If you have the “entrepreneur itch” and want to build something great with your life, then chances are you are well acclimated to the phrase “read everything.” As an entrepreneur, your skill set is not “specialized,” that is, your value is extracted from the culmination of a wide range of talents. Where you need specialization, that is where you look to others. As Steve Jobs would say, “I play the orchestra.”
As an entrepreneur myself, I strive to read #ABookAWeek. Aside from the fact that reading is just a plain good habit to instill, reading a book a week forces me to always be looking for the next thing to learn.
But there are a few books that I re-read over and over again for the purpose of embodying their lessons in my everyday interactions. These are lessons that remind me of my core principles and the foundation upon which I build myself. These are also the five titles I would suggest to any aspiring entrepreneur looking to create a lethal combination of intelligence, business awareness, creative innovation, groundedness, and drive.
This is the golden pillar of all entrepreneurship books, the “bible” if you will. This book lays out, very explicitly, how important it is to cultivate a healthy mindset that will nurture your aspirations of wealth and success. There is a reason this book has been a best seller for decades.
A close second to Think And Grow Rich is Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends And Influence People. This approaches the topic of business from an interpersonal perspective, highlighting the importance of building relationships more than anything else. It details how people do business with friends, and the best way to make friends is to provide value.
The well-known work by Stephen Covey, 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People is the simple yet monumental read that can help instill the simple habits that lead to big changes. Covey’s whole theory is that simple habits repeated over and over again are what drive success—and he’s right.
John C. Maxwell is one of the staple self-development thought leaders, and he does a phenomenal job in The 15 Invaluable Laws Of Growth explaining exactly what you need to do to increase your growth curve. When it comes to entrepreneurship, it’s all about growth. Apply these principles and you will reap the rewards of your hard work.
Here’s the curveball book: Entrepreneurship as a pursuit is no joke. It’s exhausting, it’s grueling, it’s competitive, it’s stressful—and so it’s extremely important that you take time to maintain balance. David Deida does an incredible job of diving into the qualities of masculine energy, and more importantly, how vital interactions with feminine energy (*cough cough*) are to keeping things in perspective.
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