Top 7 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Top Inspiring books for entrepreneurs

Books have the power to change you. A word is enough to inspire you to chase your dreams when hurdles come in your way.

We pick top 7 books that give you an instant dose of inspiration when you face a roadblock in your entrepreneurial life.

These books are recommended by the highly successful entrepreneurs across India and the globe.

  1. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand

This is the masterpiece of the Russian-American writer Ayn Rand.

The Fountainhead is a fiction that excels in its quality to inspire the readers.

It tells the story an architect who stands for innovation and his struggles in a society that is reluctant to explore new things.

The book has also been famous for Rand’s rational philosophy and her unique concepts of society, religion and faith.  

Through this wonderful piece of fiction, Rand persuades readers to take the less-traveled path and achieve their dreams.

  1. Steve Jobs Biography – Walter Isaacson

The much acclaimed biography of Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs is a compelling book that delivers valuable lessons on entrepreneurship and innovation.

It is the story of Steve Jobs’ journey from a turbulent childhood to one of the greatest entrepreneurs in the world.

It is also Steve Jobs’ authorized self-titled biography, which has also inspired the movie of the same name.

In the book, Isaacson provides extraordinary accounts of Jobs’ eventful story, packed with episodes from his personal and professional life.

The book depicts the power of innovative thinking, which is evident from Jobs’ professional endeavours and the way he turned Apple into an immensely successful global brand.

  1. Who Moved My Cheese –  Dr Spencer Johnson

Dr. Spencer Johnson explores the essentials traits of an entrepreneur through this highly motivational business fable.

The book depicts the story of four characters, Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw, who are in pursuit of cheese.

The underlying philosophy of this book provides valuable lessons on dealing with the changes in our professional as well as personal life.

Through the different experiences of four central characters, Johnson motivates every entrepreneur to embrace the changes and discusses what happens if you are reluctant to accept the trends in your domain.  

  1. Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

Have you ever thought why some people are successful and why some are not despite having many things in common?

If yes, Outliers is an ideal pick for you.

In this compelling book , Gladwell observes and discusses the traits of extraordinary and highly successful persons and goes on to give us reasons why they are successful.

He gives an in-depth analysis of the factors leading to superlative success.

Each page of this book is an eye-opener for entrepreneurs as Gladwell provides crucial lessons to become successful in life including his popular  10,000 Hour-Rule.

Moreover, he explains the complex factors of success and failures in a convincing way through simple language. 

It answers almost every questions about success and failure that pop up in your mind.

  1. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping Our Future – Ashlee Vance

It’s the story of Elon Musk, the South African born business magnate, who founded Tesla and SpaceX.

He is the inspiration behind the character Tony Stark in  Ironman.  

This biography traces the life of Elon Musk and incorporates the important incidents of his inspiring entrepreneurial journey.

In the book, senior journalist Ashlee Vance unveils the philosophy of Elon Musk who always thinks beyond the ordinary.  

The book follows the roller-coaster ride of Elon Musk’s life, which is no less than a thrilling movie.   

From a bullied school kid to one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the world, Musk’s fascinating journey is a gripping tale of passion, hard work and zest for success.

If you like to try out offbeat things in life, you must grab this biography right away!

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

This is one of the most influential books of all time.

First published in 1936, the book went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide and continues to inspire readers.

Dale Carnegie tells us about some timeless lessons to reach great heights in both professional and personal life.

In the book, Carnegie teaches how you can change your behaviour in an optimistic way to explore all avenues of the world and find opportunity everywhere.

The book emphasizes the importance of proper communication in marketing and generating new clients.

This masterpiece from Dale Carnegie is the best guide to learn the art of shaping your personality to suit your business.

  1. The Internet to the Innernet – Gopi Kallayil

This interesting book from Gopi Kallayil, one of the spearheads at Google, helps you find inspiration from within yourself.

The author speaks of the inner strength of human beings to change the world and places the mind above every technological advancements of our times.

The author devises a spiritual take on human beings and growth of technology.

Packed with high philosophy and practical wisdom, this book reinforces your confidence and helps you unveil the immense potential of your mind.

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  1. Hi Suhail, Thanks for the wonderful post of so I own How To Win Friends And Influence People and will try with other books soon.
    I keep looking things on the internet, algorithms, digital marketing can you recommend? email me!


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