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10 Books For Entrepreneurs On Success in Business and Life



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Another amazing collection of books for entrepreneurs on Everyday Power Blog!

When it comes to success the only thing more important than great mechanics is the proper mindset. As Brain Tracy always says, “we are what we think about most of the time.” We hope you enjoy this eclectic mix of books that will help ignite your entrepreneurial spirit and mindset. Being an entrepreneur is not easy, and this collection of amazing books will help you on your journey!

Books For Entrepreneurs On Success in Business and Life


1. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

While entrepreneurism isn’t quite the theme of this book, the lessons of personal sacrifice, survival and resiliency are. After reading this book your perspective on founding a startup may change because if the main character, Louie Zamperini, overcame the challenges and catastrophes he faced, then so can you. No wonder this book features number one at Amazon.

Quote from the book: “Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.”
― Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken

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2. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

Quote from the book: “The only way to win is to learn faster than anyone else.”
― Eric Ries, The Lean Startup

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable.  The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty.
Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

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3. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

I dare you to read this and not get a little fired up and action-ready. The latest edition of this groundbreaker has even more tools and up-to-date content to help you create and automate an income-generator (a.k.a. your “muse”), leaving you free to pursue your passions: other business plans, travel, whatever. Ferriss blows old assumptions about business wide open, from the basic (the “bank hours” we all tend to keep are not the most productive) to the more intricate (he presents a plan to make an Aston Martin DB9 affordable with his Dream line tool).

Quote from the book: “For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.” ― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek

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4. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie 

 This is a classic needs no introduction. Winning friends in the today’s competitive world is difficult is life’s biggest challenges. Its an art.

Quote from the book: “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” ― Dale Carnegie


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5. The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups From Their Founding Entrepreneurs by David Kidder

The title says it all. If you’re looking for a wide array of lessons learned and entrepreneurial experiences, this book is for you. Sharing insights from 41 different founders, The Startup Playbook covers everything from leadership lessons to finding one’s niche.

Quote from the book: “If we’re not doing something that’s game-changing, then frankly I’m not interested in doing it.” ― David Kidder, The Startup Playbook

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6. Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin 

The key to success is to find a way to stand out–to be the purple cow in a field of monochrome Holsteins. Every one should strive for excellence & try to change the Status Quo. The Author himself happens to be an example of accomplished speaker , blogger &sought after marketing genius.

Quote from the book: “In your career, even more than for a brand, being safe is risky. The path to lifetime job security is to be remarkable.” ― Seth Godin

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7. Zero to One: Note on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them. It’s easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. Every new creation goes from 0 to 1. This book is about how to get there. “Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how”. (Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla). “This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to create value in the world”. (Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook). “When a risk taker writes a book, read it. In the case of Peter Thiel, read it twice. Or, to be safe, three times. This is a classic”. (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan).

Quote from the book: “Brilliant thinking is rare, but courage is in even shorter supply than genius.” ― Peter Thiel, Zero to One

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 8. The E Myth Revisited  by Michael Gerber Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About it

The E Myth Revisited is an updated edition of the bestseller that dispels the myths about starting your own business. The main point I got out of this book was the difference between working on your business and working in your business. Much like Rich Dad Poor Dad, Michael Gerber notes how you must build your company and design it so that it works for you. Many people start businesses, work themselves to death, micromanage, and essentially create “another job” for themselves. The goal is to become an owner or investor where you aren’t involved in the day to day operations, and instead are the visionary that looks at the big picture.

Quote from the book: “Contrary to popular belief, my experience has shown me that the people who are exceptionally good in business aren’t so because of what they know but because of their insatiable need to know more.” ― Michael E. Gerber, The E-Myth Revisited

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9. The 22 Immutable Laws Of Marketingby Al Ries  & Jack Trout

Al Ries and Jack Trout, two of the world’s most successful marketing strategists, call upon over 40 years of marketing experise to identify the definitive rules that govern the world of marketing. Combining a wide-ranging historical overview with a keen eye for the future, the authors bring to light 22 superlative tools and innovative techniques for the international marketplace. The authors examine marketing campaigns that have succeeded and others that have failed, why good ideas didn’t live up to expectations, and offer their own ideas on what would have worked better.

Quote from the book: “Marketing is a battle of perceptions, not products.” ― Al Ries, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

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10. Stay Hungry Stay Foolish by Rashmi Bansal

Success stories of 25 MBA s from IIM who left lucrative jobs to start Entrepreneurial Ventures. Much like The Start Up play book it inspires one to enjoy the journey of the Road less travelled.

Quote from the book: “Of all the questions we leave unanswered the one that comes back to haunt us the most is :”What if…” What if I’d married my college sweetheart? What if I had the good sense not to? What if I had been born in this job market? What if… What if I’d planned a little less? What if I’d lived a little more? What if I’d chucked it all and started my own company? ‘What ifs’ are never idle fantasy. These are our hopes, dreams and desires” ― Rashmi Bansal, Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

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Book Lists

10 Best Self Help Books for Personal Development



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There is a famous quote by Lao Tzu that says:

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

This drives what I feel is true about self-help and personal development. Many times, we need to let go of who we have told ourselves to be, of the habits we said cannot be changed, and the patterns that cannot be broken, to achieve our full potential.

Change comes when we believe that it is possible, and when we open our minds to the potential of who we could become. So where do we start to work on this personal development? Books for personal development, or even articles online, are not a bad place to start.

Here are some of my suggestions.

10 Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

1) The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

Brene Brown writes about ten guideposts that can help us get rid of the shame and guilt that we carry around. This concept should help us embrace the ideas that we belong, that we are worthy.

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Her writings show us how to be more authentic. It helps us shed others’ ideas as well as our own of what we should. She teaches us to show courage and comfort in embracing who we truly are. This is one of the books for personal development that carries a true message of acceptance.

2) Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior Paperback by Mark Goulston  & Philip Goldberg

The authors teach you to “transform 40 common self-defeating behaviors, including procrastination, envy, obsession, anger, self-pity, compulsion, neediness, guilt, rebellion, and inaction.” By learning to stop these self-defeating behaviors, you can achieve success and have a life that you embrace.

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3) You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero


Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

Jen Sincero shares moving stories, clever advice, and simple exercises to help you recognize and cease the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that are keeping you from the life you want. You will learn where these patterns started, to accept the things you cannot change, and to take on the things that you can. One of the most inspiring books for personal development.

4) Emergence: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change by Derek Rydall

Derek Rydall focuses on ONE important point: “the answer is already in you.”

He believes that there is no part of us that is not exactly as it should be. That deep down we possess the skills and the abilities, but something stopped us from knowing this along the way. The book follows seven stages that show us that we actually are not lacking anything, that everything we need is already inside of us.

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5) I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” by Brené Brown

So many people get stuck on this idea of “what will people think.” Somewhere down the line, they learned to care more about what others thought of them than what they think of themselves. In this spirit, Dr. Brene Brown writes:

“We need our lives back. It’s time to reclaim the gifts of imperfection—the courage to be real, the compassion we need to love ourselves and others, and the connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life. These are the gifts that bring love, laughter, gratitude, empathy and joy into our lives.”

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When we can truly love and accept ourselves in this way, we can achieve greatness.


6) Healing Your Emotional Self: A Powerful Program to Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem, Quiet Your Inner Critic, and… by Beverly Engel

Beverly focuses on healing your emotional self. Whether this means letting go of toxic people in your life and the self-esteem damaging messages that come with them, or letting go of the shame and guilt you have been inundated with your whole life.

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The author works to help you become more kind and tolerant of yourself. To create an image of yourself that you feel worthy of. One of the great books for personal development for those who need to let go of past abuses and hurt to achieve their personal goals.

7) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She shows us that using tools such as self- admiration, does not necessarily mean we will be successful.

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The fact is that this mindset can actually get in the way of our success and growth. The author focuses on the idea that we can actually take part in lifelong learning that can lead us towards our most significant accomplishments.

8) Self-Defeating Behaviors: Free Yourself from the Habits, Compulsions, Feelings, and Attitudes That Hold You Back by Milton R. Cudney

I do not think you can get a better review than this:

“The most detailed examinations of self-defeating behavior I have ever read…. Very useful.” — Albert Ellis, PH.D., President, Institute of Rational-emotive therapy, and author of A New Guide to Rational Living. 

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When the person that literally founded the school of thought on how our thoughts impact our emotions, you know this is a book you need to read! It focuses on the simple premise that we are constantly faced with opportunities to demonstrate self-defeating or self-enhancing behaviors.

9)The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

This is one of the bestselling books for personal development of all time. It has helped countless people change their thinking, and achieve their goals. Dr. Peale simply wants individuals to live a happy and nourishing life by: believing in themselves and what they choose to do, and by developing a sense of purpose.

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If people believe that they have the power to accomplish anything, they can learn to be at peace with the thought that they can be truly successful. They will also find meaningful personal and professional relationships. Finally, this book can help folks grow control and confidence in themselves.

10) The Self-Esteem Workbook by Glenn R. Schiraldi

This is a simple and phenomenal workbook. One of the major reasons that people enter therapy and are held back from achieving their goals, are issues with self-esteem.

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This book will help the individual to learn the roots of their confidence issues, how their formation may have been faulty, and that they have control of who they are and what they want to achieve going forward.

Which of these books for personal development will you read first?

Working on self-esteem, getting to the point where you believe in yourself and your abilities, can be the single most important thing that someone can do to achieve personal development and success. Once we have developed a strong foundation of self-esteem, all things are possible.

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10 Motivational Books For Entrepreneurs Who Are Just Getting Started



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Summary: Here are our 10 favorite motivational books for entrepreneurs.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or one who has recently gotten started, these inspirational and practical books about business and mindset will educate and inspire your entrepreneurial endeavors.

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1) Edelman, Ric. The Lies About Money

Ric Edelman is a financial advisor in the United States. Not only is Edelman the CEO of one of the top independent financial institutions in the U.S., Edelman hosts a weekly radio show called The Ric Edelman Show.

In The Lies About Money, Edelman seeks to debunk common financial myths and shine a light on the dark parts of the retail financial industry. Edelman really feels like an advocate of the consumer rather than some slimy salesperson.

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This book is a great “next step” after Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich. After Sethi gives the basics, Edelman seems to pick up right where Sethi leaves off. Another aspect of this book that I love is that Edelman talks to everyone. He wants to make sure that all people in all stages of their life have a plan.


2) Sethi, Ramit. I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Ramit Sethi is a financial advisor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. I Will Teach You To Be Rich is one of the most comprehensive guides for people of all ages, especially twenty somethings, to learn how to manage their lives.

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If one is looking for a mix of the traditional wrapped in the contemporary, this is a very interesting read. As an entrepreneur, you must first manage your own life before you can help others manage theirs. Sethi really demonstrates his passion for helping people become the best version of themselves.


3) Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Malcolm Gladwell is a successful journalist and author. He has written five New York Times bestseller, and is fascinated by how the world works. The Tipping Point is an excellent survey of epidemics and their sociological effects.

As one of the most objective books for aspiring entrepreneurs I have ever come into contact with, the information gained from this work has a lot to do with documentation, instead of commentary.

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Where Gladwell is really important though, is in the connections of all of this information. He seems to be more than proficient in connecting statistical data, and presenting it objectively. I think this book is a must-read for any entrepreneurs interested in the sociological effects of popular interests or detrimental outbreaks.


4) Ferriss, Timothy. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Start with the end in mind. Tim Ferriss is an in-your-face, get-up-and-do-it kind of guy. With a blog to accompany this life-changing book, Ferris has created an ever-changing guide to becoming better than you were before, rather than a typical “self-help” guide to getting rich quick.

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One of my favorite things about Ferriss in The 4-Hour Workweek is his ability to compartmentalize skill acquisition, provide success tools, and quantify typical abstract mindsets. This is one of the most important reads I have ever come across for development and motivation.


5) Waitley, Dennis. The Psychology of Winning for the 21st Century

Visualize, then attack. Dennis Waitley promotes a hybrid of visualizing success while living in the present, and leaving the negative past behind. Waitley states, “Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.

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In addition to helping the general public, Waitley has worked with top athletes and business people in efforts of giving them the edge they need in high stakes situations. Imagine what you could do with this top tier information on your way up to financial independence.

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6) Branson, Richard. Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons in Life and Business

Seneca once said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” If there is anyone with an ability to capitalize on seemingly impossible situations, it is well-known businessman Richard Branson. Afflicted with dyslexia his whole life, Branson has been able to see opportunity when others see despair.

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In Branson’s book Screw It, Let’s Do It, he tells extremely enjoyable stories about many of his pivotal business and personal tribulations. One of my favorite things about Sir Richard is the fact that he is able to succeed when people tell him not to, or can’t.


7) Godin, Seth. Linchpin

The obvious goal of being an entrepreneur is to be able to work for yourself, right? Whether you believe this or not, you could argue that you could be entrepreneurial within the confines of a typical workforce job. In addition, most entrepreneurs have to be somewhere doing something that can fund your brand new business venture.

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As an excellent synergistic addition to the 4-Hour Workweek, Seth Godin’s book Linchpin is the guide on leveraging your social, technical, and time-management skills to your advantage. This leverage will allow you to move in the direction you want to go. This would be in contrast to being ordered around by a dictator boss, and simply mailing it in to become a cog of a machine.


8) Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

People get overwhelmed. Unless you are a person who knows to manage yourself, the people around them, and compartmentalize demands as they fly through the door. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a clear, well-known staple to the entrepreneurs repertoire.

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All of the things found in this book are worth your time, but the ideology of being able to categorize subjective tasks is priceless. The world we live in is not black and white, so we must be comfortable dwelling in the gray. Covey teaches you how to do this in one of the must-read books for aspiring entrepreneurs.


9) Johnson, Spencer. Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese? is a fictional self-help book dealing with change. The ability to first adapt, then thrive in an ever-changing world should be an entrepreneur’s primary goal. When people tell me that they are a survivor, they expect me to be impressed. Congratulations! You are not dead. That’s all. You have done nothing.

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Instead of being a survivor like every other member of society, be someone who thrives and helps others. Despite all efforts, change gets the best of people. It converts our thriving mind into a surviving mind.


10) Kaufman, Josh. The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business 

Not everyone needs the prestigious credibility indicators that you are told all your life you must acquire. The lion’s share of credibility indicators require vast amount of time and money to attain.

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Kaufman teaches you how to navigate through the labyrinth of who, what, where, when, and why you may or may not need to attain that ever-so-coveted graduate degree.

The Personal MBA is the resource you need when it comes to making the decision about whether you should spend your time and money on business and personal development – with or without the help of a university.

What other books for  entrepreneurs would you add to the list?

If you have a personal favorite or recommendation, let us know in the comments section below!

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