MUST READ BOOKS FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Each of my 'must read' recommendations has been carefully selected as a 'golden nugget' from among the countless other books in my library. This list only includes the most valuable and informative books that will help you leapfrog ahead of the competition and dominate life.
The Education Of Millionaires
The Education Of Millionaires is a great foundational book for entrepreneurs. It's one of the first books I recommend to those with a newfound interest in business or entrepreneurship because it provides a solid platform to being building a life of success from. In The Education Of Millionaires, author Michael Ellsberg interviews a number of successful millionaires & billionaires, then distills their best pieces of advice into this book. Reading The Education Of Millionaires will help you understand how to transition from work life to entrepreneurship, how to find great mentors & teachers, the basics of sales & marketing, as well as the kind of mindset required to become succesful.
The Millionaire Fastlane
Mainstream financial opinions have sold you blindly down the river. You've been hoodwinked to believe that wealth can be created by recklessly, by luck or by trusting in the uncontrollable and unpredictable markets: the housing market, the stock market, and the job market. This naive financial gamble dubiously promises wealth in a wheelchair after retirement. Accept the 'Slowlane' as your blueprint for wealth & your financial future will blow carelessly asunder on a sailboat of HOPE. However for those who DON'T want a lifetime subscription to mediocrity, there is an alternative; an expressway to extraordinary wealth & financial independence faster than any road out there - The Fastlane.
Life. Liberty. And the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship. It is waking up in the morning and pinching yourself that "OMG, this is my life, and it is freaking awesome." You live in your dream house, but there's no mortgage. No alarm clock, no boss, no bills. No claims on the day's time other than what you choose. It is making more money before breakfast than you made for an entire week at your last job. It is a crazy expensive car parked in your garage, a victorious symbol that your dreams no longer sleep in fantasies, but are awake with reality. Make no mistake, this life exists. I know, because it has been mine for nearly 20 years. And in a few short years, it can be yours as well. Better, you won't need 5 tedious decades of soul-suffocating frugality, thankless jobs, and patient investing with our trusted friends on Wall Street.
How To Get Rich
Felix Dennis is an expert at proving people wrong. Starting as a college dropout with no family money, he created a publishing empire, founded Maxim magazine, made himself one of the richest people in the UK, and had a blast in the process. How to Get Rich is different from any other book on the subject because Dennis isn't selling snake oil, investment tips, or motivational claptrap. He merely wants to help people embrace entrepreneurship, and to share lessons he learned the hard way. He reveals, for example, why a regular paycheck is like crack cocaine; why great ideas are vastly overrated; and why "ownership isn't the important thing, it's the only thing". How to Get Rich is unlike any business book you've read before.
In 1967, Charles Koch took his father’s a $21 million start-up and grew it into a global corporation with revenues of about $115 billion. So how did he manage grow Koch Industries into one of the largest private companies in the world today, with growth exceeding that of the S&P 500 by almost 30-fold over the last five decades? Here, drawing on revealing, honest stories from his five decades in business, Charles Koch walks the reader step-by-step through the five dimensions he used to build Koch Industies into the global empire it is today - and how entrepreneurs, leaders, students & innovators can apply the same principles to generate Good Profit in their organizations, companies, and lives.
Zero To One
Zero To One is a book about how to build the future. The next Mark Zuckerberg or Jack Dorsey won’t make a social media website. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplaces. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique. The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore & new inventions to create. In Zero to One the legendary entrepreneur and investor, co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. The book is short, punchy, and a thought provoking read for entrepreneurs & business owners alike.
The Ultramind Solution
Do you ever struggle to focus? Have you ever experienced 'mind-fog' or felt lethargic and slow intead of energized and productive? In The UltraMind Solution, Dr. Mark Hyman explains that to fix your body & brain to achieve lasting good health & high performance. Through his simple six-week plan, Dr. Hyman shows us how to correct imbalances caused by nutritional deficiencies, allergens, infections, toxins, and stress, restoring our health and gaining an UltraMind—one that’s highly focused, able to pay attention at will, has a strong memory, and leaves us feeling calm, confident, in control, and in good spirits.
Hard Times Create Strong Men
Throughout history being a man has meant different things. Maybe being a man was about being a good hunter, a good soldier, or a good businessman. Hard Times Create Strong Men examines what it means to be a man in the modern world relative to money, sex, religion, and politics. It examines what works & what doesn't work based on proven historical evidence instead of feelings. This book is raw, real, and politically incorrect. It will threaten and challenge your ideas of what it means to be a man and how to better serve your purpose. As the cycles of history prove over and over again; "Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, weak men create hard times".
Tremendous in its scope, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life, You must be prepared, when you read this novel, to check every premise at the root of your convictions. It is truly life changing. Filled with heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller. Rated the 2nd most influential book in America after the Bible, Atlas Shrugged is a true modern classic which offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists - and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism, her groundbreaking philosophy.
If you want to be an entrepreneur, or are new to business and entrepreneurship, read these books in the order listed above. This is in my opinion the best beginning you could give yourself in terms of acquiring both practical applicable knowledge you can implement, as well as the mindset & philosophy required to succeed in business in the modern era. If you haven't yet read the above books, you shouldn't have anything else on your reading list until they are done. Serious people can get through this entire list in under two months which means it requires very little effort, just a small committment and some discipline to make time for reading while you build your future. If you cannot persist at something for 1-2 months you will never succeed in business or in life. If you're serious about your success, you will make time to do it. The rest is up to you.
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