Back in 2009, a little show called Shark Tank came on the scene, and young entrepreneurs everywhere applied to be on it. With the hope that their small business would grow into a multimillion-dollar enterprise and bring them prosperity for many decades, they applied.
If you’re a fan of the show or have an entrepreneurial bug in you, you are probably aware of the fact that starting your own business is no small feat. There are hundreds of things that could go wrong, and no matter how long you’ve been working, there are always new things to learn.
You might be unsure of who or which books you should read when seeking advice from others.
We can help you with this!
Here are 20 of the Best Books on Business Strategy:
We’ve put together a list of 20 of the best entrepreneur books of all time.
Let’s get right to it.
1. The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy
It’s no secret that selling yourself is one of the most important, if not the most essential, part of being a successful entrepreneur. If you can’t sell yourself successfully, then nobody will want to buy what you have to sell. Brain Tracy’s book deals with the psychology of selling yourself and your product to consumers. There are many strategies, tips and tricks that he shares to assist entrepreneurs as well as salespeople.
He stresses the importance of remembering that you need to put into the work to get your desired results and to do this, you need to pay attention to the people you’re selling to. We’ve listed this book as number one because it’s the perfect book for entrepreneurs to read, especially if you’re planning to try and get on Shark Tank!
2. Rework by Jason Fried & David Hansson
Our next pick is Rework, by Jason Fried and David Hansson. We’ve listed it at number two because this book isn’t like every other business-related book. Fried and Hansson get right to the point by showing you how you can succeed in business by following the simple phrase “less is more.” We love this book because it is motivating in a way that doesn’t suck your soul out, it’s easy to read and understand, and is ideal for entrepreneurs searching for some guidance.
3. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
Next up is The $100 Startup. Guillebeau is an excellent author who takes a look at successful entrepreneurs who had to start their own businesses from scratch with less capital than others. Guillebeau provides case studies that support his points and takes you along the way from starting a startup to being a financial stable entrepreneur.
This book is extremely helpful because the interviewees aren’t big names that you’d recognize from the industry but regular folks with ordinary experiences to share with others.
4. Rich Woman by Kim Kiyosaki
Ladies, this next book is for you! If you’ve been struggling with trying to get your finances and business together, then we’d highly recommend that you read this book. Kim helps you become a better, more successful investor. She also shows that women are great investors. She also shares ways to improve your financial intelligence faster. You can improve your financial skills, even if you are living in a man-dominated environment.
5. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Thinking, Fast and Slow is all about how to succeed and make your way to the top by thinking carefully and using various techniques and strategies to prevent mental roadblocks from taking place. We’re recommending this book to entrepreneurs because Kahneman takes you on a journey through the human mind, showing you the two systems that govern how we think. Kahneman talks about how to trust your intuition and the advantages and disadvantages associated with thinking quickly. He also discusses how impressions can affect thoughts and behavior.
It is a great book!
6. My Philosophy for Successful Living by Jim Rohn
Next up on our list is Jim Rohn’s book on living a successful life. Many entrepreneurs choose to start their own businesses with the hopes of working for themselves and living successful lives, which is why we’ve decided to include this book on our list. Rohn’s inspiring words go beyond the world of business and entrepreneurship as they delve into the life and what makes it successful. Rohn’s words will inspire you to be kind and respectful to others and to push yourself to reach your dreams and goals.
8. Who moved my cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson
We included this book for two reasons. One, it has a catchy and engaging title, and two, because it’s a beautiful book for entrepreneurs who want a quick and easy book to read. Johnson’s writing is not your typical self-help, motivational book. Instead of writing lengthy paragraphs on dealing with changes, Johnson approaches the topic through four characters that are mice. Each mouse has its own personality. These personalities are used to discuss how businesspeople make important decisions. He also shares how smart you can help achieve your goals.
8. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
We’d highly recommend this next book to younger entrepreneurs, especially those of you whose businesses are new. As a young entrepreneur, you don’t have as much experience and financial knowledge as some of your older and more experienced peers in the entrepreneurial field. The book is a great resource for students of business who want to know how to finance their education without the need for a textbook.
We’d highly recommend that you take note when reading this book, as it is incredibly beneficial to your overall financial wellbeing and education.
9. Click Millionaires by Scott Fox
The internet is one of the most essential parts of who we are today, and many modern businesses are thriving because of it. In this book by Scott Fox, you’ll learn all about combining outsourcing with online marketing.
This book was a joy to read and we recommend it highly. As an entrepreneur you must learn how to build and grow your online business using all the available tools. The best part about this book is that it teaches you how to use all the software that you’ve been using since you were a child.
10. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
By this point in our list, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed about the number of books recommended, and you’re probably wondering which one is the right book for you. All of these books can be helpful in different ways, either fortunately or not.
Micheal E. Gerber’s book is another one of those books that we think you need to read. Every person you meet when starting a business will have to provide you with unreserved advice on running it. At some point, you’ll realize that you’ve been given so much information and advice that you feel overwhelmed, and you feel like some of the information contradicts itself. This book will help you understand the different aspects of starting a business, and how to be a successful entrepreneur.
11. Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder
Our next pick is the perfect book for entrepreneurs who are sick of reading books filled with chunky paragraphs and not much else. Osterwalder has taken the classic entrepreneurial book and added illustrations and graphs. If you’ve been trying or wanting to come up with a well-structured business model and business plan, then you’ve got to read this book. The book was written for those who wish to be entrepreneurs and get involved in the business world.
12. Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
There are hundreds of movies, documentaries, and interviews explaining how millionaires everywhere made a name for themselves after building their careers from the ground up. Many of these millionaires started businesses completely from scratch, and then grew them to become the huge empires that they are today. While we know many of the stories, what do we get to see about their struggles and triumphs?
Livingston takes you on a journey in this book as she talks to some of the entrepreneurial industry’s biggest names. If you’ve wanted to get an inside glimpse into some of the biggest names in entrepreneurship, read this book.
13. The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
If you’ve been struggling as an entrepreneur, it could be because you’ve been following other people’s paths instead of your own. The good news is that you’ve decided to make a name for yourself by carving out a path that works best for you. However, you might be having trouble sticking to that path and going away from what many consider to be “normal.” In that case, we’d recommend reading Guillebeau’s book. It’s part self-help and part motivational, thus equipping you with the necessary tools to be a successful entrepreneur working on things that make you the happiest.
14. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
We live in a culture where people everywhere are starting businesses and rechanging the idea of what it means to work as an entrepreneur. Ries explores the ideas of what it means to work in a company that you’ve created individually. His tips and tricks will be of great help to entrepreneurs who want to create a profitable business that can last for years.
15. The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D. Johnson
This book focuses less on the whole idea of building a successful business empire, but rather, it focuses on improving your mindset and changing your mindset so that you can achieve success in great numbers. Johnson’s book focuses on adapting your thinking patterns in order to grow and sustain your business.
16. You can crush it! by Gary Vaynerchuk
This book is perfect for when you need a pick-me-up or a gentle shove in the right direction! We love this book because it doesn’t preach but instead motivates you to go ahead and crush it so that you can achieve your goals and work towards your dreams to achieve success. It’s one of the best books on international business and working on, and towards a goal, you’re passionate about.
17. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
A four-hour workweek sounds like the ideal life, no matter how much you love your job! Ferriss walks you through how to work harder but in a shorter time. Instead of exhausting yourself trying to keep your business afloat, we’d recommend that you read this book so that you can achieve success without sacrificing your personal life in the process.
18. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
This book gives you an honest look into the world of what it takes to run a successful business that you started on your own. It’s hard to run your own company, and Horowitz gives you an inside look into that process and what it takes to build a successful business from the ground up. We’d recommend reading this book so that you’re aware of the difficulties that come with being an entrepreneur.
19. The Startup of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman
This book is all about investing in yourself and thriving as an entrepreneur. If you’ve been struggling to succeed in such a competitive market and world, then you’ve got to get your hands on this book!
20. Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis
The last book on our list is this brilliant piece of writing by Paul Jarvis. It’s all about keeping your business small and staying that way. This book will show you how to keep your business small and profitable in a global economy that is obsessed with growth.
We took you through a list of 20 of the best entrepreneur books of all time in this article! These recommendations should be helpful to you.
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