Nothing beats a great book.
If you know an entrepreneur or an aspiring entrepreneur, you can’t go wrong with a book. Any of the following books on entrepreneurship would be a great gift idea.
The most successful entrepreneurs are avid learners. One of the best ways to learn is to read a great book. I selected the following books because they either cover a very common topic for entrepreneurs or they tell the story of some of the most successful entrepreneurs.
In the comments section below, share which book had the greatest influence on you.
1. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance.
“If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” – Elon Musk
2. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod.
“Love the life you have while you create the life of your dreams. Don’t think you have to choose one over the other.” – Hal Elrod
3. Trump: The Art of the Deal by Donald J. Trump.
“As long as you are going to be thinking anyway, think big.” – Donald Trump
4. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries.
“There is no greater country on Earth for entrepreneurship than America. In every category, from the high-tech world of Silicon Valley, where I live, to University R&D labs, to countless Main Street small business owners, Americans are taking risks, embracing new ideas and – most importantly – creating jobs.” – Eric Ries
5. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel.
“Customers won’t care about any particular technology unless it solves a particular problem in a superior way. And if you can’t monopolize a unique solution for a small market, you’ll be stuck with vicious competition.” – Peter Thiel
6. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.
“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.” – Sophia Amoruso
7. The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau.
“11 WAYS TO BE UNREMARKABLY AVERAGE 1. Accept what people tell you at face value. 2. Don’t question authority. 3. Go to college because you’re supposed to, not because you want to learn something. 4. Go overseas once or twice in your life, to somewhere safe like England. 5. Don’t try to learn another language; everyone else will eventually learn English. 6. Think about starting your own business, but never do it. 7. Think about writing a book, but never do it. 8. Get the largest mortgage you qualify for and spend 30 years paying for it. 9. Sit at a desk 40 hours a week for an average of 10 hours of productive work. 10. Don’t stand out or draw attention to yourself. 11. Jump through hoops. Check off boxes.” – Chris Guillebeau
8. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber.
“A true business opportunity is the on that an entrepreneur invents to grow him or herself. Not to work in, but to work on.” – Michael E. Gerber
9. Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) by Verne Harnish.
“To paraphrase Steve Jobs, “I’m always amazed how overnight successes take a helluva long time.” – Verne Harnish
10. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz.
“Great CEOs face the pain. They deal with the sleepless nights, the cold sweats, and what my friend the great Alfred Chuang (legendary cofounder and CEO of BEA Systems) calls “the torture.” Whenever I meet a successful CEO, I ask them how they did it. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense or a variety of other self-congratulatory explanations. The great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers. They all say, “I didn’t quit.” – Ben Horowitz