7 Books That Will Make You a Better Entrepreneur

Learning from experience, in our opinion, is always the best way to learn. Still, it is also beneficial to learn from others, especially from those who have more experience than yourself. In our opinion, reading is one of the best and most fun ways to relax after a hard day for an entrepreneur.

So why not combine them both and benefit not just your mind, but your business too, by learning a few new things? Every entrepreneur should read these books!

7 Books That Will Make You a Better Entrepreneur

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

"As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen

What It Teaches: Most people believe in the misinterpretation that their whole life is a result of fate, luck, and circumstances. This book explains why your life is what you make of it, and the only way you can be successful in life is if you’re first successful in your own mind. This is the foundation of any successful career in business.

Best Quote: “A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. And as he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts; ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of the hidden powers and possibilities within himself.”

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Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

"Rich Dad Poor Dad" by Robert T. Kiyosaki

What It Teaches: Apart from explaining the basics of finance, this book explains why building and owning a business is the best and most reliable way to gain wealth. This book destroys the notion that a salaried job represents financial security and teaches you how to think like an entrepreneur.

Best Quote: “Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited, and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division and from the antagonism between poor and rich means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts.”

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Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

"Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson

What It Teaches: Many books have been written about sudden innovations and how every individual and business must adapt to an ever-increasing pace of change. At least in our opinion, none have explained the situation and how to approach it so realistically and clearly.

Best Quote: “What you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine. The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists.”

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The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White

"The Elements of Style" by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

What It Teaches: Nowadays, when emailing, texting and social networking are the core of business communication, the ability to write clearly has never been more essential. After reading this book, you’ll be a better writer than you were before and better than your less-informed colleagues.

Best Quote: “Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph, no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”

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The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

 "The One Minute Manager" by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

What It Teaches: We don’t believe that there’s a better and simpler definition of what it means to be a good manager. This book contains more business wisdom and ways to put it to use than a dozen libraries full of academic case studies.

Every manager or would-be manager should read this book.

Best Quote: “If you can’t tell me what you’d like to be happening, you don’t have a problem yet. You’re just complaining. A problem only exists if there is a difference between what is actually happening and what you desire to be happening.”

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How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff

"How to Lie with Statistics" by Darrell Huff

What It Teaches: A defining characteristic of every business today is the desire to measure or be measured. This book introduces all the tricks people commonly use to manipulate the truth to leave a false impression. It’s one of the ten most eye-opening books that every entrepreneur should read.

Best Quote: “The secret language of statistics, so appealing in a fact-minded culture, is employed to sensationalize, inflate, confuse, and oversimplify.

Statistical methods and statistical terms are necessary for reporting the mass data of social and economic trends, business conditions, ‘opinion’ polls, the census. But without writers who use the words with honesty and understanding and readers who know what they mean, the result can only be semantic nonsense.”

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The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

"The Greatest Salesman in the World" by Og Mandino

What It Teaches: If you can’t sell your ideas, your product, or your services, you will never be successful in business. You could read tons of books about selling, but they all come down to the same simple truths described in this book.

Warning – this book won’t just make you more successful in business. It will make you more successful in life as well.

Best Quote: “I will live this day as if it is my last. This day is all I have, and these hours are now my eternity. I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death. I lift my arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day. So too, I will beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all who greeted yesterday’s sunrise who are no longer with the living today.

I am indeed a fortunate man, and today’s hours are but a bonus, undeserved. Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others, far better than I, have departed? Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine is yet to be achieved? Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be?”

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