“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”

–Henry David Thoreau

Entrepreneurs and business leaders know that they need to be reading. And, yes, most of us probably should be reading more than we do. But here’s the question that we need to answer: What books to do we read?

Here are seven of the very best books on entrepreneurship that you should read,

1. Fred Factor – John C. Maxwell

In his powerful new book The Fred Factor, motivational speaker Mark Sanborn recounts the true story of Fred, the mail carrier who passionately loves his job and who genuinely cares about the people he serves. Because of that, he is constantly going the extra mile handling the mail – and sometimes watching over the houses – of the people on his route, treating everyone he meets as a friend. Where others might see delivering mail as monotonous drudgery, Fred sees an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those he serves.

2. The Go Giver – Bob Burg and John David Mann

The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman.

3. Trump: The Art of the Deal – Donald J. Trump and Tony Schwartz

Here is Trump in action—how he runs his business and how he runs his life—as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and changes the face of the New York City skyline. But even a maverick plays by rules, and Trump has formulated eleven guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest deals; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker’s art. And throughout, Trump talks—really talks—about how he does it.

4) Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich has been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.” It was the first book to boldly ask, “What makes a winner?” The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world’s winners himself. The most famous of all teachers of success spent “a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort” to produce the “Law of Success” philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one.

5) Keep Any Promise – Karim H. Ismail

Remember thinking?

  1. I just don’t want to face each day…
  2. There is something missing in my family relationships and I don’t know how to fix it…
  3. I just don’t make enough money and I don’t know what to do about it . . .
  4. I would like to leave a legacy …but how do I do it…I have never felt special . . .
  5. I just can’t keep a connection with God and I feel a bit lost

The answer to why your life is not working lies in how you define who…what…and why you are! So make the distinction who defines your life. You or the world around you! If you want the life you always knew you could have, then Keep Any Promise: a blueprint for designing your future is the path to recognizing the value of your life!  It is your roadmap to choice!

6) Radicals & Visionaries – Thaddeus Wawro

A provocative collection of in-depth profiles that take you beyond the media hype and corporate PR to reveal the true-life stories of the men and women whose vision, drive, desire and passion shaped the last 100 years.

7) The Four-Hour Work Week – Timothy Ferriss

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

Bonus – Three Kingdoms – Luo Guanzhong

The book captures the novel’s intimate and unsparing view of how power is wielded, how diplomacy is conducted, and how wars are planned and fought. As important for Chinese culture as the Homeric epics have been for the West, this Ming dynasty masterpiece continues to be widely influential in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam and remains a great work of world literature.

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Biplab Ghosh

Biplab lives his life around technology and is particularly keen to explore the intersection of technology and human behaviour. Always looking for new ideas, and ways that can make things simpler. He is a geek with the flair for travel and has great passion for music and theatres.

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