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A Must Read List: The Best Books for Entrepreneurs

A must read list of the best books for entrepreneurs. From determining what you need to be successful to incorporating concepts from other business models into your own business plan, these books are sure to inspire.

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

Written by Michael Gerber
Revised in 2009, the original 1990 entry became an instant classic. The "E"—for entrepreneur—myth describes that hard work and determination are all you need for a successful business. Gerber aims to debunk the myth, and help guide you towards what you're missing.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

Written by Jim Collins
Collins identifies and benchmarks some of the most enduringly successful companies—like Coke, Intel, GE, and Merck. By comparing their metrics and methods, Good to Great will help you emulate which aspects of their model or culture will make your business stronger.

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days

Written by Jessica Livingston
A collection of essays with the entrepreneurial founders of several major-league tech companies, Founders at Work outlines some of the methods of their successes. This book isn't just focused on the big names at Microsoft, Google, or Apple; it also presents stories from outside the box, like Firefox and 37 Signals.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Written by Stephen R. Covey
Known far-and wide, when this book came on the scene in 2004 it totally changed the game. Not only is the information presented useful and enlightening for entrepreneurs, it's a magnetic read that anyone would be hard-pressed to put down.

The Book on Mind Management

Written by Dennis Deaton
Dr. Deaton's seminal book aims to help readers harness their mental fortitude and manifest it into successful practices and returns. With all the books about managing a team, a department, a store, or a business, Deaton focuses on managing yourself.

The 4-Hour Workweek

Written by Timothy Ferris
Continuously updated, Ferris's well-known business bible will make you feel motivated and excited for whatever tasks you need to confront. By confronting conventional wisdom at every turn—is working 9-5 the most productive use of your time, for example—The 4-Hour Workweek will help realign your thinking and save you time.

The Four Steps to the Epiphany

Written by Steven Gary Blank
Often thought of us the definitive guidebook to software start-ups, Blank's technical book is not as easy to read as, say, Covey's. Even so, the information presented is invaluable, and the pages give you tools that you can start implementing today to get a better understanding of your entrepreneurial strengths and weaknesses.

Structural Holes: The Social Structure of Competition by Ronald Burt

Written by Ronald Burt
Burt's book examines how competition has helped to structure the development of the business landscape over the past decades. The structural hole of the title describes the gap between access to resources or information, and the book posits that entrepreneurs can fill that hole.

Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition

Written by Guy Kawasaki
Compiled in an easily-digestible, pithy format, Reality Check is packed with current, clever advice. Not only will it teach you great business lessons, it will leave you laughing out loud.