The Top 10 Inspiring Books for Entreprenuers
You say THIS year’s gonna be different right? The only difference between your life this year and last year will be the people you meet and the books you read. Im not saying its advisable to read all of these back-to-back, in fact dont.. but DEFinitely pick out a few and check them out. Its AMAZING what a little perspective can do for you- take it from me. I think it was Einstein who said ” A mind, once expanded, canNOT contract..”
So how can i endorse a list if i havent read all of these you may ask? Well, the list won me over by listing the 4hour work week, Rich Dad Poor Dad and Think and Grow Rich.. if you’re serious about 2011 those are definitely three nice places to start.. I also want to give an honorary mention to “The War of Art” by Stephen Pressfield. It will change your life.
1. How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be? by Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield is best known for his Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In this book, he mentions the 25 Principles of Success – that have been a common thread among the most successful people from all walks of life. This tops the list in Collegefallout’s books for entrepreneurs. It reminds me of “Good to Great” and “What it takes to be Great” by Dennis Kimbro I think….
2.Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
“Simplicity is a complex form of sophistication“. The best selling book “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson, M.D. is a simple book and yet, reveals the most profound truths of life. It tells you in a very subtle way and in simplistic thoughts, what is the real requirement out of you in life. I cant wait to read this one.. I KEEP hearing about it..
3.Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
I am sure that this book would not require an introduction to most of you reading this list. Admittedly, one of the most popular books for a person who aspires to get wealthy. It was first published in 1937 during the Great Depression and it still continues to be among the most best-selling books in the world.
4.New Ideas from Dead CEOs: Lasting Lessons from the Corner Office by Todd G.Buchholz
New Ideas From Dead CEOs tries to delve deep into the histories of America’s most successful entrepreneurs. Buchholz outlines in rich detail the business practices of CEOs like A.P. Giannini, the founder of the Bank of America and Ray Croc, the founder of McDonalds.
5.What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School by Mark McCormack
Mark McCormack is the founder of the mammoth sports management company – IMG (International Management Group). In this book, Mark shares with us business inspiration and street-skills that can only be earned through decades in the entrepreneur play-field.
6.Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
A very well known personal finance book that talks about the extreme difference in the thought patters of someone who is enroute to be a millionaire and someone who is stuck in a rat race. It is inspirational and definitely worth a read.
7.Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson
Losing My Virginity autobiography book review of the business book by the Virgin entrepreneur Richard Branson. Sir Richard Branson is someone who is hyper-creative and though he maintains a very charming image for the world – nobody moves so ahead in life without some serious skills. He is an inspiration to the new entrepreneur. I know he is to me- you’ll find more updates from him on here too…
8.The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki
This awesome book by Guy Kawasaki is apparently a must read for anyone starting a company. This book has advice for you at just about any point in your startup from idea phase, to pitching, to executing. This book is written in the same wise-ass way that Guy Kawasaki usually talks in – you need a copy of this book on your shelf.
9.Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk
Wine connoisseur Gary Vaynerchuk is the author of “Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion”, a step-by-step how-to guide for people to change their passions into profitable businesses. Remember that wine movie? I think this is that guy…
10.The 4-hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris
The 4-Hour Workweek is how it’s all about making enough money to be happy (and then spend the rest of your time living your life) instead of making as much money as you can. This book will make you re-think a lot of your assumptions about priorities and life. Deprogramming yourself is at LEAST as important as the re-programming part…