With the world and his wife aspiring to be an entrepreneur, it should come as no surprise that there’s a million and one books on the subject. But, as with everything in life, all these books are not made equal.
If you’re looking for real and valid advice on how you can be the best entrepreneur possible, then you should definitely check out this list of the 10 Best Books out there for those who want to become true leaders, rather simply settling for ‘Joe Average’.
1. The War of Art – by Steven Pressfield
The War of Art is a truly practical guide for succeeding in just about anything. It’s a bit like tough love – but for yourself, not someone else. The book shows you how to identify exactly what it is within you that’s holding you back from achieving your goals, and then create a rocking action plan to change whatever it is in the fastest and most effective way possible.
For the entrepreneur, the message this book gives is invaluable. Because unless you understand your own failings (and accept them), you can never truly rise to your highest potential.
2. Winning Through Intimidation – by Robert Ringer
Ringer’s approach to true success is – for some, perhaps – a little controversial. But for over 30 years his book, Winning Through Intimidation, has been studied by some of the most successful business people and entrepreneurs out there. The thing is, sticking your head in the sand and thinking that intimidation is not a part of business is a true rookie mistake.
Because in every business situation (indeed any life situation!), someone always has the upper hand. And if you want to understand how you can do your utmost to make sure that’s you, then you NEED to read this book.
3. The E-Myth Revisited – by Michael E. Gerber
To give it its full title, The E-Myth Revisited and Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, pretty much gives away exactly what this book is all about. Set out in an easy to understand manner, it explains the journey of a new business – from the initial idea right through to growing a successful business.
There is a process all successful businesses follow, and this book explains how you too can copy this, in crystal clear fashion.
4. The Proverbs of Solomon
From the book of the King James Bible, The Proverbs of Solomon might seem a strange one to include on this list. And that could well be your first mistake – and one of the reasons you’re not as successful an entrepreneur as you’d like to be.
The Proverbs probably give us the most fundamental and powerful lessons in business that there are, because if we fail in wisdom, morals, and character, than we can never be truly successful as strategists and tacticians. It’s a true font of wisdom, and if you give it the time of day to read, could prove more powerful than any book you’ve ever, or will ever, read…
5. The One Thing – by Gary Keller
The One Thing has a ton of accolades – so many that we’re not going to even begin to list them. Suffice to say that this book provides you with a powerful, yet truly simple concept to make every minute of your working day count at 100%. This leads to higher performance, bigger profits, happier staff (and a happier you), yet more downtime and certainly a better work-life balance.
6. How to Get Rich – by Felix Dennis
Written by one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, How To Get Rich, by Felix Dennis is unique in the way fact that this is a guy who simply wanted to help others understand the true meaning of what it is to be an entrepreneur.
Not only is it crammed full of take-home advice, but it’s a fantastically entertaining read as well. If you only read a single book on this list, we’d recommend that it be this one.
7. The Slight Edge – by Jeff Olsen
The Slight Edge is all about understanding the way we think and the resulting actions. If you could just learn to process information in a way that influences the making of good decisions, then you can truly have a ‘slight edge’ over others. If you want to truly understand why the big success stories for certain individuals actually happen, then you need to get into their mindset. And this book will show you how…
8. The Star Principle – by Richard Koch
Koch has made his fortune thanks to his ability to spot ‘star’ businesses. And finding one or two could be construed as luck, or coincidence. But when you’ve coma across as many as this guy, then there has to be something he’s doing right.
And this is what The Star Principle is all about. And best of all, he explains his ‘super ability’ in an easy to understand formula fashion. A fascinating, and potentially uber-profit making, read.
9. Rework – by Jason Fried
Rework certainly isn’t a rehash of the same old – same old that most entrepreneurial books have to offer. If you’re fed up of reading about ‘plans’ and ‘studying the competition’, and ‘investors’, and are keen to roll up your sleeves and simply get on with it, then this is the book for you.
Straightforward and king of the ‘keep it simple’ way of thinking, this book will have you and your business up and running in no time at all.
10. 80/20 Sales and Marketing – by Perry Marshall
Marshall’s, 80/20, is THE book out there to unravel all the bull about truly successful sales and marketing. And no matter what industry you’re in – or want to be in – you NEED to market your wares. Efficient, elegant, and powerful, you’ll be glad of the time put aside to read it, because the info it contains is gold dust!