12 Books for Entrepreneurs & Future Business Owners
12 Business Books for Entrepreneurs

12 Books for Entrepreneurs & Future Business Owners

Business Books

In celebration of National Small Business Week, we are listing 12 books which can help you develop the skills and character to run a successful business.

If you’re an entrepreneur or a business owner, chances are you may have read some of these already, but if you haven’t, this is a great list to add to your world domination arsenal.

This is by no means a complete list, but it does include a diverse set of ideas that have made giants of many across the world and across generations.

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The Quick & Easy Way To Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie


Notable Quote:
“Look your audience straight in the eyes, and begin to talk as if every one of them owed you money.”


Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin


Notable Quote:
“In your career, even more than for a brand, being safe is risky. The path to lifetime job security is to be remarkable.”


The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss


Notable Quote:
“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”


The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason


Notable Quote:
“A part of all you earn is yours to keep.”


How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie


Notable Quote:
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini


Notable Quote:
“The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.”


Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh


Notable Quote:
“Your personal core values define who you are, and a company’s core values ultimately define the company’s character and brand. For individuals, character is destiny. For organizations, culture is destiny.”


Rework: Change The Way You Work Forever by Jason Fried


Notable Quote:
“When you don’t know what you believe, everything becomes an argument. Everything is debatable. But when you stand for something, decisions are obvious.”


Zero to One Notes on Start-Ups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel


Notable Quote:
“The most valuable businesses of coming decades will be built by entrepreneurs who seek to empower people rather than try to make them obsolete.”


Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill


Notable Quote:
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”


Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins


Notable Quote:
“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”


The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries


Notable Quote:
“A startup is a human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty.”


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Comments

  • sgraubert
    Reply

    Thanks for this! Here are my suggestions:
    The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards
    The $100 Startup by Chris Gillebeau
    The Art of Learning, An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Joshua Waitzkin – I know that seems a little left-field but he is truly inspiring and got to the top of two professions by applying his knowledge
    For women- Prince Charming Isn’t Coming by Barbara Stanny

  • Clayton
    Reply

    Creativity, inc… by Catmull
    How Will You Measure Your Life by Christensen
    The Power of Habit… by Duhigg
    Essentialism… by McKeown

  • jb-ball
    Reply

    I’d suggest adding “Managing Oneself” by Peter F. Drucker

  • dlleuful
    Reply

    Great list! I’d also recommend “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” https://www.amazon.ca/ONE-Thing-Surprisingly-Extraordinary-Results/dp/1885167776

  • Owolabby
    Reply

    I’d suggest adding “Managing Onself” by Peter F. Drucker

  • Desmond
    Reply

    Great list! I’d also recommend “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” https://www.amazon.ca/ONE-Thing-Surprisingly-Extraordinary-Results/dp/1885167776

  • spencer
    Reply

    Love your list! I’ve read all but Zero to One (I’ll check that one out) and I would add The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, Just Listen by Mark Goulston and my favorite less known book The Book on Mind Managament by Dr. Dennis R. Deaton (can’t recommend this one enough).

  • n.e.r.c.4.5
    Reply

    Great list, thanks!
    I would add 2 books. Daniel Pink’s ‘Drive’ & Stephen Covey’s ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.

  • ctpatter
    Reply

    Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks For a Better Life

  • Shmuel
    Reply

    Great list, thanks!
    I would add 2 books. Daniel Pink’s ‘Drive’ & Stephen Covey’s ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.

  • Chris
    Reply

    Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks For a Better Life.