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The 7 best entrepreneurship books as recommended by top CEOs

When it comes to being an entrepreneur, there are so many different ways to learn about your chosen industry, business model, etc. One way is to read recommended books on how business operate, how to increase your business leads and sales and how others have done it before you. There are many great business books available to read but some of the best are those recommended by today’s top founders, innovators and CEOs themselves.

Here are the 7 best entrepreneurship books worth reading as recommended by today’s top entrepreneurs and CEOs.

… recommended by the likes of Kip Tindell, Peter Thiel, Sergey Brin, Elizabeth Holmes, Paul Jozefak, and John Scully.

#7.  Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia

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According to Kip Tindell, CEO of The Container Store, this great business book is highly recommended for every new business person and aspiring entrepreneur to read when starting a business. Tindell is actually close friends with Mackey, who is the co-author of this book and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. According to Tindell, both men believe in conscious capitalism. They say that when everyone wins, the business is most profitable and there should be no losses.

#6 Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World by Rene Girard

Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World - best entrepreneurship books

This book is highly recommended by the co-founder of Paypal, Peter Thiel. He first read this book when he was an undergraduate student at Stanford University. While he says the book is a bit intimidating to read, he says the book completely changed the way he looks at the world and his business.

#5. Surely You’re Joking by Richard P. Feynman

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This is the book that inspired Google co-founder Sergey Brin to mix technology with creativity. He actually has dedicated his entire career and business to mixing the two together because of this amazing book. The author of this book, Richard P. Feynman, who died in 1988, won a Nobel Prize in Physics for the work he did in quantum electrodynamics.

#4. Hustle: The Power to Charge your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum by Neil Patel

Hustle: The Power to Charge your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum - best entrepreneurship books

Being an underdog in the business world is never fun for anyone. However, Hustle helps you break out of being the underdog and fight back against those trying to take you down or hold you back. This book helps you outsmart the system and learn how to stand up for yourself. It also talks about working smarter, not harder, and how working harder doesn’t always give you the fulfillment you need in your business.

#3. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

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The founder and CEO of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, was inspired by this great business book according to Ken Auletta, who wrote the New York profile of Holmes. According to Holmes, this was one book she read over and over again before she even launched her business. This book is a collection of personal essays written by Marcus Aurelius who wrote about his experiences over the last hectic decade of the Roman Empire. The personal essays in this book talk about how to accept things out of your control and how to be a master over your emotions.

#2. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

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Paul Jozefak, the managing director at Liquid Labs GmbH and formerly the managing partner at Neuhaus Partners, says this this book proves great insight into how decisions are made. In the book, Gladwell writes about the science behind the act of decision-making and intuition which is a favorite and important topic among many business leaders in the business world.

#1. Zero to One by Peter Thiel

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This book comes highly recommended to business people everywhere by the former president of Pepsi and Apple’s ex-CEO, John Scully. The book focuses on two important factors in the businesses of today. One, how to harness the power of technology to start a business of the future and two, how to know what you are doing before diving right into your first startup.

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Written by Aj Agrawal

Aj is a regular writer for Forbes, Inc., Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Media (among others), as well as CEO and Chairman of Alumnify Inc. Proud alum from 500 Startups and The University of San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @ajalumnify

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