An essential part of being an entrepreneur is knowing that the learning never stops. As a young entrepreneur, you have to keep a lot of focus on learning to keep your company going- and books are the best way to accomplish that. Here are the top 7 books that should be on your reading list as you set out on your journey as a entrepreneur.
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
Mark Cuban, a self-made billionaire, told Business Insider that every entrepreneur must read the Fountainhead. He went on to say that no books sums up the passion and spirit of entrepreneurship better than this one.
‘It’s not about who will let me, but about who will stop me’,
The Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton Christensen
Jeff Bezos made his executives read this book, which is also credited as one of the most influential business books of all times, and a pick of numerous other VCs and founders. Steve Blank, former entrepreneur and now a teacher at U.C. Berkley, says that entrepreneurs should read it as a ‘how to book’ on how to beat the big names in their markets.
Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson
When Elon Musk says that a particular book is his favorite, then every entrepreneur must make it a point to read it at least once. In this case, it’s Benjamin Franklin, written by Walter Isaacson. Need we say more?
Conscious Capitalism, Raj Sisodia and John Mackey
Kip Tindell, CEO and co-founder of The Container Store, says that business leaders and entrepreneurs must read Conscious Capitalism. The best business schools have discovered, studied and found that companies who follow this book achieve more success.
The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday
This book, which came out in 2014, is about leaders like Steve Jobs and Marcus Aurelius, who have been successful by applying the ways & methods of ancient Greek Stoicism.
Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
This book consists of a number of personal writings from the chaotic 10 years from the life of Marcus Aurelius, who was a Roman Emperor. It talks about accepting things beyond our control, and staying in control of our emotions.
Zero to One, Peter Thiel
John Sculley, ex-CEO of Apple and ex-president, Pepsi, has stated that Zero to One is his top recommendation for all tech entrepreneurs. It focuses on harnessing technology for making a better future.
While this list is not exhaustive, it surely covers a lot that young entrepreneurs must know as they embark on their journeys of building a better tomorrow.