Top 10 must read books for entrepreneurs

April 24, 2012

I read a lot. What can I say, I am a nerd at heart. Its one of the reason why I’ve embraced school, and the education system (as broken as it may be). I believe that one can find the answer to any question if one searches long enough. I used to love to read growing up. Don’t worry, I have a very active social life, but still found myself drawn to books and the written more than any other medium. I even went through what I like to call a “chick lit” phase. No, not that kind of chick lit, but more female oriented books. That phase didn’t long very long. I also went through a marketing books phase. I didn’t make it past the first book. My favourite overall was my classics phase. The Classics, like Jane Austen, Emily and Anne Bronte, along with Charles Dickens teach us so much about a way of life. I have about 50 “classic” books that I have collected over the years, and hopefully my future children will appreciate them. Hopefully they’ll know that books originated on paper, and not e-readers or Ipads, but I digress.

This post is about the 10 best books for entrepreneurs. I have read a lot, I mean A LOT, and every now and then, I come across a book that makes a really good case to be in the top 10, but these ones stuck around for a while.


1.How to Win Friends and Influence People

2.Getting Things Done

3. Ready for Anything

4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

5. No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs

6. Think and Grow Rich

7. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

8.The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur: The tell-it-like-it-is guide to cleaning up in business, even if you are at the end of your roll

9.The 4-Hour Workweek

10. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It


Have you read these? Are there any that you would want to add?



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  • Jackie April 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I’m kind of surprised that I’ve only read half of those, since I read a ton too and am an entrepreneur. Oh well, more to add to my list!

    • Marissa April 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Glad to help!

  • Paul @ The Frugal Toad April 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I would add Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence, which shows that self-awareness, self-discipline, and empathy are better indicators of success later in life rather than IQ. Interesting read.

    • Marissa April 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Thats sitting on my to read pile.

  • Kris @ BalancingMoneyandLife April 25, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I have GTD, 7 Habits (and his follow up, the 8th Habit), and the 4 Hour Work Week. Notice I said I have, as opposed to I’ve read… I’ve read about half of each of them. Still working on them.

    However, I also really liked Never Eat Alone. Great for helping build confidence networking, which if you’re working for yourself is often critical!

    • Marissa April 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      I’ve heard of Never Eat alone. Will hunt it down today!

  • Thad P @ April 26, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I have started GTD, but never got it done (no pun intended). I have read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

    I would three books co-authored by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, “First Break All The Rules”, “Now Discover Your Strengths” and “Follow This Path”. Excellent material on organizing work around strengths instead of trying to improve the unimproveable (weaknesses).

    • Marissa April 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      I haven’t heard of those. Will check them out.

  • GED online April 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Amazing post and very interesting stuff you got here! I definitely learned a lot from reading through some of your earlier posts as well and decided to drop a comment on this one!

  • Jai Catalano April 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I love how to win friends and influence people. I still use techniques I learned from that book.

    • Marissa April 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Me too!

  • April 26, 2012 at 11:11 am

    LOL – I have them all – but I am thinking how much better it would be if I had their info to hand as I work every day – so my mission is to Mind Map each of these books and get them up on my motivation wall.

    I like you – believe in the power of books. All the great businessmen I have met have one thing in common “readers are leaders”

    • Marissa April 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Thats a great idea. I have the books on my Ipad so I browse thru them (mostly #1) quite frequently.

  • AverageJoe April 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    My favs are the E-Myth book & Never Eat Alone. Great reads, both. Thanks for expanding my reading list! The toilet paper one has an awesome title.

    • Marissa April 27, 2012 at 6:36 am

      Doesn’t it? Thats why I picked it up in the first place!

  • Nell @ Housewife Empire April 27, 2012 at 2:26 am

    OMG thanks for this!! I need to check out the No BS Time Management book like, yesterday!

    • Marissa April 27, 2012 at 6:36 am

      The funny thing that I procrastinated doing some of tasks by reading the book.

  • Katie April 28, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I’ve read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and I am currently reading How to Win Friends and Influence People. I would add Guerilla Marketing to the list. It’s a pretty good book.

    • Marissa April 30, 2012 at 4:55 am

      Oh, you’re right. Ive been meaning to read that.

  • Invest It Wisely May 12, 2012 at 2:48 am

    I actually haven’t yet read any of these!!! I did read “The art of non-conformity” which was pretty interesting, and “Early Retirement Extreme” was also eye-opening.

    • Marissa May 12, 2012 at 3:13 am

      i just received The Fire Starter Sessions, and I have a feeling it might make it to the top 10.