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15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

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15 Books that Will Help reshape your entrepreneurial Mindset

Knowledge, information, and wisdom are embedded in the pages of books written by everyday people who have had encounters, and experiences on various subjects, and issues of life.

Books are handy and helpful…books communicate what one may not be able to experience firsthand in a lifetime.

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As an entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur, constant learning should be a part of your life and books are resources that aid learning.

Today, many experienced entrepreneurs have written books that help us understand the challenges and successes of the business world.

In this article, I have carefully listed 15 books that will help reshape your Mindset as an entrepreneur.

Key Highlights

🎯 Entrepreneurs are lifelong learners.

🎯 One of the best ways to gain years of experience is to find a mentor.

🎯 You don’t need a whole lot of money to get started. In 2020, the number of businesses with a single person rose, while those with employees fell 2.4%.

🎯 You must understand that leadership is a natural part of entrepreneurship.

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1. The Lean Startup

The Lean startup - 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

The Lean Startup has become one of the most popular startup methodologies over the years and has given birth to many thought processes about building a startup.

The book explains a new way to build businesses and products. It is a new way to invent, test, adjust and adapt our vision in our modern society.

In this book, you will learn the Build, Measure, and Learn system of building a startup.

Author: Eric Ries

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Published: 2011

2. Rework

Rework - 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

Over planning and Productivity, Rework debunks the myth behind them. The authors of Rework explain to us why we don’t need as much as we think to start our business or because we work long hours every day doesn’t mean we are productive.

The authors tell us about the excuses we make like where would I get funding, do I have time, will people like my product, and so many more. According to them, these are not obstacles, just excuses.

Author: Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Published: 2010

3. The Hard things about Hard things

The hard things about the hard things - 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

Things get personal and real with this book. Being an experienced and well-respected entrepreneur in a place like silicon valley means having a lot of knowledge, experience, and understanding of what it takes to build a business. That is who Ben Horowitz is.

The author tells us about the reality of being an entrepreneur. As a CEO, there is much loneliness, and you are faced with tough decisions you have to make every day.

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The author’s aim is not to scare you but to show you the reality of what it means to be an entrepreneur. The book aims to set your mindset and prepare you for the journey ahead.

Author: Ben Horowitz

Published: 2014

4. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance - 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

Talents can only get so far, and some of us that are not talented in what we want to go into are screwed.

In this book, Angela Duckworth shows us why talent is not sufficient to get to the top. We learn about passion and perseverance and how there are true traits to have if you want to be at the top of your profession.

As Angela Duckworth explained it, grit is passion and sustained persistence applied toward long-term achievement, with no particular concern for rewards or recognition along the way.

Author: Angela Duckworth

Published: 2016

5. The 4-Hour WorkWeek

The 4-hour workweek - 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

With over two million copies sold, Newyork bestseller for four years, and translated to forty different languages, The 4-hour WorkWeek is a must-read.

In the book, Tim Ferris shares how he went from earning $40,000 a year to earning $40,000 a month just working four hours a week.

In Summary, the four WorkWeek teaches you how to escape the 9 to 5 life and create a business that funds the lifestyle you want.

Author: Tim Ferris

Published: 2007

6. How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to win friends and influence people - 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

This book is one of the oldest books on this list, originally published in 1936 and sold 30 million copies worldwide. If you are an entrepreneur or aspiring, this book is a must-read.

In the business world, networking is everything, and this book teaches us this. Especially in this digital age, a real human face-to-face connection is getting harder, and we need it to make meaningful relationships that will take us and our business to the next level.

In this book, the author teaches you how to navigate the business-social life and the steps to overcome your competition and win over close-minded people.

Author: Dale Carnegie

Published: 1936

7. Hooked: How to build habit-forming products

Hooked - 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

Have you ever wondered what makes you so addicted to a certain product? You can’t imagine going a day without using that product.

In this book, the authors explain how companies create addictive products and why while their products are skyrocketing in popularity, some other companies’ products are failing.

In the book, you will also learn the four-step process of building consumer habits and building products that people will love.

Author: Nir Eyal

Published: 2013

8. Start With Why

Start with why - 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

This book addresses the most important question we should ask ourselves before starting anything.

If you have been searching about leadership lately, I bet that you have come across the name Simon Sinek. Simon Sinek is what I will call an evangelist for good leadership.

In this book, he tries to help us do the work that inspires us, and you often see him using real-life examples to communicate his point.

In Summary, Start with Why is a book that helps learn and understand a way of thinking, acting, and speaking, to inspire people.

Author: Simon Sinek

Published: 2009

9. Good to Great

Good to Great - 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

The Holy grail of research. This book is a result of a man and a research team of 21 people.

After five years of data collection, 6000 articles got read, 2000 pages of interview transcripts got produced, and 348 megabytes of data got created; the result of all the work is the book named Good to Great.

Per my suggestion, this book is suitable for entrepreneurs with established businesses and companies. The book aims to explain how good companies transition to become great companies. The book also explains how most companies fail to make the transition.

While as an aspiring entrepreneur, you will learn a lot, this book will be most impactful to established entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses.

Author: Jim Collins

Published: 2001

10. Crush It!

Crush it- 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

There has been a new wave of branding, which I call entrepreneur personal branding. Most people branding for entrepreneurs happen by accident, but that is not the case.

Some of the most famous entrepreneurs with great personal brands are Gary Vee, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs.

In the book “Crush It!” The author teaches how to build a personal brand and turn that influence into a successful business. Branding is like the soul of your business, so you don’t want to joke with it.

If you want to turn what you love into a business, this book is a great read for you.

Author: Gary Vaynerchuk

Published: 2009

11. The $100 Startup

The $100 startup - 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

This is another book that helps you quit the 9 to 5 life and start a business you love and are passionate about with little to no money.

With this book, you will learn how to start a micro-business and turn it into a full-time income. The book also claims you can start this business with little capital, which makes the information in this book vital.

Author: Chris Guillebeau

Published: 2012

12. Lost and Founder

Lost and founder - 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

This is another brutal truth about what it means to be a startup founder. No matter how inspirational you think entrepreneurship is, while there are good times, there are also bad times, and most times, we focus on the good only.

The Author of this book addresses what it takes to build, fund, and work at a successful startup.

Author:  Rand Fishkin

Published: 2018

13. Zero to One

Zero to one - 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

One of the authors of this book is no other than the famous PayPal entrepreneur Peter Thiel. In simplest terms, Zero to One is the process of creating innovative products and Startups out of nothing.

The goal of Zero to One is to help you get innovative with your startup. The book explains how to break out of the competition and become part of the unicorns in your industry.

Author: Peter Thiel, Blake Masters

Published: 2014

14. The E-Myth Revisited

The E-myth revisited - 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

When starting a company, you get all types of advice from many people, which can leave you with many assumptions, most of them being wrong for your business.

The power assumptions have ruined businesses. With over 2 million copies sold, this best-seller addresses the common assumptions that ruin a business.

After reading this book, you get to know the false assumptions about startups and build your business the right way.

Author: Michael E. Gerber

Published: 1986

15. The Psychology of Selling

The Psychology of selling  - 15 Books that Will Help Reshape your Entrepreneurial Mindset

In every business, there is one thing they have in common, and that thing is selling. A business’s primary goal is to sell products they have made to customers.

As an Entrepreneur, it is your responsibility to see that your products and your ideas sell, and this book by Brian Tracy will teach you how to sell as an entrepreneur.

Author: Brian Tracy

Published: 1985

Final Thoughts

Now that you have seen our recommended list of books you should start reading, the next step is to pick one and start learning. It will benefit you more if you start with a book that relates well to your current situation.

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