10 Must-Read Books for Budding Entrepreneurs

Nov 21, 2019

Books are important to every individual because they help us get an insight into the topics that we wish to find more about. They provide us with synthetic, generalized, updated and compiled information regarding various issues of our interest. Lately, however, there has been an emergence of books more commonly known as self-help books.

Books that help a person deal with issues that concern their personal and private lives, issues regarding their professional lives, their careers, so on and so forth. Personal experiences of people have actually shown that these books, with an in-depth analysis of the human psyche, have actually helped in achieving greater levels in their ongoing lives. If you are a budding entrepreneur then the following list of books is for you.

Though you might not find each and every book to your liking but this can be said with utmost confidence that a person who goes through the whole list of these books will feel a certain change in the way he looks at and perceives life.

1 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Even though this particular book has been placed at number ten in this list, it does not mean in any way that it is not worthy of a read. by all means, The Alchemist is a book that no one should be left in the dark about. We all know the famous Paulo Coelho and his various works, but this book is plain epic. It is about following your dream.

Paulo aims to make the readers understand what it means to be optimistic and how much it matters to believe in your own self. The baseline is that the simplest of things in life are often the most important and it is only the wise who understand them, recognize them and feel them.

2 You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

This book by Louise Hay comes in a lot of different vibrant covers. It has been reprinted many times with beautiful illustrations and no doubt the book is completely worth your time. Louise tries to explain to the reader that we are responsible for whatever discomfort and disease that we face in our lives. It is all because of our own ill thoughts and ill-belief.

The message of the book is timeless and leaves the reader with such an endearing feeling of positivity which eventually starts showing in their lives. The writer explains with examples of how we can eradicate many of our illnesses just by having a positive outlook.

3 How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This book is an old classic which was first published in 1936. by now the book has sold more than 15 million copies and a few pages into the book you will find out exactly why it sells so much. The book is a personal development guide that eventually teaches the reader how to attain and then maintain lifelong success.

Its main content contains pointers on how to handle people, how to make them like you, how to win them over to your way of thinking, and how to then become a leader. The book has must-read written all over it.

4 Think And Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

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It has been more than 70 years now since the book was first published and within that time frame, it has gained immense respect and liking amongst the general public. The unofficial tag line of the book can be Napolean Hill’s famous statement “Everything your mind can conceive, you can achieve”.

The book gives the readers with thirteen clear-cut steps to attaining riches supplemented with questionnaires, sample exercises, and supporting text. With this book in hand and mind, you just can’t go wrong!

5 Art Of War by Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu’s art of war is another classical text that the upcoming generation of entrepreneurs should not miss. The book is quite thick in itself but that is because of the immense amount of text contained within. As per the generally conceived notion, the book is not only applicable to warlike situations but in everyday life as well.

Sun Tzu focused not only on the how-to’s of war but of ways to completely avoid it. This is the kind of wisdom that is required these days. On how to avoid frivolous circumstances which lead to conflict more often than not.

6 The 48 Rules Of Power by Robert Greene And Joost Elffers

Ruthless and amoral, cunning and instructive, this book brings together three thousand years’ worth of history of power and lists them beautifully into 48 all en-compassing points or rather laws. Some of the laws mentioned in here teach the need for prudence, some revolve around the benefits of stealth, and then there are others that demand or rather order a complete lack of mercy ( for e.g. Law 15 states “Crush your enemy totally”).

A bitter truth, but all of the laws have applications in real life and it is left unto the reader to decide where to use what law.

7 The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

It was the best selling book in 2006 and is based on a movie of the same name. It comes in this bold illustrious cover with the red insignia and the words THE SECRET written in an antique font. At first look, the book seems to be something out of the treasure box. It revolves around the law of attraction, that everything that happens to us is because of what we think and what we do.

The good because of positive thoughts, evil because of negative thoughts and so on. All in all, one of the best books out there.

8 The Six Thinking Hats by Edward D Bono

This is perhaps “the book” for all the businessmen out there. The book titled Six Thinking Hats is actually a new method of parallel thinking that helps team leaders and bosses to plan the entire thinking process in a very detailed and cohesive way. It is the best method to be utilized at group discussions and equally effective for individual thinking.

9 The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Dr. Stephen R. covey is very coveted for his work on the book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. It provides a framework that helps understand the process of personal development.

Dr. Covey states that if you work well at understanding, learning, thinking, and teaching these principles, they will eventually grow inside you and they will affect you in a fundamental way, change you for the better.

10 The Eighth Habit by Stephen R. Covey

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Well, true that his books get the first and the second place on this list because that is exactly how important and how helpful they are. The 8th habit is actually a continuation of the 7 habits. The previous book did not need a follow-up but even then, this book is what leads you from effectiveness to greatness.

The author talks about the four strengths that exist in a human being (the spiritual strength, the emotional strength, the physical strength, and the mental strength) and how they can be used completely to your own advantage.