What books should be read by entrepreneurs?

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What books should be read by entrepreneurs?

What is the one thing that successful entrepreneurs have in common? It is not the high IQ or luxury cars but around 90% of them spend at least 30 minutes a day for reading. If you want to make it really big in the business world, you must develop the reading habit because it is a skill that inspires you to move forward and helps you overcome the challenges in life.

Here are the most important must-read books for entrepreneurs:

The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

The author, Ben Horowitz is a successful business entrepreneur himself (co-founder of the well-known venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz) and he talks about how hard to run a business in a brutally honest manner. Horowitz speaks about his own hard-earned rise in a straightforward tone laced with humor and this book offers valuable advice for both young entrepreneurs and experienced business people.

Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

This book teaches you how to unlock your inner creativity effectively to become a successful entrepreneur. It follows an incredibly inspiring and entertaining narrative and you can learn how to approach a problem and solve it innovatively to become more productive and successful in life.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

This book is one of the most popular self-help and management books ever written. It discusses how habits form character and Stephen Covey reveals that the habits have a powerful role in our life. As the name suggests, this book talks about 7 habits that make a successful individual and it puts forward a systematic method of approach to solving professional and personal problems.

These three books lead you to new ways of thinking and teach you how to become a successful entrepreneur by tapping into your creative potential. Other popular must-read books for entrepreneurs include Choose Yourself by James Altucher, The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, Purple Cow by Seth Godin, To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink, As A Man Thinketh" by James Allen and How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie as well.

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I think reading definitely adds to the qualities of an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur is a person who has the confidence to live up to his dreams no matter how hard it gets. The person who gets going is the person who gets things all set to p  lace with the hard work. I have read the book rich dad and poor dad and it also adds to list of an entrepreneurs reading list. Besides I find this book named The Hard Things About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz is an excellent book. It teaches a person to actually tells us how to build a business when there is actually no answers to the easy things in life. Its a guide to an entrepreneur. I feel it can make me an entrepreneur oneday :D


You are what you read. Everybody has a favorite book, a book that has been a source of inspiration or influence for them. Entrepreneurs are no different, except that their top favorite reads tend to be business books that have helped in guiding them through their business start up journey.

I would like to mention about top 5 inspiring books that I feel will help you get started on your entrepreneurial journey. 

1. Winning Through Intimidation by Robert Ringer.

2. My Life in Advertising by Claude Hopkins.

3. The Proverbs of Solomon. 

4. Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind by Al Ries and Jack Trout. 

5. How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis. 

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