Entrepreneurship is hard. It’s messy. It will leave you wanting to quit, give up, and throw in the towel.
But every entrepreneur in history has had struggles, and it would be wise of us to take their lessons and apply them to our life and business.
Whether you’re just getting started, looking for inspiration, or just want to take your journey to the next level, these books will help with that.
These books will help develop the qualities you need to build your dream and pursue it with strength, wisdom, and courage.
But along the way, here are some other skills you will need in your entrepreneurial journey:
- Tame the Ego
- Do the work
- Morning routine
These books will provide you with insight on how to get better at these skills and build upon them along your journey.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike Phil Knight
“I’d tell men and women in their midtwenties not to settle for a job or a profession or even a career. Seek a calling. Even if you don’t know what that means, seek it. If you’re following your calling, the fatigue will be easier to bear, the disappointments will be fuel, the highs will be like nothing you’ve ever felt.”
― Phil Knight
“Find your passion.”
“Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
We’ve all heard both of these statements, but very few pursue either.
Phil Knight pursued a purpose and a calling that developed in his heart. While most of us will not build a billion-dollar company as Knight did with Nike. That’s ok, just follow your calling!
This memoir by the founder of Nike will give you an insight into the entrepreneurial journey and chasing a dream, which is what you are doing.
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
“When you fall in love with the process rather than the product, you don’t have to wait to give yourself permission to be happy. You can be satisfied anytime your system is running.”
― James Clear
No matter what career path or company you decide to start, you’ll have moments of the work that are tedious and uninspiring. No job in the world will be without its moments of struggle, dullness, or uninspiring.
But you have to love the process. If you don’t, is it worth it?
Building great habits and routines will be critical in executing the process. This book, along with all of Clear’s work, will give you so much insight on how to build those habits and routines properly.
Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.”
― Simon Sinek
Whether you are taking the entrepreneurial route or building a career, it will all serve you better to know your “why.” Knowing and understanding your why is one of the most powerful elements that you can establish in your journey to becoming an entrepreneur.
Only you can determine what your “why” is, and this book will give you some great insight into developing your own “why.”
Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
“Above all else, I want you to think for yourself, to decide 1) what you want, 2) what is true and 3) what to do about it.”
― Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio has had a very successful career as a hedge fund manager. He’s also had some massive failures along the way, and in this book, he’s been able to chronicle his journey on the things that he learned and how you keep striving to grow from failure.
Learning and growing from our failures is a lesson we must master in this journey. Failure is inevitable, and it’s more important to learn how to grow past it when it happens, rather than failing and giving up.
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
“ego is the enemy of what you want and of what you have: Of mastering a craft. Of real creative insight. Of working well with others. Of building loyalty and support. Of longevity. Of repeating and retaining your success. It repulses advantages and opportunities. It’s a magnet for enemies and errors.”
― Ryan Holiday
The ego will be a nemesis in your entrepreneurial journey, and it’s not because you are a terrible person or an egomaniac. All of us have an ego, and it’s the ability to recognize that, then have the skills to tame it along the way.
Without understanding this and being humble enough to be on the lookout for our ego, we will open the door for this little enemy to sneak up and strike us when we are least expecting it.
Read the book and give yourself an advantage in your journey.
**I would also recommend Obstacle is the Way, as well. Your journey will encounter obstacles and this is an incredible book to help you understand how to overcome them when they arrive.**
Do The Work by Steven Pressfield
“The opposite of fear is love — love of the challenge, love of the work, the pure joyous passion to take a shot at our dream and see if we can pull it off.”
― Steven Pressfield
If you started this entrepreneurial journey, or are planning on starting, you must accept facing off against the fear of the challenge. You better love what you are chasing and pursuing. You must be willing to put in some serious hard work towards it, with complete love — absent of fear — behind it.
Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life — Before 8AM by Hal Elrod
“There is nothing to fear, because you cannot fail — only learn, grow, and become better than you’ve ever been before.”
― Hal Elrod
Hal wrote a great book about really taking hold of your life and aspirations through action, which is extremely necessary if we are to find the success we seek.
Hal found an incredible amount of success through mastering his morning routine, and this is not an uncommon theme among successful people. Mornings are crucial to getting your day off to a great start and winning the day.
This book will give you the strategies to help you develop your morning routine so that you can start your day off with clarity towards your vision, energy to go deep, focus necessary, and the mindset to guide you through it all.
Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”
― Napoleon Hill
If you are going to find success in life, money, and business — it starts with your mindset. The wrong mindset will hold you back, keep you stagnant, stuck in fear, and eventually bring you down.
Get your mindset right. Believe so profoundly in what you are chasing and pursuing that you are willing to sound like a lunatic to others.
It’s your dream, not theirs. Don’t expect others to understand.
These eight books will help supercharge your entrepreneurial journey. Read them carefully, take notes, read them again, and study your notes.
There will be other books that inspire you along the way and ones that you’ll need to read as your entrepreneurial journey continues. Still, these will help supercharge essential qualities that you need to take your business and life to the next level.
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