There is a noise of outstanding books for Entrepreneurs, yet it’s impossible to hone in on the best ones. Choosing a book on entrepreneurship usually depends on the reader and their organization; however the 5 books in this article offer value to any Entrepreneur, non-dependant on your industry, experience or geographical location. Get reading, start learning and repeat practising.
By Rolf Dobelli.
Before all else, get your mind straight. If you are going to take the scary, unpredictable and exhilarating leap into entrepreneurship then do yourself justice and read this treasure. Keep it by your side, highlight passages, refer back and let it be your guiding light on this exciting journey.
Entrepreneurs focus a lot of attention on the nuts and bolts of starting a company: fund raising, projections, targets, competition and legal amongst more. While wrapped up in all of this, it can be easy to leave out the most important piece of the puzzle: awarding yourself a time to sit back and think clearly. This book will help you make rational decisions, it will challenge you to think and react differently, resulting in a much more positive experience. Be willing to understand that your actions towards others play one of the largest roles in shaping your company.
By Andrew S. Grove (including new forward by Ben Horowitz)
If Ben Horowitz, one of the founding fathers of entrepreneurship, says read it, then read it. Entrepreneurs succeed for a plethora of different reasons. But the common path between them all is the one carved out by the teachers, managers and mentors who made a positive impact on their potential for greatness.
This book outlines the transformative power of running a ‘we’, not ‘me’, organization and a step-by-step guide to becoming the most effective manager you can be. Grove weighs in on the importance of in-depth training, motivation, one-on-one meetings, navigating compensation, mastering appraisals, interviewing and how to retain valued employees. If you haven’t already read this management bible, I recommend you dive in immediately.
By Dale Carnegie
Note to reader: “friends” = staff, contacts, clients, and everyone else involved in making your business a successful, seamless operation. I spend the better part of every day figuring out how to successfully get what I want, or what my client wants, from other people. This book makes the process easier to master. It is the ultimate guide to the fundamental tools required to successfully converse with others, confront your mistakes, provide constructive feedback and more.
Written over 80 years ago, the themes in this book are more prevalent than ever. In today’s world where networking and the entrepreneurial spirit are at the forefront of business, we need to take a deep breath and get back to basics before taking on the world. The key is understanding how to gracefully win friends and influence people.
By Ben Horowitz
One of the most important qualities a successful leader is the ability to stay positive. Shit happens, but that’s no excuse to fly off the handle, allow your ego to affect your rational thinking or throw your positivity out the window.
Horowitz shares his first-hand experience by aggressively tearing the Band-Aid off to uncover all the negatives that happen behind the scenes. He exposes the hard truths we all face, whilst positively encouraging and reinforcing best practices. Horowitz covers training, company culture and how to master the most difficult CEO skills. If you’re smart, you’ll read this book. Golden lesson learnt: “Take care of the people, the products, and the profits – in that order.”
By Sheryl Sandberg
If you are a driven woman and haven’t read this book, I suggest you immediately stop what you are doing and start reading. If you are a driven man who feels this book has no relevance to you, I dare you to step outside of your comfort zone, stop what you are doing and start reading.
Sandberg pushes boundaries and challenges us all to ‘understand and acknowledge how stereotypes and biases cloud our beliefs and perpetuate the status quo. Instead of ignoring our differences, we need to accept and transcend them.’
HBR’s 10 Must Reads Boxed Set (Harvard Business Review)
Peter Ferdinand Drucker, Clayton M. Christensen, Daniel Goleman
The 4 Hour Work Week
Zero to One
The War of Art
Rich Dad Poor Dad
Robert T. Kiyosaki
Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking with People Who Think Differently
Angie McArthur and Dawna Markova