Every entrepreneur should keep a reading list. Bill Gates swears by his and publishes it each year. Reading is the easiest way to gain knowledge only learned through years of real-life experience. Because the life of an entrepreneur is a crazy busy one, I’ve compiled the top seven books that every entrepreneur should move to the top of their reading list.

 

All In by Bill Green

Serial entrepreneur draws upon his over forty years of business experiences to share key insights that have helped him throughout his career. All In shows the value of committing 100% to any venture, and the level of dedication needed to become successful. Green provides the reader with practical tools necessary to launch their idea and improve their existing business.

 

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

One of Silicon Valley’s most respected entrepreneurs, Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on how to build and run a startup. He examines the problems that confront leaders every day and shares the insight he’s learned through his experience in developing, managing, buying and supervising technology companies. Endorsed by Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Peter Thiel, every entrepreneur needs to pick this book up immediately.

 

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

There’s a reason this book is beloved by successful men and women everywhere. The Obstacle is the Way draws on the Greek philosophy of enduring pain with perseverance and focusing on what you can control, and letting go of everything else. Ryan Holiday looks at successful figures from history and how they used stoicism to deal with tough situations.

 

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

The one thing separating you from great success is the ability to think really big. Think of great success, and that’s what you’ll receive. The Magic of Thinking Big offers useful methods for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life. The secret lies in learning the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you where you want to be.

 

Choose Yourself by James Altucher

The most important decision you can make in your life is to choose yourself. James Altucher teaches readers how to do just that in this book. In a time when all of the institutions that were once viewed as safe no longer is, Choose Yourself tackles topics like fear of rejection, failure and gratitude and calls attention to the necessity to overcome our shortcomings to reach the light at the end of the tunnel.

 

The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

Clayton Christensen shows readers how successful, outstanding companies can do everything right and still fail as other competitors take over the market. He introduces the idea of “disruptive innovation” that has changed how leaders around the world view innovation. He discovers that the same practices that drive a business to success can also be their downfall, making this book a must-read for any entrepreneur.

 

Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Why is it so hard to make changes that stick? The Heaths say the main obstacle is a conflict between the rational mind and the emotional mind. In their book, they show how ordinary people have achieved dramatic results by uniting these two sides. The two authors bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology and other fields to illustrate how we can effect transformative change.