10 Must Read Books For Entrepreneurs

If you read this blog at all, you know I read quite a bit.  But rather than just giving you a list like “Hey, here are some books I read,” I wanted to break them down into audience.   For example, if you are in sales, I wrote a list of books that you might want to read.  In addition, if you just want to grow personally, here is a foundational list of books I want my daughters to read.   Today I wanted to focus on 10 books that I recommend for entrepreneurs.

There are a ton of great books out there that can help you grow as an business person…but here are a few that have inspired me!

E-Myth by Michael Gerber:  This, my friends, is THE entrepreneur book.  It starts here for me.  I have read this book 10 times, and every time I read it, I am in a different place in my entrepreneurial journey.  It’s an easy read and it’s powerful.

Profit First by Mike Michaelowicz:  For me, this book was a game changer.  I listened to this book the first time, and I was honestly wondering if Mike was following me around!  We changed the way we did accounting in my business because of this book…and we are glad we did!

Finish by Jon Acuff:  If you are like most entrepreneurs I know, you don’t have a problem starting new things.  But do you finish?  Jon Acuff gives tips and tactics for moving things to the “done pile.”

Content Inc by Joe Pulizzi:  Yes…this is a marketing book.  But I think this book has great meaning to entrepreneurs trying to tell their story in the world today.  How can you become a “media company?”   Start by reading this.

SCRUM by Jeff Sutherland:  This book helps to answer the question, “how can my team and I get more done?”  The SCRUM methodology is incredibly interesting and allows you to think about project management in a totally different way.

The Automatic Customer by John Warrillow:  This one got me thinking about how you can make ANY business a subscription model.  I love books that make me think!  This one had me running new ideas in my mind for weeks.

4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney and Sean Covey If you have ever gone to an event and come back inspired, then watched your ideas get lost “in the whirlwind” of business, this is the book for you.  It greats down the 4 steps to implement “wildly important goals.”

The Go Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann:  We always here that you need to be a “go getter” to be successful.  I love this take on giving first.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*$k by Mark Manson:  I loved Mark’s take on life.  And once you get through the f-bombs, it’s pretty zen.  My favorite concept had to do with the idea of “what are you willing to suffer through?”  I love that.

Hustle by Jesse Warren Tevelow:  This is not the deepest book…but I really dug it.  The concept is he wrote the whole book in a week.  It inspired me to think of what I could do if I just got out of my own way.

Hopefully these inspire you as much as they have me!  Oh, and I am always looking for new books to read.  Feel free to let me know your favorites!

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Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.