Must-Read Books for Every Entrepreneur

“Everyone can tell you the risk. An entrepreneur can see the reward.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

Whether you’re a new entrepreneur or a seasoned one, wisdom and the words of the great has always proven to be invaluable in helping you learn faster. Starting your own company is a battle, and one must never go into battle unarmed and blind.

Here are some of our top picks on entrepreneurship to help you grow your business into the best and most successful one out there.

“Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future”, by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters

“Every moment in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them.”

One of the greatest entrepreneurs and venture capitalists of all time, tech billionaire Peter Thiel’s book is a must read for all aspiring entrepreneurs. It serves as a complete guide on building a business from scratch. In this book, he stresses on the importance of starting something new and creating a niche business that is unique to the already existing marketplace.

“The Greatest Salesman in the World”, by Og Mandino

“Never feel shame for trying and failing for he who has never failed is he who has never tried.”

In contrast to the other books, The Greatest Salesman in the World deals with salesmanship and success.
 Og Mandino tells the story of Hafid, a poor camel boy who achieves a life of abundance. Mandino laid down a reading structure which asks the reader to read some chapters for many days several times a day.

“The Lean Startup”, by Eric Ries

“The only way to win is to learn faster than anyone else.”

This book is to entrepreneurship as the alphabet is to writing. The Lean Startup is a new approach to business that's being adopted around the world. It is changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. It provides the basic know how of entrepreneurship and starting your own company.

The Lean Startup will change the way we think about entrepreneurship ― Tom Eisenmann, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School

“EntreLeadership”, by Dave Ramsey

“People who change their values, their ethics, are not trustworthy and should be avoided.”

This book is simply a must read for anyone looking to set up their own business. This book focusses on leadership as well as entrepreneurship.

“Every entrepreneur is searching for the elusive formula that perfectly blends the creativity of the start-up with the leadership qualities to guide a growing team. Dave Ramsey reveals the ingredients in EntreLeadership, a guide for the complete business leader.”
—S. Truett Cathy, founder and CEO, Chick-fil-A, Inc

“The $100 Startup”, by Chris Guillebeau

“Don't waste your time living someone else's life.”

Guillebeau gives rousing examples of somewhat-accidental entrepreneurs making success out of strife, opportunity, and circumstances, thus providing hope and inspiration to the rest of us. It is a book that you can’t put down, and a book that you will want to read and read all over again.

Thoughtful, funny and compulsively readable, this guide shows how ordinary people can build solid livings, with independence and purpose, on their own terms -Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

“Rework”, by Jason Fried and David Hansson

“Until you actually start making something, your brilliant idea is just that, an idea.”

Rework is a wonderful book that motivates you to actually start executing your plan instead of covering behind in fear. This book is recommended for those who want to build efficient businesses in better and faster ways. The book tells the reader what you really need to be successful which is to stop talking and start working. In addition to getting exposure without wasting money, it provides the reader with a lot of motivation and inspiration.

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

“The best leaders are those that lead by example and are both team followers as well as team leaders. We believe that in general, the best ideas and decisions are made from the bottom up, meaning by those on the front lines that are closest to the issues and/or the customers. The role of a manager is to remove obstacles and enable his/her direct reports to succeed. This means the best leaders are servant-leaders. They serve those they lead.”

In this book, Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, talks about his entrepreneurial adventures and his road to success. In this book, you'll learn the importance of corporate culture and how focusing on the happiness of those around you can greatly increase your own.

Honourable Mentions

  • The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
  • The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • As A Man Thinketh by James Allen
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Adithi Ananth

Adithi Ananth is a Content Writer at VentureX, SJCE. She's currently pursuing her Bachelor's in Industrial & Production Engineering. She's one of the sweetest people you'll find on campus.