5 Books for Every Entrepreneur

5 Books for Every Entrepreneur

A short and sweet recommendation of books for those of you who are in a reading slump. Maybe because the book you’re reading is horrible, or because it was not motivating enough to read. Let’s be honest: it was horrible.

Without further ado, here’s the list of 5 books I’ve read recently and I think they are perfect for any kind of entrepreneur. To see the book and its cover, click the link of each title:


5. Rework

It’s a good book. Not my favorite among all the others in the list, but it has changed my way of thinking towards workplace. It’s an easy and quick read, because there are a lot of infographics and the style is very informal. There were not highly-difficult-corporative concepts.

So you don’t need an MBA to understand this book. It narrates how you can be more efficient at your work in a very straight-forward way. And how to be a better person in general. So in a certain way, it makes you Re-think your happiness at your current job (and workspace). In case you’re not currently happy, it empowers you to make the decision to transform your professional life into something you are genuinely passionate about.

That’s the word I’ve been looking for since the beginning: passion. Rework is about finding the passion in your career.


4. The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

Seth Godin is one of my favorite writers next to Malcolm Gladwell and Penelope Trunk.

The Icarus Deception is about art and artists. The word ‘motivation’ falls short when describing this book. I must say that this is one of the greatest books in business and marketing that I have ever read so far. Everyone can understand the nuances of each chapter the author writes about.

And he also breaks some paradigms along the way… And you learn history as well, because he explains the greek mythology tale of Icarus legend. So a little history is always useful (for pickup lines in bars?). But don’t worry, it’s only the first 3 pages of the book.


3. Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will

I strongly recommend this book to those of you who are still in College or are about to start College. Or to those of you who feel disoriented in your life right now. It’s a casual read, written by a young guy called Stephen J. Dale, a couple of years older than me. He was homeschooled.

In this book, he defines the ability of everyone to learn on their own thanks to technology. With relationships and communications we can teach ourselves with much more efficiency: in less time and at a higher level. And he gives you tricks to do that throughout the book. I like his style because he is honest and pretty straight-forward. Overall, I loved it.


2. Letters to a Young Entrepreneur

This book may require a little bit more knowledge about business. But I don’t know to what extent.

However, if you don’t have much experience in the Enterprise world or in economic terms, I challenge you to read it anyway. If you don’t understand something, just Google it. This would be a Stephen J. Dale Method ;)

The author, Pedro Nueno, is a Catalan professor at IESE. Furthermore, he studied at Harvard and he lives both in Shanghai and Barcelona as a professor and consultant (he takes planes every two weeks, if I am not mistaken). Oh, and he also writes a weekly column at La Vanguardia on Sundays.

The book itself is a compilation of letters and conversations that Professor Nueno has exchanged along his professional career with entrepreneurs. In the letters, there are doubts, worries, ideas, motivations, fears and insecurities that all these entrepreneurs have had along their entrepreneurial journey. And Nueno divulges their learnings and experiences at each chapter. I highly recommend you this book to you. He also has the second part of the book, called Emails to a Young Entrepreneur.

It’s a gem. An important asset you must possess, if you’re serious about being an entrepreneur. So then you can reread and skim through the pages while in a critical situation in your life as an entrepreneur.


1. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

I mentioned Gladwell above. Malcolm is a great and talented writer, because he is able to expose really complicated topics (like statistics, consumer behavior and psychology) in to very simple situations of every day life. He is a very talented popularizer.

David and Goliath is about the ability that the apparently weaker people have for winning. It’s a tribute to all David’s around the world. And if you read this book and you like it, I then recommend you to read Outliers: The Story of Success, where he writes about the origin of an outlier and the importance of all the contributing factors along their lives. And what have they done to become stars.

Finally, once you have read these two books by him, read The Tipping Point, to finish the motivational cocktail of entrepreneurship. Who said something about homework?


Now it’s your turn:

What are the books that motivate you the most whenever you read them? Which is your favorite entrepreneurial book?

And my favorite question: What’s the FIRST book, that you remember, that made you want to become an entrepreneur?