The successful entrepreneurs you look up to started where you are right now, figuring out how the pros before them made it to success.  Whatever level you’re at in your entrepreneur journey, these books from some of the most successful entrepreneurs and business owners can offer you insight into their world and how they became successful.

The Best Books for Entrepreneurs

They Ask You Answer by Marcus Sheridan

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They Ask You Answer is a business philosophy created by Marcus Sheridan. The tips and information in this book could make you the most trusted voice within your industry. It addresses one of the most important questions in any business, “what is my customer thinking?” The book is chock full of case studies that show you real world examples of how his methods work. 

 

Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk

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In Crushing It! Gary Vee explains why creating a vibrant personal brand is crucial to success. He shares stories from other entrepreneurs who have grown wealthier by following his principles. By understanding social media platforms and using them to their utmost potential, anyone can be successful. Gary dissects each social media platform so that anyone can amplify his or her personal brand.

 

You are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero

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From a woman living paycheck to paycheck to best seller and coach, Jen Sincero will launch you past the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success beyond your reach. In this book you’ll learn to uncover what’s holding you back from making money, give your doubts, fears, and excuses the heave-ho, relate to money in a new (and lucrative) way, shake up the cocktail of creation, tap into your natural ability to grow rich, shape your reality—stop playing victim to circumstance, get as wealthy as you want to be.

 

The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Feriss 

Tim Ferriss has spent years learning the secrets of the “New Rich”, a fast-growing subculture who has abandoned the “deferred-life plan” and has mastered the ways to create luxury lifestyles in less time. If you’re an entrepreneur trapped in your own business, this book is for you. It will show you the way for a new and revolutionary world. 

 

Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World by Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin is the founder and former CEO of Moz and reveals how the traditional Silicon Valley wisdom can lead startups astray. Fishkin tells his experience in the startup world and pulls back the curtain on startup mythology, exposing the ups and downs of startup life that most CEOs would rather keep secret. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting up, this book can help you solve your problems.

 

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill 

This book from 1937, has been revised over the years but the core principles continue to stand the test of time in relevancy. Hill produced the “Law of Success” philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is well summarized in this one. In this book, Hill draws on the stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles and the revised versions includes anecdotes of how millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth.

 

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Jocko Willink and Leif Babin were US Navy SEALs and were sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq. When they returned home victorious and eventually departed the SEALs, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these Navy SEAL leadership principles to businesses and organizations. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies, Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields. Extreme Ownership shows how to apply these leadership principles to any team, family or organization. 

 

Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love by Richard Sheridan

Richard Sheridan owns Menlo Innovations. At his company, he’s created a culture of energy, playfulness, enthusiasm, and, well, joy. His past experience at software companies taught him exactly how he didn’t want his business to be. With joy as the explicit goal, Sheridan changed everything about how his company was run. He established a shared belief system that supports working in pairs and embraces making mistakes, all while fostering dignity for the team. Joy, Inc. is a great read for workers in any field, including entrepreneurs who want to build a team or change how their team works together. 

 

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

The Lean Startup is a new approach to the way companies are built and new companies are launched. The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. The book offers entrepreneurs a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. 

 

Rework by Jason Fried

Rework is different than your normal business book. It shows you better ways to succeed in business that are faster and easier than you’d think. In this book, you’ll learn why plans are harmful and why you don’t need investors and how they competition doesn’t really matter. Fried shows you that you need less than you think and you don’t need to be working long hours every single day. You’ll learn how to stop talking and really start working and be more productive. 

 

While this list of the best books for entrepreneurs could go on and on for pages, these ten are a great place to start. Don’t see something on our list that you loved? Let us know! We’re always looking for new books. Feel free to reach out to us at info@smbiz.academy

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