6 books every entrepreneur NEEDS to read

Enrique Iturriaga
August 21, 2020
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Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers

Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

Reading time: 1hr

Derek Sivers is one of my all-time heroes. This short book is very inspiring for any entrepreneur. Derek is a visionary and his story is full of lessons on business and living a fulfilled life.

"Sivers started CD Baby by accident in 1997 when he was selling his own CD on his website, and friends asked if he could sell theirs, too. CD Baby went on to become the largest seller of independent music on the web, with over $100M in sales for over 150,000 musician clients."

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Reading time: 3hrs 14 min

If you want to learn how to form good habits and break bad ones, this is the best book to learn how to do it. Very focused on helping you take action. James Clear story is an entrepreneur himself. He started as a blogger and now has a bestselling book.

With atomic habits, you get to build your habits slowly and solidly, which makes for a better foundation for keeping them.

Lean Startup by Eric Ries

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

Reading time: 5hrs

Most startups and small businesses fail. But most of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a different approach for creating and growing companies. The Lean Startup teaches business owners how to test their vision and to adjust before their business fails.

The methodology that The Lean Startup teaches is the one we recommend the most. In a nutshell, it's a methodology based on testing and validating your ideas before investing lots of time and money into them.

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Reading time: 7hrs 33min

This book has a combination of motivational inspiring ideas and technical (applicable) tricks.Creating a successful business is only the first part. Creating a lifestyle that you love and gives you time to enjoy life is one of the hardest parts. Putting your business in automatic mode and still managing to grow it is the ultimate goal. Tim Ferriss teaches you all of this in this super fun book.

"Tim Ferriss teaches us how to “live the dream” of making enough passive income to work for only a few hours a week and make enough money to sustain ourselves (and more). It’s all about effectiveness and focusing your efforts on the 20% of our tasks that are the most impactful. The book will also help you create a dream plan to help you figure out how much money you need to make to attain your dream life so you have your target in place. Very interesting and inspiring read."

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The war of art

Reading time: 1hr 41min

In order to create anything, you need to show up every day and do the work. This book will help you navigate the "resistance" we all feel when starting something.

Derek Sivers:
"Have you experienced a vision of the person you might become, the work you could accomplish, the realized being you were meant to be? Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what “Resistance” is. This book is about that. Read it."

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)

Reading time: 1hr

This book changed the way I approach anything. Knowing when to stick and when to quit is crucial if you want to succeed.

Short read with a polemic message: Anything worth doing has a painfully-hard middle period, which is where most people quit. But knowing this in advance, ask yourself seriously if you really have the dedication to stick with it through that hard time. If not, then don’t begin! Quit in advance! But if so, then expect that dark dip, and don’t quit when you’re in it.

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