What Is The Best
Entrepreneur Book In 2019?
Every invention we love once came from a bold, imaginative individual with a never-give-up mentality.
Every great invention came from an entrepreneur.
But no matter how great the invention, the entrepreneur behind it was doubtless once insecure, inexperienced, and without knowledge in regards to creating.
The best entrepreneur books dig deep into our hearts, minds, and desires to produce the incredible business that is waiting inside of us to be unleashed.
Here are the best entrepreneur books.
Who Needs An Entrepreneur Book?
To be frank, entrepreneurs do. Both the master and the novice always have new things to learn. I believe a better question may be "Who is an entrepreneur?"
Entrepreneurs can be anyone, but there are common traits that entrepreneurs share. To paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy, if you...
... then you might be an entrepreneur. As such, at some point you will need (or wish you owned!) some books on entrepreneurship.
What The Best Entrepreneur Books Do
Let's go ahead and draw this nasty little distinction.
There are entrepreneur books.
Then there are the best entrepreneur books.
Many authors claim to be writing "entrepreneur books" but in reality, they are writing sad excuses for helpful literature.
A lot of entrepreneur material is get-rich-quick junk.
With big smiling faces, we've weeded out the worst of the material for you. So with that out of the way...
The best entrepreneur books do an incredible amount for you. They almost always deal with money. Some explain where the best money comes from, how to invest in yourself, or what money should and should not be spent on.
Some talk about the reasons you should be an entrepreneur.
All talk about business. This can include the merits of building a business (financial freedom, time freedom, job freedom, and a bigger paycheck), the pains of building a business (extremely difficult work, forcing yourself to be dedicated, and learning how to spot market needs or wants), or the process of building a business (getting started, staying in business, and exiting the business).
How To Choose The Best Entrepreneur Book For You
The best entrepreneur book for you will depend on what you're struggling with, what you're wanting to do, and where you're wanting to end up.
Sometimes, we just need a kick in the rear to get going.
Sometimes, we need to know how to start a big business on a small paycheck.
Sometimes, we're ready to exit our thriving business and spend some monaay.
And then sometimes, we're just looking to get some education before jumping in with all our heart (and bank account).
Some of these entrepreneur books talk about all of these issues while others deal with one more than the others. Some talk about things that I didn't mention.
All are great for starting, going, or exiting entrepreneurs.
Our Picks For Best Entrepreneur Books
I've chosen five of the most popular entrepreneur books to review based on the quality of the information within, how practical the information is, and the range of topics the books deal with (called "scope"). Let's see how they all stack up and hopefully you can find the one you would like to try out.
The Millionaire Fastlane (TMF) is one of the gems that should be source material for all entrepreneurial conquests.
Translation: This is a great read.
The information within is some of the greatest information available for any aspiring entrepreneur. Few other tomes compare with the sheer beauty of the beast that author MJ DeMarco has created.
TMF is also highly practical. MJ hasn't told me this, but I suspect that he wrote it with the sole intention of nearly all the information inside being immediately actionable.
TMF also covers a lot of material. It gets the why, the how, and just about everything in between.
While helpful to anyone in any stage of the entrepreneurial journey, the book is more helpful to the aspiring or new entrepreneur. Experienced and wildly successful entrepreneurs will certainly find value, but the book is not written with this demographic in mind.
I think it speaks for itself that the two top entrepreneur books are written by the same author and I do promise that he is not compensating me in any way to write this review.
These books are really that good.
Check out some of the Amazon reviews if you don't believe me.
Unscripted is kind of TMF's older brother. Wiser, more experienced, and for a more aged audience.
The quality of information contained within is absolutely no less than TMF and a great addition. It covers more mentally stimulating material than TMF, but that does not make it less applicable.
While TMF is written for the beginner entrepreneur, Unscripted is written for anyone getting started and for the entrepreneur who already has a glowing success story. That said, it does contain much information that the beginner entrepreneur will find more useful once they have a business.
Do be aware that Unscripted's language is for a very mature audience. It is extremely vulgar. That's no prob Bob for most people, but some who are easily offended should probably just stick to The Millionaire Fastlane.
Some will criticize my placing of this book as the third greatest entrepreneurial book of all time.
"But Brady," they say, "this book doesn't even talk about start-up costs! The internet! Marketing! None of it's there."
I know, I know.
What this book talks about is responsibility.
And the entrepreneur is ultimately responsible.
Responsible for their product, their distribution, their costs. Entrepreneurs are responsible for their success and their failure.
And thus this book is a must-read for any and every entrepreneur.
Every chapter starts with a real story of Task Unit Bruiser in Ramadi. It then tells a lesson that these guys learned or found true, and then an application of this lesson they've seen in the business world through their consulting company, Echelon Front.
All in all, it's one of the greatest books on the shelves today because it ultimately applies to every human. Every entrepreneur will find an incredible amount of value in these pages.
The 4-Hour Work Week (4HWW) is known as the book that launched the career of Tim Ferriss.
It's no wonder why.
It's an incredible book.
The principles held within are some of the most sacred that any entrepreneur should hold dear:
Your time and your money do not have to be connected.
Your stress is not mandatory.
You control the direction of your life and you can change it with your actions.
Tim goes out of his way to explain the exact methods necessary to build a business (a "muse" as he calls it) but many of the methods are outdated.
Even so, the principles hold true.
While Tim explains how to test a product, outsource, and profit like madness, he does a poor job of explaining the other ins and outs of the entrepreneur's life.
Marketing, sales, negotiating, what to do once you strike gold, how to truly create permanent value, how to brand, etc.
This book does a great job talking about the beginning and the ending of a business. It kinda skips the middle.
Rich Dad Poor Dad (RDPD) is considered a staple of personal finance when in fact, it's a great book for entrepreneurs as well.
RDPD's definition of an asset and a liability, as well as explainers for how to grow assets and decrease liabilities, is worth the price of the book alone and will make you thousands over your life.
The book spends a lot of time talking about the author's childhood in the beginning and a lot of time talking about real estate in the end.
The childhood sections are largely unnecessary and the real estate sections pretend like rental properties are the only way to wealth.
RDPD talks about starting a business, but names its place more on the theoretical side of business. It has a lot of why without a lot of how.
All in all, definitely an incredible read, but not as great as the other incredible reads on this list.
Based on the quality of information, the sheer practicality, and the massive scope of the book, I recommend The Millionaire Fastlane as the best entrepreneur book of all time.
Within those pages are lessons that entrepreneurs young and old will find helpful (and even necessary!) for the beginning, middle, and end of their businesses.
Tell us in the comments below: Do you have a book that's had a huge impact on your life? If not, what kind of book are you looking to get?
Thanks for reading!
Stay awesome. Have a great day.
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