Do you like the sound of being a CEO and founder of your own company? But it seems so hard and don’t know where to start or whom to approach for guidance? If this sounds familiar you are not alone, many aspiring entrepreneurs asked these questions as well.

If you want to start a business and be an entrepreneur, you will definitely need some great advice on where to start and especially what are the pitfalls to anticipate. The best advice you can get are from people who have been through what you are going through right now.

Successful entrepreneurs who have against all odds succeeded in building their empire are the best people to ask.

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While some of you may be tempted to pay a huge sum to get an MBA or go for classes and seminars, books are essentially the most easily accessible and affordable way to start learning from some of the greatest entrepreneur mentors in the world.

Why These Entrepreneur Books?

As an entrepreneur and a startup founder you don’t have the luxury of time to start flipping through 100’s of books, reading and figuring out which books you need to read to help you succeed.

In this short article, I’ve made a list of the best entrepreneur books you should read to help you in your road to success. 

As a bonus I have made a simple guide to help in recommending which are some of the books you may want to read first.

“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”

Wisdom of Jim Rohn

5 Best Entrepreneur Books

What follows is a comprehensive review of the few carefully picked best entrepreneur books, selected either because they are the best sellers, or because highly recommended book that have changed my life. If you don’t want the deep dive and would rather get to the point with some useful takeaways.

Here are the best entrepreneur books you should read:




The $100 Startup - Chris Guillebeau -

The $100 Startup

Chris Guillebeau

Best First Book For Aspiring Startup Entrepreneur

Start with Why - Simon Sinek -

Start with Why

Simon Sinek

Best Kept Secrets Successful Leaders Should Know

The Lean Startup - Eric Ries -

The Lean Startup

Eric Ries

Best Lean Guide To Successful Startup

Zero to One - Peter Thiel -

Zero to One

Peter Thiel

Best Step-By-Step Guide to a Powerful Change

The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg -

The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg

Best Bedtime Read

Best First Book For Aspiring Startup Entrepreneur

The $100 Startup

By Chris Guillebeau

The best entrepreneur book that tops my list that every aspiring startup should have, I have ‘The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future’ by Chris Guillebeau.

Still in his thirties, Chris is living the dream life of many not worrying about his finance or desk bound by the typical day to day job. With his special talent of turning simple ideas into income generating machines. He helped many others and teaching people how to live their dream.

If you are a fan of 4-hours workweek by Tim Ferriss, this book will definitely be a must read!


In this book ‘The $100 Startup’, Chris Guillebeau will take you on a 175 countries journey you will never forget.

In his journey Chris have found 1,500 successful startup founders who have built their businesses with a very low startup capital (many whom, $100 or less) and earning $50,000 or more today.

Carefully he have selected 50 most intriguing case studies where each founders whom where very similar to us, but have discovered their way of monetizing their personal passion. And eventually changing their life in ways that gave them freedom and success.

Lessons that you will learn from this book will guide you in how you approach your journey of entrepreneurship. It will give you great insight on how successful business are built.

What you can learn from this book is not only from some of the most inspiring entrepreneurs in the world, but a life changing lesson you will never forget.

Arguably one of the best entrepreneur books for people who wants to start a business with limited capital.

What I Like

  • Easy digestable content
  • Simple lessons to learn from a diverse group of startup entrepreneur
  • The book is structured for great bedtime read as each lessons is taught as a short story.
  • Great insight of how the other startup entrepreneur thinks and what made them successful
  • Lessons that should be taught in business schools

What I don’t Like

  • Although when I first pick up the book and read, I find the concept far from conventional, but once you start to understand the book, it is absolutely priceless.

One of Best Entrepreneur Book that every startup entrepreneurs should read! A book that in my opinion a classic in the future years to come.

Best Kept Secrets Successful Leaders Should Know

Start with Why

By Simon Sinek

Why are is some business such as Apple more profitable than others?

How do I gain the power of loyalty from customers and inspire my employees?

What makes some startups and business successful and have repeat business while the others don’t?

Do you find yourself asking these question again and again?

These are some of the question all aspire entrepreneurs are asking and desperately searching for the answers and this book will guide you to answers to some of these critical questions.


Simon Sinek is a renown TED Talk speaker and business consultant who started a movement to help people become inspired at what they do and how they do. Which in turn inspire their colleagues and customers.

With more than 28 million who’ve watched his TED Talk based on START WITH WHY, he have inspired millions of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

With the simple yet intriguing concept of START WITH WHY, he explained why people like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers is able to move and influence millions why others don’t.

Simon Sinek lead you step-by-step guide on how you can think like these legendary leaders whom individually are very much different but think, act, and communicate the same way.

In the list of any best entrepreneur books, START WITH WHY will always be one of the most important books of all.

In this book Simon will introduce his powerful idea of The Golden Circle, and the blueprint of success which successful business can be built, and people inspired. A blueprint where all START WITH WHY.

What I Like

  • Step-by-step guide on creating your own WHY and foundation of your business success
  • Good case studies of the rise and fall of many companies, and how some rise again to new heights after their fall while others don’t
  • The foundation of a successful company should build on
  • Easy digestible language that showcase the relationship of what, how and why and its importance to your business
  • A must read for all entrepreneurs and CEOs who wants to inspire both their employees as well as customers

What I don’t Like

  • None

A life changing road-map to the Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs, a book that all startup who dream big should read before start their own company.

Best Lean Guide To Successful Startup

The Lean Startup

By Eric Ries

Why most startup fails and some don’t?

What can be done differently so failures are preventable and success is possible?

Ever heard of the concept of Lean? It is the basis on the success of companies such as Toyota and Fort which later was adopt by many.

As a startup entrepreneur, Eric Ries introduce us the concept of The Lean Startup a new approach adopted across the globe that have change the way how successful companies are built and new products are launched.


The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs who are in companies of all sizes various ways to test their vision, to adapt to changes and adjust for success.

Entrepreneur are people of an organization that is dedicated to create something new; a brand a product or even a service. Operating under conditions of extreme uncertainty to penetrate a fog of uncertainty in the journey to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.

In this book, Eric Ries give different scientific approach to guide in creating and most importantly to manage successful startups in this uncertain times where companies are driven for innovation or risk being take out of business by other companies who are stronger and more powerful.

A concept where big and even small startup can use and benefit.

What I Like

  • A concept that is absolutely important for aspiring entrepreneurs
  • The one very important difference why some startup entrepreneur succeed and other fails
  • Book that talks on the experience of startups from the view point of an entrepreneur who have taste both sucess and failure
  • Refreshing concept where it brings lean manufacturing into the world of startup entrepreneurs

What I don’t Like

  • Though a great book, it will requires more effort of the reader understand the concept
  • The structure of the book can be made better for the reader to better grasp the flow of the book

An essential book for startup entrepreneurs who want to avoid the many pitfalls where other startups face and have eventually cause their downfall. 

Best Step-By-Step Guide to a Powerful Change

Zero to One

By Peter Thiel

Do you want to be the next Steve Job or Mark Zuckerberg?

Do you want progress can be achieved in your industry or area of business?

The answer you are seeking for is in this book by Peter Thiel: Zero To One.

Peter Thiel is the co-founder of PayPal together with Elon Musk, Max Levchin, Luke Nosek, and Ken Howery. Thiel is also the founder of Palantir Technologies and Founders Fund. 

A legendary entrepreneur and investor who will show you how startup entrepreneur can find ways to create opportunities in business.


Considered as one of the most inspiring and best entrepreneur books ever written. Zero To One teaches the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

To do what someone else already knows only allows you to takes the world from 1 to n, simply adding more of something familiar.

To be extraordinary, you do something new, this will bring you from 0 to 1.

Innovation does not limit to silicon valley, the greatest secret of our time is that to bring from 0 to 1 can be done anywhere. There are tonnes of uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create.

The question you should ask is how.

What I Like

  • Easy-to-understand concept and why is it important for aspiring entrepreneurs to know
  • Case studies and examples of why some companies succeed by utilizing the method Zero to One
  • A story of Paypal and Twitter and why they succeed while other fail
  • An important guide on how you should think in order to build a successful business

What I don’t Like

  • Great case studies but will prefer an even more in-depth case study of the successful companies so we can learn even more from their success

Beautiful articulated concept of Zero To One which broaden my thinking and allows me to see the world in a different light from what it has been previously. A book where all startup entrepreneurs should read.

Best Bedtime Read

The Power of Habit

By Charles Duhigg

How is your New Year’s Resolution, does it looks like the one you had last year?

How long have you been trying to loss weight and is still thinking about it now?

Do you ever have an past where you are so driven to do something but few days later you just sort-of forgot about it?

You are not alone.

We always procrastinate on many stuff or even goals which we have set but never achieve. We have the tendency of doing something now and forget about it later. Somehow as if magic, things never gets done.

But there is a cure, a simple yet effective cure that will make your business a success as well as changing your life.

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The Power of Habit written by Charles Duhigg will calls into your very soul and help you change your life.


Only a few books are essential manuals for business and living. And The Power of Habit is one of them. Exceptionally written by Charles Duhigg which not only explains how habits are formed but how to kick bad ones and hang on to the good.

An essential book for startup entrepreneurs, and absolutely the best entrepreneur book that you should have.

Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of why we do what we do, the very human nature and our potential.

The Power of Habit contains the key to achieve our goals. We all know we have exercise regularly to loss weight, being more productive, to achieve success.

But to understanding how habits works allows us, to exercise regularly and not stopping after just a week, to be more productive and not just for a few days.

Duhigg shows, by harnessing The Power of Habit, we can transform our businesses, and even our lives.

A book not only for startup entrepreneurs but for all who want success.

What I Like

  • Easy digestible content, best read in the morning
  • Written in simple language that is straightforward
  • Great books for achievers who not only want to succeed but sustain
  • Breaks down into simple concept of why some fail while other succeed
  • Not only explains how habits are formed but how to kick bad ones and hang on to the good

What I don’t Like

  • None

One of the best book to read out there that every entrepreneur should read. Entrepreneur requires dedication and non-wavering passion to succeed in his/her business.

The Power Of Habit might just be the very thing that we all lacks in order to achieve what I really wanted. A book where will help us to finally achieve the New Year Resolution that we have set 10 years ago.

Reader’s Guide

How should I choose?

These are just a few best entrepreneur books that every entrepreneur should read.

Books that can changed into actionable step for a startup entrepreneur to take. Concepts that can change the course of history and how business should run.

These books helps you to avoid pitfalls and take the proven path where successful entrepreneurs have took. Some are even life changing.

Read Also: Best Life Changing Books You Should Be Reading

Reading all of them will take a while and most of us don’t have that much time to spare. We have a business to build, money to earn or people to inspire.

Why not I suggest you just start with one.

Read the one that interest you most, the one that you feel that is talking closet to your heart. Let your feeling be your guide.

And from there you can check out the second book and maybe a third one.

Click on the questions below will bring you to the book that maybe the possible answer to your question. So what questions do you want to answer to guide you in this life changing experience?

  1. Do you want to build a profitable business you are passionate about with just under $100?
  2. Are you a leader of your own company and will want to learn the secrets of success of companies such as Apple and Starbucks?
  3. Do you want understand what are some of the pitfalls that many companies made during their startup and how to avoid them?
  4. Do you simply want to change the world with your business?
  5. Simply the one essential must-have for Entrepreneur?

There is no absolute right or wrong which to read first. The choice is yours.

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” By Bill Gate.

A good start is your first step to successful entrepreneurship. And a good start can be achieved through knowledge learn from mentors who have achieve what you are aspiring for.

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Now you have read the few recommended Books and is on your way to success, but have you wonder what are the traits that makes some people so successful?

Read our next Article on some of the Traits That Successful People Have and you can simply copy.

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