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10 Must Read Books for Entrepreneurs!

Written by Nuzhat Sheikh ·  3 min read >

‘The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.’

With such bombastic beginning there’s no point left convincing you that reading is everything. What we are interested in here is to make lives of today’s entrepreneurs less stressful – more enjoyable with a profound sense of learning hand in hand. For that purpose, we’ve chosen ten of the best books for Entrepreneurs, pick out your read from the list.

1. SCALING UP FOR EXCELLENCE: Getting To More without Settling for Less


Either you’re a part of an organization or embarking on a kind of career. Promise yourself to read this book before you get on the board. Why am I sounding so serious?  Because it really contains all the key fundamentals that you need to know prior to startup. With reference to entrepreneurial life, your management mastery has to be as imperative as there is nothing in the world. This book is an accurate guide on that.  Must read!

2. The UP SIDE of DOWN


As a matter of fact, an entrepreneur’s territory is often jammed with disappointments, frustrations and struggles all the way. Consequently, they become a name of fame owing to the strong will and challenging attributes they hold. The author exactly highlights those gems of failure that has the potential to transform any person from being pessimist to an optimist. Read by my own self, this book comprises absolute positive approach and mentoring that is needed among us all no matter which path we opt for. Search out keys to success.

3. Smart People Should Build Things


A complete guide to entrepreneurship – this is a must must read for anybody who is graduate or looking forward to settle on a job. Go through the advices of Founder and CEO of Venture for America, Andrew Yang, who is also a serial entrepreneur – and spare yourself from disappointments that may occur at some point in future. The author narrates his own story of shifting his mainstream from law to entrepreneurship and why he did so? Well, that you have to seek yourself.

4. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead


There’s already intensive media hype focusing on Sheryl Sandberg’s feminism and her exclusively written book to inspire women. On top of this, motivation is not what’s required among women entrepreneurs – it’s the awareness that why they should not lag behind in a world that needs them the most as leaders. Sheryl did it by sharing her own experiences from workplaces which the reader would find highly stimulating, (like I have). Give it a read and motivate yourself.

5. The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success


This is the best book available out there to guide CEOs of any startup. One would find plenty of lessons, from business management to investing and all with case stories. So, it won’t be that boring to read, in fact, the author seemed to have eminently researched on the subject matter to bring a compelling read for a reader. For those, who are striving hard to become an exceptional CEO or aspire to become one. This is your go!

6. The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies


Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, the two pioneers of digital technology put forward a brand new glimpse on future businesses and economics, in their second book released a month ago. It discusses fundamental issues that how radically our world is evolving with the rise and production of rampant technologies popping up every once in a while. As we are entering a new era of digital world, it is essential to have knowledge about all and sundries. A highly recommended book for entrepreneurs to know and comprehend, how they could move ahead and get a top position in this new machine age.

7. The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy


An excellent book, to boost a person’s life both professional and personal is here. The Energy Bus just as the title implies, takes you on an interesting ride while you read it. The narratives are easy to read and you’d find tones of guiding principles to lead a life filled with positivity – an essential aspect that achievement demands.

8. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us


This one’s by far the best provocative book available to inspire anyone. Reason being, it not just motivates but gives us a whole new mind to understand our own potential. A unique insightful book that is a guide for each and all, no matter you’re a teacher, leader, organizer or anything that you are, you’d greatly be surprised to know the things you didn’t know before. It’s a must read to bring a change.

9. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t


True Leadership doesn’t come by asking people to follow you, it’s when you show others the right way and they follow it. To further groom your attributes, the author gives a clean and simple in depth knowledge about leadership and management that would prove to be very fruitful after you read it. A complete go for aspiring leaders!

10. Steve Jobs


Last but definitely not the least is biography that you’ve got to read, in case you’ve forgotten. Why a biography?  Question must have popped up in your mind, because it’s not just limited to bio rather it comprises a whole new phases of paradigm shattering aspects that the author has gauged from Steve’s life, personality and his personal beliefs. such as:

“He emphasized that you should never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making something you believe in and making a company that will last.”

Mark my words, there’s great deal to learn from this book. The author “Walter Isaacson” is widely known for his remarkable work on biographies of “Benjamin Franklin” and “Albert Einstein”. And who doesn’t want to read about the legendary figure of 21st century? The man who left behind – the legacy of modern technology.

That’s all for the month we’ll be coming up with new pack of books in future as well, meanwhile you enjoy the reads and give us feedback.  We wish you entrepreneurs a very good read!

Written by Nuzhat Sheikh
An Engineering student who wants to explore Universe. She'd travelled to Mars 'in her fantasy'. Avid reader and researcher, She's a keen knowledge-seeker. You'll find her helpful. Follow her @NutzNb at twitter. Profile