Those who are serious about pursuing an entrepreneurial endeavor know how important knowledge about all aspects of their dream is to their success.

There are numerous well-written and informative books about becoming an entrepreneur. Some of the best are:

  1. The Lean Startup by Eric Reis—It is no secret that many startups fail, but some of those failures are avoidable. The Lean Startup takes a look at a different approach. This book lays out a clear path, and the pitfalls to watch out for, to building a sustainable business.
  2. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber—this book takes a close look at why most small businesses fail and offers clear cut solutions to avoid failure. A business has a lifecycle from the neediness infancy, through the angst of adolescence to the maturity of a success.
  3. The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy—no matter how innovative and cutting-edge your idea is, you will have to sell the idea to others to become successful. This book takes a careful look at strategies that work in getting people to believe and invest in your idea.
  4. The Startup of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman. The title does say it all about this book. Reid Hoffman is the co-founder and chairman of LinkedIn, so he speaks from experience.  This book highlights how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset even if you are still working a traditional job. If you are looking to get motivated to start building your entrepreneurial dream, this is the book you should read first.
  5. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss—everyone wants an easy short-cut to success, and that is what this book promotes. The ideas are solid and the focus is on working smarter, not harder.
  6. Click Millionaires by Scott Foxx—e-commerce businesses are booming, and the internet is the new marketplace. This book is a thorough evaluation of how to build an online business.
  7. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk—this book is about motivating you to take the first steps in chasing your dreams finally. Let’s face it; this is where many potential entrepreneurs get stuck. They have the idea, the vision, and the ability, but lack the courage to take the first leap.  This book will push you outside your comfort zone and create the life you are dreaming about.

The first three books on the list offer sound advice about financial planning and how to sell your idea. The last four books focus more on actually chasing the dream of being an entrepreneur. They are equally important because you need a solid plan and a big dream to leap into being an entrepreneur. Let these books both inspire and educate you.  The more knowledge you gain in preparation for becoming an entrepreneur, the higher your chances of success.


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