Scott Cathcart in Leadership, Entrepreneurs Northern California Regional Board Member • University of Virginia Jul 30, 2020 · 1 min read · ~100

5 Must Read Books for Every Aspiring Entrepreneur

5 Must Read Books for Every Aspiring Entrepreneur

What books you read impact your life more than you’d think. It helps mold your way of thinking, the ideas you come up with, and tackling problems that come in life. Here are just five books aspiring entrepreneurs should consider before launching their business venture.


A classic by Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich is nicknamed the Granddaddy of all Motivational Literature. Originally published in 1937, the book goes in-depth to tell the inspiring and informational stories of well-known entrepreneurs, including Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie.


Entrepreneurial success is about networking and influence as it is about the technical aspects of running a company. This book by Dale Carnegie teaches you how to navigate around your social life in a way that makes you a better entrepreneur and overall person. In a time where digitalization is taking over virtually everything, this book helps you get back to the basics of dealing with people as an entrepreneur.


Another staple in the world of business literature is Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad. The book enlightens you about the whole 9-5 grind that most people live in. It goes on to teach you how to escape the rat race by becoming an entrepreneur. The book is known for its no-BS way of dispensing information through cold, hard facts about business and wealth creation.


As the title of the book implies, The 4-Hour Workweek is Timothy Ferriss’ guide on how to create a business that can free you from the traditional 40-hour workweek. The author can provide real-world and practical solutions that can be used to quit the 40-hour-a-week grind.


For aspiring entrepreneurs who are unable to get their ideas off the ground due to lack of funds, this is a must-read. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau outlines 50 inspiring success stories of entrepreneurs who were able to build businesses that net more than $50,000 a month with only a few dollars in their pockets.

These are only five of the vast library of books available to aspiring entrepreneurs. It’s important to remember that it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. Find the books that you can identify with, and that can inspire and feed your inner entrepreneur.