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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

20 All-Time Best Entrepreneur Books to Make Your Business Successful

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20 All-Time Best Entrepreneur Books to Make Your Business Successful

Being an entrepreneur is all fun until you realize that you’re actually not as experienced as others. Your knowledge might not be at the same level as those who’ve been in the business for twenty years and that scares you.

No need to worry though, if you have a high teachability index, you will be fine!

The following books will help you grow both in life and in business in order to become a successful entrepreneur. These best entrepreneur books will give you basic knowledge about being an entrepreneur and share advice on what happens while on the journey to entrepreneurial success.

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

    This book is guaranteed to change your life forever. Not only will it teach you all the do’s and don’ts of the social life, but it will also teach you how to be a better entrepreneur.

    We all know that the digital age has made it harder to be influential outside of the Internet, which is just as important as web influence, but Dale Carnegie breaks down all the steps you need to take in order to make friends with everyone you meet. It teaches you the etiquette of how to overcome competition or how to win over people who are close-minded or simply not interested in your pitch.

    Every entrepreneur needs to read this book at least once a year, it’s a business classic!

    Get the book here!

    2. The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy

      Every entrepreneur knows that the key to a good business is good sales technique. Not only do you have to sell your product, but you also have to sell yourself and your idea. Having a great product doesn’t do anything if you don’t know how to approach the person and make them fall in love with you and the product.

      This book by Brian Tracy gives you valuable information and strategies about how to make more selling by focusing on one thing – the person. Sometimes entrepreneurs forget the basics of selling and jump right over to getting results, but in order to get results, you need to know the basics. Brian Tracy goes over those major points thoroughly.

      Get the book here!

      3. Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson

        With only 96 pages of wisdom, this book is an easy weekend read. Featuring four mice – Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw – the story goes over the four different personalities and how they can affect one’s business.

        This book will enlighten all business people on themselves and the choices they make in life. It will teach you how to become flexible with your decisions in order to move forward confidently towards your dreams and goals.

        At the end of the book, it’s recommended to draw a map and position yourself between the four mice, at the personality type that best fits your own. If you are within a type that will most likely keep you from succeeding in business, do something.

        Get the book here!

        4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter

          Another great read for every entrepreneur.

          When you are younger in age, financial education might not be as high as the older competition, which puts you in a place of vulnerability. Robert Kiyosaki’s book breaks down everything you need to know about financial education without giving you a headache.

          The book will shine a light on the 9-5 job and the rat race that keeps you in that job you hate in order to pay the debts. He teaches you how to make your entrepreneurial dreams come true by giving you the cold, hard truth about wealth – it’s not found by going to school, getting good grades, graduating with a diploma, and working for a secure company.

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          Get the book here!

          5. Rich Woman by Kim Kiyosaki

            Reading books on financials education is key to succeeding.

            Kim Kiyosaki takes on the challenge to inform women everywhere about the power of money and how they can get a piece of that too. She empowers women to learn about their finances to make sure that they don’t depend on men for the rest of their lives.

            She teaches women from all ages on how to create a budget, invest in real estate, stocks or businesses, and how to use the financial knowledge you have – the one they don’t teach you in school – to become wealthy and independent.

            Get the book here!

            6. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

              Daniel Kahneman goes over the two systems found in our mind, that can make or break our ability to move forward and succeed in life, in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow.

              He talks about the fast and emotional system, and the slow, more logical system that makes up our whole mind. He breaks down the various effects of each system on our success, mentality, confidence, and teachability index.

              This book is a must-read for everyone who wants to get to the top of the tower without actually killing the dragon.

              Get the book here!

              7. The Startup of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman

                It’s time to get inside the mind of LinkedIn’s co-founder and chairman, Reid Hoffman, and learn more about the keys to managing your career as if you were already an entrepreneur.

                It’s possible that you are still working a part-time job while you’re growing your business and it might be hard to stay focused on your entrepreneurial life while you still have to answer to a boss, but Reid Hoffman is here to help.

                In his book, he teaches you how to put yourself in the entrepreneurial mindset even if you’re still working for someone else. This will help you think like an entrepreneur at all times, which will motivate you to continue on your venture no matter what.

                At the same time, you will know what to look for in employees when your business becomes big enough to employ people. Win-Win.

                Get the book here!

                8. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

                  Who hasn’t heard of Timothy Ferriss? His name has been everywhere since he launched in his book, The 4-Hour Workweek.

                  Nowadays, everyone is looking for that easy fix, and becoming an entrepreneur is all about enjoying the wonders of life without having to work 40 hours a week. Timothy knows that and therefore puts you in the right mindset to start building a business that will allow you to work not 20, not 10, but 4 hours a week and still build a fortune.

                  Get the book here!

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                  9. The $100 Startup by Chris Gillebeau

                    This is a very interesting book for anyone who feels unmotivated because they lack funds. Chris turns the tables around and gives you the upper hand.

                    In his book, he talks about 50 of the most amazing success stories of entrepreneurs who are making more than $50,000 and who started with only a few bucks in their bank accounts.

                    This is the perfect book to motivate you to move forward without focusing on the money or the HOW. Get the idea, have the passion, and the rest will follow.

                    Get the book here!

                    10. Click Millionaires by Scott Fox

                      The Internet is taking over the world with more e-commerce businesses opening than ever before. Scott Fox focuses his words on how to combine outsourcing and automated online marketing to build monthly cash-flow online.

                      He thoroughly teaches you how to build an online business by going over all the tools that are available to you. It’s the perfect book to learn more about online business and how to utilize the software that’s been available to you since you were a baby.

                      Get the book here!

                      11. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

                        There are many misconceptions out there about starting your business and being a successful entrepreneur, and it’s only natural to become a little confused as the contradicting information is thrown at you from all directions.

                        Michael E. Gerber breaks down each myth and walks you through the real life steps of having a business and becoming successful as an entrepreneur in today’s era. He wants to make sure that you know the difference between working on your business and working in your business.

                        Get the book here!

                        12. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

                          Gary takes a very motivating and persuasive voice in his book Crush It! by motivating you to move on your passions.

                          In his book, he goes other the many reasons why you should stop sitting on your couch dreaming about the day you will get paid to do what you love. He wants you to get out of your comfort zone and create a happy and passionate life for yourself.

                          If you need that little extra nudge to move on your passion and create a business, this is your go-to book!

                          Get the book here!

                          13. Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston

                            We all hear the success stories after they happened: how millionaire XYZ started their business with only $1,000 in their bank accounts.

                            But how did they grow their business from that starting point? How did they become millionaires? What was their journey? How did they feel while they were battling through the obstacles?

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                            Jessica Livingston goes over all those questions in her book Founders at Work by interviewing some of the biggest entrepreneurs in the world and asking all the right questions.

                            How did Steve Wozniak from Apple grow his business? Where did Sabeer Bhatia get the strength to move past obstacles? All these questions will be answered only if you read the book!

                            Get the book here!

                            14. The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Gillebeau

                              Ah, conformity. Most people tend to fail because of conformity; they want to follow what everyone else is doing just to not feel rejected.

                              This book is perfect for all entrepreneurs who are looking to break away from the crowd and face entrepreneurship head first. It’s time to stop believing the assumptions we were told about life and start living life differently.

                              In his book, Chris Gillebeau talks about how to live the life you want, following the rules you create, and the goals you set for yourself. This is a great and inspiring book for entrepreneurs who struggle with their ability to break away from their toxic entourage and making a run for it towards what they want most in life – entrepreneurship.

                              Get the book here!

                              15. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

                                The games have changed; building a business is no longer about updating the business plan every other week according to Eric Ries.

                                In his book, he goes over the various techniques an entrepreneur can use in order to create a business that will go against the odds and succeed. He takes on a more scientific and intuitive approach as to how to be a successful entrepreneur with a lasting business under your arm.

                                Get the book here!

                                16. The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D. Johnson

                                  Everything starts in the mind. If you have negative thoughts all day, it’s pretty certain that your day will not end on a good note.

                                  Kevin D. Johnson knows that and wants to help entrepreneurs around the world to change their mindset in order to be successful. In his book, The Entrepreneur Mind, Kevin D. Johnson talks about the different ways to change your way of thinking in order to start a business, make it grow, and make it last.

                                  By the end of the book, he makes sure you know when to keep going and when it’s time to let go and start again.

                                  Being an entrepreneur means being able to get back up, and this book will teach you how to get back up without too many scars.

                                  Get the book here!

                                  17. Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder

                                    Great for the visual entrepreneur. We’re all used to looking at pictures more than we are reading books, which is why Alexander Osterwalder wants to teach you the right way, according to him, to create a business plan and act on it.

                                    With pictures, graphs and timelines, this book is a must-have for every visionary entrepreneur. If you need calendars, post-its and picture reminders in order to do something, this is for you.

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                                    Build a successful business plan, and you’ll build a successful business. Back to the basics.

                                    Get the book here!

                                    18. Rework by Jason Fried & David Hansson

                                      Compared to Alexander Osterwalder, David Hanson and Jason Fried want to approach the other type of entrepreneurs – the ones who want fast results and don’t really care or have the time to go through all the basic steps.

                                      The two authors team up together to crunch down the basics and create a whole new system that will make you act upon your dreams and goals faster.

                                      The book will motivate you to get up on your feet and move forward without planning the steps on a piece of paper before. This is for the go-getters who prefer to learn by doing!

                                      Get the book here!

                                      19. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

                                        There are many things that school doesn’t teach us, and Ben Horowitz wants those things to be out in the open for entrepreneurs. His book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, gives advice on how to build and run a startup in the real world.

                                        He will give you advice on things that school just doesn’t seem to go over, like how to analyze problems and find solutions, or how difficult running a business actually is.

                                        He puts you in the CEO mentality by sharing his entrepreneurial story of how he overcame the competition and cultivated success.

                                        It’s a great read for entrepreneurs looking for a mentor to guide them through their journey. This book isn’t censored – it’s the real truth about being an entrepreneur!

                                        Get the book here!

                                        20. My Philosophy for Successful Living by Jim Rohn

                                          Jim Rohn has inspired many with his words over the years, and his book My Philosophy for Successful Living, is no exception. This book will teach you the principles and values behind being successful in life.

                                          According to Jim Rohn, living a successful life isn’t about being selfish, it’s about bringing value to people. It’s about being kind to others and letting the good karma come back to you.

                                          Of course, he pushes you to work hard towards your goals but he also goes over what a successful attitude should look like.

                                          No one wants to associate with someone who brings them down. With only 64 pages, it’s a great read to remind yourself to be good to the people around you and be thankful for everything in your life.

                                          Get the book here!

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                                          Last Updated on August 25, 2021

                                          Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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                                          Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

                                          As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

                                          Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

                                          According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

                                          “Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

                                          A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

                                          What Is Your Personal Brand?

                                          “Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

                                          Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

                                          Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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                                          I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

                                          A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

                                          Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

                                          Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

                                          Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

                                          In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

                                          According to Castrillon,[2]

                                          “One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

                                          The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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                                          As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

                                          In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

                                          “if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

                                          When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

                                          The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

                                          Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

                                          The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

                                          5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

                                          These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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                                          1. Set Your Personal Goals

                                          What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

                                          2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

                                          Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

                                          1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
                                          2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
                                          3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
                                          4. What makes you different from others like you?

                                          The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

                                          3. Write Your Professional Story

                                          Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

                                          4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

                                          Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

                                          5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

                                          A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

                                          The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

                                          Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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                                          As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

                                          Other People’s Stories

                                          Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

                                          Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

                                          Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

                                          “your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

                                          So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

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