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10 Great Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

10 Great Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

What is one thing the world’s wealthiest people all have in common? 88 percent of them read for at least 30 minutes a day (compared to just two percent of the general population).

If you aspire to join the ranks of wealthy entrepreneurs, reading is an invaluable skill. Books lead us into new ways of thinking, help us push through the tough times, and teach us how to become successful business men and women.

If you’re an entrepreneur or an aspiring entrepreneur, here are 10 must-read books.

1. Choose Yourself by James Altucher

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    This is an amazing book. Altucher’s writes like an old friend and his self-depreciating style is raw, honest, and the kick in the pants every entrepreneur needs. Here’s my favorite quote from the book:

    The only skills you need to be an entrepreneur are the ability to fail, to have ideas, to sell those ideas, to execute on them, and to be persistent so even as you fail you learn and move onto the next adventure.

    2. Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

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      Rework is not your average business book. It shows you a smarter, faster approach to succeed in business. This is the best book I’ve ever read about entrepreneurship. It defies “traditional” rules and offers simple, no-nonsense advice for starting your own company. Like this:

      The best way to get there is through iterations. Stop imagining what’s going to work. Find out for real.

      3. Purple Cow by Seth Godin

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        Godin is one of the greatest entrepreneurial minds in the world. In Purple Cow, he advocates building something so amazing that people can’t ignore you. There are a lot of great lessons in this book—it’s definitely one you’ll be making notes on throughout.

        You must design a product that is remarkable enough to attract the early adopters – but is flexible enough and attractive enough that those adopters will have an easy time spreading the idea.

        4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

         

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          Seven Habits

          is a classic book about leadership and success. There’s a reason it has sold millions of copies: the lessons are timeless and they work. My personal favorite is the “Win-Win” habit, which says that one of your first priorities should be to create a product or service that benefits your customer, and then worry about the rest.

          5. Tribes by Seth Godin

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            Godin makes this list twice because “Tribes” should be required reading for every entrepreneur. Here’s the most important takeaway:

            Almost all growth that’s available to you exists when you aren’t like most people and when you work hard to appeal to folks who aren’t most people.

            Choose your audience first, then find a product that fulfills an unmet need.

            6. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

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              If there’s one book that changed the way I think more than any other, it’s this. Being an entrepreneur is about finding balance in your life. It’s a constant juggling act and Meditations, the classic book of wisdom from Stoic philosopher and Roman emperor Aurelius, will help keep you grounded.

              You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

              7. Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelly

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                This book will help you unlock your inner creativity, even if you think it’s an area where you’re lacking. A must-read for entrepreneurs.

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                Take time to ask yourself each day “When was I at my best?” or “When was work most rewarding?” It can help point you toward roles or activities that will enrich your work and reveal what gives you the greatest pleasure or fulfillment.

                8. To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink

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                  Even if you don’t consider yourself a “sales person,” all entrepreneurs need to understand how to sell. This book breaks down the stigmas about salesmanship and shows you a simple strategy for “moving others.” It’s a fantastic read.

                  9. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

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                    The Slight Edge philosophy is based on doing little things, which, done consistently over time, add up to the big accomplishments. This is a great read for entrepreneurs because it shows you how doing the “little stuff” and continuously improving are the keys to success.

                    10. The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

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                      Ferris lays out a brilliantly simple plan for taking your new “big idea” to market: pick a specific topic you know and have experienced more about than your audience; test different types of positioning and find out what your audience needs help with; then develop a product that meets their needs. This is one of my favorite books of all-time that will show you plenty of shortcuts for taking your entrepreneurial dream to reality.

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                      How to Achieve Goals and Increase Your Chance of Success

                      How to Achieve Goals and Increase Your Chance of Success

                      Does it ever feel like the things you want to accomplish always end up on the back burner? If the answer to that question is “yes,” you’re not alone. Only about 33% of people consistently work toward their goals. In some cases, their goals may seem too lofty to accomplish, or else they aren’t sure how to make a plan for them.

                      If you don’t come up with concrete steps to take toward your goals, they’ll remain dreams. There’s nothing wrong with being a dreamer, but being able to turn your dreams into goals you can realize will help you lead a happier and more fulfilling life.

                      Luckily, you can realize almost any dream when you harness the right goal-setting methods.

                      In this article, I’ll show you how to achieve goals and get closer you success.

                      1. Break your dreams down into specific and measurable steps

                      We couldn’t talk about goal-setting without mentioning SMART goals.

                      SMART goals are specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, and time-related.

                      Specific and measurable steps are so important because if we don’t know what our target it, how can we ever hit it?

                      Take all those beautiful dreams you have for yourself and make them into things you can actually do. If you want to be an entrepreneur, for example, a step toward realizing your dream might be researching what you’ll need to start your business.

                      Find out more tips about utilizing SMART goals here:

                      How to Use SMART Goal to Become Highly Successful in Life

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                      2. Have at least one clearly defined goal for every interest and role in your life

                      It’s so easy to become complacent or stagnate. We often think that our careers are the only places where we need to set goals, but we aren’t only what we do.

                      To make the most of your life, take the approach that you’re always learning and growing in everything you do. Anything worth doing is worth doing well after all.

                      Set goals whether you’re sponsoring an activity for your child, taking up guitar lessons or trying to prove your worth at work.

                      You’ll notice that this approach forces you to constantly develop new skills. It can also be fulfilling to put more focus and value into all areas of your life— not just the ones related to our careers.

                      3. Align your goals with your life’s mission, purpose and passion

                      Take the opportunity to do some soul-searching. What is it that you want to do with this precious life of yours?

                      Anything that conflicts with your life’s purpose is bound to cause discontent. Staying in a bad relationship, doing a job that goes against your values, or maintaining the status quo just because it’s comfortable are not options for you.

                      Thinking about your goals in this way can help you eliminate things in your life that don’t serve you. This frees up mental space that you can use to do the things you care about the most.

                      Many of us struggle to find the time to work on our goals, but this strategy enables you to make more time.

                      4. Create goals that ignite your spirit and inspire you to take action

                      If you can’t be fired up about your goals from the start, they might not be good goals for you.

                      The road to success is often tough. You’re going to have times when you might feel tired or discouraged.

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                      You need to feel inspired enough that you’ll be able to overcome obstacles as you encounter them.

                      If what you’re doing motivates you to be the greatest version of yourself, you’ll be much more resilient.

                      5. Write down all your goals in specific, measurable detail

                      This is your road map for what success will look like. The more you define what you want the finished product to be, the greater the chance that you’ll reach that vision.

                      When you write down your goals, you’re creating a document that you can revisit to make sure you’re on track.

                      When you’re in the middle of trying to achieve a big goal, it can be hard to see what’s working for you. The things you write in this step will help you stay on-message as you take your goals out of your mind and into the real world.

                      Don’t just write down your goals and stash them away in a folder somewhere. Take the extra step to put them somewhere where you’ll see them.[1]

                      If you have too many goals to post on your desk, write a summary or choose one or two steps to work on for the day. Just seeing them will keep them in the front of your mind.

                      6. Commit to hitting each of your targets without exception

                      You wouldn’t have created the target if you didn’t think it was necessary. Hold yourself accountable for taking the steps to succeed.

                      You can always adapt your strategy or break your targets into smaller steps if you find that they aren’t attainable as you originally wrote them.

                      Hitting even the smallest target is cause for a celebration. It’s a step in the positive direction. Your success will make you crave more success.

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                      We often make excuses when we get tired or overwhelmed. Take away the option to make excuses. You will only be satisfied with the best effort from yourself.

                      7. Share your goals with others to motivate each other

                      There’s something so powerful about people sharing their goals and dreams with one another. Doing so gives voice to some part of us that could remain hidden (and therefore never be accomplished).

                      When other people know about your goals, they can cheer you on and hold you accountable. When people share their vision with you, you can do the same for them.

                      This strategy is particularly beneficial when you’re trying to develop healthy habits. Post about your workout on social media, or do a healthy eating challenge with your best friend. You’ll be less likely to slack when temptation arises, and you’ll probably encourage someone else to reach for their goals too.

                      8. Set a series of daily, weekly and long-term goals, complete with starting times and deadlines

                      Many goals never reach realization simply because the goal-setter doesn’t check their progress. People tend to forget what they set out to do, or their goal gets crowded out by other obligations.

                      Forcing yourself to revisit your goals at regular intervals breaks them into smaller steps and it reminds you to think about them.

                      Giving yourself regular deadlines for smaller tasks related to your goals also helps you reflect on your strategy. You’ll figure out what works for you, whether your timeline is realistic, and whether or not you need additional help to stay on track.

                      In addition, celebrating small wins helps you stay motivated. Here’s how:

                      How To Celebrate Small Wins To Achieve Big Goals

                      9. Take 10 minutes every day to imagine how great it will feel to achieve your goals

                      Visualization is such a powerful tool. Some of the most successful athletes, celebrities and business people take time each day to think about how success looks and feels for them.[2] Imagining that feeling of satisfaction can be a great motivator.

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                      When you do meet your goals, take some time to be grateful. Thank yourself for showing up and doing the work. Be grateful when the stars align properly to help you advance to the next step.

                      It’s not just getting to the destination of your goals that matters. How you take the journey is important too.

                      10. Take an action step toward reaching your goals every day

                      Your goals can easily get buried in the hustle and the bustle. Even the smallest step in the right direction is still moving you forward.

                      Keep chipping away at the work every day and before long, you’ll start to see those dreams come to life.

                      Maybe you didn’t start your business today but you designed the logo that’s going to go on your website and business cards. Doing that task well is going to help you so much in the long run.

                      Concrete actions day by day draw your dreams out of obscurity and into the realm of possibility.

                      Change begins today

                      Dreams can inspire and overwhelm us. By turning our dreams into goals that we can work toward, we increase our chances of success. Things that once seemed impossible are suddenly within reach.

                      It’s time to start turning your dreams into goals and your goals into realities.

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