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Books to Switch Your Mindset From Employee to Entrepreneur

PS is a voracious reader and a bibliophile. She has her own library with a collection of thousands of books of different genres.


Thinking about quitting a job, leaving behind the daily office schedule of 9 to 5, and planning to pursue the thrilling but unknown path of entrepreneurship? Did this thought ever strike you? I am sure, it did, that’s why you are here.

Perhaps you must have already tested this path and must be moving either swiftly or slowly towards your goal. Make changes in your huge and important strategies and adapt them to progress. In any case, there’s a huge need to listen to what others entrepreneurs and business consultants say.

As an entrepreneur myself, I can affirm that indulging in a reading habit is the best way to stay focused on your goal and leverage better end results.

I discussed with several other entrepreneurs and decided to shortlist these following books that you must read to truly enjoy the pleasure of being an entrepreneur.


1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

  • Think and Grow Rich has the biggest influence on my life. No other book can match its power.
  • It helped me to attain a better approach to life and business.
  • Whenever I read this, I realize I am on the verge to make another million dollars.
  • It has helped me to stimulate the spirit of a businesswoman and also motivated me to do the same for others.
  • It’s a must-have for everyone, even if you don’t wish to be an entrepreneur.

2. Emotional Design by Don Norman

  • Every industry flourishes because of its customers. There’s no doubt you must be having them too, either customers or users.
  • Customers are more attracted to businesses with a good online presence and pretty websites. Thus, it is highly crucial for you to understand the know-how to websites UI(User Interface) design and experience i.e. UX(User Experience).
  • Emotional Design by Don Norman is a very powerful tool for you to grasp the important tricks of emotionally attracting your customers.
  • You’ll realize that providing a great user experience is much more than providing a good user interface. It helps you develop strategies to give them the optimal experience.
  • For customers, visiting your website is like visiting your store. It ’s how they feel the moment they step into your store or open the package of your product.
  • You’ll understand the customers’ psychology - why they like certain things, why they are inclined to a certain brand and much more.

3. Built to Sell by John Warrillow

  • Selling a business is no piece of cake, nor there’s any tooth fairy who can help you grow it to make it a successful one.
  • In the book Built to Sell, Warrillow describes the true journey of entrepreneurs and their remarkable experiences on starting and growing a business.
  • The book depicts the story of a person named Alex, who makes changes to his business with the help of a guy he met in his journey.
  • Changes are a need of every business. Without them, a business would cease to exist. Reading this book will stimulate you to make instant changes in your work.
  • The lessons in the book are crystal clear with easy-to-understand optimized procedures.

4. Leapfrog by Nathalie Molina Nino

  • The book has lots of shortcuts to make a mark in the business world.
  • A must-have for budding entrepreneurs.
  • Reading this book will help you understand the important tricks from an early stage of your business.

5. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

  • If you are into software and technologies, then you won’t regret buying this book.
  • It helps you build an effective business model canvas, though not so effective for hardware firms.
  • The book has immense information to push you to indulge in various aspects of framework development for building a Minimum Viable Product(MVP).
  • A lot is focused on the methods to prioritize the resources using the Build-Measure-Learn model.

6. Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

  • Most of the entrepreneurs spend the majority of their time thinking about the bigger picture and neglecting the small details.
  • That’s why this book exists. Since everyone needs a fast growth, it is common to take a leap and ignore tiny things, this book will help you take everything along the way.
  • It helps you understand the method of avoiding mistakes in running and growing a business.
  • It also helps you simplify complex tasks into simpler ones.
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7. Rework by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

  • Starting a business is to redesign it time-to-time to make it work for you.
  • This book is a perfect guide to help you reconsider your strategies and redesign them to meet your business philosophies.

8. Not All Who Wander are Lost by Steve Blank

  • It is a collection of various blog posts to better understand entrepreneurial strategies.
  • It describes the value of building products for customers and not building customers for products.
  • The book is easy and simple, yet full of wise words and motivation.

9. The Female Entrepreneur by Caroline Brealey and Charly Lester

  • Especially meant for women, the book describes the procedural guide to start a business.
  • The best thing about the book is its usage of real-life experiences along with inspirational quotes.
  • It has stories about women entrepreneurs and practical information about various aspects of a business.
  • It has information about marketing, sales development and how to start on a budget.

10. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

  • Based on the millennial business mindset, the book explores the culture of receiving anything at will, with fewer efforts incurred.
  • Gladwell makes a great point in this book that says, “True success comes by investing a considerable amount of time and efforts in understanding and learning one’s craft.”
  • It doesn’t matter what you do, whether it is playing the piano, running a business or a coffee shop or playing any sport, here’s the hats-off to your every professional success.

11. Cant’ Buy My Love by Jean Kilbourne

  • Can’t Buy My Love is an interesting look at various aspects of marketing and advertising and how it directs customers’ emotions.
  • It changes the way customers view the ads and also helps you reconsider your methods of marketing campaigns.
  • Understanding psychology is a crucial step to run a successful brand.
  • It encourages you to handle responsibilities for marketing results and avoid harmful tactics and usage of stereotypes.

12. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

  • It is difficult to mold people’s mind to think about the way you want.
  • Predictably Irrational is an iconic book that gives invaluable insights to build a massive fortune.
  • It is a must-have for entrepreneurs.

13. Breakthrough by Scott Duffy

  • Breakthrough is meant for every stage entrepreneur.
  • I really liked the way it describes the journey of today’s successful business owners such as my favorite Richard Branson, Gary Vaynerchuk and many more.
  • The book shares their crucial moments when they made it to the top.

14. The Phoenix Project by Kevin Behr and Gene Kim

  • The Phoenix Project is about a person named Bill who discovers new tricks and lessons while growing up his IT business.
  • If you ever got confused about why IT business flourishes so much, then this book has answers to all your questions.
  • The book, indeed, discusses all the management and people skills you need to acquire to reach the top.
  • The moment you start reading this book, I can ensure, you’ll be captivated till the end.

15. Venture Deals by Jason Mendelson and Brad Feld

  • As the name suggests, Venture Deals teaches you the tricks to raise venture capital.
  • The book is organized well to help you understand the terminologies that you should use during a negotiation.
  • It is nothing less than a bible to give you a great start in conversing with the investors.
  • Reading this will help you know how to negotiate and read terms for fundraising.
  • The book is so effective that you might look for more books written by Brad Feld.

Books like $100 Startup, Rich Dad Poor Dad and many more are legends and are already read by most of the people whether an entrepreneur or not. Think and Grow Rich is also pretty common, yet I mentioned it because it is very powerful and has a strong inspirational effect.

When it comes to entrepreneurship, you need to be your own master, books give you a direction to become one. They give knowledge and ask for nothing in return. Even if you are a successful business owner, still give a thought to read these books and to maintain a successful stream all your life.

© 2019 Prachi Sharma

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