8 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2016

People who know me, know that I absolutely love non-fiction and self-improvement books. Normally I just order my books on Amazon but when I walk into a bookstore, I just get lost in the pages. I try to read as much as possible and enjoy books that add value to my business or private life.

The truth is that we lead busy lives and we don’t always have the time to sit down and pick up a book. If we just exchange a few hours in front of the TV for a few hours of reading, you will be surprised by the vast knowledge you will gain. The difference between ‘’you’’ now and the ‘’you’’ 20 years from now is the experience and knowledge you would have gained. I love the fact the books foster personal growth and every entrepreneur should read to expand their repertoire and knowledge.

Since we still have a long way to go before we reach the end of 2016, I’m sure you have a few books that you want to read; books that will add value to your business and life. I will give you some books that helped and encouraged me when I started a few of my businesses. Some of these books I have read several times and I’m sure you will find some genuine value by reading them. Here we go…

8 Books You Must Read in 2016


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


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

Dr. Stephen Covey (1932-2012) was and still remains a highly influential expert which is why I was truly enthralled with this book. Even though this book was a number one bestseller 25 years ago, it is still one of the best books that every entrepreneur should read.

The 7 habits he describes are a set of standards everyone should aspire to in order to live a purposeful life. Before I started my businesses, one question I would continually ask myself is, what is my purpose on earth. This book motivated me to seek and answer that question.

Even though this book is based on a management and leadership based ideology, you can even use these principles in your private life, such as parenting, relationships, and so forth.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie


How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This book became an instant hit when it was published in 1937 and still remains relevant today. I had social anxiety while growing up and felt extremely uncomfortable interacting with groups of people. I knew if I wanted to become an entrepreneur I would have to learn some social skills and the art of networking. I applied many of the ideas in this book and gradually started to see a shift in how I interacted with people.

I had a lot of anger issues growing up and one part of the book that really spoke to me was, ‘’If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive’’.

Basically, this means holding back and biting your tongue when faced with criticism. By doing this, you avoid conflict by adding unnecessary negativity to a conversation; negativity that can have a boomerang effect on you. This book is a wealth of information. Still one of my preferred books of all time.

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The $100 Startup by Chris Gillebeau


The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Quite a fascinating book. Chris has visited more than 170 countries and never actually had a ‘’real job’’. This book is about discovering what you are good at and turning your skills into money.

This book will introduce about 50 case studies of entrepreneurs who started their business for less than $100. You might be in college or unemployed and thinking of some tips and business suggestions, this book is for you then. If you only have a few bucks to spare, then you need to read some of these awe-inspiring case studies.

I started a successful business with less than $50 dollars per month, so I know it is possible. All you need is an idea and the determination to make it work. Here is where I gained my knowledge and started my online businesses.

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The Entrepreneur Mind


The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D. Johnson

I just love this book. Everything starts in your mind and this book helps to change your mindset. Kevin became a successful entrepreneur in his 30’s and in this book he gives you the strategies to become successful and stories from his personal experience that teaches you how to avoid certain pitfalls in the business world.

One thing that really changed my outlook was he made reference to ‘’A Bad Economy Is A Great Opportunity’’. When the economy hits a slump, you can use that to your advantage. Basically, work hard while there is a recession and be ready for the eventual growth. Determination will ensure that you are ready by the time the economy reaches its next growth period.

‘’Find an enemy’’ was an odd title for a chapter I thought until I delved further into the reason behind it. As soon as Kevin started his Atlanta magazine, he made sure he found an enemy. This mindset motivated Kevin and his team to produce content for the magazine that crushed the competition. So in each of my niche businesses I have chosen an ‘’enemy’’. Every time I feel unmotivated, I think of my competition and this helps me to propel my business and take it to the next level. So this book provides many lessons like these and it’s definitely worth reading.

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things


The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

Each entrepreneur will have experienced ‘’the struggle’’ as Ben puts it. That’s when your business is doing really bad. It’s your ability to preempt your next move that separates the winner from the loser.

He gives authority advice on areas that school just doesn’t teach you, like analyzing certain problems and finding answers to resolve those problems.

I really had a new perspective when reading this book – it gives you a CEO mentality. A perfect book for young entrepreneurs who need a mentor and the book isn’t censored, meaning you will receive the real truth about the business world.

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The Effective Executive


The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

Peter popularized conventional philosophies about management. For instance, how managers and employees should strive towards the same set of goals. I have worked in many businesses where the employees do all the work and the managers reap the benefits which use to irk me so much.

This book changed my perspective and helped me cultivate a mindset that enabled me to make better decisions.

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The 4-Hour Work Week


The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

Tim lays out a simple, yet brilliant plan, to turn your next big idea into a successful venture. You pick a niche that you are experienced in, research various positioning strategies and find out what your customers need assistance with; then develop a product or service that adds value to their lives. A great book that demonstrates shortcuts to achieve success in your business.

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Influence – The Psychology of Persuasion


Influence – The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

One of my preferred subjects at university was psychology which is why I was attracted to this book. Basically, this book shows us how much of our behavior as humans is automatic. As we drift through life we learn certain shortcuts in decision-making which we use to influence other people. An example of automatic behavior or a shortcut is that if something is very expensive, we automatically believe it to be of a high-quality.

This book provides 6 principles and all the way through the book I kept saying, ‘’I never thought of it that way’’. So this book definitely puts a new spin on things and broadens your level of thinking.  Through the various examples, I was able to identify and relate the examples to my situation.

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I have omitted so much more books I can recommend; I think I will have to write another post to include some more. The ones listed above are the books that really shaped and cultivated my mindset. They all available on Amazon and if you don’t like to read, then you can always choose the audible version when making a purchase.




Please comment below and add some more books to the reading list.


8 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2016


Enjoy, you have a lot of reading to do.



Jean Alfonso







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