Ask any entrepreneur how he or she got started and the answer will likely mention doing lots of research. While searching the internet for success stories or tips and tricks is a great start, nothing is quite like reading a good book. Here are 7 of the best books for entrepreneurs.

Best Books for Entrepreneurs

1.Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

What better way to get yourself inspired than to read a memoir by one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time? Phil Knight, the creator of the Nike brand, uses this New York Times bestseller to tell the tale of the company’s startup days when he borrowed $50 from his father and turned it into $8,000 in 1963.

Today, Nike rakes in more than $30 billion annually. Phil’s memoir is funny, humble and may just inspire you to take the leap of faith you’ve been dreaming of for so many years.

2.Winning Through Intimidation by Robert Ringer

It’s no secret that you must have thick skin and be aggressive to become a successful entrepreneur. If you aren’t, those who are will intimidate you into giving up. Winning Through Intimidation is considered one of the best personal development books in the last 30 years.

It’s a straightforward guide to defending yourself against aggressive people. This book will help you become more confident and show you strategies and techniques for making your way through the world of entrepreneurship in one piece to come out successful on the other side.

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3.The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker

Hopefully, you’ll be successful enough to have to hire employees at some point. You must be a good boss to keep good employees.

The Effective Executive teaches you how to manage your time and your employees’ time. This helps you avoid unproductive tasks and makes sure nothing is overlooked. By the time that you finish this read, you’ll be able to set priorities with effective decision-making skills.

4.The Power of Broke by Daymond John

There is a misconception that you must have a lot of money to start a business. FUBU founder and “Shark Tank” star Daymond John’s book, The Power of Broke, proves otherwise.

Daymond started his $6 billion clothing line with nothing more than $40, some home-sewn shirts and a dream in Queens. Now he’s ready to show that being broke can actually motivate you. It can inspire you to be more creative, more competitive and more successful.

You’ll also learn more about other inspiring people. This includes Steve Aoki, Gigi Butler and Mo Bridges, the 11-year-old phenomenon from “Shark Tank.”

5.Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

Psycho-Cybernetics is an old book but it still holds valuable information about how self-image can make or break you in the business world. Maxwell Maltz, a renowned professor and doctor, teaches readers how to change negative habits into positive ones. that breed happiness and success. The book provides a mix of advice from Maxwell, testimonials, visualization and relaxation techniques and more. Millions of readers have used this book to help them gain more self-esteem and take that next step toward being a successful entrepreneur.

Your new habits can breed happiness and success. The book provides a mix of advice from Maxwell, testimonials, visualization and relaxation techniques. Millions of readers have used this book to help them gain more self-esteem and take that next step toward being a successful entrepreneur.

6. Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia

Many entrepreneurs worry about how they can benefit consumers and their communities without giving up profits. Conscious Capitalism, is an excellent primer for people who want to learn how to do business with minimal harm to the community or the environment.

John, the co-founder of Whole Foods Market, and Raj, co-founder of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. use the book to prove that triple-bottom-line businesses are possible. That means a company can benefit people, profits and the planet.

It goes in-depth to talk about large corporations such as Google and Amazon. You’ll learn how to build a strong business that maintains a conscious culture.

7. Hustle by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler

Hustle, a book by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler, aims to show you how to break free of the daily grind to meet and exceed your potential. Neil, Patrick and Jonas provide easy tips to help you tweak your everyday life a bit at a time until you are spending more time reaching your goals than you are in an office job you hate. They’ll provide advice about which career hustle may be right for you and how to create your own luck among several other topics.

While these books for entrepreneurs are a great start, they certainly aren’t the exhaustive list. From practical guides to inspiring memoirs, your local library or favorite bookstore is full of the information you seek to help you realize your dreams, become your own boss and make your mark on the business world.

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Jennifer Yaniz

Jennifer Yaniz

Jennifer Yaniz is a Paid Search Manager at HawkSEM who has 10+ years of online marketing experience with a specialization in paid search, social media, search engine optimization, web development and project management. Her extensive knowledge encompasses a variety of different verticals including SaaS, telecom, healthcare, education, insurance, travel, information technology, tourism and e-commerce.
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