Books to Read for those who want to be Entrepreneurs

By Patricia Khomani and Chimwemwe Manyozo

Starting a business can be one of those thrilling and yet terrifying decisions we can make with our lives. It seems easy when we see the success of others and it becomes a second-guessing game, thinking whether we made the right decision or not, when we ourselves have started the steps towards forming our business.


Below is a list of some few books we have read, which have been helpful in shaping our minds on how we view the business world and the drive for perseverance.

  1. Think like a CEO by D.A. Benton is one great easy to read kind of a book. Making it easy for everyone to understand the crucial needed traits of being a CEO. When every entrepreneur starts off, in most cases he/she is the managing director or the CEO of the company. It is therefore crucial to understand what traits and characters are required by a CEO to manage a company and in this book, s/he does exactly that.
  2. Rules of management – Richard Templar. This book focuses on how you manage the resources that you have within your business. That is the staff, your time, your finances etc. For any business to prosper, discipline and great management skills of all areas is needed.
  3. 90 Rules for entrepreneurs-the concept of hustle – Marnus Broodyk. The title of the book says it all. This book guides those who inspire to be entrepreneurs or those who are already entrepreneurs but would like to enhance their business. It goes as far as, giving ideas on how to apply for funding or close deals.
  4. Awaken the Giant Within-Anthony Robbins. As the title suggests, this book is meant to reignite that fire you in to pursue your passion and live up to your fullest potential.
  5. The Richest Man in Babylon-George S. Clason. This book provides wisdom about financial plan and personal wealth.
  6. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. The title is self-explanatory.
  7. Who Moved my Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson. This book will help you anticipate change, adopt to change quickly, enjoy change and be ready to change quickly, again and again.
  8. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwarts. This book will help you to defeat disbelief and the negative power it creates, make your mind produce positive thoughts, plan a concrete success-building program, do more and do it better: turn on your creative power and capitalize on the power of now.
  9. Sometimes You win, sometimes you learn by John C. Maxwell. This book will help understand failure, and how you can draw lessons from any failure that you experience.
  10. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This book will help you to understand that dreams are meant to be pursued, and life is meant to be lived to the maximum.
  11. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. This book will help you to create a life of passion, purpose, and peace. It will help you develop joyful thoughts, follow your life’s missing and calling, cultivate self-discipline and act courageously, value time and nourish relationships, and -live fully, one day at a time.
  12. Standout by Dorie Clark. This book will help you to find your breakthrough idea, and build a following around it.
  13. Winning by Jack Welsh with Suzy Welch. This book will teach you how to win in different areas including your business.
  14. The power of Vision by Myles Munroe. The book explores deeper insights into your purpose and thought-provoking questions for personal application to your life.
  15. Rich dad Poor dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.
  16. The 17 indisputable laws of teamwork by John C Maxwell. John C. Maxwell shares the vital principles of team building that are necessary for success in your business, family, church, or organization.
  17. Overcoming Crisis by Myles Munroe. This is self-explanatory.

we would also recommend for aspiring entrepreneurs to read books that relates to the industries that their business will fall under. It is vital to understand how your industry functions. Which rules /laws specifically apply for your industry, who are the whose who in those industries and how did they reach at the stage they are at.