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Best Entrepreneurs Books of All Time

Kiva Onyi
Author Kiva Onyi

Looking for books that’ll help out with advice on how to improve your small business and your life? You’re in luck as we have compiled a list of the best books written by renowned novelists, successful entrepreneurs, and business leaders. These books are chocked full of advice on how to find your passion via meaningful work and becoming an innovator. Reading these books will also equip you with knowledge on how to thrive as you grow your business.

Behold the dreamers – Imbolo Mbue

Set in the global financial crisis that happened in 2008 behold the dreamers is a New York Times bestseller that has a plea for courage which is nothing short of inspiring. The story is told from the view of a Cameroonian woman who details her experiences as an immigrant with compassion and wit. The story is relevant to today’s conversations around equality and redefines the meaning of life as an immigrant in the United States. Not something you’re likely to see too much of in today’s political conversation.

The power of broke – Daymond John

If you’re looking to start up a small business and your budget is even smaller, reading this book by a respected voice in that field is a no brainer. It takes a look at how motivation can come from a tight budget and how to use that hunger to succeed.

The Virgin way – Richard Branson

40 years after dropping out of school to begin working for himself, the author now owns a world-renowned brand – The Virgin Group. In this book, he shared his tips on leadership and breaks down how passion, listening, family, and fun are a great way of managing a diverse worldwide team.

Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson

The author paints a riveting picture of the founder of apple’s life in Silicon Valley. An inspiring tale to bring out the innovator in you and stir you to develop and test its boundaries in order to create successful products people actually want that could change the world.

Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes

Critically acclaimed producer Shonda Rhimes, the brains behind hit Tv shows like Scandal and Grey’s anatomy shares her experiences in the industry detailing how she turned down numerous opportunities due to her shyness and how she transformed herself into the confident speaker she is today. If you are looking to become more confident and shed your shell, this book is perfect for you.

Beating the odds – Eddie Brown

Brown Capital Management has seen its share of hard times and business magnate/ philanthropist Eddie Browns explains how he built the company from the ground up and shares his methods for seeing it through global recessions and security challenges. He also shares how he overcame his difficult childhood circumstances and the process of building his extremely successful company.

In the company of women – Grace Bonney

Life stories and advice for female entrepreneurs groom different backgrounds, races and industries share the importance of visibility towards female success and leadership today. It’s an incredibly inspiring book and provides new perspectives on what it’s like to be a female entrepreneur.

Female innovators at work – Danielle Newnham

Leaders of women-owned businesses need to have a copy of this book as it contains case studies and interviews of female inventors, founders, and CEOs who share their challenges, experiences, and lessons they’ve learned from being female entrepreneurs in the tech industry.

Grit: The power of passion and Perseverance – Angela Duckworth

Effort and persistence are often what makes a person successful. Oftentimes the brightest minds and most resourceful businesses don’t always make it to the top. Improving oneself, tenacity and hard work are what make one successful according to the book, and the author shares lessons on how to develop more grit in yourself and the people around you.

The last black unicorn – Tiffany Haddish

Comedian Tiffany Haddish is a familiar face on the big screen and in her autobiography the actress bares her soul and shares her journey from rags to riches. It shows readers how your background does not influence who you can become as long as you stay true to yourself, work hard, and follow your dreams. It also helps that the book is incredibly funny.

Girl Code – Cara Alwill Leyba

Sometimes the highest hindrances to doing your job properly as a female entrepreneur are other women in your field. However, when women unite and support each other, the results are profound. The author shares what she has learned about empowering women, confidence, and succeeding as a female entrepreneur. Girl code is all about self-care, handling burnout, and jealousy amongst other issues that trouble women in business.

David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell

In another one of his captivating books, Gladwell changes the way we approach disadvantages and challenges like attending a bad school, losing one’s parents, or being discriminated against. The book is an insight into how the impressionists succeeded, avoiding Ivy League colleges like Harvard and the full court press history.

The four hour week – Timothy Ferriss

Blog author Ferriss shares his experiences and lessons on how he went from earning $40,000 a year working 80 hour weeks to how he now earns $40,000 in one month working four hours a week.

All marketers are liars – Seth Godin

Godin is of the opinion that marketers are storytellers instead of sharing the benefits or features of techniques used in the industry. The author discusses how these individuals create stories, how they think, and exposes some of the lies they tell that impact a lot of people. He also shares valuable insights on how to craft your brand story.

Purple cow – Seth Godin

Another entry by Godin takes a look at one of the core principles of marketing which is to be “remarkable”. He dismisses the previous methods that involved playing it safe as you build a business. These techniques are so dated that barely anyone uses it these days. Godin believes that building remarkable products and innovation take away the need for advertising.