34 Best Business Books Entrepreneurs Should Read in 2019

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Every entrepreneur needs an active reading list. After all, books are one of the most valuable knowledge resources. Even the best podcasts and YouTube videos cannot replace the in-depth lessons found in a good book. The challenge, however, is sifting through and finding the right material. Find something that will not only resonate with you and inspire you to aim higher but will also guide you through that process as well.

From self-development to best business practices, listed below are 34 must-reads for entrepreneurs in 2019:

1.    The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John

2.    The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs by Amy Wilkinson

3.    Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business by Paul Downs

4.    The Purpose Economy: How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World by Aaron Hurst

5.    The Network Entrepreneur: Leveraging Your Social Network for Success by William Brennan

6.    Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters

7.    Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham

8.    To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History by Lawrence Levy

9.    Chasing Perfection: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the High-Stakes Game of Creating an NBA Champion by Andy Glockner

10.   Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford

11.   The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future by Steve Case

12.   The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross

13.   From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives by Jeffrey E. Garten

14.   The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You by Todd Sattersten

15.   Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results by Christina Wodke

16.   Stragility: Excelling at Strategic Changes by Ellen R. Auster

17.   Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Braden Kowitz

18.   Mapping Experiences: A Guide to Creating Value through Journeys, Blueprints, and Diagrams by James Kalbach

19.   Think Simple: How Smart Leaders Defeat Complexity by Ken Segall

20.   Design for Executives: How the World’s Top Designers Build Organizations and Drive Innovation by Mariya Yao

21.   One Plus One Equals Three: A Masterclass in Creative Thinking by Dave Trott

22.   Simplify: How the Best Businesses in the World Succeed by Richard Koch

23.   A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger

24.   The Storyteller’s Secret: From TED Speakers to Business Legends, Why Some Ideas Catch On and Others Don’t by Carmine Gallo

25.   Illuminate: Ignite Change through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols by Nancy Duarte

26.   The Etiquette Edge: Modern Manners for Business Success by Beverly Langford

27.   Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

28.   Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin

29.   Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

30.   If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy? by Raj Raghunathan

31.   How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life by Caroline Webb

32.   Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

33.   Hell Week: Seven Days to Be Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen

34.   Be Bad First: Get Good at Things Fast to Stay Ready for the Future by Erika Andersen


Entrepreneurship is a commitment—not only to your venture or business but also to a unique learning process. Where others seek guidance through big universities and established companies, many entrepreneurs who have a desire to go their own way, learning becomes a self-guided experience.

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