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10 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2016


“Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think” by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Would you believe it if someone told you we will be able to make greater gains in the next two decades than we have in the previous two hundred years? In Abundance, Diamandis and Kotler explain how and why this is possible with their innovation and intelligence by documenting progress in many exponentially growing technologies. In addition, the authors provide a detailed reference section with over ninety graphics to reinforce their argument.

“Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration” by Ed Catmull

The co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, Ed Catmull, brings you a book about creativity in the business world. Catmull addresses managers on how to build a creative culture within the workplace to ultimately better the work environment. Above all, he writes to describe “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”

“David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell takes readers on a journey to examine the David Versus Goliath legend, as well as other struggles throughout present time to clearly understand the true meaning of advantages versus disadvantages. In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell will not only challenge how one thinks about obstacles, but also offer a new interpretation of what it truly means to be the disadvantaged in a number of situations.

“Rework” by Jason Fried                                                                                                  

The path to business success is no longer the same old bore. In Rework, Jason Fried discovers how you can succeed by working more and talking less. You don’t need to write a business plan, have outside investors, or even hold meetings; and you certainly don’t need to turn into a workaholic. This book teaches you how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you. With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own.

“The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss

Do you want to escape the 9-5 workweek while still earning a monthly five-figure income? In The 4-Hour Workweek, Feriss explains how he went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week and gives more than 50 practical tips and case studies on how readers can follow his doings as well. If your dream is to escape the rat race, luxuriously travel the world, earn a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or simply just live more and work less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

“The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries

The Lean Startup strays away from the conventional business plan and looks to provide a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups to companies of all sizes. Ries offers an approach that allows entrepreneurs to not only test their vision continuously, but also adapt and adjust to the present innovative age before it’s too late.

 “The Startup Playbook” by David S. Kidder

Want to know the secrets of the entrepreneurs who started LinkedIn, TED and PayPal? In The Startup Playbook, Kidder includes their advice as well as his own that will make any entrepreneur, big or small, succeed in the ever-changing world of business.

“True North” by Bill George and Peter Sims

Former Medtronic CEO, Bill George, shares his own wisdom as well as the wisdom of over 120 executive leaders to provide readers with a realistic plan to become an authentic leader. True North presents a comprehensive program to achieve leadership success through means of developing your own Personal Leadership Development Plan.

“Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken tells a story of a World War II Lieutenant who almost lost everything through an extremity, but still was able to come out on top through this journey. Hillenbrand tells a story that is ultimately a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body and spirit.

“Zero to One” by Peter Thiel

The secret to success is not sticking with the curve, it’s going against it. To be successful, entrepreneurs must create unique products; it no longer works to simply compete with the already-recognized competition. In Zero to One, Thiel presents a new way of thinking about innovation by starting to ask questions that lead to you finding value in the most unexpected places.