92 of the Best Books for Entrepreneurs to Read in 2018
It’s no secret – entrepreneurs love reading. While the average person reads 2 or 3 books per year, the average CEO reads 4 or 5 books every month. That’s 1,900% more books in a year than the average person reads.
Before 2012 I was reading less than a handful of books per year as well. But as I embarked on my entrepreneurial journey that changed. In part because most entrepreneur podcasts and articles I consumed suggested specific books. But also because I needed to learn some things along the way.
Entrepreneur Recommended Books
Since I read so much, I started asking every entrepreneur that I interviewed on my podcast for book suggestions. Then I combed through all of my podcast interviews and compiled this extensive list of the best books for entrepreneurs to read.
Don’t worry, no one expects you to read through this list in one year. (But if you do, I’d love to know your secret.)
The Books are Available in Multiple Formats
I prefer to read e-books on my Kindle because I can take my book with me on any device. However, every listing below includes multiple formats so you can select the type you prefer. The books that are available on audio include a link to sign up for Audible – which allows you to listen to two free books in your first month.
92 of the Best Books for Entrepreneurs
The list of best books for entrepreneurs is in alphabetical order, not popularity. Some of the links listed below are affiliate links, and I will receive compensation when you purchase through those links.
#1 - #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness by Gary Vaynerchuk
This book is one I truly feel is one of the best books for entrepreneurs. Whether you’re planning to start your own company, working in digital media, or have landed your first job in a traditional company, #AskGaryVee is your essential guide to making things happen in a big way.
#5 - Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial by Tony Robbins
#6 - Best Marketer Wins by Ming Lee
Power-packed with vital information for every person striving to become the best marketer in their elective fields.
#8 - Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller
#11 - Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers by Geoffrey A. Moore
In Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey A. Moore shows that in the Technology Adoption Life Cycle there is a vast chasm between the early adopters and the early majority.
#13 - Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker by David Nihill
Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker shows how the key principles of stand-up comedy can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, more interesting, and better looking. (Or at least two of the three.)
#14 - DotCom Secrets: The Underground Playbook For Growing Your Company Online by Russell Brunson
A MUST READ! This book is a game changer for any business owner and definitely one of the best books for entrepreneurs out right now. Inside you will find the actual playbook the makers of ClickFunnels created after running thousands of tests and perfecting what works online.
#16 - Entrepreneurial You: : Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive by Dorie Clark
#17 - Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
#18 - Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson
“Expert Secrets Is The Map That Will Allow You To Turn Your Specialized Knowledge, Talents and Abilities Into A Business That Will Work For You! This Is One Of The Shortcuts of The New Rich” – Robert Kiyosaki
#20 - Get Your A$% Off The Couch by April Walker
In this handbook, WalkerGems: Get Your A$% Off The Couch, whether you’re employed, in startup mode, or desire fuel for the entrepreneurial journey, it prepares you to GO and GROW, moving forward towards success.
#23 - Hustling: From Heroin to Houses by George Beatty
Adopt the lessons from Hustling: From Heroin to Houses to your own life, and achieve your goals by facing down your fears and putting them to work for you.
#24 - It's No Secret... There's Money in Small Business by Tyson E. Franklin
It’s No Secret…There’s Money in Small Business, however it will not happen overnight, it’s something you have to work at for a number of years. It all starts with believing it’s possible. By the time you put this book down you will be bouncing off the walls, not just thinking it’s a possibility but knowing how to make it a reality.
#25 - Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk
This is an oldie but goodie and most of the concepts in the book can still be applied to social media today. Definitely in my personal list of best books for entrepreneurs. Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition.
#28 - Millionaire Women Next Door: The Many Journeys of Successful American Businesswomen by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D.
#30 - Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi
#31 - No B.S. Ruthless Management of People and Profits: No Holds Barred, Kick Butt, Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Really Getting Rich by Dan Kennedy
Kennedy expands on his proven (if radical) strategies to get accountability, profitability, and productivity from employees.
#33 - Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff
When it comes to delivering a pitch, Oren Klaff has unparalleled credentials. Over the past 13 years, he has used his one-of-a-kind method to raise more than $400 million–and now, for the first time, he describes his formula to help you deliver a winning pitch in any business situation.
#34 - Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger by Charles T. Munger
A collection of speeches and talks by Charlie Munger.
#35 - Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz
#36 - Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
If you’re into marketing or want to learn marketing, then this book (and Seth Godin in general) should be added to your to-read list. This is another book that’s on my personal list of best books for entrepreneurs. The cult classic that revolutionized marketing by teaching businesses that you’re either remarkable or invisible.
#38 - Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life by Daymond John
#39 - Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business by Gino Wickman
#42 - Selling the Wheel: Choosing The Best Way To Sell For You Your Company Your Customers by Jeff Cox & Howard Stevens
#43 - She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur by Carrie Green
#44 - Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.
#46 - Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
#48 - Tax-Free Wealth: How to Build Massive Wealth by Permanently Lowering Your Taxes by Tom Wheelwright
In this book, Tom Wheelwright will tell you how the tax laws work. And how they are designed to reduce your taxes, not to increase your taxes.
#49 - Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk
#50 - The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
Okay I have to be honest here, I’ve started reading this book around 5x and have not been able to finish it. But a lot of my past podcast guests say it’s one of the best books for entrepreneurs so I’m including it in this list. MAYBE I’ll give it one more try. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.
#52 - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
#53 - The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone
This is an excellent book on mindset that I think every entrepreneur should read. Definitely on my personal list of best books for entrepreneurs. The 10 X Rule unveils the principle of “Massive Action,” allowing you to blast through business clichés and risk-aversion while taking concrete steps to reach your dreams.
#54 - The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and also from the lives of figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to P.T. Barnum.
#55 - The 50th Law by 50 Cent & Robert Greene
#60 - The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Reis
Essential reading if you are new to the startup world. This is another one on my personal list of best books for entrepreneurs. Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late.
#62 - The Millionaire Master Plan: Your Personalized Path to Financial Success by Roger James Hamilton
#65 - The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by Neil Fiore
Raise your hand if you’re a habitual procrastinator. *Raises hand* You NEED to read this book, not tomorrow but right now! This is at the top of my recommendations for best books for entrepreneurs. THE NOW HABIT offers a comprehensive plan to help readers lower their stress and increase their time to enjoy guilt-free play.
#66 - The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage by Ryan Holiday
#67 - The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John
This is my favorite book ever! It was so motivational and inspirational. If I reordered this list by my favorite books this would be my #1 for best books for entrepreneurs. When your back is up against the wall, your bank account is empty, and creativity and passion are the only resources you can afford, success is your only option. Here you’ll learn how to tap into that Power of Broke to scrape, hustle, and dream your way to the top.
#69 - The Road Less Stupid: Advice from the Chairman of the Board by Keith J. Cunningham
The principles and structure suggested in The Road Less Stupid will enable anyone, (regardless of the size of the business, the currency or the industry) to run their business more effectively, make more money, and dramatically increase the likelihood of keeping that money.
#70 - The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary by Joseph Michelli
This is a great book on the culture of Starbucks. It really got my gears going regarding how I wanted to treat my employees when my business grows up. This is on my personal list of best books for entrepreneurs. The Starbucks Experience contains a robust blend of home-brewed ingenuity and people-driven philosophies that have made Starbucks one of the world’s “most admired” companies, according to Fortune magazine.
#71 - The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield
In The Success Principles, the cocreator of the phenomenal bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, helps you get from where you are to where you want to be, teaching you how to increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realize all your ambitions.
#73 - The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies by Chet Holmes
#74 - The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
#75 - The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance by Tony Schwartz
#78 - Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and raising two daughters–of juggling business deadlines and family crises, a harried dance that led to her collapse and to her “aha moment.”
#80 - Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman
#82 - Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius by Erik Wahl
Unthink pushes us beyond our traditional thought patterns. It will inspire everyone to realize that we are capable of so much more than we have pre-conditioned for.
#84 - What’s Really Holding You Back: Closing the Gap Between Where You Are and Where You Want to Be by Valorie Burton
In this compelling book, life coach Valorie Burton explores the four forces that can free you from the fear, distractions, and obstacles that limit you.
#85 - When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink
In When, Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating, readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.
#86 - Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson
A deceptively simple story to show that when it comes to living in a rapidly changing world, what matters most is your attitude. This is a super short, fun read that’ll have you evaluating the way you think. It’s one of my top recommendations for best books for entrepreneurs.
#88 - Will the Real You Please Stand Up: Show Up, Be Authentic, and Prosper in Social Media by Kim Garst
In “Will the Real You Please Stand Up”, leading social media expert Kim Garst shares with you the tips, tricks and techniques that have helped her rise to, and stay at the top of the social media world. However, this is NOT a “how to” book on social media. It is something much more powerful. It is a guided journey to discovering the most unstoppable force in nature, something which you already have but just don’t know how to harness and unleash…YOU!
#89 - Working the Room: How to Move People to Action Through Audience-Centered Speaking by Nick Morgan
Offers a new approach to public speaking based on Greek oratory and modern communications that focuses on a three-part process–content delivery, rehearsal, and delivery–to give an effective speech.
#90 - Worth Every Penny: Build a Business That Thrills Your Customers and Still Charge What You're Worth by Erin Verbeck & Sarah Petty
With the advice in Worth Every Penny, you will be inspired to live your passion and pass your enthusiasm on to your customers. The result: a profitable business that avoids succumbing to the pressure to discount.
#91 - Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, & Robert B. Cialdini
#92 - Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
Your Journey is Always Evolving
Your entrepreneurship journey will evolve as you go along. Next year you’ll be in a different place from where you are today. That’s why it’s important to be a lifelong student when you become an entrepreneur. I recommend you bookmark this list of best books for entrepreneurs and refer to it the next time you’re in the market for a new book to read.
Cindy Rodriguez is the host of the Start Fierce Business Podcast. When she’s not interviewing awesome entrepreneurs, she’s working on growing her startup, going to Disney World with her daughter, or reading a book.