Books for Entrepreneurs

“A man is known by the books he reads” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The never-ending fountains of knowledge, books have been man’s best counsel for a long long time. Picking and reading the best books can lead to a lifetime of happiness, success and fulfilment. This is especially the case when you have a strong purpose in life and are running towards making your dreams come true.

If you are someone who has ‘that’ little confidence to follow your passion and pave your own path, here are 10 books you must definitely read. These recommended reads can spark the entrepreneurial fire in you and keep it burning for a very long time.

10. 1. Benjamin Franklin by Walter Issacson


The best-selling author of biographies of Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein comes out with a powerful and engrossing life story of America’s best inventor, scientist and entrepreneur. Benjamin Franklin by Walter Issacson narrates how Franklin rose from being a simple leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings and bureaucrats. A must read book for anyone looking to challenge the unconventional and rising over difficulties.

9. 2. Choose Yourself by James Altucher

Choose Yourself James Altucher

Choose Yourself inspires readers to invest time and effort on themselves to rise on their own without seeking any help. The author James Altucher uses his immense experience as an entrepreneur and investor to motivate the reader and build personal roads towards success.

8. 3. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen



Months of research, analysis and development has led to author James Allen coming out with an inspirational read that has become mandatory for every budding entrepreneur. As a Man Thinketh speaks about the power of human thoughts and how it can shape one’s life. The author firmly believes that it is positive thoughts and hopes that pave way for a man to reach his goals. Get an optimistic approach in life and the courage to follow your dreams with this amazing read.

7. 4. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius


This fantastic collection of thoughts written by Marcus Aurelius is perfect to spark the entrepreneurial fire in you and change the way you think. Meditations which was not intended to be published originally gives an insight into the mind of the Roman Emperor and Philosopher Marcus Aurelius. It covers a diverse range of topics and is considered as one of the best compilations by thinkers and readers throughout the centuries. Get it from AliExpress at discounted prices with additional offers.

6. 5. Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Zero to One Peter Thiel

Written by a successful entrepreneur himself, Zero to One has its message centered around breaking conventional thoughts and daring to do something that isn’t dared yet. Peter Thiel, one of the founders of PayPal explains how easy it is to create a better version of something that is already present and instead challenges the reader to create something entirely new. Moving from 0 to 1 is the real challenge according to the author who wants entrepreneurs to challenge perceptions and work on making the impossible, possible.

5. 6. To Sell is Human by Daniel H. Pink

To Sell is Human Daniel Pink

For all entrepreneurs who plan on engaging and moving people with their product or service, this book by Daniel H. Pink is a must read. To Sell is Human takes a fresh look into the art of sales which the author believes is essentially a mix of interaction, trust and building relationships.

4. 7. Tribes by Seth Godin

Tribes Seth Godin

Seth Godin talks about the power of bringing together a tribe of like-minded people for a single purpose and cause. Tribes give the reader a new lease of life and the motivation to break free from the “sheep walking” course of following others and continuing to do things without questioning them.

3. 8. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

Think and Grow Rich

A personal development and self-motivation book, Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill talks about the determination and will to face challenges to succeed in life. The book is inspired by the success of Scottish-American businessman Andrew Carnegie who built a leadership role as a philanthropist between America and Britain in the 19th Century. Get to know that 13 laws to achieving success and wealth from this amazing book that sold over 13 million copies worldwide.

2. 9. Lucky or Smart? by Bo Peabody

Lucky or Smart

In this authentic guide to a successful and fulfilling entrepreneurial life, Bo Peabody explains how it is important to position yourself in a way that you become lucky, create opportunities and take advantage of them. Lucky or Smart? discusses proven mantras for success taken out of the author’s own experiences as a serial entrepreneur.

1. 10. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

The Slight Edge Jeff Olson

This book explains the philosophy of doing little things, one at a time to achieve success in all aspects of life. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson is a wonderful self-motivational tool which brings out the fact that big accomplishments are only little achievements added up over a longer period of time.

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  1. Hey cashkaro Team,

    Very interesting! Great list. Loved them all. I would add Essentialism Zero to One by Peter Thiel to the list. I’ve ordered a copy of The Art of Work as well. I have read a lot of them and they would definitely make my list too but you have included some new ones for me so I’m excited to check them out in the coming months.

    Thanks for sharing some of these titles, Running Lean and War of Art are two of my favourite titles for startups.


    • Hi Pavitra Kumar,

      Good to hear that you loved the list. Meditations and Choose Yourself are couple of our favourites you might want to definitely read 🙂


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