Whether you’re just starting off as an entrepreneur, you haven’t started and need some guidance, or maybe you’ve even been doing the entrepreneur thing for awhile and just need a fresh perspective on creating lasting success, these are four of the best books for entrepreneurs that will give you the advice you need. That includes taking actionable steps to launching and working towards a thriving business. Some of these books were recommended to me by several mentors of mine, and who better to learn from than those who have attained wealth and success before you?
Looking for non-business-specific books to get some perspective on overall life? Head over to my blog “Top 8 Nonfiction Books with the Best Life Advice, Incredible Stories & Powerful Lessons.” And BTW — I HIGHLY recommend some of these for young entrepreneurs as well, so definitely check it out!
“Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach their Kids About Money that the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!” by Robert T. Kiyosaki
I actually first read this book a decade ago as a teenager (which is probably how I came to have such an entrepreneurial spirit in my 20s). My dad forced personal development and financial success books upon my siblings and I as children, although we were too young to appreciate it at the time. As an adult, I have so much appreciation for both my dad and for this book and its powerful knowledge.
If you don’t know American businessman Robert Kiyosaki, you should definitely read up on him right now. Not only is he a successful businessman, but he’s the author of several of the best books for entrepreneurs that are out there.
Just like its title, the information in this book are golden nuggets that many poor and middle class families aren’t aware of. Or if they are aware of it, they’re choosing not to teach their children out of fear. My parents, however, were always ones who wanted their children to go on and be better and wealthier than they were. End the cycle of having a lower or middle class financial status and mindset by studying this book carefully.
This was one of the first recommended Book of the Month reads for the business leadership group I’ve been a part of for almost two years. Another gem by Robert Kiyosaki, it goes further in depth on analyzing the different stages of cashflow: employee, self-employed, investor, and business owner.
It is crucial to understand the four quadrants, which one you’re in, and which one you strive to be in. And how to get there, of course. Because of its importance, this book is hands down one of the best books for entrepreneurs, arguably in the top five of all time. Without this foundation, and hours of digesting the materials in this book, I would not be as far as I am today as an entrepreneur.
If you read my blog on “Top 5 Books on Spirituality with Powerful Affirmations,” you probably read the reference to the other book by Wattles — “The Science of Being Great.” Both of these books are absolute gold mines. But again, despite how small and short they are, the language is pretty advanced.
And just like with his other book, this was one my dad also forced my siblings and I to read as children. Therefore, it’s one I never went back to read as an adult. LOL. But even so, I definitely believe that subconsciously some of its content stuck with me and my siblings, and have contributed to our drive and aspiration for wealth.
Check out this full review to understand why this book is one of the best books entrepreneurs should read.
This book was recommended me to me by my author mentor, bestselling author Anna David. She has referenced Ryan several times in a few blogs and podcasts, and for that, I have dived deep into his materials. I even sought after him as a possible PR agent for myself as an author. Unfortunately, he doesn’t represent fiction authors and he is also wayyyy out of my price range at the moment, so when he politely declined I wasn’t too hurt about it.
Ryan Holiday is truly a marketing genius, so naturally, as someone striving to author stardom, I had to read this book. What I love most from this one is the message of putting deep thought into your content and its purpose before starting to create it. He also entertains with storytelling and examples of other perennial sellers, taking the lessons behind their success so that the reader can apply them. If you’re a creator of any kind, this is a must-read.
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Being a business owner or entrepreneur of any kind doesn’t have to be hard if you lean into the right mentors and books to help guide you. Are there any other top business books you’ve read that others should read? Let me know in the comments!