Calling all entrepreneurs! Are you looking for some awesome books on the subject? Confused by the sheer number of volumes there are to choose from?
Well never fear… Because we’ve done all the leg work for you. Below are 10 of the most excellent books ever written on the subject of entrepreneurship. Each one is jam packed with info from some of the most respected names on the subject. Go on – fill your boots…!
1. The Innovator’s Dilemma – by Clayton Christensen
Wall Street Journal and Business Week bestseller, The Innovator’s Dilemma, is a best selling classic that every aspiring entrepreneur should read. Focusing on the subject of ‘disruptive innovation’, the book delves into the reasons of when and where deviating from traditional business practices can be the real catalyst of innovation.
If you want to be a truly successful leader, then this is one book you certainly need to become familiar with.
2. Conscious Capitalism – by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia
Conscious Capitalism certainly provides food for thought. Using some of the world’s best known companies to prove a point, you’ll discover why the combination of capitalism with big business can lead to a situation where everyone ends up a winner. Profits are good, the world is also a better place – which is surely something we should all aspire to.
And hey, it also shows that companies that work with such ethics are also more successful. Another reason to study the strategy…
3. The Obstacle Is the Way – by Ryan Holiday
Holiday’s, The Obstacle is the Way, is all about how the ancient Greek philosophy of stoicism can be followed in order to lead and be successful through difficult situations. Some of the greatest people in business history (think Steve Jobs and John D. Rockefeller) have embraced these principles. And we certainly don’t need reminding about their amazing success factor…
4. Reality Check by Guy Kawasaki
Every aspiring entrepreneur should read Reality Check. Way, way too many enthusiastic start ups of ‘the next big thing’, soon come tor realize that all they’ve managed to be is ‘the next big mistake’!
If you want to understand exactly how to ignore the fads, sketchy theories, and dubious trends that are always being touted as what you need to buy into, and instead discover how to seek out the real deal, then this book is for you.
5. Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Switch uses story telling to describe the powerful aspects of making lasting changes – both in a professional situation and a personal one. The psychology behind this is that our brains are hard wired in a particular way – meaning the rational mind and emotional both compete against each other (we can’t help it, it’s part of the human make up).
But by understanding this, it’s then possible to ‘switch’ this conditioning off, and actually cause lasting change to occur. It’s powerful stuff, this book – and wholly compelling as well.
6. Lucky or Smart? – by Bo Peabody
Luck or Smart? by serial entrepreneur, Bo Peabody, shows us that it’s not about whether you’re lucky, or whether you’re smart that’s important when it comes to being a success. It’s actually a combination of the two!
And when you combine these together, it’s truly possible to create a successful end product time and time again – as Peabody has ably demonstrated throughout his incredibly successful career…
7. The Four Steps to the Epiphany – by Steve Blank
If you’re looking for a ‘how to’ book on start-ups, then The Four Steps to the Epiphany is about as close as you can get! With tens of thousands of copies sold, this classic book provides you with a proven four step strategy for customer development, along with concrete examples of exactly what to do, how to do it, and crucially, when to do it.
8. Moonshot – by John Scully
Former CEO of Pepsi and Apple, John Scully passes on his words of wisdom about building a truly transformative business. In fact, in Moonshot, Scully claims that we’re in an era of transformative events that make the time ripe for a new breed of innovative entrepreneur to create a business that has the potential to bring in an awful lot of money.
9. Zero to One – by Peter Thiel
The New York Times best seller, Zero to One, you’ll discover the complete opposite to the belief of many that there’s nothing else to invent. If you want to see innovation in a new light, and realize that the US has a bright future for entrepreneurs, then this is a wholly empowering book to read.
10. The Fountainhead – by Ayn Rand
If you’re looking for a book that describes the passion and spirit necessary to be a truly exceptional entrepreneur, then The Fountainhead should definitely be on your reading list. Author, Rand, was the groundbreaking philosopher of Objectivism, and this is a modern classic that defines exactly what it is that makes the successful entrepreneur stand out above the rest.
In addition, it’s a delightful read – and one that’s so very different from all the other books in this list. And even though it was written many years ago, it remains as fresh and relevant today as it did back then.