14 Books All Aspiring Entrepreneurs Need on Their Bookshelves

15 Books All Aspiring Entrepreneurs Need on Their Bookshelves

I’m a firm believer there is absolutely nothing the right book can’t cure, solve, or help with — especially when it comes to providing guidance and inspiration for entrepreneurs. Here are 14 entrepreneur books that have made an impact in the lives of countless entrepreneurs, creatives, and dream-chasers.

From Women for Women

Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live on Purpose by Lara Casey

Make it Happen Lara Casey

Lara Casey has experienced her fair share of career confusion, setbacks, and breakthroughs. She knows what it takes to make her dreams happen, which is why she wrote Make Things Happen. She uses her personal experience to help you create a road map to your own realized dreams.

Lean In: Women, Work, and The Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

This famous book will change your life and the way you approach opportunities and challenges. Sheryl Sandberg explores the way women are hindered from leadership roles and encourages them to make themselves heard anyway.

Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life by Denise Duffield-Thomas

Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life

If you feel like you’re stuck in a perpetual cycle of moneyless-ness, then this book can help you break the cycle. Denise Duffield-Thomas provides guidance to help you identify what it is that’s holding you back from asking for and receiving the payment you deserve.

Daring & Disruptive: Unleashing the Entrepreneur by Lisa Messenger

Daring & Disruptive: Unleashing the Entrepreneur

Experienced business woman and entrepreneur Lisa Messenger provides insights into the many lessons she’s learned on her journey. She discusses everything entrepreneurs-to-be need to know, including failure, finances, and taking the bull by the horns.

To Light a Fire Under Your Butt

Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms by Danielle LaPorte

The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms

Danielle LaPorte is turning the self-help world on it’s head with her fresh approaches and brutal honesty about stress, spirituality, and goals. If you’re looking for a book to help you cut through the muck and find your most successful life, there’s nothing better than Fire Starter Sessions.

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success, and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

Along with the typical definition of success comes the desire deep within all of us to live a life we love. In Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success, and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, Arianna Huffington (yes, THE Arianna Huffington) writes about the moment she realized her career wasn’t the only important thing to focus on. She discusses how we all need to prioritize the special things in life (i.e. memories and experiences) just like our professional aspirations, and how we can each do that.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

By Paulo Coelho: Alchemist

Paulo Coelho’s short novel isn’t the traditional entrepreneur self-help book, but it’s one of the single most inspirational and motivational books in the world. It’s developed a devout following for a reason. With the first chapter you’ll find yourself aching to pursue your personal journey with relentless action.

For Problem-Solving

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content

In our digital publishing-focused age, there’s nothing more vital to your website’s success than killer content. In this guide, Ann Hadley provides steps to figuring out what readers want, how to hook them for return visits, and making your writing boost your business in every way.

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

Everyone wants a reliable plan for problem-solving. Sprint provides a five day road map for identifying the important questions you face when working on projects and answering them quickly so you can create the most efficient plan. The result? Results.

For Startup Inspiration

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

You don’t need tons of money to start your own business, as The $100 Startup will show you. You don’t even need to devote 40 hours a week to it. According to Chris Guillebeau, there’s a way to create your startup with just $100, without having it take over your life, and make a living. Using real life examples of such success stories, he tells you how to do the same.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

In his book, Peter Thiel explains that in order to innovate you must do new, unheard of things. If you’re looking for a book to help you look at your own startup idea critically, Zero to One will help you do so and find a way to innovate more.

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Articulating the reasons behind your decisions can be the most difficult part of business, but that’s exactly why it’s the most essential. Simon Sinek goes over how you can get to your why and use it to motivate and inspire your team. Without this ability, every company big and small will struggle to do what they need to do.

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

There are lengthening business plans full of confusing details and useless information, and then there’s The Lean Startup approach. With this book, Eric Ries goes over strategies for creating a successful endeavor in the most effective and efficient manner — a manner that leads to results. Entrepreneurs both new and old will benefit from learning and implementing this approach.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business Where There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

In this book, Ben Horowitz cuts the crap. He doesn’t spend time flouting a magical entrepreneur lifestyle. Instead he tells the truth about how hard it is to start and run your own business and how you can handle those hard things and be successful. This is a must-read for anyone dreaming of being the boss.

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