Best Books for Entrepreneurs

If you know me then you know I love to learn new things.  Reading new books is one of my favorite things to do.  I find reading relaxing, motivating and one of the best ways to learn from smart people that exist.

My rule for reading is that I listen to audiobooks from Audible for biographies and stories and I read paperback books for most technical books.  It is really easy to listen to a story but if the book contains lists, graphs, charts, etc, then I find it almost impossible to listen to an audiobook and I prefer a paper copy.

Here is a list of some of my favorite books that have changed the way I think about life, relationships, investing, and business.

Biographies

1) Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger

This is an absolutely fantastic book and one of my favorites.  Very few people know that Arnold grew up extremely poor, moved across the world to create bodybuilding as we know it today while at the same time creating a massively successful real estate empire.  He then decided to get into acting, married a Kennedy, served as an advisor to multiple US Presidents, then became governor of California.  I find it very interesting how he decides what he wants to do, then does it and wins every time.  This book will motivate you and push you to think bigger.  To make this book even more entertaining, it is read by Arnold himself. 🙂

2) Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

This is a book written about Elon Musk which explains in detail his personal and business life.  Elon thinks bigger than anyone I have ever heard and successfully founded or grown 4 billion dollar companies.  This is a great book if you need some motivation.

3) The First Billion is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America’s Energy Future by T. Boone Pickens

T. Boone Pickens is one of the most successful entrepreneurs and investors of our time but many of the younger generations do not even know who he is.  As a self-made billionaire, he pioneered many of the energy companies that we see today.  He is a huge philanthropist and a very wise man.

4) Call Me Ted by Ted Turner

After reading this book, Ted Turner is one of my favorite people on the planet.  Founding CNN, owning the Atlanta Braves and several other huge companies, Ted invented international TV and Media as we know it today.

5) Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi

This is an unbelievable book of tennis star Andre Agassi.  The book opens up about how he actually hates tennis but received so much pressure from his father that he had to play and excel.  Andre has several famously failed marriages, has battled with drug addiction but has pushed through everything to become one of the most successful athletes of our time.  He has also given back to many children through his school and philanthropy.  Great story.

6) Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

This is a great story of how Nike was founded then went on to become one of the most successful brands ever.  A great story of persistence and overcoming setbacks from the founder Phil Knight.

7) The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

This is a great story on how Jeff Bezos started Amazon and multiple companies within Amazon to become one of the richest people on the planet.

 

Business Tactics

1) Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman

This is a great book about how to plan and manage a business through a series of meetings and accountability.  Must read for anyone building a team.

2) Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t, Rockefeller Habits 2.0 by Verne Harnish

Verne Harnish is a very well respected entrepreneur and author.  This is a great book on how to grow your company focusing on 4 key areas of HR, strategy, execution, and finance.

3) Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less by Cameron Harold.

Cameron is a great guy who was COO of 1800 Got Junk when they massively scaled.  This is a good, easy to read and implement book.

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Mindset

1) The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs: Elevate Yourself to Elevate Your Business by Hal Elrod

This is a great book that basically outlines how to start and run your day so you are operating as best as you possibly can.

History

1) The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Gehane and I read this book on a long road trip from France to Poland to visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camps.  We ended the trip with a tour of Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam.  This is a mind blowing book of a day to day diary of a teenage girl living in Amsterdam during the Holocaust.