There are so many aspiring entrepreneurs out there who are just waiting for their big break and who want to become more than just wantrepreneurs. Starting and managing your own business is no easy task, and one of the best ways to prepare yourself for an undertaking like this is to gain insight from some of the most established professionals in the business and the creative minds who have done it all before. With this in mind, we compiled a list of some of the best books that can help any wantrepreneur to become the entrepreneur they have always wanted to be.
1. Hustle: The Power to Change Your Life With Money, Meaning and Momentum by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler
If there was one word to describe what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in today’s difficult market, it would probably be “hustle.” If you need that extra push to really learn how to hustle, this is the book for you. This powerful book teaches readers how to break free from the drudgery of their jobs and to achieve more success on their own terms.
One of the main pieces of advice with this book is that you must own your own dreams, instead of renting dreams from others—a valuable insight for any wantrepreneur who is willing to dedicate their entire lives to their new business.
2. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
There is perhaps no more recommended book in the history of marketing than the book Influence by Robert Cialdini. This book will teach you how to change the entire way you talk and deliver messages and change the way that people think about you and your company. Influence is one of those books that can teach you how to convince others to want to work for you and your company and how to deliver the most powerful marketing messages that will get the attention of the market while helping you get your new venture off the ground.
3. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, then you need to think like a successful entrepreneur, and this book will tell you how. This book is a long-time favorite of many entrepreneurs, yet its lessons are timeless. Read through this work for more insight on how to think like a rich entrepreneur and how to grow and reach the professional and financial goals that you have for yourself.
4. SEO for Growth: The Ultimate Guide for Marketers, Web Designers and Entrepreneurs by John Jantsch and Phil Singleton
When first getting any business off of the ground, every “wantrepreneur” needs to be able to do a lot of the initial marketing and promoting themselves. This means every aspiring business owner needs to know the ins and outs of marketing their brand before they can really call themselves an entrepreneur.
SEO for Growth comes from the creative minds of two industry pros—John Jantsch the author of Duct Tape Marketing and Phil Singleton, a renowned SEO consultant. Together they have created a book that takes an in-depth look at how search engines work and then educates readers not only on how to understand Google and the way it thinks, but how to apply that knowledge to their own marketing plans. The result is a piece of work that can help any business start seeing the online growth they have been looking for.
5. The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen
So many aspiring entrepreneurs unfortunately have the mindset that they need to reinvent the wheel in order to be successful. The key is knowing when to focus on innovation and when to stick with tried and true business tactics. This is the exact topic discussed in The Innovator’s Dilemma. This book also has a set of rules for companies to follow and uses lessons based on the successes and failures of today’s leading companies. After all, there is no better way to learn how to be a successful entrepreneur than to look at the past successes and mistakes of other companies.
Are you looking to transform from a wantrepreneur to an entrepreneur? If so, have you read any of these books yet? Let us know in the comments below.