5 must-read books for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is like undertaking a unique journey, which no one has taken till now. No colleges or schools can prepare you completely for this journey. If the entrepreneur zeal is there in the blood, no one can stop you. But your being unprepared is the way to start this journey of Entrepreneurship.

But there is some help available from the people who had already gone through this journey your planning to attempt and their trial and errors have been documented in books, which would become your lighthouses, in the voyage you are going to undertake in the dark sea of business.

There are so many articles and books that you can find out on net regarding this topic. The only reason, why I am listing these books here as they are my personal favorites and every reading of these books gives a different insight to me.

The $100 startup by Chris Guillebeau:

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This book mainly talks about various persons who have become successful in their own ventures and how they overcame the barriers we normally place in front of our desires and ambitions. This book talks about these self-made barriers and how different people have overcome them using different methods. The author focuses on fifty people who have started their business within $100.

Another similar book in this book’s lines Connect Dots by Rashmi Bansal. This book talks about the people who have never made it to famous B-schools but are able to convert their start-up’s into prosperous businesses.

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

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This book analyzes why most startups fail. It emphasizes the importance of strategizing for entrepreneurs and using the available resources wisely by using them innovatively and creatively. Author, always emphasizes that we need to keep reviewing the needs of the customers and innovate accordingly. The book is divided into three sections  – “Vision”, “Steer” and “Accelerate”. In these three sections, the author gives the tips to handle the business without falling into the boring trap of managerial processes. He gives simple and innovative steps to track one’s progress and grow further. He stresses on the importance of the managerial process but wants one to make it funnier and a daily habit, so that the startup won’t get stagnated.

The 7 day Startup by Dan Norris

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There are a lot of people among us who want to be entrepreneurs but won’t cross the threshold for some reason. The author calls this kind of people as wantrepreneur. This book gives the required push and explains to you how you can start a business within 7 days. It just doesn’t focus on the most important aspect of idea evaluation, steps required to start the business that is required for a startup. But this book also gives you tools to evaluate and fine-tune your startup.

The 4-hour work week by Tim Ferriss

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This book is a real lifesaver in today’s overscheduled world. The author shakes to the core and makes the reader understand the basic principles of working smarter than working longer. This book could be used both by the employee and the entrepreneur.  They are a lot of key takeaways from this book, which if implemented right, automatically eases the work pressure.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

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This is one book, which has to come into any list that deals with being successful. As this book,  elaborates the habits that really made people successful. No wonder this book is timeless and would carry forward forever in people’s mind.  To convert a person truly into a leader, one must read this book.

There are a lot more books that are still my favorites, even though when they have not figured in the above list. Some of them are listed below:

  1. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
  2. The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte
  3. Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley
  4. Mastering Leadership by Robert J. Anderson and William Adams
  5. Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury
  6. To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink
  7. Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits by Greg Crabtree
  8.  Finding your way in a Wild New World by Martha Beck


Are your favorites here in this list? Please let me know your favorite books for an Aspiring Entrepreneur.

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  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is a self-improvement book. It is written on Covey’s belief that the way we see the world is entirely based on our own perceptions. In order to change a given situation, we must change ourselves, and in order to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions. We all want to succeed. And one path to success is identifying the habits that can help us on our journey. This is book is one of the best ones from my non-fiction collection of the books.

    1. Yes my favourite too. Every time I reread it, I get another new perspective from this book.

  2. Great recommendations and 7 highly effective people is a really good book! 🙂

    1. Yes, thats also my favorite book of all the ones I had listed below. Thanks a lot

  3. Oh my Jeez! I really am impressed by this recommendation list as they all seem so intriguing and effective!

    1. Thanks a lot Sudarshan, please read and let me know your thoughts on the same

  4. I noted all the recommendations as I didn’t read any of them. But as you explained about the books I am looking forward.

    1. Thank you Deepika. Please let me know your views after reading these books

  5. Wow that is a good list

    I must read these books

    They are now in my TBR list

    Nice post

    1. Thank you Anurag, please let me know your views on these books after you read them!

  6. This is a very nice list. I so wish to read the $100 Startup!

    1. Thanks a lot Ankita. That book is really good one!

  7. I read Rashmi Bansal’s Connecting the dots but the 100$ startup is in me pend list for long. I loved the concept of 4 hour work week. Ferris used the 80/20 principle in an individual’s professional life. The book is really brilliant. I haven’t read a few from your other 8 books. Adding them to my TBR

    1. Thank you Pragnya, I didn’t know which one to rank and which not to. So that’s why I gave additional 8. Again Innovator’s dilemma and the last book are little closer than others in this list to my heart

  8. Great post! The list is really good. I hope to read some of these books soon.

    1. Thank you Chetana, please let me know your views on the other books later

  9. Taking recommendations for my entrepreneur friends and relatives. Nice recommendation.

  10. The compilation is just amazing.

    1. Thank you Sharmistha for visiting my blog

      1. It’s all my pleasure. Keep writing wonderful stuff

  11. That’s a great compilation of books. 🙂

    1. Thank you for the blog love

  12. Great compilation..I will definitely try to read..

    1. Thank you Sindhu for reading my blog

  13. I don’t read this genre but I think I need to pick this. Love this post 🙂

    1. We do get some really good life examples and how these people dealt with their adversities in this genre. Not all are of self-help types.

  14. I am definitely adding all of these to my TBR! Thanks for the amazing recommendations!

    1. Thanks a lot for visiting my blog.

  15. Even I was inspired a great deal by 4 hour work week

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog

  16. Wow! That’s a great book list! I might add a book or two to my tbr!

    Pari xx


    1. Thank you Pari for visiting my blog

  17. Wow all these books are completely new to me, except Covey’s!
    I must check them out soon.

    1. Please do check them out..The four hour work week and Lean Startup are my favorites

  18. Some of them are in my favorite too. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks a lot for visiting my blog

  19. These books sound amazing! I will have to pick them up soon.

    1. Thank you for reading

  20. Great list! Thanks for the recommendations!

  21. Nice suggestions, loved them all

  22. A list of brilliant books. Thank you so much for sharing them!

  23. I really loved this recommendation list as they all seem so engaging read!

  24. Thanks for sharing! I will definitely be reading one!

  25. Great List! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks a lot for your encouragement

  26. Wow! This article just blew my mind. Such an amazing read.Thank you for the value offered here:-)

    1. Thanks a lot for the encouragement

  27. Just finished the 4 hr work week and it was really good. Next is 7 habits of highly effective people and the other three will be added to the list. Thanks

    1. Thanks a lot for your encouraging words

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