10 must-read books for entrepreneurs

An entrepreneur without entrepreneurship is only a businessman. It is a quality that needs to be nurtured with experience, knowledge and wisdom. The path of entrepreneurship is challenging and can be daunting from time to time. How do you keep going, without flailing and deviating from your track and not losing sight of what you want to achieve? How do you keep your hopes up and keep sailing even in the toughest tides? Taking cues from these 10 ‘must-read’ works of successful entrepreneurs, philosophers, and business leaders, can light up your path and can help you get through your entrepreneurial journey.

ENTREPRENEUR REVOLUTION by Daniel Priestley

We are at the end of an era. The Industrial Age is being fast replaced by dynamic start-ups and small enterprises and tech-innovators. This is the time of revolutionary entrepreneurs and this is a book apt for the modern entrepreneur. As Amazon reviews, “Entrepreneur Revolution is a master-class in gaining an entrepreneurial mind-set, showing you how to change the way you think, the way you network, and the way you make a living.” Leader and entrepreneur, Daniel Priestley, shares insights on how to embrace the changes and thrive as a visionary in the digital era.

REWORK by Jason Fried

From the founders of Basecamp, Rework is the “perfect playbook” for any entrepreneur. Whether you are a start-up or a small-medium enterprise, this book will help you change the way you have been working and approaching business. In a world with easy (or almost free) technology, anyone can be an entrepreneur but only those who know how and when to ‘Rework’ can be successful.

7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE by Stephen R. Covey

Educator, author, businessman and keynote speaker, Covey gives a great insight into a ‘holistic, integrated, principle-centred approach for solving personal and professional problems’. Globally acclaimed and popularised by visionaries and successful professionals, this book reveals a step-by-step guide for aspiring entrepreneurs to seize opportunities, adapt to changes and gain wisdom to reach their goals.

THE GREAT BRITISH ENTREPRENEUR’S HANDBOOK

A compilation of experiences by 16 successful entrepreneurs and leaders in UK, this book is a great insight into the secrets of their success stories. If you are a budding entrepreneur, this anthology with guide you through all the highs and lows of what it takes to be a business success.

BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING by Malcolm Gladwell

This international bestseller is about trusting your entrepreneurial instincts, and indulging in alternative ways of thinking. In this book, writer, journalist and sociologist, Malcolm Gladwell, talks about how past experiences can lead people to make informed decisions rapidly. Blink can be your guide to change management, using the power of your thinking.

EXISTENTIALISM & HUMANISM by Jean Paul Sartre

There are times when an impresario needs to relook at the philosophies of his life and work, to be able to approach his goal with a fresh perspective. One of the most read and applauded works of the French philosopher and novelist Sartre, this book is known for its lateral influence on any entrepreneur or leader. Though written seven decades ago, Sartre’s theory of Existentialism is still a valuable guide to self-confidence, risk-management, decision making, understanding actions and the ingenuity of an entrepreneur.

THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI by Robin Sharma

One of the best-selling works by professional guru Robin Sharma, this is a fictional take on leadership and provides great insight into living a fulfilling life and achieving your dreams. Followed by prominent personalities across the world, this widely read literary work is a ‘deft amalgam of the philosophies from both western and eastern worlds’, which can help an aspiring entrepreneur find the light.

FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand

Although a complete work of fiction, Fountainhead beautifully captures the entrepreneurial spirit and is strongly recommended by many successful businessmen of modern times. This highly acclaimed work of literature reveals the story of a man’s epic struggle to success, on his own terms, and how he fought convention to make a difference in his life- something every ambitious entrepreneur will relate to.

THE IDEA IN YOU: HOW TO FIND IT, BUILD IT, AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Martin Amor & Alex Pellew

It all starts with an idea or ‘the’ idea. The key to being an entrepreneur is to initiate and hold onto your big idea. This book is a guide to finding that ‘right idea’ and building upon it to achieve success. So, if you are at the stage of launching a start-up, this could be your go-to book.

ZERO TO ONE: NOTES ON START UPS, OR HOW TO BUILD THE FUTURE by Blake Masters & Peter Thiel

A number one best-seller on Amazon UK, this book is a great guide to start-ups. Masters and Thiel share refreshing ideas in the age of prototyping that will help aspiring entrepreneurs to be unique and add value to their business, their own lives and their communities.

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