When you decide to be the next successful entrepreneur, it is far from being an easy job. People like Steve Jobs and Warren Buffet have done the impossible job and documented their challenges so that others can analyze and learn rather than just fantasizing the success in your mind.
Unfortunately not every moment and issue they faced is documented, but the most important ones in regards to tough decision making, financial management, and maintaining great employees were documented.
I am listing some of my best choices of books that any current or if your wanting to become an entrepreneur, can look to understand the strategy and stop before committing the same mistakes. It is vital for new entrepreneurs to dedicate time to life long learning if you want to stay successful.
Let’s get started with the list.
#1 Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.” —Napoleon Hill. Achieve greatness in today’s world! Inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s personal philosophy, Think and Grow Rich teaches ordinary people the secrets of success. This motivational guide reveals how your subconscious mind and attitude affect your ability to reach your goals and fulfill your potential. Anyone can implement the tenets Hill so clearly lays out—which is why the book is believed to have sold more than 100 million copies, remained on bestseller lists for more than half a century, and had a major influence on personal-growth seminars. It proves that: “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
#2 The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innvoication to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.
Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.
The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning”, rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product-development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.
Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.
#3 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by
This 7 Habits book guides you through each habit step-by-step:
- Habit 1: Be Proactive
- Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind
- Habit 3: Put First Things First
- Habit 4: Think Win-Win
- Habit 5: Seek First To Understand Then Be Understood
- Habit 6: Synergize
- Habit 7: Sharpen The Saw
Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits book is one of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written. Now you can enjoy and learn critical lessons about the habits of successful people that will enrich your life’s experience.
#4 Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Autobiography of a Yogi is a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation. Profoundly inspiring, it is at the same time vastly entertaining, warmly humorous and filled with extraordinary personages.
With engaging candor, eloquence, and wit, Paramahansa Yogananda tells the inspiring chronicle of his life: the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illumined teacher, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America. Also recorded here are his meetings with Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Luther Burbank, the Catholic stigmatist Therese Neumann, and other celebrated spiritual personalities of East and West. The author clearly explains the subtle but definite laws behind both the ordinary events of everyday life and the extraordinary events commonly termed miracles. His absorbing life story becomes the background for a penetrating and unforgettable look at the ultimate mysteries of human existence.
#5 The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
Warren Buffett, one of the top investors of all time, actually endorses it and claims it is the best investment book by far. He claims equity is a business ownership stake, which is something completely different to gambling, day trading, or playing the lottery.
#6 Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get rich easily while others are destined for lives of financial struggle? Is the difference found in their education, intelligence, skills, timing, work habits, contacts, luck, or choice of jobs, businesses, or investments?
The shocking answer is: none of the above!
Harv Eker states, “Give me five minutes, and I can predict your financial future for the rest of your life!” Eker does this by identifying your “money and success blueprint”. We all have personal money blueprints ingrained in our subconscious minds, and it is these blueprints, more than anything, that will determine our financial lives. You can know everything about marketing, sales, negotiations, stocks, real estate, and the world of finance, but if your money blueprint is not set for a high level of success, you will never have a lot of money – and if somehow you do, you will most likely lose it! The good news is that now you can actually reset your money blueprint to create natural and automatic success.
Through Eker’s rare combination of street smarts, humor, and heart, you will learn how your childhood influences have shaped your financial destiny. You will also learn how to identify your own money blueprint and “revise” it not only to create success but, more important, to keep and continually grow it.
You will be introduced to 17 “Wealth Files”, which describe exactly how rich people think and act differently from most poor and middle-class people. Each Wealth File includes action steps for you to practice in the real world in order to dramatically increase your income and accumulate wealth.
If you are not doing as well financially as you would like, you will have to change your money blueprint. Unfortunately your current money blueprint will tend to stay with you for the rest of your life unless you identify and revise it, and that’s exactly what you will do with the help of this extraordinary book. According to T. Harv Eker, it’s simple. If you think like rich people think and do what rich people do, chances are you’ll get rich, too!
#7 The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Don Miguel Ruiz reveals how the process of our education, or “domestication,” can make us forget the wisdom we were born with. Throughout our lives, we make many agreements that go against ourselves and create needless suffering. The Four Agreements help us to break these self-limiting agreements and replace them with agreements that bring us personal freedom, happiness, and love.