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Top 30 most enlightening books for entrepreneurs

There are thousands of titles available to entrepreneurs, but our readers say these are the most enlightening of the bunch, recommending them to any budding or veteran entrepreneur.

enlightening books for entrepreneurs

enlightening books for entrepreneurs

The most enlightening books for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are often the most busy people you’ll meet, juggling endless tasks and wearing multiple business hats, and finding time to read can be a monumental task, but is one of the best ways to refine skills and gain a competitive advantage.

We asked you, the readers what books are the most enlightening for entrepreneurs and which books you would be shocked that an entrepreneur hadn’t yet read. Below are the results, in no particular order, and even non-entrepreneurs can learn from the wisdom and tips within the pages of these enlightening books:

  1. Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
  2. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
  3. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
  4. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  5. Rework by 37Signals
  1. The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
  2. Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win? by George Stalk
  3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  4. Execution: the Discipline of Getting Things Done by Lawrence Bossidy
  5. If You Build it, Will They Come? by Dr. Rob Adams
  1. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  2. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  3. Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
  4. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
  5. The Goal: a Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  1. Start With Why by Simon Sinek
  2. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuck
  3. Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy
  4. The E Myth by Michael Gerber
  5. What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis
  1. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
  2. The Elements of Style by E.B. White
  3. Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
  4. The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
  5. Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore
  1. Managing Right For the First Time by David C. Baker
  2. Be Our Guest: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service by The Disney Institute
  3. The Human Fabric: Unleashing the Power of Core Energy in Everyone by Bijoy Goswami
  4. The Luck Factor by Dr. Richard Wiseman
  5. The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Barry Schwartz

Bonus: if you’ve somehow already read all of the above books, or you’re still thirsty for more, Noah Kagan has published a list entitled, “The 18 Books That Changed My Life” and Bootstrap Austin has compiled a must-read list on Amazon to educate people involved in bootstrapping their business entitled, “Bootstrap U.”

Now it’s your turn

Which of the above books will you add to your to do list? Tell us in the comments below, and let us know what your recommendations are.

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