The Top 10 Inspiring Entrepreneur Books

Published on Author Vivek Krishnan48 Comments

The list of top 10 inspiring entrepreneur books. Books are food for the soul and an entrepreneur needs to be careful what he feeds his soul. Here are a list of timeless classics and best-selling books that people across the world have found useful to motivate themselves and grow as entrepreneurs.

Best Entrepreneur Books

How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be? by Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield is best known for his Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In this book, he mentions the 25 Principles of Success – that have been a common thread among the most successful people from all walks of life. This will top the list in Collegefallout’s best entrepreneurs books.

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Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

Simplicity is a complex form of sophistication“. The best selling book “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson, M.D. is a simple book and yet, reveals the most profound truths of life. It tells you in a very subtle way and simplistic thoughts, what is the real requirement out of you in life.

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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

I am sure that this book would not require an introduction to most of you reading this list. Admittedly, one of the most popular books for a person who aspires to get wealthy. It was first published in 1937 during the Great Depression and it still continues to be among the most best-selling books in the world.

Buy it on Amazon.

New Ideas from Dead CEOs: Lasting Lessons from the Corner Office by Todd G.Buchholz

New Ideas From Dead CEOs tries to delve deep into the histories of Americaโ€™s most successful entrepreneurs. Buchholz outlines in rich detail the business practices of CEOs like A.P. Giannini, the founder of the Bank of America and Ray Croc, the founder of McDonalds.

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What They Don’ Teach You At Harvard Business School by Mark McCormack

Mark McCormack is the founder of the mammoth sports management company – IMG (International Management Group). In this book, Mark shares with us business inspiration and street-skills that can only be earned through decades in the entrepreneur play-field.

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Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

A very well known personal finance book that talks about the extreme difference in the thought patters of someone who is enroute to be a millionaire and someone who is stuck in a rat race. It is inspirational and definitely worth a read.

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Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson

Losing My Virginity autobiography book review of the business book by the Virgin entrepreneur Richard Branson. Sir Richard Branson is someone who is hyper-creative and though he maintains a very charming image for the world – nobody moves so ahead in life without some serious skills. He is an inspiration to the new entrepreneur. This is easily one of the best entrepreneur books available to read today.

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The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki

This awesome book by Guy Kawasaki is definitely a must read for anyone starting a company. This book has advice for you at just about any point in your startup from idea phase, to pitching, to executing. This book is written in the same wise-ass way that Guy Kawasaki usually talks in – you need a copy of this book on your shelf.

Buy it on Amazon.

Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk

Wine connoisseur Gary Vaynerchuk is the author of “Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion”, a step-by-step how-to guide for people to change their passions into profitable businesses.

Buy it on Amazon.

The 4-hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris

The 4-Hour Workweek is how itโ€™s all about making enough money to be happy (and then spend the rest of your time living your life) instead of making as much money as you can. This book will make you re-think a lot of your assumptions about priorities and life.

Buy this book on Amazon.

Have you read any of these entrepreneur books and how has it influenced your life? Leave a comment below!

48 Responses to The Top 10 Inspiring Entrepreneur Books

  1. To be honest, I am not much of a book worm, but I do read a lot online. These look like some good titles, thanks for them, I will investigate!

    Any online resources that are good?

  2. Four hour work week is the only one I have read yet but will get to some of the others. I just picked up “The 22 immutable laws of marketing”. If you look past the hype, the Four Hour Work Week gives you a lot of great ideas and mind set to running your own business, whether its full time or part time.

  3. Some great choices, you can’t go wrong with Napoleon Hill, people will be reading that in 100 years. The Art of the Start was recently featured on my site which aims to share the best lessons, ideas and advice for entrepreneurs from books exactly like this (shameless but relevant plug!).


  4. I just saw other pretty good (if not better) business books on another site which includes Facebook Effect (David Kirkpatrick), Business Model Generation (Osterwalder/Pigneur), Linchpin (Seth Godin) and The Little Big Things (Tom Peters).

    I think I’ll check out The Art of the Start next.

  5. @Jonsky, @Vivek: I am reading Linchpin these days. It definitely should make it to this list.

  6. Was looking for recommendations for reading this year and landed here.

    Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion is definitely something I am looking forward to

  7. I am opening my small coffee shop business soon and I think the book The Art of the Start is a good reading material for me. I think it’s a best buy especially for a new entrepreneur like me. I hope you can send me the pricing and the place where I can be able to get it. Thanks!

  8. This is now the time to “Think and Grow Rich”. I hope I can gain more insights about this book.Being an entrepreneur, I really need to exert effort to uplift my business.I guess this is a good choose! Thanks for the post!

  9. Huge fan of 4-Hour Work Week, altho the more I read it, the more I realize most of what Ferris says is common sense like testing your idea on Adwords before implementing it, as well as not reading any news.

    Ditto with Think and Grow Rich, altho I recommend it to anyone not just entrepreneurs. it gives you an abundance mindset.

  10. I’ve always hear this 4 hour work week and now decided to read it, it seems great. I’m not really into business books but your list is quite an inspirational.

  11. Hi,Vivek !
    Its wonderful post.I’m GuyKawasaki follower & reading THE ART OF START of him.
    Its a great resource for The Starter. I appreciate your efforts.Thanks.

  12. Great recommendations. Love “The Four Hour Work Week” because rather than just being motivating, it has such great information packed into the book! I am going to read the GOALS book. A little skeptical but we’ll see I guess.



  13. I knew a lot of these books, but new ideas from dead CEO’s is now to me. I’ve also forgot everything about Jack Canfield. So thanks for the inspiration.

  14. The 4 hour work week is next on my list. Your list brings back memories. I have learned alot from my readings and yes I’m inspired by this blog site. Keep up the good work.

    Mr MakingUsmile

  15. Thanks man , i was looking out for some good books .
    Inspiration that we get from books is amazing .I can prefer you to add :He swam with sharks for ice cream, also I am looking forward to start my dream project .Hoping for the best. thanks, good work

    • Hey Aswin, that is a good suggestion, I intend to add it on the followup post. Thanks for commenting.

  16. Great stuff man, you should listen to Tony Robbins and Les Brown their really good inspirational speakers. The Don King out of all of them is Jim Rohn, let me know what you think.

  17. I found The Quest of the Sparrows insightful and amazing. It speaks of quitting the insecurity of the future and live up to your potential. It speaks at the heart level and really sets you thinking about what you are doing.

    • Yes I have heard of it, but have not read it. Will read when I find it next time.

  18. Good job Vivek, have gone through two but needed this to enlist another two for this year. Thnx and keep it up.

  19. The Great Railway Bazaar – Paul Theroux
    Inside the Third Reich – Albert Speer
    New Ideas From Dead Economists – Todd G. Buchholz

    And I would recommend them all (even though they are all very different).

    • Hi Agus, those are some really amazing suggestions. I intend to do a followup on this post which will include the titles you have given. Thanks for visiting CFO!

  20. Also Read Guide to Entrepreneurship by M.B.Sivaramakrishnan – You can purchase it from

  21. Great list. Seriously some good stuff. I would highly recommend supplementing this list with taking time to read books by industry experts in your own field as well. You are then able to balance general business understanding with principles that apply specifically to you. Then on to success!

  22. This is a great page with its recommendations. I have personally read 5 of these books and would highly recommended them myself. It is always a plus I feel when we can gain knowledge on successful courses of action through the reading of books others have already read before us. Being guided toward positive books in our quest to become an entrepreneur definitely cuts down our time by not having to read books of no value to us. Being an entrepreneur myself, I truly appreciate having a website like this with a recommended book list to gain knowledge from.

  23. What I like most about this list is the freshness of it. I’ve only read a few of these books but look forward to adding them all to my library. Great stuff.

  24. Wow, I’ve read about four of them, I better get busy and finish up the list. Its amazing how some of these books were writen so long ago, and still hit the nail on the head. Thanks for the list.

  25. Man, I think you missed a bunch of great ones. The biggest, that should be at the top of your list is “Rework.” Major omission!

  26. Great article and recommendations though I would love to add Peter Church’s book The Added Value – the life stories of Indian Business Leaders. Amazing insight on some truly inspirational people. It was fantastically insightful and interesting in relation to the individuals but also gives the reader an incredibly helpful view of the mindset of the business leaders in the region.

  27. I have read Rich dad Poor Dad, The book is on financial success, though, the author’s background experience is based in his country which is not 50% applicable to African countries,the book is lovely.
    The other is Think And Grow Rich- The book is fabulously fantastic. It is a book everyone must read because it cut across all works of life. Elijah

  28. Rich Dad, Poor Dad started it all for me and got me out of the “go to work until you die” mindset. Aside from that, Jack Canfield’s Success Principles was life-changing (an “every success book ever” in one volume).

    I’ll probably read Art of the Start next. Many say it’s good, so why not?

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