7 Outstanding Books for Every Entrepreneur


So When was the last time you thought about started something on your own?

Or When was the last time you felt that you are living your life of your dreams?

Or When was the last time you started something on your own and failed and give up?

Or If you are thinking to start on your own because you are fed up with 9-5 Job and wanted to feel alive by chasing your long time dreams .. Then you are at right place

Being an entrepreneur is not easy at all, it takes lots of courage to face challenges, disappointments, working under immense pressure and still goes on even if nothing seems work out at certain point. However, the fact is entrepreneurs are only people who changed the way we live and think who sees an opportunity in idea when no one else believe in those ideas and then they prove everyone wrong by making those ideas successful and live up their dreams.

If you want to be an entrepreneur in your life then you should be smart enough to take the lessons from the mistakes the successful entrepreneurs already made and avoid them in your life to reach at top at the earliest.  That is why you should develop one must habit which every entrepreneur has, is to read tons of books. You can learn all the mistakes successful entrepreneurs made by reading the book’s and get a clear idea how to proceed.

Its true most of big lessons you will learn down the path only by doing mistakes  but why should we do those mistakes which had been done by other entrepreneur in their life instead we can learn from those mistakes and reduce time to reach our goals.

Books will definitely guide you on your path what to do and what not do ….. That’s why I written down some of the best books for entrepreneurs to learn lots of lesson and become successful in their endeavors.

List of 7 Outstanding Books For Every Entrepreneur
1. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

It is written by co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and early Facebook Investor, Peter Thiel . This book is mixture and updated version of startup notes taken by Blake Masters, which is taught by Peter Thiel in CS183 class of Standford University in Spring of 2012.

Thiel said in this book, we are living in technology era, but progress should not be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any area of business and it comes with ability to master one important skill: Learning to think for yourself

One of best excerpt from this book is:”The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Copying others takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1″

Thiel explained in the book that the next generation champions would not be competing in today’s market place, instead they escape today’s market place by creative something unique business.

Zero to one is must read book to get an optimistic view on start-ups and teaches you why valuable business in the world are the one who solves problem in new effective ways.

2. Rework

It is written by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, founders of software company 37signals and has been on top of New York Times best-selling business books list.

This is a little bit different kind of business book, which tells us that anyone can do business today on his or her own. You do not need meetings, business plans, office plans or even angel investors. You do not need to crush yourself in hectic 80 hours per week in job.

Since technology has taken a big leap, due to which tools, which used to be out of reach are easily accessible and technology which earlier expensive today its now free which give you liberty to start on your own.

Rework shows you a better faster and easier way to be successful in business.  This book teaches you that you should not worry about irrelevant things and must focus on whatever you ever dreamed off. Which means you should stop talking and start working. You will get lots of productive ideas and valuable guidance to get started on your own.

Also Read  :10 Must Read Self Development Books To Increase Self-Productivity

3. The $100 Start Up

This book is written by Chris Guillebeau , an American entrepreneur , non-fiction author and blogger . He is best known as The Art of Non-Conformity blog . The book released on 8 May 2012 and reached to #6 in its respective category on New York Times bestseller list.

Chris has explained in this book that how to live a life of adventure, meaning and purpose at the same time earn a good living. He is in his early thirties and already traveled around 175 nations without holding a real job. He is just genius turning ideas into income and uses it for his adventure life and give it back.

For this book Chris has interviewed 1500 people who built business of $50000 and more (in many cases starting with $100 or less) . Out of them, he decides to write 50 fascinating case studies who chose their to make a living out of it.

Key Points which this book will give you :

  1. Most valuable lessons learned by Chris’s 50 entrepreneurs like how much exactly did they invest initially , what challenges they have faced , how much time it will take to generate significant cash.
  2. In today’s world, Changing your life is in your hand. It is up to you how badly you want to make your life better.
  3. You don’t need fancy degrees like MBA in order to become successful , what you need is product or service for which are willing to pay and a way get paid.
 4. Cold Calling Techniques

Selling is one of best trait you can acquire in business arena, if you are good at sales you are ready to thrive in business industry.

This book s written by Stephan Schiffman , leader in motivation and sales training since 1979.  He has been recognized a s America No 1 sales trainer.  This book emphasis on sales in business, if you know how to make sales , you will open the doors of opportunities and keep your customers always happy . Selling quality not only paid you enough but also help you to prosper in industry.  Cold calling techniques teaches you all right things of converting prospects into meeting and so on meetings into sales. His professional experience helps you build successful future and bring more businesses.

Also Read : 13 Powerful Life Lesson From Book “Who Moved My Cheese ?”

5. The 4-Hour Work Week 

This book is written by Timothy Ferriss , an entrepreneur, public  speaker and author . Translated in 35 languages ,sold more than 1 Million copies worldwide  and had been on New York Times Best Seller list for more than 4 years. Let me give you quick inside of this book.

If you are stuck in 9 am -5 pm job and not able to pursue your dreams.

If you do not like your work, but still you have to do it and not able to find time out of crushing work pressure.

Things, which you always wanted to do in life, are just your imagination now because you have to work hours in order to save money for retirement.

Looking for sources of passive income to live luxuries life.

Then The 4-Hour Work week will be a lighting guide for you on this. Tim has spent more than 5 years learning the secrets of New Rich , a culture which will help you to avoid tradition of “deferred life plan’ and mastered use of valuable coins–time and mobility and create a luxuries life right now. He also explains how not to spend times on checking emails and social media frequently instead utilizes that time in pursue of your lifelong dreams because right now is the time. This book is full of advice’s which will be helpful for entrepreneurs.

6. Losing My Virginity

It is autobiography of Business magnet Richard Branson, published in 1998 and became one of the bestseller. This book covers Richard philosophy of life and evolution of virgin brand. This is one of best business guide at the same time best inspiration book.

It will give you deep inside the genius Richard, who made his every business successful whether its airlines, retailing or cola. When other people saw it is impossible to make them successful in today’s competition, he saw as an opportunity to provide better services to customers.

Richard sets an example of how to live a life to fullest at the same time keep balance in professional and personal life in today’s stressed workaholic age. He gives equal importance to Friends, Family and Fun as well as to his business. If you want to know how his bold style of doing business made him one of the successful entrepreneurs of this era, then you should read this book.

7. How to Win at the Sport of Business

It is written by Mark Cuban, an American businessman, investor, film producer, author and owner of NBA Dallas Mavericks.

Everyone knows mark is a bold entrepreneur, never afraid to take risks and sharp business instincts. He shares his business knowledge on his blog Maverick.

This e-book is sum of posts written on his blog which will give you deep understanding of business knowledge and life lessons . You will learn what it takes  to become a successful entrepreneur, how to leverage your potential/strength to compensate for your weakness, what are the hard decisions you have to take in various situations in business and life .He explains  his journey by telling stories about how he started by selling powdered , sleeping on friends couches and how using his unconventional way of doing business made him billionaire.

He said, developing the skill of selling will definitely take you to unimaginable heights in business. This is one hell of inspiring book for entrepreneurs to learn several valuable lessons of business and life.

Last thing , I would like to hear from you …...

Let me know in comments, Which of the above books you like and what are the other good  books for entrepreneur are out there …..

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Neeraj Kaple

Neeraj Kaple is a software engineer based in Mumbai. He writes articles which motivates/inspire people to achieve their goals. He also writes about software's, blogging tools, internet marketing and how-to guides on his another Blog Techmazic.com.

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