10 Must-Read Books for Entrepreneurs

Top Entrepreneurship Books

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A huge part of any entrepreneur’s life depends on continuous learning; this does not just help you develop the required mentality to manage your project, but is also essential to keep you updated with market changes and get you prepared for the new challenges that you may face. And because we, in NilePreneurs Initiative, believe in the importance of knowledge and reading in every field, we have collected for you the best entrepreneurship books that can help you successfully build and lead your project while staying familiar with the market and understanding your target customers, especially if you are starting your career from scratch:

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – by Stephen Covey

This represents one of the most fundamental classic books on entrepreneurship through which the author has created a list of habits that can help you achieve your goals. The book has sold 25 million copies and has been translated into 40 languages. The book revolves around these 7 habits that can allow you to  become the best version of yourself:

“Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win/Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw” ― Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

2. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us – by Seth Godin

This book explains the importance of society’s role in businesses’ success and explains that human nature began in tribal lifestyles and until now, like-minded people look for opportunities that bring them together to achieve any change.

"A tribe is a group of people connected, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate."- Seth Godin, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us.

3. Good to Great – by Jim Collins

  1.  Good to Great – by Jim Collins

This is considered one of the top 10 entrepreneur books of all time for a simple reason; it  answers an important question, “Why do some companies succeed and others fail?” After a study of 28 startups to determine the reasons for success and failure, Jim Collins explained the most important essences that companies need to have from the first day to help them succeed.

“The purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline.”
― Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't
Good To Great

4. Zero To One – by Peter Thiel

It is a book that explains the long journey you, as an entrepreneur, can take to establish your company and adequately plan for your business’s future by benefiting from successful experiences and avoiding repeated mistakes. 

“Brilliant thinking is rare, but courage is in even shorter supply than genius.”- Peter Thiel, Zero To One

5. The Startup of You – by Reid Hoffman

This book is considered  a summary of one of the founders of LinkedIn, who shares his experiences with us and the secrets of dealing with business fluctuations, and how you can better evaluate yourself and your skills even if you do not have a specific project.

“The person passionate about what he or she is doing will outwork and outlast the guy motivated solely by making money.”
― Reid Hoffman, The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

6. How To Win Friends And Influence People – by Dale Carnegie

This is one of the best business books for entrepreneurs. The author here discusses one of the crucial features of a successful entrepreneur: his ability to influence people and form relationships to lead a successful business team.

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
― Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

7. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook – by Gary V.

This book is all you need to know how to tell your brand story on social media precisely and affect people generally.

“Your number-one job is to tell your story to the consumer wherever they are, and preferably at the moment they are deciding to make a purchase.”― Gary Vaynerchuk, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy World

8. The Lean startup – by Eric Ries

It is one of the top 10 books for entrepreneurs, as chosen by many. It serves as a practical and scientific roadmap to walk through until you start implementing your project on the ground.

“We must learn what customers really want, not what they say they want or what we think they should want.”― Eric Ries, The Lean Startup

9. Think And Grow Rich – by Napoleon Hill

This book explains the 13 habits that most successful and influential people follow in any field, resulting from a study and analysis of over 500 entrepreneurs and company founders’ lives.

“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”― Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

10. The 4-Hour Workweek – by Timothy Ferris

One of the best 10 entrepreneurship books for anyone who wants to quit their job and establish their own business and become the master of their own decisions. 

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”― Timothy Ferriss, The 4 Hour Workwee

As Warren Buffett, one of the five richest people in the world, said, reading shapes the character of great leaders. And luckily for you, there are many books on entrepreneurship that can greatly facilitate the path for you and help you achieve your goals of becoming a successful entrepreneur that leaves a mark in the world.

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