Motivational Monday: 15 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2015

Looking for some new reads? We’ve got you covered. Check out these books to get advice and wisdom about starting a business, find inspiration to get you through the tough times and a reminder of all the benefits to being your own boss. They are in no particular order so make sure you look at the entire list… there’s some good ones in there!

1. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell’s third bestseller resents the concept that hard work and luck play equally into your success. This is the book that popularized the idea that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at something. 

2. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal, tells the story of how she started her business. Think rebel selling vintage clothes online. Her autobiography will give you some things to think about as you being your own venture.

3. The Startup Game by William H. Draper

Feeling a little lost when it comes to venture capitalists? Draper’s book will give you insight on how VCs not only evaluate ideas, but the people who thought of them. 

4. Playing to Win by Roger Martin & A.G. Lafley

Lafley, the CEO of Procter & Gamble during some of the company’s most successful years, works with Martin to explain five choices every business needs to make in order to create a competitive strategy that will help them win any market.

5. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Today’s technology allows for businesses to be started quickly and cheaply, but how do you keep up? Ries provides the answer with a lean model which focuses on cutting operational costs and anything your customers won’t pay extra for. 

6. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Hsieh, found of Zappos, focused on company culture in an effort to please his customers and it worked. Even though the book focuses solely on Zappos, the concepts and ideas are universal to any new company. 

7. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

It definitely sounds too good to be true, but a lot of people swear by this book. Ferriss will put you in the right frame of mind to start building a business that will only require you to work 4 hours a week and still earn the living you want.

8. Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder

Promoted as a “handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers,” Osterwalder’s book will help you break through traditional business models in lieu of more creative models that will give you a competitive edge. 

9. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Don’t get scared off by the fact that this book has been in print for over 70 years and may be found in the self-help section. It will give you essential advice on how to interact and converse with people in a way that will make them like you and listen to you. Sounds like a skill you may need in business. 

10. The Founder's Dilemma by Noam Wasserman

Wasserman will be you guide down the winding road of decisions that face entrepreneurs every day. Should you work with friends? How do you divide rewards among staff? He’ll help you navigate around, or through, any disaster. 

11. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Kahneman brings our thought process into two camps: a fast, emotional one and a slow, logical one. His book will help you slow down when making decisions to think rationally instead of impulsively. I have a feeling that may be useful when running your own company. 

12. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

If you value unwavering honesty then this book is for you. Horowitz doesn’t hold back when describing what being an entrepreneur is actually like. He’ll help teach and prepare you for the stuff you won’t learn in school like how difficult it actually is to run a business.

13. Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Thiel, a well-known entrepreneur and investor, wants you to learn how to think for yourself. He believes that progress can only be born when you don’t compete with others, but come up with something completely new. His book will tell you when a unique business can help you to success. 

14. Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Her name may sound familiar, think The Huffington Post, but rather than focus on new ways to make money and gain power Huffington’s book focuses on what she calls the third metric of success: our own well-being. As you start your own business don’t forget to take care of yourself because money and power mean nothing if you can’t enjoy it. 

15. How Google Works by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg

The former CEO and SVP of Products, Schmidt & Rosenberg respectively, tell you everything they learned about running a business during their time at Google. From creating superior products to hiring a new breed of employees, this book will give you tons of ideas on how to run your new company.  

What are your favorite entrepreneurial books?