“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”Jim Rohn
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”Dr. Seuss
“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”Socrates
Those were the delightful words of some of the greatest authors and bibliophiles that ever lived.
Most successful people have read many books. In fact, reading is a daily success habit of wealthy individuals. And it’s not just about perusing the pages of every next text but learning. Successful people read to learn.
Bill Gates, who is the richest man in the world shares that while he can travel anywhere and meet with anyone, reading is still the main way that he learns new things and tests his understanding. He always has a book with him wherever he goes.
If ever you encounter a great and successful businessman, you should ask him what books he reads.
I wouldn’t say I’m successful, at least not right now. I’m just an entrepreneur burning the candle at both ends to get my business going. However, I have researched deeply and found some of the most inspiring books every aspiring entrepreneur or business person should read. Here I have listed a few out of a plethora of others. Trust me, no one ever reads these books and remains the same. Pick one today at Amazon book stores and start reading.
1. The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank
As a business, achieving the perfect product-market fit is all it takes to become a leading brand. Steve Blank shows you how to do just that. It presents a series of practical exercises that ensure you don’t make any faulty assumptions about your target market, which can turn out badly for your business. It also gives concrete examples of how to organize your marketing strategies and sales.
2. R.E.S.E.T. Your Mindset: Silence Your Inner Mean Girl by Natalie Eckdahl
Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone would TALK about things when they’re a mess?
For some reason, we’re all too often married to the idea that we must keep up a front that everything is fine — even when it isn’t. We convince ourselves that nobody else is dealing with the same things we are or that we are an imposter and have no business doing what we do. Those are just big fat lies our brain tells us.
We can try and ignore those inner voices, but until we face them head-on and create strategies to deal with them we’re likely to repeat the same patterns time and again.
R.E.S.E.T. Your Mindset shares the stories of real women who have done their own work to reset and explores how we can conquer our own common mindset issues.
3. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
How we think about ourselves and our own talents and abilities matters. The stories we create about what we can and can’t do can, in fact, stifle our growth and limit our thinking about what’s possible.
Dr. Carol S. Dweck conducted decades of research on this concept, and what she found was that people who have a fixed mindset and think they’re only capable of limited things are less likely to flourish. Conversely, people who have a growth mindset and believe skills can be developed will likely see greater success.
Dweck also found that people can use this growth mindset to foster accomplishments in those they influence.
This book pushes you to question your own thinking about what you’re capable of. We all have our list of things we think we can’t do — but what if we’re wrong?
4. The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women by Valerie Young
Most of us have an internal monologue that starts when we’re feeling doubt. We tell ourselves we aren’t good enough, we don’t deserve what we have, and we’re only successful because of luck or good timing.
What’s so incredible about these thought patterns is they don’t discriminate, and women in ALL careers often feel like imposters. The problem is viewing feedback as criticism and proof that we’re less than. We overcompensate by trying to be perfect, or we hide and don’t share our opinions.
These mindset issues can be so stifling that they undermine our ability to shine as our true selves.
In this book, Young shares anecdotes and advice to get to the root of the imposter syndrome so that we can recognize it when it happens and create new, more productive thought patterns.
5. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
The Richest Man in Babylon basically doles out common-sense advice brilliantly presented through tales and parables from the times of ancient Babylon. It’s an undisputed finance classic.
If you are in a financial rot without even knowing it, Clason offers you the red pill that will open your eyes to the cold reality.
If you want to discover the age-long principles behind wealth creation, this is a must-read.
6. You Are a Bada$$ at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
Issues with money mindset are a special kind of beast. We all need money — and want more of it — and how we were raised to view money can have a deep impact on us into adulthood.
Jen Sincero went from being broke to traveling the world in just a few years, and it all started with tackling the fears that kept financial success out of her reach.
To start to master your money mindset, you have to figure out what’s holding you back, so you can kick those fears and doubts to the curb. Learning how to relate to money in a new way, and understanding how we can shape our reality when it comes to money means we now have the ability to create wealth.
By understanding your limiting beliefs about money, you can begin to shift your mindset to one of prosperity and success.
7. Chillpreneur: The New Rules for Creating Success, Freedom, and Abundance on Your Terms by Denise Duffield Thomas
If there’s one buzzword we all know from the world of entrepreneurs, it’s “hustle.”
Everyone is expected to go-go-go 24/7, with the road to burnout being paved with good intentions.
That’s why you need to read Chillpreneur. It’s time to sit back, take a deep breath, and start letting go of the perfectionism that keeps us burning the candle at both ends.
Denise Duffield-Thomas is a money mindset coach known for her reassuring and practical advice. In this book, she encourages people to work less and earn more by finding a business model that is suited to your unique personality.
It’s time to ditch the hustle that keeps us tied to our desks, and learn how to create financial independence in a way that leaves time for you to live the rest of your life to the fullest.
8. Man Up: How to Cut the BuII$hit and Klck A$$ in Business (and in Life) by Bedros Keuilian
Excuses and procrastination are the greatest killers of progress. You put days, months, or even years between you and your financial goals every time you delay doing the inevitable.
Being an entrepreneur demands you roll up your sleeves and do the dirty work. Most people are fond of reveling in their thoughts and end up never gathering the will to set things in motion.
Bedros Keuilian shows you exactly how to stop making excuses and put in the effort when you can’t find the motivation to do so.
This read is for you if you are fond of thinking about your dreams but always find excuses to remain safe in your comfort zone.
9. The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America by Warren Buffet
To attain your full potentials in business, you’d have to learn the fundamentals.
Many entrepreneurs fail because they lack a basic understanding of what it takes to sustain a business. For this reason, Warren Buffet has arranged his most valuable writings in a well-presented manner. Think of it as a quick guide to business success. If you’d rather learn the easy way and avoid the pains of trial and error, go grab a copy.
Of all the things you’d learn from this guide, the basics of sustaining cash flow and an understanding of profit and loss are just the tip of the iceberg. It is an all-encompassing guide to business practices.
10. The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks
We all have our limits. Or at least, we think we do — especially when it comes to what we think we’re capable of achieving.
Most entrepreneurs are probably familiar with this feeling — we shy away from doing something in our business because we think we don’t have the ability to make it happen (aka we’ve hit our “upper limit”), and that belief stops us from thinking bigger.
By looking for patterns in your behavior and belief system, you can challenge your entire way of living to get yourself to the next level in business and life.
The Big Leap explores ways to push past your limiting beliefs, create new habits, and let go of your fears so you can be authentically great.
11. Bossypants by Tina Fey
I know, I know, Tina Fey isn’t primarily known for being an entrepreneur — but hear me out.
This book is certainly a hilarious memoir, but what spoke to me was hearing a powerful woman candidly discuss that she has sometimes felt like an imposter.
That’s a feeling many entrepreneurs know all too well.
Couple that imposter syndrome with the ever-present label of strong, confident women being “bossy,” and this book highlights the highs and lows of overcoming the mindset issues that can plague women in any profession.
In Bossypants, Tina explores her life through humorous and relatable stories and shares how she moved through life’s hurdles with her signature humor and “get it done” attitude.
12. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
Known as the creator and producer of some of the biggest hit shows on TV in the past decade, Shonda Rhimes was at the top of her game. But as an introvert, handling the endless PR grind was overwhelming.
The truth was, Shonda was afraid. That fear was the driving force to her saying no to most things, but that all changed when she decided to start saying yes to everything for one whole year.
This memoir shares what her life looked like before the Year of Yes and how that decision to start saying yes changed everything, By deciding to embrace the things that scared her, she was left feeling empowered and more in touch with herself than ever before.
The honest and raw nature of this book shows us that changing our mindset can change the way we see and interact with the world.
13. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This is one of my all-time favorites.
Relationships are essential to the success of any business. After all, what’s a business without customers or allies? Therefore, it’s important to know how to motivate your workers and persuade clients.
If you want to grow quickly as an entrepreneur, master the art of building long-lasting alliances with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders.
Proximity is power in business. Build and maintain your connections. Human relationships should never be underestimated.
14. The Five Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins
This book, in particular, was huge in helping me conquer mindset issues and helping me take action in my own life.
We all have people in our lives who have pushed us to be better than our excuses. But what happens when we stop relying on other people to give us that push, and instead, learn how to have the confidence to push ourselves?
The Five Second Rule focuses on the idea that by creating new habits, we can learn how to do a multitude of things in just five seconds. All you need to know is how to make yourself do it.
By understanding how to embrace these “push moments,” we set ourselves up to be more productive, have better collaborations, conquer our fears and doubts, and ditch our worry so we can feel happier in our day-to-day lives.
15. Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
Many of the lessons we learn in life come from falling down and getting back up again. Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable and going back and revisiting these times of hurt is a key to mastering our mindset about failure.
The premise of Rising Strong is exactly that — looking at stories from a vast range of people from all backgrounds and professions and finding the common theme of how they’ve overcome their circumstances and learned to lean into feeling uncomfortable so they can rise strong.
It’s during times of struggle that our mindset can take the biggest hit, so the process of overcoming struggles while coming from a place of truth allows us to evolve. By digging deeper into our emotions and understanding our own stories, we give ourselves the space to learn who we are and change our mindset from negative to positive.
While not all these books will appeal to every single person, they each have something unique to offer when it comes to mastering the entrepreneurial mindset. Whether you need to conquer fear, start saying yes to more things, or change your habits, just one step towards changing your mindset can have a big impact on your business AND your personal life.
16. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
To be an effective manager, learn how to use your time wisely. You can’t run a successful venture if you are terrible at time management. You can be busy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and still end up achieving very little.
The 4-Hour Workweek shows you how to make every hour count. It proves that it’s possible to turn 80 hours of work into 4 and still achieve the same results – Unbelievable right? Well, you’d have to find out for yourself how exactly this can be achieved.
If you always struggle to meet deadlines and need a way to propel your hourly output, this book will show you how to maximize your life so that you can spend fewer hours working.
17. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fork: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
This is an intriguing title. And the content is even better.
The mind is the greatest tool ever given to man. When it comes to succeeding in business or life, your mind is the most powerful influence you will ever face. The weak-minded never go far, especially so in business.
Not everything in life is relevant. Things matter only when you make it so. You will learn how to channel all your mental energy only on things that can help you achieve what you’ve set out for.
Discover how to take control of your own mind and not allow people, struggles, and downfalls to occupy valuable real estate in your head and eat away at your brain.
18. To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink
To Sell is Human is what you’ve been looking for if you consider yourself shy and think you don’t have the essential skills of salesmanship.
Every entrepreneur needs to understand how to make their target want their offers. Learn how exactly to make people budge in this interesting read.
19. Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin
The world of business is not all sunshine and rainbows. Do you have what it takes to stick it out even when everything seems to be going wrong?
Rand Fishkin in this brilliant book sheds light on what it’s like to struggle and survive in the world of business as a startup. It presents strong advice that can be applied to any business, no matter the size or industry.
20. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Carl Newport
This book contains useful and resourceful solutions to many problems faced daily by both the old and young around the world
I fervently believe that every aspiring young entrepreneur and even successful businesspeople should find this collection of books useful. I am highly enthusiastic and find it particularly fascinating to read books that pertain to instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in students, teachers, and even business owners. There are so many things I find valuable and I’m looking forward to share in my future blog posts.