Books

It is said buying a book is the best investment an entrepreneur can make. You buy it once... but you have the knowledge for life.

Every book on this page came directly from the mouth (or fingers) of a successful entrepreneur. This is not a deep dive of best-seller lists. This is a list of books that made real impact for an entrepreneur, whether personal or in their business.

Two cool things come from that.

  1. You know the books contain useful knowledge for entrepreneurs, so you already have a higher confidence of a good ROI
  2. You get to cut through the noise of which book had the best PR team and right to which book has the most impact

Did a book not on this list make a huge impact for you? Let us know below.

Books about getting started

A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger Creative Capitalism by Michael Kinsley Just Start by Leonard Schlesinger and Charles Kiefer

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Books about sales and marketing

Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

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Books about people management and leadership

First: Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham How Fucked Up Is Your Management? by Johnathan and Melissa Nightingale How to be a Power Connector by Judy Robinett

Get the full list of books about people management and leadership

Books about building and scaling a business

Business Adventures by John Brooks Creativity, Inc. by Amy Wallace Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath

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Books about innovation

Drive by Daniel H. Pink Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance Essentialism by Greg McKeown

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Books about resilience and mental health

Resilience by Lisa Lisson Abundance by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Get the full list of books about resilience and mental health

Books for life outside work

From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman Illusions by Richard Bach Moby Dick by Herman Melville

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Did a book about building a business make an impact for you? Let us know!