If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur and if you want to learn more about finance, entrepreneurship and startup then you should read these 7 best books for aspiring entrepreneurs right now.
Believe me, words have so much power, they can change your mindset and your life completely!
These books for aspiring entrepreneurs will teach you almost every essential aspect of entrepreneurship, and life to make your entrepreneurship journey easier.
So, read these entrepreneurship books before you take the dive into entrepreneurship.
Let’s dive right in.
1. “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich” by Timothy Ferriss
It’s a bestseller self-help book by Timothy Ferriss, an American podcaster, educational activist, writer, and entrepreneur.
‘The 4 Hour Workweek’ is one of the best books for aspiring entrepreneurs and anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit who is hardworking and understands the value of time and wants to take the dive into entrepreneurship.
This is considered one of the best business books ever, and it’s particularly useful for those who want to escape their 9-5.
Tim Ferriss teaches you how to create and automate an income-generator so that you can spend the time doing whatever it is you’re really passionate about.
There is no need to work 7 days a week chasing useless dreams. Make most of the time you have and you will have more free time to live your best life.
Ferriss knows that entrepreneurship is a great way to take control of your life and enjoy what you do – without working 40 hours a week.
2. “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World” by Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk (Gary Vee) is a successful entrepreneur and a well-known internet personality.
He has millions of followers on the internet and I think he is the one and only entrepreneur who is always consistent with his valuable content on social media.
So, it’s obvious that the author of “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” is someone with genuine and significant experience in the social media and online industry.
This book will educate you to embrace social media, build a strong brand and effectively tell your story in a competitive and noisy online world.
Whether or not you choose to embrace social media, one thing is sure – social media is where people’s attention is today in the online world.
The book focuses on social media marketing and gives examples of how to do social media marketing (including how not to do social media marketing) to transform followers into brand loyalists.
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3. “Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!” by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
Another great read for every aspiring entrepreneur.
It’s an easy to understand and engaging book that breaks down everything you need to know about financial education without giving you a headache.
‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ shows the importance of financial independence, financial education, and building wealth through investing in assets, starting and owning businesses, as well as increasing one’s financial intelligence.
Robert Kiyosaki shares the hard truth about wealth – that’s not found by going to school, getting good grades, graduating with a diploma, and working for a secure company.
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur and want to get the basic financial education, I suggest you read the ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ right now. The book teaches you how to make your entrepreneurial dreams a reality.
4. “Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too” by Gary Vaynerchuk
I’ve been following Gary Vaynerchuk for a long time. He is one my biggest inspiration and a great mentor to all aspiring entrepreneurs.
In this follow up to his best-seller “Crush It!, Gary Vee breaks down how important your personal brand is with your entrepreneurial success, especially in today’s social media-driven world.
By reading, Crushing It! entrepreneurs can get practical advice to use social media platforms to grow their personal brand. It features the stories of how other successful business owners utilized Vaynerchuk’s advice to grow their online presence.
‘Crushing It!’ taught me a lot and at the same time, it wasn’t the kind of motivational book that said anything was possible as long as you believed, but anything was definitely possible if you had the right mix of hard work, patience, passion, and talent.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s found what they want to do and want to know more about how to go about their own journey.
It’s a straightforward and detailed guide to building your own path to professional and financial success, but it’s not about getting rich. It’s a blueprint to living life on your own terms.
5. “The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future” by Chris Guillebeau
This is a very interesting book for aspiring entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs and anyone who feels unmotivated because they lack funds.
Chris Guillebeau talks about 50 of the most amazing success stories of entrepreneurs who started with only a few bucks in their bank accounts and now they’re making more than $50,000!
This is the perfect book to motivate you to move forward without focusing on the money. This book will convince you that all you need is the idea and the passion to make it happen—and the rest will follow.
6. “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future” by Peter Thiel
‘Zero to One’ is a 2014 bestseller self-help book by the American entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel co-written with Blake Masters.
The book has actionable advice for aspiring entrepreneurs who need to work on their ideas and turn them into an actual company.
This legendary entrepreneur, co-founder of PayPal, shows how important it is to know what you’re doing before you dive in. This book will help you decide if your idea is new and innovative. And most importantly, Thiel will tell you what you need to consider and what you need to avoid before moving forward.
The book teaches you how to think and It’s a must for aspiring entrepreneurs and any startup founder to read this before starting their startup or entrepreneurship career.
7. “The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses” by Eric Ries
Most startups fail.
But many of those failures are preventable.
The book offers a systematic, scientific way for business managers and startup founders to get the information they need to make fast decisions in today’s changing world.
If you want to build a successful business, go grab a copy of “The Lean Startup.” Ries will teach you how to build a company that’s more efficient and better at leveraging its employees’ creativity.
I think this is the book you need to read before starting any startup! If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur I recommend you read this book right now.
Bonus: “The Rudest Book Ever” by Shwetabh Gangwar
Such an appropriate title!
For me, it was the hardest slap ever! LOL:)
This book is a real eye-opener, its shock therapy for the mind and soul.
‘The Rudest Book Ever’ is a collection of perspectives and insanely practical ideas to free your mind from all bullshit. The book is full of hard truths of life you would rarely hear from your parents, friends, society or the internet.
I like the first paragraph from the first chapter (You’re a Product) of this book.
He clearly wrote that you’re not his friend if you illegally downloaded this book, I mean the PDF version of The Rudest Book Ever.
He wrote that: “…As long as you are reading this book, I will be your friend. The only case in which it doesn’t apply is if you illegally downloaded this book, in which case, fuck you.” LOL!
It shows how straightforward, straight-talking and to the point our Shwetabh Gangwar Bhai (brother) is!
I suggest you read this book to change your mindset completely and to free your mind from all bullshit.
Because as an aspiring entrepreneur I think your mindset is everything (it can help you achieve your goals) and a strong mindset (which is free from all bullshit) is needed to dive into the risky entrepreneurship world.
A refreshing, easy to read and relatable guide, ‘The Rudest Book Ever’ will make you rethink everything you’ve been taught.
Final Thoughts: The 7 Best Books for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
Yeah, these are my favorite books for aspiring entrepreneurs, from where you can learn entrepreneurship in 2020.
All these books are absolutely valuable, full of practical, easy to understand and actionable entrepreneurship tips, including new age business strategies.
Of course, there are a lot of other important books that you can read if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur. Some of them are –”Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey, “The Fire Starter Sessions” by Danielle LaPorte, “Will It Fly?” by Pat Flynn, etc.
Read these books to learn more about entrepreneurship, business, startup, and life, change your mindset, and start your successful startup or entrepreneurship career.
Now It’s Your Turn!
Hey, I hope you enjoyed reading this list of books for aspiring entrepreneurs.
I’m sure we’ve left out a few.
So, now I’d like to hear from you:
What book would you add that every entrepreneur has to read?
And what’s your favorite book from this list?
Let me know in the comments below right now.
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