Reading is an easy way to help turn your idea into a profitable business. Books provide you with the ability to learn from others and take their knowledge and apply it to your craft. That is why we have provided this list of the best books for entrepreneurs.

 Zero to One: Notes Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

If you are thinking about starting your own business, this book was written for you. Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal, writes about all things startups, being an innovator, and the mindset an entrepreneur needs to build her future. He gives great insight into business strategies and marketing and how to avoid problems when starting your business. Peter Thiel provides you with thought provoking ideas like “Today’s “best practices” lead to dead ends; the best paths are new and untried.” He pushes you to formulate your thoughts about business. He advises startups to find a problem that hasn’t been solved and bring the number of solutions from zero to one.

Choose Yourself by James Altucher

If you crave honesty from a writer and love business James Altucher is the author for you. His approach is one that will help prepare entrepreneurs for that unique lifestyle. He suggests entrepreneurs should possess the ability to fail, to generate ideas,  to make a profit from their ideas, to learn from their mistakes and to keep moving forward no matter what. The book is filled with inspiration that will help mold your core values and transition you to a successful entrepreneur.

Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

Rework eschews the inspiration typical of this genre for a much more pragmatic approach. It offers simple, no-nonsense advice on starting your company. Jason and David know a thing or two about startups, they are the founders of 37signals, a software company who specializes in business applications. Taking their approach when it comes to starting a business, productivity and marketing and applying it to your startup is a recipe for success.

Purple Cow by Seth Godin

Seth Godin has to be one of the most influential authors in the world. Having authors 17 books he knows a thing or two about business. You might wonder what a “Purple Cow” is and what it has to do with business, the “Purple Cow” is something that entrepreneurs build that is amazing, and people can not resist. It is a simple concept that he surrounds with many real-world examples for you to learn. His style of writing is straightforward which provides for an quick easy read. Whether you read “Purple Cow” or any other book by Seth Godin, you are sure to gain some valuable piece of business advice.  

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Entrepreneurs need at least two things to be successful according to Malcolm Gladwell: hard work and luck. Gladwell provides the readers with a number stories, studies, and common traits that set the successful people apart from the ordinary person. Gladwell brings forth his “10,000 hours” idea. Which he believes is how many hours you need to invest into a craft to become an expert.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Being an entrepreneur is no easy path to success. It can be filled with many ups and downs and varying levels of stress, but during this journey finding balance is key. Meditations by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius is filled with wisdom and thoughtful ideas. A book that still in this digital period can help keep you grounded and provide you with the outlet from the stress that entrepreneurs can endure.

In part 2 of the best books for entrepreneurs, we will provide you with more books to help guide you on your journey to success. Need more advice or have a project you can use help on? Contact Seamgen!