Happy New Year! If one of your 2022 resolutions is reading more, we’ve got just the thing for you. We’ve compiled a list of 20 entrepreneurship books to educate and inspire you. Whether you want to learn about start-ups, habit formation or read case studies of successful businesses, you’ll find something in the list below!
General Entrepreneurship Books
Anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship will have heard of Gary Vaynerchuk, or Gary Vee. This is the sequel to his 2009 best-selling entrepreneurship book Crush It, in which he emphasises the importance of personal brand for entrepreneurial success. In his latest book, Gary Vee explains how that is even more true today, and shares stories from other entrepreneurs and influencers.
Rework, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.
Rework isn’t like other entrepreneurship books: it dispels lots of myths and traditional advice given to people wanting to start a business. It provides motivation to just get started with lots of provoking and counterintuitive advice.
The Harvard Business Review Entrepreneur’s Handbook, Harvard Business Review.
Get practical advice from HBR about the fundamentals of starting a business, from writing a business plan to creating a great pitch deck.
Start-Up Entrepreneurship Books
This is not a traditional startup success story: Rand Fishkin, founder and former CEO of Moz, tells readers how it took over 15 years to get to a $45 million business. He reveals the tech startup myths you should beware and tells his story in a funny, honest way.
Guillebeau went around the world collecting testimonies of individuals who started businesses with modest investments, often less than $100. These inspiring tales show how easy it can be to gain financial freedom and live out your passion by monetizing your skills.
This book starts with the assumption that many startup failures are preventable. The Lean Startup outlines an approach to business that is more efficient and creative. This book has been adopted globally and has changed the way companies and products are created.
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Peter Thiel and Blake Masters.
In this book, entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel outlines a new way of thinking about innovation. To create something new, he states, you need to ask questions that will lead you to finding value in unexpected places.
There are plenty of great entrepreneurship books out there giving business advice, but The Founder’s Dilemmas focuses on the early issues and problems that can arise in startups. Noam Wasserman identifies common pitfalls and how to avoid or resolve them, based on research and case studies.
Books About Habit Formation
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey.
An oldie, but a goodie. In this best-selling book, Covey argues that the key to efficiency and productivity should be based on character ethics: aligning values with universal, timeless principles. This book has already changed many people’s attitudes towards success.
Getting Things Done, David Allen.
This popular productivity book starts with an interesting premise: productivity is directly proportional to the ability to relax. As well as helping with feelings of stress and confusion, Getting Things Done gives you actionable insights to reach peak productivity, including a method to reach inbox zero followed by millions.
Colvin argues that top performers aren’t necessarily the ones with natural talent. Instead, the key is consistent, effective practice. Anyone with the right mindset can be successful – this book gives you the shift and advice you need to get started.
Notifications, calls that could have been emails, colleagues chatting, screens interrupting family time… Our daily life is full of interruptions stopping us from reaching peak productivity. Nir Eyal explains how our attention works in simple but accurate terms and reveals the hidden psychology behind distraction. He also outlines his four-step method to become ‘indistractable’.
Books About Leadership
Bill George argues that authentic leadership can only occur when someone has found their ‘True North’. According to him, your True North is based on your most cherished values, your passions and motivations, and the sources of satisfaction in your life. This book guides you towards it and how to stay aligned with it no matter what.
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell.
This book is all about decision-making. Drawing on psychology and neuroscience, Gladwell looks into instant, rapid choices and why some people might be better decision-makers than others.
Start With Why, Simon Sinek.
What do people such as Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and other successful leaders have in common? Simon Sinek argues that they know WHY they do what they do. He has analysed their behaviour to find the ways of thinking and acting that make them most successful and summed them up in a framework called The Golden Circle.
Books About Historical Entrepreneurship and Case Studies
This engaging book compiles stories of how the most innovative businesses started. As well as inspiring anecdotes, find real-world practical advice to get started on your entrepreneurial journey.
Most people don’t know that as well as being one of the United States’ Founding Fathers and a successful military man, George Washington was one of the first entrepreneurs. He created one of America’s biggest whiskey distributors and was a large flour exporter, too.
Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson.
When you think of a successful entrepreneur, Steve Jobs springs to mind very quickly. This fascinating and highly-researched biography reveals all about one of the most creative and innovative businessmen of our times.
No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram, Sarah Frier.
Instagram was one of the first visual-first social media sites. Sarah Frier tells the story of this innovative business, including its sale to Facebook and how it’s evolved since.
The summary is in the title, really. Tim Ferris sent 11 questions to some of the world’s most successful and inspiring people – think Ashton Kutcher, Yuval Noah Harari, etc. The result is a series of motivating, captivating and practical life advice.
The Warren Buffett Way, Robert G. Hagstrom.
Gain an insight into the best investor in the world’s investing strategies and decision-making processes.
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