Josh Kaufman is an independent business teacher, the education activist. He has made a business out of distilling the core principles of business. In The Personal MBA, he shares essentials of sales marketing negotiation strategy and much more. This book helps learn the principal it takes which most people take a lifetime to master.
24. Poke The Box By Sheth Godin
Poke The Box is another book by author Sheth Godin which is a manifesto about producing something that is scarce and thus valuable. It demands you to stop waiting for the roadmap and start drawing one instead. It’s meant to say that your position in the world is defined by what you instigate how you provoke and what you learn from events you cause. Its a must read for aspiring entrepreneur planning to start a business.
25.Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products By Nir Eyal’s:
Hooked is author Nir Eyal’s years of research, consulting and practical experience. He wrote the book he wished had been available to him as a start-up founder – not abstract theory, but a how-to guide for better products. Hooked is written for product managers, designers, marketers, startup founder and anyone who seeks to understand how products influence our behavior.
26.Choose Yourself!: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream By James Altucher’s
Choose Yourself is a book by author James Altucher’s own heartbreaking story which illuminates your path to building a bright new world. Today new tools and economic forces have emerged to make it possible for individuals to create art, make millions of dollars without help. This book will teach you to do just that with dozens of case studies, interview.
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