10 Must Read Books for Entrepreneurs

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I got a call the other day from a friend asking for book recommendations.  When I get a call like this I head to my blog to look at different book lists I have created.  In doing so, I realized it was time to update some with a few new books that I love.  So here is my 10 Must-Read Books for Entrepreneurs!

E-Myth by Michael Gerber:  This, my friends, is THE entrepreneur book.  It starts here for me.  I have read this book 10 times, and every time I read it, I am in a different place in my entrepreneurial journey.  It’s an easy read and it’s powerful.

Profit First by Mike Michaelowicz:  For me, this book was a game-changer.  I listened to this book the first time, and I was honestly wondering if Mike was following me around!  We changed the way we did accounting in my business because of this book…and we are glad we did!

Finish by Jon Acuff:  If you are like most entrepreneurs I know, you don’t have a problem starting new things.  But do you finish?  Jon Acuff gives tips and tactics for moving things to the “done pile.”

Content Inc by Joe Pulizzi:  Yes…this is a marketing book.  But I think this book has great meaning to entrepreneurs trying to tell their story in the world today.  How can you become a “media company?”   Start by reading this.

SCRUM by Jeff Sutherland:  This book helps to answer the question, “how can my team and I get more done?”  The SCRUM methodology is incredibly interesting and allows you to think about project management in a totally different way.

The Automatic Customer by John Warrillow:  This one got me thinking about how you can make ANY business a subscription model.  I love books that make me think!  This one had me running new ideas in my mind for weeks.

4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney and Sean Covey:  If you have ever gone to an event and come back inspired, then watched your ideas get lost “in the whirlwind” of business, this is the book for you.  It greats down the 4 steps to implement “wildly important goals.”

The Go Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann:  We always hear that you need to be a “go-getter” to be successful.  I love this take on giving first.

Marketing Made Simple:  I really like Donald Miller’s message.  As a matter of fact, you might want to read How to Build Your StoryBrand too.  I read that first.  Then I read Marketing Made Simple and we redesigned our website based on it.

Fix This Next:  I am an unapologetic fan of Mike Michaelowicz.  That is because he writes for entrepreneurs.  He “gets” me.  His latest book explains that most entrepreneurs’ problem is they are not sure what problem to fix next.  This book shows you the way.

Bonus Book:  Forgive me for the small self-promotion, but I am really proud of my latest book Success in the Give First Economy.  Feel free to check that out too!

So those are my 10 Must Read books for entrepreneurs.  If you are interested in other book lists I have those too!.   For example, if you are in sales, I wrote a list of books that you might want to read.  In addition, if you just want to grow personally, here is a foundational list of books I want my daughters to read.

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