As an entrepreneur, your ultimate goal is to take your business idea towards success, which cannot happen overnight.

To become a successful entrepreneur, you need to develop certain skills, including communication skills, creative and analytical skills, thinking capabilities, and similar others.

Plus, you should be well-aware about the market and the industry you are dealing in.

There is no end to learning in the entrepreneurial business. Every industry keeps on changing and growing over time.

To match up with the pace and survive in the industry, you need to continue learning more for sure, for which developing the habit of reading is a must.

Reading books is indeed, one of the best ways to learn more.

As Harry S. Truman once said,

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

Good books can help you learn so many things to succeed as an entrepreneur. They can be a source of inspiration, help you develop skills, and provide tips and techniques to grow your business.

They can make you learn from other people’s experiences who have been on the same journey as yours. You can learn from their mistakes and experiences as shared in these books.

This infographic lists ten influential books that an entrepreneur must read:

10 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read To Be Successful

1. Lost and Founder

This book by Rand Fishkin, Founder of Moz was published in 2018. It is a guide to the startup world, in which he talks about his experiences of running a startup. He describes the problems he faced and the lessons he learned during his journey of building his company.

Goodreads Rating: 4.4

2. How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie wrote this book, and it was published in 1936. It talks about ways and techniques to handle people, to make them like you, and to become a leader to influence in their lives. It also talks about how to balance personal and professional life effectively.

Goodreads Rating: 4.2

3. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

A great book by Robert B. Cialdini, ‘The Psychology of Persuasion’ was published in 1984 and was listed in the New York Times’ Best Sellers List. In this book, the author breaks down the psychology of persuasion into six principles and teaches you the art of persuasion. It tells you ways to persuade people to say “Yes” to something they would otherwise say “No” to.

Goodreads Rating: 4.2

4. The Lean Startup

This book by Eric Ries was published in 2011. It is a guide for modern days startup and teaches the methods to start and grow a startup. This book also teaches you about how to make quick decisions with whatever amount of information you have.

Goodreads Rating: 4.1

5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Authored by Stephen Covey and published in 1989, it is a self-improvement book. It is based on Covey’s belief that the way we see the world is entirely based on our perceptions.

The book gives you seven methods to develop your personality and increase your productivity.

Goodreads Rating: 4.1

6. Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques

Written by Michael Michalko and published in 1991, this book is about creative thinking and teaches you how to come up with new and creative ideas for business. It also teaches you about how to solve real-life problems in creative yet easy ways.

Goodreads Rating: 4

7. The 4-Hour Workweek

This book has Tim Ferriss as its author and was published in 2007. It tells you about how to break free from corporate life and live a happy life. It is especially helpful for those people who want to put their living before their work but cannot, due to financial constraints.

Goodreads Rating: 3.9

8. The One Minute Manager

Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson wrote this book and it was published in 1982. It gives the managers three tools to help them improve in their job and stay happy and motivated in life.

Goodreads Rating: 3.9

9. The $100 Startup

Written by Chris Guillebeu and published in 2012, this book talks about how to combine passion and skills to start your own business in $100 or less. It also teaches you the possibility to start a very small business within a limited budget.

Goodreads Rating: 3.8

10. The Entrepreneur Mind

Authored by Kevin Johnson, this book was published in 2012. It states 100 easy lessons in strategy, people, finance, marketing, and leadership. It also shares anecdotes from the author’s personal life experience.

Goodreads Rating: 3.7

Being an entrepreneur, you might have a tight schedule. But you should work upon developing the habit of reading. It will not only help you become successful in your business but also inculcate healthy life habits. The reading habit will also help you balance your personal and professional life.

So, happy reading!

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