Starting a business can seem daunting. The process can be filled with questions, roadblocks, and failures. While building a dream business can be difficult and exhausting, it is possible. Here’s a list of the best books to read as an entrepreneur looking for inspiration, information, and encouragement.

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

Published in 1959, The Magic of Thinking Big is a great first stepping-stone for anyone considering entrepreneurship. The book’s message is still as relevant today as when it was first written. Schwartz argues that the key to success in any business venture is the proper mindset; believing fully in one’s self. He also emphasizes the importance of pushing forward, learning new skills, and using creative thinking to solve problems.

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

Compiled from his podcast The Tim Ferriss Show, Tool of Titans contains the best bits of advice and wisdom that Ferriss has collected from over 200 prominent leaders in various career fields. While the book gives examples of how others have achieved their dreams, it also rejects the notion that there’s a formulaic method for reaching success. It encourages individuals to learn from others but to forge their own path. The book also promotes the idea of living creatively in order to provide yourself with inspiration for your work.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

For an entrepreneur searching for a more metaphysical approach to starting a business, the classic self-help book The Secret may be a valuable asset. The Secret lays out a compelling argument that positive thinking can bring positive outcomes through the “law of attraction,” where sending out positive “frequencies” into the universe will draw positive things. Byrne believes that the positive thinking can influence our wealth, relationships, health, and the world in general.

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is one of the biggest motivational voices in the world, coaching individuals to better living. His book Unshakeable takes the principles from his bestselling financial book Money: Master the Game and breaks them down into applicable steps for financial success. To avoid common pitfalls made by the inexperienced, Unshakeable guides the reader in making wise and prosperous financial choices by building an investing checklist to refer to before making any new investments.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic is a must-read for any entrepreneur wanting to pursue a creative endeavor. This book aims to demystify the creative process by guiding readers along the path of artistic inspiration, with topics ranging from learning to live with fears to giving yourself permission to create. Gilbert challenges the notion of the “starving/tormented artist,” encouraging readers to keep their day jobs, so they can create without the constraints attached to using your art as a means of survival. The book is the perfect balance of whimsy and pragmatism to jumpstart anyone’s creative juices.
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