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These are 5 books all entrepreneurs should read


by Edaein OConnell
14th Jan 2020
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Whether you are already an entrepreneur or are aspiring to be one, here are five books you should be reading 


Entrepreneurs are risk-takers. They see an opportunity and they grab it with determination and tenacity. Failure is used as a tool and the more they can learn the better.

This doesn’t mean they don’t need some help every now and again, and many of the world’s most famous business leaders swear by specific books which helped them to succeed. These books are read again and again and a new lesson determined between the pages each time.

With many of you being entrepreneurs already or aspiring to, these five books are guaranteed to help you on your journey.

Grit by Angela Duckworth

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Angela Duckworth drew on numerous psychological studies to write this book which shows that to succeed you need a mix of passion, persistence and pure grit. The book – which became a New York Times bestseller – is the perfect guide for both professional and personal goals.

Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World

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Published in 2018, this book is straight-talking about the struggles that come with creating a startup. Fishkin is the founder of Moz which is now a $45 million a year business, but his success wasn’t instant. He gives practical yet priceless advice which can be used by new and existing business owners.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

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Although written in 1989 this book is still revisited by millions all over the world and is just as relevant today as it was 31 years ago. Full of inspirational advice and Covey’s three principles, this book is a must for entrepreneurs.

Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder by Reshma Saujani

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Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, delivers a book that believes in the power of failing and taking risks which then places you on the path to success. It teaches women how to be brave and take the path less followed so they can live an authentic life.

Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change by Beth Comstock

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Change is inevitable in business and this book by Beth Comstock teaches readers how to deal with uncertainty. This looks at the big picture and there is a lot to be learned from Comstock’s own story as a successful businesswoman.


Read more: Books you should read if you’re thinking about a career change

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