In this second installment of the most inspirational entrepreneur books, there are a whole 39 excellent guides and stories on journeys to success.
The difference in work styles and approaches to building your own company between all these authors is only better, since they all give advice that you’re bound to find fits your situation.
The key here is to find the book that suits your vision and ambition, as well as time constraints. Get cracking – and remember – reading is also a sort of investment in your business.
The newest book of DotCom Secrets series and contains higher level marketing strategies that I directly implement in my business. These strategies are insanely powerful and can generate higher profit margins if implemented correctly. It’s another plug and play online marketing book where Russell guides you deeper in Online Marketing and Buyer Psychology. I recommend reading the DotCom Secrets before diving into this one.
As you may already know the ripple effect is when an action radiates out, bouncing between people leaving behind very real effects. These ripples are not limited to the size they can grow and can go on to change the world. In The Ripple Effect Harper shows the reader how to harness these ripples to maximize their effect on others. Then with the readers new found knowledge how to find and shape sound relationships to aid in business and life. Not only is it a great read but also makes the reader reflect and realize that everyday actions have a real effect on people.
We love The Millionaire Fastlane because it is a frank and inspirational look at what not to do if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur and build wealth. The author gives you an unfiltered step-by-step guide to building a successful business as quickly as possible. DeMarco (a multi-millionaire entrepreneur) does not pull his punches as he gives you genuine, real-life advice on entrepreneurship. This is by far the best book on entrepreneurship that we have ever read!
“Quitting is not for the faint of heart. Neither is being downsized, packaged, or position eliminated. That said, it happens. This book is a quick, but comprehensive guide, to navigating your corporate exit strategy and severance package. It covers the logistics, essentials, emotions, and most importantly, how to gracefully let go of what is no longer meant for us, so we can make room for what’s next.
Kristi Andrus, Head Coach & CEO, LUXICoach.com, is a coach, writer, and entrepreneur who helps ambitious moms manage the intersection of career and motherhood when they want to GO BIG in both directions. A former media executive, Kristi inspires working moms to savor motherhood and crush their career and life goals! She writes regularly for Medium, published a book on Amazon about exiting Corporate America, and cares for her three children and 100-lb dog with her husband of 11 years.”
Even though this book is now ten years old, I still recommend it to entrepreneurs because all of the critical points hold true. Leveraging automation to increase work efficiency and reduce work hours is the key to not only business success but happiness as a startup founder. This book teaches you how to live as an entrepreneur, and there aren’t enough books on that topic. There are plenty of books for making money as an entrepreneur, but this book is for those not willing to sacrifice their happiness and well-being doing so.
“The book is a call to shed the idea of the hustle and to define success through more than just a monetary lens.
I believe entrepreneurs will see a good mix of research, stories from men and women and reflection questions they can use to help begin charting a new course.”
Jen Sincero provides practical suggestions for unpacking the psychology of wealth & earning money. Her writing style is humorous and approachable. At the end of each chapter she provides exercises that allow you to get clear about your financial goals, address barriers and challenges and forge a path to achieve one’s wealth goals. The book addresses mindset and although it focuses on wealth generation, the lessons are applicable to overcoming most mental & emotional blocks that may be preventing success.
Being a female entrepreneur comes with its own unique set of challenges. A little more work and innovation often must go into receiving recognition, and the home-work balance often becomes more important. That’s why Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur is such a wonderful tool for any empowered female to read and refer back to over and over again.
The book uncovers the emotional trauma that can negatively impact a relationship when a partner cheats. Broken trust can take a toll on the relationship, but it doesn’t mean all is lost. Dr. Weiss stresses the importance of picking up the pieces, analyzing both partner’s feelings and working towards a positive change.
In today’s overly saturated market, businesses need an online presence to compete. Author and entrepreneur Stacey Kehoe knows something about this and wrote the newly released bestselling book, Get Online: 6 simple steps to launching a digital marketing strategy for the non-tech savvy. The six simple steps in this book will enable you to build an effective digital marketing strategy to complement, support and grow your traditional marketing methods so that you can continue to attract enough leads to sustain consistent, and steady growth in your business.
“Publicity Jumpstart is for entrepreneurs, coaches, media personalities, influencers, e-commerce websites, and startups — anyone who needs a step-by-step plan to implement their PR strategy now.
Inspired by both Kristin and Michelle’s journeys, this book takes you through photography, branding, social media marketing, press kit design, podcast and summit pitching, sponsorships, media pitches, and leveraging features to explode your growth as an expert. And each chapter’s action steps will give you a clear plan of attack so you can see results fast.”
Make Your Own Damn Cheese is a deceptively powerful work of non-fiction, cloaked in the disguise of a charming and easy-to-read fable about a young mouse named Earl who wonders ceaselessly about the maze into which he was born. He yearns for a better life, filled with freedom and happiness, and desires more than the maze has to offer – a life where the cheese is plentiful and never out of reach. He believes he needs to get out of the maze, but how? This easy-to-read book is written by an entrepreneur, surgeon, and personal development and success expert and is a great inspirational read for any entrepreneur looking to grow.
As an entrepreneur and small business founder, any source of reference or information is extremely valuable, as it can save you both time and money! That is why I absolutely love The Entrepreneur Mind. Even when you only have a few moments to learn a new tip or two, this book allows you to easily find an actionable idea that you can apply to your day. Before you know it, you’ll have the entrepreneurial mindset that is required for success!
Anti-Sell is the sales book for people who don’t like and/or struggle with sales. It gives networking, lead generation and marketing advice to entrepreneurs and small businesses owners who prefer a softer approach to the old-school hard-sell, following an approach whereby you help others and give advice – and win referrals and new enquiries that way.
The Slight Edge puts emphasis on the importance of being consistent at trying to accomplish your goals. He states that by doing things on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, you will begin to see results overtime. Every single consistent effort that you put into your business, it will begin to compound. In the age where we want instant gratification, John Olson does a great job to help his readers remember that success stems from years and years of hard-work and dedication.
The Lean Startup gives entrepreneurs insight on how to start their business. 3 out of 4 businesses fail within their first year. Eric Ries shares how startup founders can leverage a MVP (Minimal Viable Product) to gain feedback from customers at a low-cost. By constantly making incremental improvements to a business or product, a business founder can launch a product that customers will buy. He puts a huge emphasis on running experiments, failing fast, and gaining feedback. The book is great for those entrepreneurs who believe that a huge upfront cost is necessary to launch a business. Chris explains step by step on how you can launch a successful product or business in the variety marketplaces by using the Lean Startup Method.
Never Eat Alone is a great book for all of those entrepreneurs who have trouble with networking. Networking and building relationships are key to growing your business. Never Eat Alone gives different strategies on different ways to put yourself out there. For example, Keith Ferrazzi explains how he host events with friends to gather and network with one another to facilitate relationships. In addition, he explains how entrepreneurs can use speaking gigs to bring awareness to your business. This book has dozens of examples of how entrepreneurs can meet new people, grow relationships, and help bring value to other people’s lives to create a lifelong friendship that will play dividends on your life.
You’ve just found the how-to-guide for women who are ready to ditch procrastination and paralyzing self-doubt, live in true self-confidence, claim heartfelt goals and dreams and make that ish happen! How could a teen single mom, recovering from domestic violence and poverty, go on to create a multi-million-dollar, national barre and yoga studio chain? She made one mindset shift that created a massive snowball effect, propelling her to a dream life. Yes, just one mindset shift can take you from maybe one day… wishful thinking to being a BOSS living your truth. Think #GIRLBOSS + motherhood + a badass in yoga pants. Change Your Future. Claim Your Potential. Own It All.
Dorothy Parker observed, It’s a man’s world; the lady entrepreneurs and game-changers profiled in Women Who Launch would beg to differ. Unlike many matrons of the 1950s, these kick-ass females left their DNA in the annals of time. Julia Ward-Howe showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America. Sara Joseph Hale, authoress of Mary had a Little Lamb, convinced Lincoln to launch a national day of thanks, while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. Estee Lauder revolutionized the cosmetics industry. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussy-cat ears in the largest women’s march in history. Women Who Launch is filled with inspiring true stories of women activists, artists, entrepreneurs who launched some of the most famous companies, brands, and organizations today and changed the world. It is at once a collection of biographies and a testament of female empowerment. These women who launched prove, in the words of Rosie the Riveter, We can do it! Find motivation in your career and life with the amazing history of women entrepreneurship, activism, and leadership.
Are you trapped in a gilded cage of your own making? Conventionally successful, but not necessarily fulfilled? If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Maki Moussavi knows firsthand how it feels to be stuck in the rut of conventional success. A former corporate career professional, Moussavi’s early life was filled with messages of working hard, chasing the dream, getting degrees, and making money. After creating the success that she’d been taught to value, she found herself questioning how the hell she ended up feeling stuck, restless and unfulfilled. But through a journey of self-examination, she learned how to raise the bar of self-expectation and thrive. And now, The High Achiever’s Guide shares her best tools and processes to determine what fulfillment means to you, so you can thrive with empowered confidence.
Leaders are using outdated practices to engage and motivate their people and they’re failing miserably! Here is the leadership book for the future. Readers will receive tools for a personal leadership reset and discover how to increase engagement, productivity, and growth in their organization. This is an invaluable guide for rising and established leaders, managers, HR professionals, and anyone looking for an effective way to engage and motivate teams and employees at every level of an organization.
This book written by the co-founder of Brewdog is a great read for entrepreneurs looking for practical advice and inspiration beyond traditional business success stories. With a very funny and refreshing style, the author explains everything about how they built their beer empire from scratch: from finances and mindset to PR, marketing, and building a team.
I recently came across Kim Perell’s book, and I knew I had to read it the instant I saw it. The book is filled with the kind of inspiration you may not be able to find anywhere else. She shares the story of her journey as an entrepreneur which has beautifully been executed in this book. I’m amazed I hadn’t read it last year when it came out. There’s one thing that she and I have in common, the belief that the ability to execute ideas can bring you success. Perell writes in such a way that she will create a blueprint inside your head to success. You know you must read the book when the author began with $40 and now has investments in more than 70 startups. That’s some big success right there!
Traction by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares is an excellent guide for any business seeking to scale. The book walks readers through nineteen traction channels ranging from Google Ads to publicity stunts, weighing the costs and benefits of each channel in a highly methodical fashion. The authors encourage the reader to ignore previous biases about the efficacy of particular strategies, prompting honest consideration and a robust brainstorming process. Readers are encouraged to test, re-test, and eliminate strategies over time, eventually choosing a bullseye channel that consistently delivers provable results.
This book really puts you in the correct entrepreneurial mindset that’s necessary to create a great and modern startup. It’s a very contrarian book. In most ways, it really goes against a lot of the general, generic advice you see and hear in other business books. It goes into many topics such as the way to hire people, the way to run a company, the way to be more productive as a team, the way to promote your business and so much more. It is really refreshing and inspirational.
Inspired by a request from a Columbia Business School professor to help his MBA entrepreneurial students invent better ideas for their new ventures, 21 Days to a Big Idea leads the reader through a fun, easy-to-learn and apply process to invent and develop “the next big thing!” The book includes more than two dozen proven idea-creation techniques and processes that have helped Fortune 500 companies create over $3 Billion in successful new products and services.
The Ultimate Sales letter walks you through how to get the audiences’ attention, hit pain points, and how to engage them to find solutions through your products. If you own a website that sells products or services, you need to learn how to write sales copy. This book is a perfect field guide to walk you through each step of the process. He provides formulas, how to’s, and real-life examples that you can plug your own content into.
If you want to read business books that tell you what to do how to create a better business how to avoid the pitfalls don’t read any of the Strategies to Go … Strategies to go … like coffee to go … are stories you can take away, read on the go, and draw your own conclusions based on what will work best for you and your business. They are based on true stories and tell it like it is what really happens in business allowing you to learn the lessons that fit your needs and the strategic needs of your business. Most of us spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping, 1/3 of our lives at work (at least) and cram everything else into the final 1/3. Given the investments that we make in time, shouldn’t we be very clear about what makes us get up in the morning, go to work each day to do what we do? This book tells a story in a unique way and asks these questions. Without launching into the answers, it takes you on a journey that inspires you to go and find the answers for yourself. After all, your career is all about your choices and your life.. What you choose to do can define who you are. If you choose to spend your time with others who have shared values, together you can make a difference and achieve great things. At the same time you might even have some fun and do something truly worthwhile! If you choose otherwise, you may miss out….it’s up to you …
The concept of Lean has been around for decades, but there are few books written by experienced Lean change agents who fully understand the subject. Offering his years of experience and many real-life examples from the workplace, Mark Roberts has written a comprehensive guide to those who are thinking about applying Lean. Each aspect of a Lean roll out is explained thoroughly in an understandable and clear way, covering all the typical concepts and problems encountered. Whether you’re a CEO wondering if Lean will work for you, or if you are already midway through implementing Lean, you will find this book an extremely useful source of advice, encouragement and practical know-how.
As a sales professional in the Outsourcing Services Industry, would you not like to be successful in your job? I think everybody wants that. But how can you be constantly successful, and what is success? Success in our world is being a winner. In other words, just winning opportunities on and on. Is that feasible? Yes, it is. As an international sales professional who is still working for more than 20 years in this industry and is very successful, some old colleagues even called me the best in the industry, it was, for me, the time to put my practical real-life experiences on paper and to share with you why I have always been very successful in winning large outsourcing opportunities. It is a practical book and purely written from real-life experiences.
This book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the fascinating field of consultancy. Written by two consultants with decades of experience between them, this is an honest reflection of their 30 years of work. It provides significant insight into the nuances and everyday world of consulting in the community and government sectors. It is sure to be of great value for years to come.
Have you ever wondered about how successful people achieved success? There is a story told about successful people; they are said to be intelligent and ambitious. At Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell claims that the true story of success is very different from that, and to understand why some people succeed, we need to look more carefully around their environment. For example, families, birth places and even dates of birth … The story of success is more complex and more interesting than it appeared at first
Hospitals, engineering corporations, educational institutions and business heads all have used checklists successfully. The author Atul Gawande explains the rationale behind always having a checklist and how it empowers people and drastically changes situations. A must-read if you are multi-tasking or are real busy.
I would recommend WHO by Geoff Smart. It provides a practical step for hiring, interviewing and managing staff in an easy to digest and actionable way. Unlike most HR books this is less theoretical and more practical and it has improved our hiring process.
Think and grow rich is all about finding opportunities everywhere and changing your mindset to one to attract wealth. It is a must read for new and serial entrepreneurs.
The Connector’s Advantage teaches you how to connect with people to grow your influence. Social selling is the modern form of sales and is way less slimy. If you want to learn to network better even if you are introverted, this is your book.
I have gone from rock bottom – homeless, jobless and addicted to drugs to owning 7 businesses and being a self-made million dollar business owner, wife and mother. My life is beautiful and it’s all because of this book and the steps it teaches. Any entrepreneur that reads this book will take their dreams and multiply the results by 100. Success starts in our thoughts and by removing our deep rooted limited beliefs and practicing daily gratitude, kindness, and more – we elevate our entire lives.
Its a fantastic book on mindset and aligning yourself with universal law so you can achieve the success you want with ease and grace. This is not a law of attraction book but rather, teaching you how to think so you can see opportunities that are here for you now and understand how to create more for yourself and those around you. I love this book! This book has helped me to grow as a person and as a business owner. And it’s not just a book, it’s a study.
I recommend Culture Infusion: 9 Principles for Creating and Maintaining a Thriving Organizational Culture. The holistic based strategies in this book help entrepreneurs prioritize personal wellness and achieve work/life balance. The author, Kerry Wekelo takes the reader through nine easy, actionable principles that help you customize a game plan for yourself or your company. The author is authentic and shares how she uses these principles in her life as a COO and entrepreneur.