8 Books Every Entrepreneur In The Making Should Read

Ramesha Perera
Mon 01 Apr

An entrepreneur can only go so far with self-confidence and motivation. If your goal is to build a successful business, you’ve got to keep yourself motivated and your spirits high to win the game.  

Searching for inspiration can be a yawn though with key business theme books focusing on modeling, marketing, and building morale. 

It's been said that most CEO's read four or five books per month. You might be asking – how and when? 

Unfortunately, we don’t have the answers, but we do have the books to inspire you on your business journey.    



Organise your life with “The 4-Hour Workweek” 

By Timothy Ferriss 

The book the 4-Hour Workweek proves that you can turn 80 hours of work a week into four hours, all while achieving the same results. If you’re struggling to increase your hourly output, it can show you how to maximize life, live it to the fullest and spend fewer hours working. 



Most things in life don't matter so read “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” 

By Mark Manson  

Don’t let the world take up valuable real estate inside your head. Your mentality is one of the most powerful and important things when it comes to succeeding in business and in life.

Most things in life don't matter, and the only reason they do is because we give them importance. Focus on what will really move the needle. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life will teach you how to do just that. 



You know it used to be mad love but now we got "Bad Blood"

By John Carreyrou

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes who was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work. Written by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.

The book has been turned into a HBO series - The Inventor and a film version is in production starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Adam McKay.



Proximity Is Power according to “How to Win Friends and Influence People” 

By Dale Carnegie 

Relationships in business are incredibly powerful and are one of the reasons why entrepreneurs can grow so quickly. How to Win Friends and Influence People is all about the art of persuading people in the workspace and building long-lasting relationships with clients, colleagues and stakeholders. Proximity is power in entrepreneurship. Don’t underestimate the value of a relationship. 



The battle never ends with "The Art of War"  

By Sun Tzu 

Written in the 6th century BC, Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" is still used as a book of military strategy today. Napoleon, Mae Zedong, General Vo Nguyen Giap and General Douglas MacArthur all claimed to have drawn inspiration from it. And beyond the world of war, business and management gurus have also applied Sun Tzu's ideas to office politics and corporate strategy. 



A universal classic "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"  

By Stephen R. Covey 

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents — in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations. 

This book continues to help millions of readers become more effective in both their personal and professional lives.



Apparently, no one is "Too Big to Fail"  

By Andrew Ross Sorkin 

In one of the most gripping financial narratives in decades, Andrew Ross Sorkin-a New York Times columnist and one of the country's most respected financial reporters-delivers the first definitive blow-by-blow account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami that brought the world to the brink. 

Note: Winner of the Gerald Loeb Award for Best Business Book and was turned into a HBO TV movie in 2011.  



Accelerate your path with “The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses” 

By Eric Ries 

Author and entrepreneur Eric Ries takes you through the lean startup approach, which has changed the way that many startup founders seek to build companies and launch new products—largely based around the principle of rapid idea validation I.e. validate business ideas through continuous testing, adapting and modify before any real damage is done. 

The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs a new approach to successfully managing a startup and talks through some of the innovative online business tools that can help you accelerate your path towards validation along the way.