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Top 10 Books For Entrepreneurs To Read In 2019

Okay, today let’s look at the top 10 books for entrepreneurs in 2019.

Like we have rightly heard from many honest, successful entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship is not an easy choice.

In fact, if you choose to become an entrepreneur because you want to run away from the lots of hour of work in a regular job, then entrepreneurship is the wrong way to go, cause you might just need to work double.

While entrepreneurship gives use a lot of freedom in various aspects, freedom from work is not one of them.

Also since most of us are the first in our immediate environment to decide to go down this road, we some times lack any immediate role models.

Someone whom you can learn from their mistakes and failures.

For the entrepreneurial road is filled with a lot of these.

In the top 10 books for entrepreneurs,  I will be recommending to you today, you will get the opportunity to learn from those who have walked the walk before you.

We will get the opportunity to learn tips and trick which will help us build a truly fulfilling life.

We will be able to build with the guidance from the recommended books, a well-balanced life.

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Top 10 Books For Entrepreneurs in 2019

1. The Alchemist

top 10 books for entrepreneurs
This book intentionally tops my list.

I have listened and relistened to this book, numerous times.

I decided to get this book when I heard Bigsean, a very successful hip-hop artist sing its praises.

Wait, no, I first heard Mic Posner, another successful musician, and poet, mentioned in an interview that this book was recommended to him by Big Sean and he really loved it.

Then I heard Big Sean talk about this book on the breakfast club.

Oh, no, before that I had read Mel Robbin’s book, the 5-second rule and this was one of the books she recommended.

And as the days go by, I hear so many people talking about the awesomeness that is this book

This book by Paulo Coelho talks about a boy who dreamed of his treasure and decided to travel miles to find this treasure.

He then got to his destination, after facing numerous trials and life-changing challenges on the road, only to realize that his treasure was back home.

In a place where he had spent numerous nights.

This book reminds us that all we need is right where we are now.

There is no need to wait to get more money, opportunities, etc.

Just start now, you have all you need.

2. The 4 hour work week

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This book was recommended to me by a successful Youtuber and author of  ‘Your one word’, Evan Carmichael.

This book is written by Tim Ferriss.

Who is a podcaster, an entrepreneur, early-stage tech startup investor, and author?

In this book, Tim Ferris takes us through his journey of becoming an entrepreneur.

The challenges he faced in his first business ventures.

Challenges which led to so much stress and lots more work than he signed up for or wanted.

Then he decided to take a break, and see if the business could still strive with his absence.

And surprisingly it did.

In this book, he shows us how we could run a successful business and still have enough time and freedom to travel the world.

3. Thrive

top 10 books for entrepreneurs, thrive by arianna huffington
This book recommended by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook CFO and author of Lean In and Option B, is an incredible book for entrepreneurs.

Arianna Huffington, the founder of the Huffington post wrote this book in order to talk about some mistakes she made on her journey to success.

She talks about some of the things she wished she knew before she began.

She talks about mistakes she made which almost caused her life.

Then she goes on to tell us some of the things we can start putting in place now in order to live a healthy balanced life and still attain success.

Something which many believe is impossible, she shows us how.

“Mistakes are meant for learning not repeating.”

Jim Thomas

4. Follow Your Heart And Take Action

top 10 books for entrepreneurs , follow your heart and take action, Tim Han
I came across this book when I began digging into the life of a man who really inspired me to take action towards my dreams.

His regular videos on youtube are all focused on inspiring us to work hard to achieve our best lives.

I recently shared many details of his journey to success, all the mistakes he made along the way and what changed him for the better

This book by Tim Han, tells us the steps he used to transform his life from a drug addicted, toilet cleaner to a highly successful entrepreneur and life coach.

5. The 5 – Second Rule

top 10 books for entrepreneur, the 5 second rule , mel robbins
This was one of the first self-development books I fell in love with.

One of the first books which inspired me to wake up, even when I didn’t feel like.

One of the first books which inspired me to get rid of the excuses.

This book by Mel Robbins tells us about her story.

How she felt so bad about her present situation.

How she spent most of her days, suckling and hating her life.

Then on one morning after watching a rocket take off.

She decided to follow the steps of the rocket and get out of bed within the first 5 seconds of waking before her brain kicked in with so many excuses not to.

She also shares stories of people all over the world who have used the 5- second rule to start up new business and work on new ideas.

They were able to use this rule to fight back the excuses which told them not to and they found great success.

I was inspired to know more about Mel Robbins and this rule when I watched her viral TED talk.

6. The 7 Habits of highly effective people

top 10 books for entrepreneurs, the 7 habits of highly effective people
This book has been recommended by most successful entrepreneurs, I have come across.

This book was written by the late Stephen Covey.

He was an American educator, author, businessman and keynote speaker.

In this book the late Stephen Covey, shared 7 habits which all successful people have in common.

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind.
  • Put first things first.
  • Think win/win
  • Seek first to understand, then be understood.
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw.

He recounted stories of instances when these habits were applicable and how we can all start to make them part of us.

He even tells of instances when he or others failed to apply these habits and the negative impact it had on their lives.

7. Rich dad, poor dad

top 10 books for entrepreneur, rich dad, poor dad , robert kiyosaki
This was the first self – development book I ever read.

This book was recommended to me by my elder brother who had just finished the book and was so impressed by the potential of the book to change the way we think about making money.

In this book, Robert Kiyosaki, author, businessman shares some of the lessons he learned growing up from the two dad figures in his life.

One was a poor, civil servant, while the other dad was a businessman.

Growing up and spending time with both of these men, he got to see the differences in the mentality and the way of life which made one dad rich and the other poor.

8. The $100 startup

top 10 books for entrepreneurs, the $100 startup

This is a book which tells us so many stories of entrepreneurs who started their business with very little income.

This is a book for all of us who feel money is what is holding us back from taking action on that idea we have been having for years.

This book was written by Chris Guillebeau.

An American non-fiction author, blogger, and speaker.

He is best known for his blog, the art of non-conformity.

Chris Guillebeau did a great job finding a wide range of successful entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs with varying degrees of success and different fields.

This book will strengthen your belief that if they can, then you can.

All you need to do is follow the footsteps of the entrepreneurs cited and start with what you have.

9. The power of the subconscious mind

top 10 books for entrepreneur , the power of your subconscious mind
I seriously consider this book a blessing to me and my journey to success.

This was the book which introduced me to all we can accomplish with the help of our subconscious mind.

In this book, the late Joseph Murphy encourages us to be mindful of our thoughts.

It also highlights several ways in which we can change our mental reflex to positive thoughts.

He tells us the various steps we need to take to get what we desire.

While reminding us of the importance of eliminating limiting beliefs.

Then he concludes with a reminder not to give up on our dreams, no matter how long the realization of them takes.

The universe is always working to produce the best results for us.

Live life like everything is rick in your favor.


10. Mindset, the new psychology of success

top 10 books for entrepreneur, mindset, the new psychology of success
I began reading this book a week ago and I can’t stop talking about the importance of the development of the growth mindset since then.

This book was recommended to me by Tim Bilyeu.

The co-founder of quest nutrition, the second fastest growing private company in North America on the Inc 5000 for 2014.

He also has a youtube channel, Impact theory with over 900 thousand subscribers.

A channel where he interviews numerous successful people in various fields.

This book by Standford university psychologist, Dr. Carol S. Dweck, tell us to transform the way we look at failure and our present shortcomings.

She cites several people we consider to be highly successful, how they grew into the excellence we see today.

They were not born with those incredible abilities, they worked, failed, worked until they attained the degree of excellence we all see today.

She also shows us real-life examples of how having a growth mindset  transformed people’s character for the better.

This is an absolute must read for every entrepreneur.

Bonus Book

Girl Wash Your Face By Rachel Hollis

top 10 books for entrepreneurs, girl wash your face
Rachel Hollis is a very successful blogger, entrepreneur, and author.

In this book, she tells us about her journey to success.

The good, the bad, the ugly, she tells it all.

I have never read a book, so fearlessly honest.

She makes us know we are not alone on our journey and our flaws.

Her honesty tells us that, contrary to popular belief, successful people are not perfect people.

So don’t think you don’t deserve success because of the flaws you have.

All you need do is have the will and desire to work on them.

If you are going through a tough time in any area of your life, romantic, financially, mentally, this is a book for you.

Self- development is the key to success

I hope this list of top 10 books for entrepreneurs helps you become the best version of yourself.

And inspires your entreprenueral journey.

Trust me

  • The Alchemist
  • The 4 hour work week
  • Strive
  • Follow your heart and take action
  • The 5- second rule
  • The 7 habits of highly effective people
  • Rich dad, poor dad
  • The $100 startup
  • The power of the subconscious mind
  • Mindset, the new psychology for success
  • Girl wash your face

Are all books which will help you create a mindset which helps you attain your entrepreneurial goals and at the same time create the freedom you want.

This books will guide you to build a well-balanced life.

I took part in a self-development bloggers roundtable and we came up with an article for the top 100 books for self-development.


I will really encourage to get a copy, start with one and work your way up to the rest.

Also, remember to put into action what you read.

Cause action is what really creates the change.

I will like to know what was the most impactful book you have ever read?

As usual, my friends go be legendary. 


  • ajibola40

    Nice review there on top 10 books for entrepreneur to read. You really do well by selecting all this book from successful entrepreneur. Going through all the books you review they are good books for a young entrepreneurs that is starting up need to have in his book collection at home.out of all the books there is one I will like to have which is The Alchemist

  • Topazdude

    Wow! Interesting review article life transforming books. Thank you for the of finding this wonderful for sharing. Being an Entrepreneur, am guilty of not reading most of the book listed yet. Although I have been privileged to go read 3 that list which really transformed my thinking faculty and insights as an entrepreneur. They includes The $100 startup, Rich dad, poor dad & the 7 Habits of highly effective people. I can categorically recommended all these books as a life transforming one for any of the entrepreneurs out there, as I try to complete the reading of the rest. Thanks.

    • Etah

      I am glad you found some value here.
      These books have really been life changing to me and I feel so blessed to have read them.
      Must read for all entrepreneurs , it truly is.

  • Olanike

    Wow ! Etah you have done a good job here. These books on entrepreneur are about the   best you can find in the bookstore. I am lucky to have read “Follow Your Heart And Take Action” a book by Tim Han who seems to have lost it all, only to rejuvenate and become one of the bestselling marketer on the internet. 

    I will like to recommend this book to anyone who feels its not possible to rise from grass and wasted years into grace in a short period of time.

    • Etah

      I am glad you found some value here, Olanike.
      Tim Han Is truly an inspiration and I like how he uses the lessons he had learned on his journey to motivated others to reach greater heights.
      Best regards to you.

  • Daniel

    Hi Etah, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I have never read any of these books but I will definitely get The 4 hour work week as from what I see it is great for those who are new to online business. Price is really affordable so it is worth the try.

  • Adamu2

    Hello, Thanks for such a brilliant post, this is clearly a motivational post and I really commend you for highlighting different books to help as an entrepreneur.I have once read rich dad poor dad, the book replay helps my thinking and it also helps me in searching for genuine information. I would love to take a bold step in reading the rest of 9 books. Thanks for the words of knowledge. Regards 

  • Kenechi

    Nice one and I love reading books like these ones. They inspire and motivate me so much and I will love to read them and I may have to start with the book titled follow your heart. However, the most impactful book I have ever read is the book titled Goals by Brain Tracy. This book could make you achieve your goals faster than you ever thought possible. It has made me to be super conscious of my goals and I work on my plans everyday to ensure my dreams becomes a reality. 

    • Etah

      I am glad you found some value here, Kenechi.
      Thanks for the recommendation.
      I will definitely be checking it out
      Best regards to you

  • Michelle

    The 5th – Second Rule is a beautiful book that I have been chanced to read. This book is amazing. I’m not getting motivated by many issues, but we’re all getting comfortable in our own ways. I’m so motivated and it’s incredible how the simple act of counting down from 5 makes my body feel MOVED. I’ve been blown away!

  • Achievers

    It is really awesome to know and read about successful entrepreneurs of present and of old times. Your time and effort to carefully select these books of great entrepreneurs is really appreciated. These books are very important to be read by young entrepreneurs who have the dreams of being successful as an entrepreneur. I have read one of the books above, the rich dad and poor dad and this has really helped in changing my cognitive processes in being successful in life. The other books in your article will also add to my knowledge. Thanks for sharing this informative article. You did a great job. 

  • Dapoach

    I am really glad that you are very enthusiastic about sharing your thoughts, experiences, and multiple sources of knowledge with the world. Your article on “Top 10 Books For Entrepreneurs To Read In 2019” is really motivating.The four hour work week title really got my attention as it would seem to be very impactful. I am an Entrepreneur and i must confess that initially i thought i would work less than i was working while doing a regular 8am to 6pm job, but the reverse is the case as i work harder now. The only advantage for me is the flexibility as i can choose any best convenient time for me to work and i am not subject to any boss any longer. Thanks so much for this eye-opening article.

    • Etah

      Yeah, entrepreneurship definitely has it’s good and bad.
      We need to find ways to make it better and the 4 hour work week is a read for that purpose.
      I am glad you found some value here,
      Best regards to you.

  • Charlene

    Thank-you Etah!

    The list provided seems interesting. I have read “The 7 habits of highly effective people” a few years ago, and till this day I am inspired with Stephen’s concept of “win-win.” Which one was yours? 

    I feel “The 4-hour Work Week” sparks my interests the most, as I have been pondering how to improve my work-efficiency lately and this recommendation seems promising.

    • Etah

      I am glad you found some value here, Charlene.
      The 7 habits of highly effective people, is definitely a good read.
      The 4 hour work week, is important for every entrepreneur.
      Best regards to you.

  • Seyi

    Firstly I would like to commend you for putting together this great collection of must-have books for entrepreneurs. I would like to State here that I have read one or 2 from your list here and they are definitely amazing books Worth reading over and over again. Books like Rich Dad Poor Dad, The power of your subconscious Mind and 7 Habit of highly Effective people. I would love to get more from this list, like the 5-second rule and the Alchemist. Thanks

  • Barrywesley

    I will commend you for your work, you writings are always inspiring. Talking about these top ten books, they actually inspires you can’t read them and remain the same. Because some, reveals their past mistakes, and when This knowledge is known, it will reduce mistakes. Also talking about the benefits in entrepreneur, is just been your own boss, but you just have to be hard working to really be the boss 

  • Alblue

    Oh thank you so much for recommending this books! I already checked 7 habits of highly effective people and rich dad poor dad, so I’m glad that the other books I haven’t heard about. I’m already fall with ‘Follow Your Heart and Take Action’ because it resonates already with my principle. Is it available in digital version? Thank you so much

  • Toriola Aanu

    Entrepreneurship is the way to go because of the bumper it offers. For anyone who chooses to be financially free, it is a thought that must not only be nursed but also be nurtured into reality. A good news is the technological sophistication of the 21st century. Yet, still evolving. Entrepreneurs are the movers and shakers of every economy of any nation. From various books, not excluding those shared on this site, it must be well understood that to be a successful entrepreneur, there are prices to pay. It does not come cheaply. In all, one thing is key, for whomever that would be willing to pay the price, success is assured.

    • Etah

      Yeah, entrepreneurship is definitely the way to go and books are the guide to succeed.
      I am glad you found some value here.

  • Henry

    Hi Etah! I have already become a regular visitor to your site. Thank’s for constantly uploading great content.

    I’m surprised that from this list of 10 I have already heard about 5 of them. As you have mentioned concerning The Alchemist, it’s not after one has heard others recommend a book over and over again, that one begins to read it.

    You made me remember my years at college, where a good teacher recommended  The 7 Habits of highly effective people. I think I’ll start by this one.  

  • Etah

    Great decision to read 7 habits of highly effective people.
    You will be glad you did.
    Best regards to you and thanks for the regular visits to my site

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