50 Global Entrepreneurs Recommend 50 Books That Forever Impacted Their Lives

50 Global Entrepreneurs Recommend 50 Books That Forever Impacted Their Lives
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From 2011 to 2013, I read 197 books, and I became more cultured, intelligent, informed and dare I say better looking. Books have the power to change lives. ( I feel like somebody needs to queue the Reading Rainbow theme song. “Take a look, it’s in a book, Reading Rainbow!”)

I’m pro entrepreneur in all I do. Let’s consider me the self-proclaimed "People’s Entrepreneur." My mission is to help other entrepreneurs realize their dreams and maximize their potential.

It’s the reason I created a Facebook group for a bunch of entrepreneurs to connect, share their wisdom, stories and ask questions. We have almost 4,000 entrepreneurs from about 20 countries. We all ask questions daily and learn from each other and get better at being entrepreneurs.

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One of the recent questions was, “Name one book that has had the greatest impact on your life.” This list contains 50 different books from 50 different entrepreneurs in the group from around the world:

1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill -- recommended by Sandile B. Magwaza

2. Start by Jon Acuff -- recommended by Kimberly Edwards LaComba

3. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries -- recommended by Matt Barber

4. Zero to One by Peter Thiel -- recommended by Franklin McCullough

5. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki -- recommended by Mannan Gupta

6. The 100 Dollar Start Up by Chris Guillebeau -- recommended by Nawaz Dangra

7. Produced by Faith by Devon Franklin -- recommended by Say Smith

8. The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind by Gustave LeBon -- recommended by Ingo Behle

9. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey -- recommended by Puna Snamandla Gumede

10. The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner -- recommended by Vrush SG

11. The Day That Turns Your Life Around by Jim Rohn -- recommended by Paul Kudzaishe Kuona

12. Miss Jessie’s: Creating a Business From Scratch Naturally by Miko Branch

13. Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing: What the Rich Invest In, That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not Do! by Robert Kiyosaki -- recommended by Bek Alcantara

14. The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason -- recommended by Mphezeni Thwala

15. The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss -- recommended by Roxana-Mark Stahl

16. Rework by David Heinemeier and Jason Fried -- recommended by Shan Ru Shaman

17. Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson -- recommended by Marci Pascua

18. Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk -- recommended by Alex Velev

19. Stay Hungry by Rashmi Bansal -- recommended by Shaukat Kotwal

20. The Startup of You by Reid Hoffman -- recommended by Bright Bruce

21. Good to Great by Jim Collins -- recommended by Adetona Abiodun Abdulquadri

22. Entrepreneur Revolution by Daniel Priestley -- recommended by Oliver Woodward

23. Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco -- recommended by Andrew Kingsley

24. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie -- recommended by Niall Kenny

25. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz -- recommended by Marisol Acevedo

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26. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley -- recommended by Mark Whelan

27. The Amazing Race to Entrepreneurial Freedom by Georgina Terry -- recommended by Dana Malkenhorst

28. The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg -- recommended by Oscar Niebla Fuentes

29. The E Myth by Michael E. Gerber -- recommended by Matthew Deem

30. Do You by Russell Simmons -- recommended by Shy Set Apart

31. The Alchemist by Paolo Cohelo -- recommended by Nick Taylor

32. The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill -- recommended by Yoshua Werts-Galloway

33. You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor -- recommended by Golden Gepp

34. The Art of War by Sun Tzu -- recommended by Terri Hayes Leary

35. What the Rich Know and Desperately Want to Keep Secret by Brian Sher -- recommended by Okoro Henry

36. Business at the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates -- recommended by Simphiwe Siflso Hlabisa

37. How to License Your Million Dollar Idea by Harvey Reese -- recommended by Shelly Kochevar

38. Start With Why by Simon Sinek -- recommended by Terry Tsang

39. Creativity, Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand In the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull -- recommended by Jessica Adams

40. Choose Yourself by James Altucher -- recommended by Tony Williams

41. The Opportunity Analysis Canvas by Dr. James V. Green --recommended by Jamilah Merrick

42. Do Cool Shit by Miki Agrawal -- recommended by Richard Kevin Nesbitt

43. Three Feet From Gold by Sharon Lechter and Craig Reid -- recommended by Ash Schmidt

44. The Obstacle is the Way - the Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph by Ryan Holiday -- recommended by Prabhjot Maan Puar

45. The Everything Store by Brad Stone -- recommended by Arne Giske

46. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham -- recommended by Nilo Frias

47. The One Thing by Gary Keller -- recommended by Caio Amaral

48. The Bible -- recommended S’phiwe Ngubane

49. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield -- recommended by Kelly Jacobson

50. Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill -- recommended by Kyle Scouten

I’d love to hear your recommendations. Tweet me or provide them in the comments section below.

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