High-Impact Entrepreneurship

280 must-read books for entrepreneurs, according to under30ceo.com

Reprinted from Under30ceo.com. See the original post here.

By Matt Wilson

This is a list of the top business books of all time, in no particular order. At Under30CEO we are firm believers that the secrets to success can be learned from others who have been successful before. Many of these authors have spent a lifetime learning the lessons in these books the hard way. Luckily for us, their wealth of knowledge is presented in the books below. There are no excuses–get reading…and please let us know what you think should have made the list in the comments!

1. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur by Mike Micalowicz

2. ReWork by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

3. Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey

4. The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick

5. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

6. The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World by Chris Guillebeau

7. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout

8. Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got by Jay Abraham

9. The Parable of the Pipeline: How Anyone Can Build a Pipeline of Ongoing Residual Income in the New Economy by Burke Hedges

10. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge

11. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

12. Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky

13. The Simplicity Survival Handbook by Bill Jensen

14. The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield

15. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

16. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley & William Danko

17. Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies by Nikos Mourkogiannis

18. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

19. 7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness by Jim Rohn

20. Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich-And Why Most Don’t by Donald J. Trump and Robert Kiyosaki

21. Upstarts: How GenY Entrepreneurs are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit from Their Success by Donna Fenn

22. Today We Are Rich by Tim Sanders

23. Alpha Dogs: How Your Small Business Can Become a Leader of the Pack by Donna Fenn

24. Never Get a “Real” Job: How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke by Scott Gerber

25. Smarter, Faster, Cheaper: Non-Boring, Fluff-Free Strategies for Marketing and Promoting Your Business by David Siteman Garland

26. Crush It: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk

27. Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup by Brad Feld & David Cohen

28. Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk

29. Bargaining For Advantage by G. Richard Shell

30. 3-D Negotiation by David A. Lax and James K. Sebenius

31. The Intelligent Entrepreneur by Bill Murphy

32. Illusions of Entrepreneurship by Scott A. Shane

33. Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar

34. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers

35. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

36. Your Money or Your Life by Joel Dominguez & Vicki Robin

37. Fail-Safe Investing by Harry Browne

38. Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less by Sam Carpenter

39. Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution by Michael Hammer and James Champy

40. The New Rules of Marketing & PR by David Meerman Scott

41. Practical Lessons in Leadership by Art Petty

42. Green to Gold by Daniel Esty & Andrew Winston

43. Seeing What’s Next by Clayton M. Christensen

44. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days by Jessica Livingston

45. SPIN Selling by Neil Rackham

46. The Sales Bible by Jeffrey Gitomer

47. Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age by Paul Graham

48. It’s Not About The Money by Brent Kessel

49. Work Less, Live More by Bob Clyatt

50. iCon: Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business by Jeffery S. Young and William L. Simon

51. The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowieki

52. Freakanomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

53. Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson

54. Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim

55. Bankable Business Plans by Edward Rogoff

56. The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison by Mike Wilson

57. Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David Kushner

58. Indispensable by Joe Calloway

59. Lean Thinking by James Womack and Daniel Jones

60. Bringing Nothing To The Party: True Confessions of a New Media Whore by Paul Carr

61. Organizational Culture and Leadership by Edgar H. Stein

62. How to Make more Money than Your Parents by Nick Tart and Nick Scheidies

63. 12: The Elements of Great Managing by Rodd Wagner & James Harter

64. Growing Great Employees by Erika Andersen

65. Hiring Smart by Pierre Mornell

66. Viral Loop From Facebook to Twitter, How Today’s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves by Scott Penenberg

67. Learning from the Future by Liam Fahey & Robert Randall

68. Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors by Michael E. Porter

69. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

70. Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson

71. The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason

72. Self-Directed Behavior by David L. Watson & Roland G. Tharp

73. Lead the Field by Earl Nightingale

74. The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn

75. Magic of Thinking BIG by David J Schwartz

76. Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions by Gary Klein

77. Smart Choices by John S. Hammond

78. The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz

79. Ethics for the Real World by Ronald Howard & Clinton Korver

80. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

81. UNmarketing by Scott Stratten

82. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

83. The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan by George Bradt

84. The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig

85. The Perfect Pitch by Jon Steel

86. The Human Side of Enterprise by Douglas McGregor

87. Acres of Diamonds by R.H. Conwell

88. Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun

89. The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself by John Jantsch

90. The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence by Tom Peters

91. The Perfect Pitch by Jon Steel

92. The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes

93. The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander

94. Making Things Happen by Scott Berkun

95. Results Without Authority by Tom Kendrick

96. The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking by Roger Martin

97. The Principles of Scientific Management by Frederick Winslow Taylor

98. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

99. Accounting Made Simple by Mike Piper

100. How to Read a Financial Report by John A. Tracy

101. Radical Leap by Steve Farber

102. Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank

103. The New Business Road Test by John Mullins

104. How to Make Millions with Your Ideas by Dan Kennedy

105. When You’re In A Traffic Jam I’m Playing Golf by Simon Thompson

106. Pursuit of Happiness by Chris Gardner

107. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

108. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

109. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

110. The Human Side of Enterprise by Douglas McGregor

111. The Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgn

112. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done By Ram Charan

113. The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham

114. The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder

115. My Start-Up Life by Ben Casnocha

116. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

117. The Functions of the Executive by Chester I. Barnard

118. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

119. The Power of Less by Leo Babauta

120. The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch

121. Bit Literacy by Mark Hurst

122. The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz

123. Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds

124. Show Me The Numbers by Stephen Few

125. From The Top 100 Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter and How They Can Help You by Jack Covert and Steve Sattersten…

126. Flow by Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi

127. How to Be a Star at Work by Robert E. Kelley

128. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

129. The Power of Intuition by Gary Klein

130. What Should I Do with My Life? by Po Bronson

131. Chasing Daylight by Eugene O’Kelly

132. On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis

133. The Leadership Moment by Michael Useem

134. The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

135. Leadership Is an Art by Max De Pree

136. The Radical Leap by Steve Farber

137. Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will by Tichy and Sherman

138. Leading Change by John P. Kotter

139. Questions of Character by Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr.

140. The Story Factor by Annette Simmons

141. Never Give In! Speeches by Winston Churchill

142. In Search of Excellence by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman, Jr.

143. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen

144. Only the Paranoid Survive by Andrew S. Grove

145. Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? by Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

146. Discovering the Soul of Service by Leonard Berry

147. Execution by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan

148. Competing for the Future by Gary Hamel and C. K. Prahalad

149. Influence by Robert B. Cialdini, PhD

150. Positioning by Al Ries and Jack Trout

151. A New Brand World by Scott Bedbury with Stephen Fenichell

152. Selling the Invisible by Harry Beckwith

153. Zag by Marty Neumeier

154. Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore

155. How to Become a Rainmaker by Jeffrey J. Fox

156. Why We Buy by Paco Underhill

157. The Experience Economy by B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore

158. Naked Economics by Charles Wheelan

159. Financial Intelligence by Karen Berman and Joe Knight

160. The Balanced Scorecard by Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton

161. Out of the Crisis by W. Edwards Deming

162. Toyota Production System by Taiichi Ohno

163. Reengineering the Corporation by Michael Hammer and James Champy

164. The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox

165. The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack with Bo Burlingham

166. First, Break all the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

167. Now, Discover Your Strengths by Buckingham and Clifton

168. The Knowing-Doing Gap by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton

169. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

170. Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono

171. Titan by Ron Chernow

172. My Years with General Motors by Alfred P. Sloan, Jr.

173. The HP Way by David Packard

174. Personal History by Katharine Graham

175. Moments of Truth by Jan Carlzon

176. Sam Walton: Made in America by Sam Walton with John Huey

177. The Republic of Tea by Mel Ziegler, Patricia Ziegler, and Bill Rosenzweig

178. The Partnership Charter by David Gage

179. Growing a Business by Paul Hawken

180. Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson

181. The Monk and the Riddle Randy Komisar with Kent Lineback

182. McDonald’s: Behind the Arches by John F. Love

183. American Steel by Richard Preston

184. The Force by David Dorsey

185. The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind

186. When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein

187. Moneyball by Michael Lewis

188. Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie

189. The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley with Jonathan Littman

190. Jump Start Your Business Brain by Doug Hall

191. A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger Von Oech

192. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

193. The Age of Unreason by Charles Handy

194. Out of Control by Kevin Kelly

195. The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida

196. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

197. Driven by Paul R. Lawrence and Nitin Nohria

198. To Engineer is Human by Henry Petroski

199. The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki

200. The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins

201. Up the Organization by Robert Townsend

202. Beyond the Core by Chris Zook

203. Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer

204. What the CEO Wants You to Know by Ram Charan

205. The Team Handbook by Peter Scholtes, Brian Joiner, and Barbara Streibel

206. A Business and Its Belief by Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

207. Lucky or Smart? by Bo Peabody

208. The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman

209. Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko

210. More Than You Know by Michael J. Mauboussin

211. Screw It, Let’s Do It by Richard Branson

212. Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson

213. Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur by Richard Branson

214. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

215. We Are All Weird by Seth Godin

216. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin

217. The Dip: A Little Book That Tells Us When to Quit and When to Stick by Seth Godin

218. Unleashing the Ideavirus by Seth Godin

219. Survival is Not Enough: Zooming, Evolution and the Future of Your Company by Seth Godin

220. Small is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas by Seth Godin

221. Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing Out of Sync by Seth Godin

222. Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable by Seth Godin

223. All Marketers are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World by Seth Godin

224. Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers Into Friends And Friends Into Customers by Seth Godin

225. The Big Moo: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable by Seth Godin

226. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

227. Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing: What the Rich Invest in that the Poor and Middle Class Do Not by Robert Kiyosaki

228. Rich Dad’s Who Took My Money?: Why Slow Investors Lose and Fast Money Wins by Robert Kiyosaki

229. Rich Woman: Take Charge of Your Money, Take Charge of Your Life by Kim Kiyosaki

230. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Geber

231. E-Myth Mastery: The Seven Essential Disciplines for Building a World Class Company by Michael E. Geber

232. Awakening the Entrepreneur Within: How Ordinary People Can Create Extraordinary Companies by Michael E. Geber

233. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

234. Great By Choice: Uncertainty Chaos and Luck—Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins

235. How the Mighty Fail: and Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins

236. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins

237. Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions by Guy Kawasaki

238. Reality Check by Guy Kawasaki

239. The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

240. Rules for Revolutionaries by Guy Kawasaki

241. How to Drive Your Competition Crazy by Guy Kawasaki

242. The Macintosh Way by Guy Kawasaki

243. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

244. Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life by David Allen

245. Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life by David Allen

246. The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard

247. Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service by Ken Blanchard

248. Lead Like Jesus: Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of All Time by Ken Blanchard

249. The Secret: What Great Leaders Know — And Do by Ken Blanchard

250. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

251. Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracy

252. Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed by Brian Tracy

253. The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success by Brian Tracy

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

255. The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen Covey

256. Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen Covey

257. How to Succeed With People by Stephen Covey

258. Bounce! The Path to True Confidence by Barry Moltz

259. You Need to Be a Little Crazy: The Truth About Starting and Growing Your Own Business by Barry Moltz

260. BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self Service World by Barry Moltz

261. Unlimited Power : The New Science Of Personal Achievement by Tony Robbins

262. Giant Steps : Author Of Awaken The Giant And Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins

263. Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! by Tony Robbins

264. The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell

265. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John C. Maxwell

266. How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by John C. Maxwell

267. The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization by John C. Maxwell

268. Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success by John C. Maxwell

269. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter Drucker

270. Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker

271. The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter Drucker

272. Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive by Harvey B. Mackay

273. Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty: The Only Networking Book You’ll Ever Need by Harvey B. Mackay

274. The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World by Harvey B. Mackay

275. Pushing the Envelope All the Way to the Top by Harvey B. Mackay

276. Fired Up!: How the Best of the Best Survived and Thrived After Getting the Boot by Harvey B. Mackay

277. Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar

278. Selling 101: What Every Successful Sales Professional Needs to Know by Zig Ziglar

279. Better Than Good: Creating a Life You Can’t Wait to Live by Zig Ziglar


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