An Essential Reading List For Entrepreneurs

Here is my essential reading list for entrepreneurs. The recommended books in this post are amongst the most popular self-improvement books of all time and should really form part of your entrepreneurial library. To slightly amend an old saying – You are what you read (see what I’ve done there?)

Some recommended books for your library

Grace Slick put it a different way in the 60’s when with her band Jefferson Airplane she sang – “Feed your head’. Grace may have been referring to something quite different to her essential reading list but it’s good advice all the same. A famous entrepreneur also once said something like – “If you want to succeed just look at what failures are reading and don’t read that stuff”.

An essential reading list for all

Since man first put pen to paper wise men have been giving us the benefit of their wisdom and it’s no different in the world of business or self-improvement.  The most successful people in all walks of life have essentially copied some or all of the steps taken by successful people before them so it’s just common sense to make an essential reading list for entrepreneurs that will help you emulate those who have succeeded before you.

Back in the day Napoleon Hill, commissioned by the great Andrew Carnegie, was talking to inventors and innovators like Thomas Edison and finding out what made them tick. Later Robert Kyosaki compared the mindsets of two different fathers and later still Timothy Ferriss brings us up to date with the possibilities presented to us in this new digital age.

Whether we want to learn from the internal dialogue of the greats thanks to Shad Helmstetter or to learn from Geoff Olsen how making slight incremental but regular changes can give us huge momentum, there is wisdom and value in these pages that we would be silly to ignore.

Without further ado here are some recommended books with links to buy them in either old style paper or as ebooks.

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosakibuy rich dad poor dad on Amazon

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

What To Say When You Talk To Your Self by Shad Helmstetter

The Four-hour workweek by Timothy Ferriss

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (also a film)

The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley

That should get you started on your essential reading list for entreprenuers. The links will take you to a page where you can read more about these and other books for your  list. The first couple most people have heard of and many will have read – at least once. The others are possibly less well known but offer brilliant ideas and insights, which are of immense value to the entrepreneur.

Self improvement books are a huge industry and clearly some are more useful than others but the above selection represents what I consider to be – must have books – forming the core of a library you can start to build up. Give them a separate shelf in your office or work area.

Success Leaves A Trail

I personally think that you can take something of value from almost any book but these books and many others like them are focussed on the mindset needed for success – not just in business but in creating wealth in your life however you define it.  Life has changed considerably since Napoleopn Hill’s days so we now have even more resources at our fingertips and really don’t need to work in the traditional way any longer. We really can feed our heads with the right stuff and create that 4-hour workweek if we really want to. I do hope you enjoy my essential reading list for entrepreneurs.