If there is something that separates entrepreneurs from other people, it is the pursuit of knowledge. Statistics show that 88% of the wealthiest people in the world read for at least 30 minutes a day compared to just 2% of the general population. The importance of reading books cannot be over emphasized if you want to be successful as an entrepreneur. Books change your orientation and give you a fresh perspective on things. They broaden your horizon and give you wisdom from seasoned authors. It is no wonder, Mark Zuckerberg reads a book at least once every two weeks. You too can be very successful like him if you decide now to read books. There are tons of books available in the world. But there are a few that stand out and must be read by an aspiring entrepreneur like you. These books have stood the test of time, broken sales records and have been recommended by various entrepreneurs all around the world. Without further ado, here are the ten books every upcoming entrepreneur like you should read to succeed in the marketplace.
The $100 Startup
As an upcoming entrepreneur, you should not be too worried about lack of funds. In this book, Chris Guillebeau identified over 1000 people who started a business and earned at least $50,000 from an initial investment as low as $100. The book debunks the myth that you need to have a lot of capital on ground to start a business. It also explains how ideas can be turned into great businesses. In sum, you will learn a lot about starting a business if you read this book.
The Lean Startup
Startup advisor Eric Ries wrote this book on how to create businesses that are efficient with resources. The book employs a scientific approach to show how upcoming entrepreneurs can create and manage successful startups in an era where innovation is needed more than ever.
Zero to One
Written by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, this book focuses on how aspiring entrepreneurs and established companies can use creative approaches to create value in our world. Thiel highlights in this book the importance of creating something unique. It has been recommended by top CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk.
The 4-Hour Workweek
Have you ever imagined a future where you work less and earn more? This book by Timothy Ferriss explains how you can retire early and have the time to do other things you love to do. It questions the late retirement mentality and other stereotypes about making money. With this book, you will learn how to outsource your workload and make money while you sleep.
The Psychology of Selling
As an upcoming entrepreneur, you must know how to sell your product, yourself and your idea. In this book, Brian Tracy provides invaluable strategies and information on how to sell. He explains how great products fail because entrepreneurs can’t make people fall in love with their products. In a word, you will never be disappointed if you read this book.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
This bestselling book by Robert Kiyosaki will teach you a lot about investing, business and the rat race. Kiyosaki explains the difference between an asset and a liability, shattering long understood concepts. He teaches a lot about wealth creation, income management, the cashflow diagram and the difference between the rich and the poor.
The world is more connected than ever before, thanks to the advent of the internet, social media and information technology. Scott Fox explains how we can leverage the internet through online marketing and outsourcing to build great businesses. If you really want to know how online businesses work, this book is definitely the right one for you.
Think and Grow Rich
Do you know that your thoughts can change your reality? In this book, Napoleon Hill explains how you can harness the power of your thoughts to become rich. If you read this book, you will learn to channel your thoughts and become successful.
Think Fast and Slow
In this book, Nobel Prize winner, Daniel Kahneman analyses the two systems that influence our judgment and how we make decisions. Kahneman explains how choices are made in the business lives of people. This book will help you to make better decisions as an upcoming entrepreneur.
Sometimes, upcoming entrepreneurs can feel tempted to come up with a replica of products that are selling in the market already. This could lead to business failure. The author of this book, Seth Godin writes about creating a product that is different from anything available in the marketplace.
If you can dedicate time to read these ten books, rest assured that your journey as an entrepreneur will be a breeze. This is because you will get a lot of practical ideas about business from these books. Most importantly, these books will teach you how to make billions.