Recommended Books For Every Entrepreneur

These are books we have either discussed on the podcast, articles or my own personal reading list that I think you would enjoy and find useful.


A groundbreaking look at why our interactions with others hold the key to success, from the bestselling author of Originals.

Million Dollar Women

The "useful and inspiring" (Diane von Furstenberg) guide for female entrepreneurs who want to take their businesses into the big leagues.


Tim Ferriss, famed productivity expert and author of The 4-Hour Work Week, has access to some pretty high-powered individuals for his podcast. In this book, he distills the insights from their hours-long interviews, tests their methods and advice at home, and gives you actionable tips for how to incorporate their wisdom into your own life.


Hal Elrod is a published author, speaker, ultra-marathoner, podcast host, and cancer survivor, so you know he's got more than a few achievements under his belt. Elrod swears he has the key to making mornings and, therefore, lives happier and more productive. But most outrageous of all: He says it only takes six minutes a day. In his book, he gives a blueprint to his morning ritual, including what to do if you like to snooze.


Dale Carnegie's rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. This book is one of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time for personal growth, leadership, and business success.

Praised by Warren Buffett as 'a gem'. I wish everyone at Berkshire would follow Jack Mitchell's advice "we would own the world." The only way to stay in business is to have customers; the only way to increase your profit is to attract more customer visits by providing exceptional customer service. It's that simple, says Jack Mitchell. Hug Your Customers is filled with accessible advice, personal case studies and tips any businessperson can use, Hug Your Customers is an energizing blueprint for customer and employee retention, increased per capita spending, and groundbreaking success.

Packed with evidence-based self-improvement strategies, Atomic Habits will teach you how to make the small changes that will transform your habits and deliver remarkable results in your career, daily life, relationships, and so much more.

Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, the social scientist best known for The Gifts of Imperfection, trains her sensitive eye on our increasingly polarized world. From there, she examines what she calls "true belonging," and maps how to get there from lonely places "out in the wilderness."

Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, the social scientist best known for The Gifts of Imperfection, trains her sensitive eye on our increasingly polarized world. From there, she examines what she calls "true belonging," and maps how to get there from lonely places "out in the wilderness."

If Brown's tales of belonging don't resonate, her stories of resilience might. After all, the ability to bounce back after a setback is one you?re probably going to need at some point. In this book, Brown goes to everyone from business leaders to artists to parents to hear stories about getting over failure.

Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio offers a very different perspective on leadership. He offers a five-step process to getting what you want out of life, which involves systemizing everything to run like a machine which can then be fine-tuned.

In this New York Times bestseller, Rachel Hollis, founder and CEO of, identifies 20 lies people tell themselves to hold themselves back. Using her own (messy) life as a test case, she shows how to stop saying things like "I'll start tomorrow," or "I'm a terrible writer" to live a more joyful and productive life. Hollis's follow up, Girl, Stop Apologizing, is out March 2019.

If you?re feeling bad about a lack of natural genius or familial advantages, researcher Angela Duckworth gives you reason to buck up. She's found that what she calls "grit," a combination of passion and perseverance, is more important than anything innate. She visits with high achievers, from Spelling Bee champions to CEOs, and shows how grit helped them get where they are.

Everybody knows Shonda Rimes as the creator of hit shows like Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder. But even if you?re not in the TV biz, you can still get inspiration from her memoir, which chronicles a year where she vowed to say "yes!" to everything that scared her. After reading what Rimes was able to accomplish, you might want to attempt something you've been terrified to do, too.

Double your income, lose weight, find your dream job, write that book "be all". If you're ready to make big, exciting changes in your life and it ain't. You have permission to upsize your serving of awesome with this funny, fulfilling read.

The Slight Edge is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else. It's not just another self-help motivation tool of methods you must learn in order to travel the path to success. It shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you.

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset, those who believe that abilities are fixed, are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset, those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishments.

In this book, you'll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life, money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction, you have in the world. You'll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that's within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life. The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers, men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.

The Success Principles will teach you how to increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realize all your ambitions. Not merely a collection of good ideas, this book spells out the 64 timeless principles used by successful men and women throughout history. Taken together and practiced every day, these principles will transform your life beyond your wildest dreams!

Author John C. Maxwell now provides a concise, accessible leadership book that helps readers become more effective leaders from the inside out. Daily readings highlight twenty-one essential leadership qualities and include "Reflecting on It" and "Bringing It Home" sections which help readers integrate and apply each day's material.

Why do some people achieve great personal success, yet never succeed in building a business or making an impact in their organization? John C. Maxwell knows the answer. The greatest leadership principle that I have ever learned in over twenty-five years of leadership, says Maxwell, is that those closest to the leader will determine the success level of that leader. It's not enough for a leader to have vision, energy, drive, and conviction. If you want to see your dream come to fruition, you must learn how to develop the leaders around you. Whether you're the leader of a non-profit organization, small business, or Fortune 500 company, Developing the Leaders Around You can help you to take others to the limits of their potential and your organization to a whole new level.

Developing the Leader Within You is Dr. Maxwells first and most enduring leadership book, having sold more than one million copies. In this Christian Leaders, Series edition of this Maxwell classic, you will discover the biblical foundation for leadership that John Maxwell has used as a pastor and business leader for more than forty years. These same principles and practices are available for everyday leaders in every walk of life. It is a lofty calling to lead a group, a family, a church, a nonprofit, a business, and the timeless principles in this book will bring positive change in your life and in the lives of those around you.

The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman. Over the next week, Pindar introduces Joe to a series of "go-givers:" a restaurateur, a CEO, a financial adviser, a real estate broker, and the "Connector," who brought them all together. Pindar's friends share with Joe the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success and teach him how to open himself up to the power of giving. Joe learns that changing his focus from getting to giving, putting others' interests first and continually adding value to their lives, ultimately leads to unexpected returns. Imparted with wit and grace, The Go-Giver is a heartwarming and inspiring tale that brings new relevance to the old proverb "Give and you shall receive."

Bestselling author Bruce Wilkinson shows how to identify and overcome the obstacles that keep millions from living the life they were created for. He begins with a compelling modern-day parable about Ordinary, who dares to leave the Land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream. With the help of the Dream Giver, Ordinary begins the hardest and most rewarding journey of his life. Wilkinson gives readers practical, biblical keys to fulfilling their own dream, revealing that there's no limit to what God can accomplish when we choose to pursue the dreams. He gives us for His honor. Are you living your dream or just living your life?

Makeup Optional: Lessons I Learned Working from Home is a down to earth guide about the step by step process of building a successful home-based business. Lyn Conway has experienced every aspect of the direct sales industry: from timid recruit, to top seller, to successful field trainer, to a corporate officer, to a nationally recognized consultant and trainer. For more than 30 years, Lyn has helped people achieve the success they desire. Balancing family and business are Lyn's top priority. Whether you are new to the direct sales profession or are an experienced top leader, this book is a must-have reference. Makeup Optional: Lessons I Learned Working from Home was chosen Book of the Month by the DSWA for September 2007.

You never know when it is going to happen, when you will experience a moment that dramatically transforms your life. When you look back, often years later, you may see how a brief conversation or an insight you read in a book changed the entire course of your life. Gay Hendricks had an extraordinary, life-altering experience during a conversation at a party. The gift he received in that meeting became his touchstone for creating the life of his dreams. Now, in this wonderful gem of a book, he passes on to all of us the pivotal insight he gained in that magic moment. Could reading this book be one of those life-changing moments for you?

In the New York Times bestseller that the Washington Post called "Lean In for misfits," Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.

Girl Code is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, "side hustlers" (those with a day job plus a part-time small business), and anyone in between. This book won't teach you how to build a multimillion-dollar company. It won't teach you about systems or finance. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your "why," eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that's what life and business are all about.

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