Must-Read Badass Business Books For Entrepreneurs


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by David Garland in David's Blog

There is nothing like a good book.

It doesn’t matter if you read it old school style (paperback), on your Kindle or iPad, listen to it, or maybe even watch and read with something like . The funny thing, is of the over 150 innovators, authors and forward-thinkers I’ve interviewed on RISE since 2008, almost every one reads. Is it a coincidence that they are also super successful? The best books seem to do a few things really well:

1. Inspire thinking: A “Huh…..I never saw it that way” moment. Or a new way of looking of things.
2. Cause change: I can trace back certain books that caused a change in how I looked at things or influenced me to edit something in my business or life. I bet you can to.
3. Create hunger: A call to action. Something worth talking about and doing.

Obviously, there are many types of books out there. Personal memoirs with takeaways you can use. How-to books offering a step-by-step guide. Inspirational stories and many more.

As John Jantsch, author of (Affiliate link) said to (paraphrased), books offer one of the best values out there. Where else can you get one, two or maybe more ideas for around $20?

The other neat thing about the social web, is there is now an opportunity to connect with your favorite authors one-on-one. I’ve added their Twitter accounts to the list so you can hunt them down.

And while this list is no where near comprehensive, here are some of my favorites that you should pick up (note: these are all Amazon Affiliate Links). Must-read books for entrepreneurs in no particular order:

A shot in the arm for those looking to cash in on their passion.

Interview with Gary Vaynerchuk

An interesting look at “social currency” influence and community on the web.

Nothing better than a little trust, right? Chris and Julien lay out the social web in a unique way to help your business.

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Interview with Chris Brogan

A fantastic look at understanding and getting started with online video.

Sick of push marketing? You will love this book. A better way to market.

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An incredibly comprehensive guide to maximizing the social web.

Are you indispensable? Are you wasting your time or using it to “ship” and spread your ideas?

Say goodbye to the old school.

The art and science of referrals for your business.

What motivates you and others? It might not be what you think…

Interview with Daniel Pink

A simple tale of giving that will have an impact on how you do business.

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Tips and strategies with Shama…who not only talks the talk but walks the walk

If you are in the business of doing projects for other people, this is a must read.

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We can get all caught up in the fancy tools, but as an entrepreneur, if you don’t have the basics down, you might be in trouble.

A great look at social media for beginners AND more advanced folks. Amber also has a great personal story.

Networking is about being sketchy. Being connected is the key to business.

Interview with Keith Ferrazzi

A refreshing look at entrepreneurship. Seriously, ridiculously refreshing.

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Interview with David Heinemeier Hansson

The approachable master of Zappos tells his story with a zillion takeaways for your business.

How entrepreneurs can jump all over the opportunity of our changing, more connected world.

Even if you have the original, the expanded version is worth nabbing because of the great new stories of folks applying the principles of the original.

Interview with Tim Ferriss (coming THIS FALL on RISE)

Looking to build a community? One of the masters Tamar Weinberg guides you through it.

Interview with Tamar Weinberg

What about some more? What did I miss? What are some of your favorites?

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