7 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

The successful entrepreneur should always be soaking up new tips and advice as they look to strengthen their business and get a better look at the wider business world. Each of us has that ever-growing list of ‘To-Read’ titles sat on our shelves and Kindles that we will get through eventually. However long your reading list may be, here a 7 titles that every budding entrepreneur should put right at the top.

1. The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

  Why is it that some companies have massive success and others never get off the ground? In this book, Eric Ries outlines the way that small companies can use agility and continuous improvement to create a business that dominates its niche. This text provides a window into how the brightest new companies are managed in the early days, and is essential reading for any entrepreneur.  

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2. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

  This book explores the two types of thinking and decision making that we encounter in our lives every day – fast and intuition-based thinking and slower, more reasoned thinking. Both are essential to living a normal life, but our brains do not always choose the right one! In this book, Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman talks about how we can avoid classic errors in judgement that occur every day, in every situation – from the doctor’s surgery to the stock exchange.  

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3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

  The classic text on self improvement, Covey’s book shows us how to create success in our lives. More than just a business text, this book will help you approach all areas of your life with greater motivation and purpose. If you haven’t read it yet, get a copy!  

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4. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber

  The E-Myth explores the misconceptions and assumptions that lead new entrepreneurs to fail. Showing how good technical knowledge could actually be an obstacle to successful business management, Gerber shows us that “doing it, doing it, doing it” is not the way to make a business grow. From the new business all the way to the wizened veteran, this book has some wisdom for everyone.  

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

  With many of the other titles being focused on the ‘How’ of business management, Sinek’s book is a good example of how important spending time on ‘Why’ can change the fortunes of a business. Start With Why shows how the beliefs of the world’s greatest leaders have helped them to shape powerful movements – in business and in the wider world.  

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6. The Intelligent Company: Five Steps to Success with Evidence-Based Management by Thomas H. Davenport

  Davenport’s book shows us how to identify exactly what data we need to make our business successful. He champions evidence-based management, and gives us useful models for self-analysis. If you have ever wondered how to set key performance indicators for your business, this is a great place to start.  

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7. Screw It, Let’s Do It by Sir Richard Branson

  A hugely respected name in the business world, Richard Branson shares his insights and secrets with the world to inspire future businesses. This is the shortest book on the list. It won’t take you long to read, but it will teach you valuable lessons from the early years of one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.  

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