Assuming that you’ve heard the expressions “Knowledge is power” and “Readers are Leaders” you understand that books have the power to influence lives.

Many great men and women attribute their successes and achievements to books from the past. Great writers light years ahead of their time wrote on innovation, business, and character building techniques to bring forth success and happiness. As an entrepreneur, some of these books are sacred texts, fueling passionate spirits to strive for their better selves. If you’re looking to embrace your better self and embark on a journey of entrepreneurship and innovation, there are thousands of books to guide you in that direction. But there a few that you need to read. Below is a list of the must-read books to help you navigate through any entrepreneurial endeavors.

 

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead conveys the entrepreneurial spirit through inspiration and perseverance. According to Business Insider, self-made billionaire Mark Cuban claims the book as a must-read book for any entrepreneur. The book trumps individualism and an unwavering sense of compromising one’s own beliefs and aspirations.

 

Business Adventures by John Brooks

Some of the country’s richest entrepreneurs, including both Bill Gates and Warren Buffett,  have embraced the stories and teachings of this book. Business Adventures is composed of a collection of New Yorker stories and their business endeavors for all levels. Corporate America and its sometimes scandalous behavior is summarized in an easy to read 400+ page text.

 

Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson recounts the life of one of American history’s most prolific and entrepreneurial personalities, Benjamin Franklin. Billionaire Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, regards this book as one of his all-time favorites, out of admiration and respect for the iconic American hero.

 

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich has influenced thousands of entrepreneurs since the book’s initial publication in 1937. This classic emphasizes the importance of setting goals when undertaking a business venture or pursuing personal success. It is one of the most important manuals in the self-help and personal-improvement genre.

 

Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia

The book’s importance stems from its advocation of a different brand of capitalism. “Conscious Capitalism” reimagines the way in which business is done in order to create a more innovative, supportive, and humane future for all to partake in. Some of today’s largest companies are following the book’s general philosophy in creating value for all parties involved in the company’s processes; these benefits range from the company’s stakeholders, to its employees, and even suppliers.

 

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz

Ben Horowitz, a successful venture capitalist, wrote this book to showcase the difficulties involved in running a business.The book gives people an insider’s look at the often turbulent nature of creating and building a startup. Using his own experience with his own company, Horowitz offers practical wisdom on problem solving and strategy building. USA Today calls this book “a worthwhile read for aspiring entrepreneurs and managers alike.”

 

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Written in 1936, this timeless classic is still relevant for thousands of entrepreneurs and business leaders today. One of the most famous self-help books, the book teaches individuals to use superb communication skills in order to assume leadership and arouse enthusiasm within people. By doing this, one would ultimately increase their overall earning power.

 

The Essays of Warren Buffett by Warren Buffett and Lawrence A. Cunningham

Warren Buffett is often praised for his concise, simple way of writing about complex business models and concepts. The book is organized thematically, organizing Buffett’s letters to business leaders and financial gurus by subject and issue. It is a must-read for anyone entrenched within the corporate world.

 

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