If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, then you will quickly learn that reading books will be part of your daily habits. Here is a list of 5 books that every entrepreneur must read:
1. Think and Grow Rich: Napoleon Hill
One of the best selling self-help books ever published. Think and Grow Rich was written during the Great Depression and still thrives today. Hill interviewed more than 500 of the most successful individuals, including Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, and Thomas Edison. He maps out a six-step plan to applying these principles to your own life and produce and attract massive success.
2. How to Win Friends and Influence People: Dale Carnegie
To succeed in business and life, you must know how to deal with people. This classic is a series of personal experiences, conversations, and guide for how to make people like you and then win them over to your way of thinking without causing turmoil.
3. Principles: Ray Dalio
In Principles, Dalio shares what he’s learned over the course of his remarkable career. He argues that life, management, economics, and investing can all be systemized into rules and understood like machines. The book’s hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of “radical truth” and “radical transparency,” include Dalio laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams.
4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: Mark Manson
There are only so many things we can give a fuck about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives. Learning early that the desiring others need for approval will only hurt you, it's a disease!
5. The Alchemist: Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
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There are 100's of other books that I could recommend. But these books mentioned above have had true significance in my life as an entrepreneur. Sometimes when I had nothing, books were all I had. Its incredible when your mind is sucked into words on a page, the world around you almost stops, it's quiet and peaceful.
When reading these books, they contain so much useful, practical information to apply to everyday life, do not get discouraged. Pick one nugget from each book and apply that nugget to your life. You can read 1,0000's of books, but if you read and then do not apply, you are wasting your time. And time as an entrepreneur is the most valuable asset.
Application of knowledge is key!
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