I wish there was a way around this but unfortunately there isn’t. Readers are leaders! Reading does to the mind what exercise does to the muscles – it keeps the mind sharp and strong. This truth has been repeated for so long it has been taken for granted. But it remains the simple truth: if you want to succeed at anything, you need to study what other successful people have to say on the subject. You could hardly find a successful person on earth who does not attribute some, if not all, of their success to reading books.
A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. – George R.R. Martin
Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. – Joseph Addison
You cannot open a book without learning something. – Confucius
The book of Proverbs in the Bible; Purpose Driven Life and Rich Dad, Poor Dad. These books formed the basis for most of my perceptions and ideologies as an entrepreneur – Oghenefego Ofili
Rich people have small TVs and big libraries while poor people have small libraries and big TVs – Zig Ziglar
Just 7 Books?
Actually, there are more than 7 books every entrepreneur should read. In fact, there are thousands of them. I choose these 7 because I have to start and end somewhere (imagine trying to list every book ever written on success and entrepreneurship – I haven’t read scratched the surface on reading them). These 7 books come very highly recommended by our Featured Entrepreneurs and a host of other successful entrepreneurs all over the world. I have read all of them and I believe you should too.
7 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read From Today
Warning! People who have read these books and dutifully applied their lessons have complained of achieving tremendous success in their personal and business lives (I know!).
These books are popular, even common – almost everyone hears about Rich Dad, Poor Dad – yet they are very powerful and loaded with timeless wisdom. The principles they contain hold true for every culture, religion, time and place. I challenge you to finish these books and see if your life will ever remain the same!
1. The Richest Man In Babylon – George S. Clason
This is without exaggeration the most brilliant, yet simple, book ever written on wealth creation, growth and sustenance. It is written, basically, for first-timers – people who are starting out in wealth creation. The author explained everything with a simple story about a certain man who became the richest man in Babylon out of nothing. Agreed, the language is a little ancient but there are loads to learn once you get around it. Not only did George Clason explain why and how you should save money, he also taught how to wisely multiply the money and create wealth. You can download the book right now and get started.
2. Think and Grow Rich – Dr. Napoleon Hill
I doubt if there is any rich person who has not read this book in some capacity. The mind is a very powerful tool. The many battles of life are won and lost, first, in the mind. This book is all about harnessing the powers of the mind to create wealth. Read it (that is if you have not already). Think and Grow Rich is available for download on the internet.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve – Dr. Napoleon Hill
3. Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
Most people never study the subject [money]. They go to work, get their paycheck, balance their checkbooks, and that’s it. On top of that, they wonder why they have money problems. Few realize that it’s their lack of financial education that is the problem – Robert Kiyosaki
This book is the perfect book for financial education.
4. Dig Your Well before You Get Thirsty – Harvey Mackay
Many books have been written on networking; Dig Your Well Before You Get Thirsty is my favorite. Who is in your network? How solid is that network? If you have a financial emergency at 2 in the morning, how many people can you trust to get out of bed and pull out all the stops till you get what you want? Successful entrepreneurs are good network builders. Harvey Mackay explains all these with clarity, simplicity and humor. A must read.
5. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
I have read this book over 5 times and I strongly recommend it for everyone who have not. It has timeless principles for effective leadership and management. Actually, I never understood the difference between leadership and management till I came across this book. The 7 habits focus on an inside-out approach to personal management and growth. Also available on the internet.
6. Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen
How do you get more things done in such a busy, fast world? David Allen answers this question with practical steps and tools for easy understanding and implementation.
7. Over The Top – Zig Ziglar
When I took my very first baby steps in entrepreneurship, I needed to go out every morning and talk people into signing up for advert subscriptions in my new city magazine. You know how you talk to 25 people in a day and they all turn you down yet you have to get up the next morning to repeat the process until you get results? This book gave me that morale boost I desperately needed to get out of bed every morning and face the day. The result was simply magic! I have read a lot of books on motivation. I recommend Over the Top.
Read More – Join a Book Club
One way to read more is to join a book club. Being in a community of readers not only helps you commit to a reading schedule, but allows you learn from the insight of others.
These are not the only books out there for entrepreneurs; there are lots more. If you have read any or all the books listed here, what is your take on them? Which other books would you include in this list? Go ahead; let me know.