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Books On Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is the ownership of a business and its effective operation for profit. Small scale business, scalable startup, large company, and social entrepreneurship are the four types of entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship can significantly contribute to the growth of an emerging economy like India.

We have carefully chosen 10 must-read books for entrepreneurs. These best entrepreneur books will teach you the fundamentals of being an entrepreneur and provide advice on what to expect along the way to entrepreneurial success.

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  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People
  2. Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) described himself as a "simple country boy" from Missouri, but he was also a self-help pioneer.

    Even though this book was first published in 1936, the principles it teaches are still relevant today. Carnegie teaches us techniques and strategies for dealing with people, how to persuade others to agree with us, and how to be a great leader who others want to follow.

    The best thing about this book is that its lessons still hold true 100 years after the author's birth. His ideas and concepts were futuristic in nature when there were no computers, mobile phones, or the internet.

  3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  4. Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, published in 1989, forever changed the world of self-improvement.

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is still one of the most referenced books in its genre, even after more than 25 years.

    This book is excellent for learning not only how to communicate with others, but also how to communicate with yourself. The majority of the book discusses various relationship advice (not romantic) and employs personal anecdotes as a framing device. It's worth a read, especially if you have trouble communicating with others.

  5. The Lean Startup
  6. The Lean Startup, Eric Ries' 2011 best-seller, is an invaluable resource for startup founders and aspiring entrepreneurs.

    Entrepreneurship, as per Ries, is the management of dealing with extreme uncertainty. "Most new businesses fail," he believes. However, the majority of those failures are avoidable."

    The Lean Startup concept is more than just starting a new business. It is about successfully developing new products or services in the face of great uncertainty, reducing waste, and building an adaptive organisation that can thrive in a rapidly changing world.

    The Lean Startup by Eric Ries is widely regarded as having changed the world as we know it.

  7. Blink
  8. Malcolm Gladwell is an outstanding journalist. His writing abilities are exceptional. As a result, his book BLINK is easily readable and describes the concepts Gladwell presents in an understandable manner.

    Gladwell presents both the benefits and pitfalls of quick decision-making with anecdotes that present all sides of the argument to readers, using carefully researched examples and expert interviews.

    This book is about those times when we 'know' something but don't understand why. It demonstrates that honing your instincts can permanently alter the way you think about thinking.

  9. Crushing It!
  10. Crushing It! (2018) explains and uncovers the importance of having a strong personal brand in business.

    The key to their (and Gary's) success is their understanding of social media platforms and their willingness to go to any length to make these tools work to their full potential. Crushing It! teaches readers how to do just that.

    Crushing It! is a cutting-edge guide to establishing your own path to professional and financial success, but it's not about becoming rich. It's a road map for living life on your own terms.

  11. The Hard Thing About Hard Things
  12. Life and leadership lessons from Ben Horowitz, co-founder of a16z (Andreessen Horowitz), one of the world's largest venture capital firms. You'll learn about management, recruiting, and how to think about problems that only CEOs face.

    He believes that executives should be honest with their teams, and he demonstrates this in this book. This is a hard-hitting, brash, and candid guidebook for startup CEOs.

    Horowitz tells us what we need to hear, not what we want to hear: complexity over simplicity, tough love over softness.

  13. The Founder’s Dilemmas
  14. Noam Wasserman is a Harvard Business School professor. For more than a decade, his research has focused on the early decisions made by founders that can make or break a startup and its team.

    This book can help you if you are starting a business, thinking about bringing on a partner for your existing business, or believe you can raise funding as a solo entrepreneur without a partner.

    Noam Wasserman reveals the common pitfalls that founders face and how to avoid them based on a decade of research.

    The Founder's Dilemmas draws on the inside stories of founders such as Twitter's Evan Williams and Pandora's Tim Westergren, as well as quantitative data on nearly ten thousand founders.

  15. Creativity, Inc.
  16. Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar, shares insights from his decades as CEO of one of the most creative companies of all time. Catmull takes us behind the scenes at Pixar, from a fledgling animation studio to a force to be reckoned with by Disney itself.

    Creativity, Inc. is the story of Ed Catmull and how he created a culture of constant creativity and innovation at Pixar. Creativity, Inc. is jam-packed with advice on how to foster innovation and employee autonomy in any organisation.

    This is a fantastic book!

  17. The 4-Hour Workweek
  18. Timothy "Tim" Ferris, a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and self-help author, outlined his popular work philosophy in the best-selling The 4-Hour Work Week.

    The 4-Hour Workweek is a step-by-step guide to breaking free from the shackles of a corporate job, starting a business to fund your dream lifestyle, and living life like a millionaire without having to be one.

    This is one of the few books I'd read in its entirety rather than relying on a summary. Despite having a lot of fluff, it's full of gems that a summary cannot fully capture.

  19. Thinking, Fast And Slow
  20. Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, presents decades of research in this book to help us understand what really goes on inside our heads.

    The goal of this book, according to Daniel Kahneman, is to make psychology, perception, irrationality, decision making, errors of judgement, cognitive science, intuition, statistics, uncertainty, illogical thinking, stock market gambles, and behavioural economics accessible to the general public.

    The great theme of Kahneman's work is human irrationality. Thinking, Fast and Slow explores how irrational mental shortcuts frequently influence our decision-making.

    This book has influenced many people and is widely regarded as one of the most influential books on psychology in recent years.