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7 Great Books for Entrepreneurs

7 Great Books for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are always learning. From the lessons of running your own business to experiences shared by peers, finding new knowledge that resonates and applying it is a valuable way to grow.

An active reading list is important too. Books are an incredible source of information to help entrepreneurs aim higher and chart a path to success. Even the very best YouTube videos, webinars and podcasts cannot replace the in-depth lessons you will learn from a great book. From sales and self-improvement to business best practices and productivity, here are seven must-read books.

  1. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss.

    This book covers the tactics, routines and habits of billionaires, icons and world-class performers – things that every entrepreneur can relate to and aspires to achieve. “Not many people can compile years and years of interview notes together and create a handbook of excellence, let alone a compelling and worthwhile read. Tim Ferriss is one of those people,” says entrepreneur Brian Rashid. The book is not necessarily meant to be read from start to finish. Instead, Rashid recommends, flip around and read the parts that relate to your current focus – whether it’s financial planning, morning routines or improving your health.

  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie.

    His “time-tested advice has carried millions upon millions of readers for more than 75 years up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives,” raves Amazon. This is an adaptation of the timeless bestseller, reworked for more modern times. Among the book’s valuable lessons – learn how to be a diplomatic communicator, leverage your network, be your most likeable self, accomplish more, lead teams effectively and unleash the power of today’s digital universe.

  3. Start with Why by Simon Sinek.

    This book revolves around the premise that great leaders inspire others around them, including both colleagues and customers, by leading with “why”. These types of influential leaders think, act and communicate in a way that is opposite from others. Sinek calls their way of being “the golden circle” and believes it is a framework to build incredibly strong organizations and customer loyalty.

  4. Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone.

    World-renowned entrepreneur Grant Cardone’s five privately held companies have annual revenues exceeding $100 million. He has built a powerful personal brand and leverages his own success story to inspire and motivate others to reach for their dreams. In this book, his message is simple – demand success and it will happen. If you don’t, it won’t. Learn to set big goals and then work every single day to achieve them.

  5. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

    This book claims it could be worth a million dollars to you and is a recommendation from entrepreneurs Tom and Nick Karadza, the brothers behind one of Canada’s fastest growing companies. “Inspired by Andrew Carnegie's magic formula for success, this book will teach you the secrets that will bring you a fortune. It will show you not only what to do but how to do it,” says Amazon. Read, learn and then apply the techniques revealed in the book to master true and lasting success.

  6. Outrageous Advertising That's Outrageously Successful by Bill Glazier.

    If you spend any money on advertising, you’ll want to read this book. It’s full of outrageous ideas, stories and examples to help you get a great return on your investment. The author is an advertising guru who has had outrageous success implementing outrageous programs in his own menswear business. The book also presents examples from other industries and is another recommendation of the Karadza brothers.

  7. Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson.

    Some entrepreneurs are simply iconic, like the author of this incredible memoir. The book is much more than just insights into Branson’s personal life – it’s full of business success stories, lessons learned, tales of adventure and motivational thinking that is sure to inspire even the most seasoned entrepreneurs.

Next time you take some “me time,” why not curl up with one of these great books! In addition to inspiring you, you’ll find tips to help you continue successfully on your entrepreneurial journey. These books may also change your thinking, help you pivot and push you to do more as you build your dream business.