Best Entrepreneur Books That You Never Expected

Published by Mike Michalowicz (Google+)

There is a major problem with lists of great business books, chances are you have read 90% of them already.  Here is a new, better list of 66 books that will rock your entrepreneurial mind.  Instead of the standard fair, the TPE community compiled this list of unexpected gems.  Check 'em out and read as many as you can!

1. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur!

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Don't let the title turn you off.  I didn't read this book for over a year, since it sounded so gimmicky.  Don't make the same mistake I did.  This book goes everywhere with me now.  It is the entrepreneur's bible.  Enjoy! Thanks To: Weston Lyon of Weston Lyon's Secret Society

2. Yes, You Can! by Sam Deep

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book is a great motivational tool that supports the old cliche of "positive thinking" – but makes you realize that "positive thinking" is really only half the battle. The book also helps with your plan of action and making better decisions – regardless of the need and what's happening in your life. Thanks To: Inna Shamis of AvantGarde Communications Group

3. The Winning Spirit by Lisa Wicker

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book is more than a recipe for success in corporate America. Ms. Wicker's tips are effective for building successful customer and vendor relationships as well. This is more than a feel good book. It's a blueprint for entrepreneurs positioning themselves to win in life and business. Thanks To: Charlene McNary of McNary & Associates

4. Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Such a great book! Always a great reminder for those of us entrepreneurs who need to stay positive & focused! Thanks To: Precious Knudsen of Precious Knudsen

5. A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book gives you a tangible hold on the future. New-preneur: It will help you pick your business. In-gearPreneur: It will help you catapult your business to 2015. We now live in the reinvention age! Thanks To: Kate Nasser of The People-Skills Coach

6. How to Own the World by Stephen K Hayes

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book offers habits and point-of-view (POV) adjustments everyone should make to change the way they view the world. Absolutely critical for creating success! Thanks To: Mary Casey of Boulder Quest Center for Empowerment

7. Click by George C Fraser

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Click: Ten Truths for Building Extraordinary Relationships by Geroge C Fraser takes networking to the next level. Is your networking stuck, do you have a pile of business cards and now wondering what to do, have you started shunning professional gatherings because it's more of the same old stuff? Then you need to read this book. It shifts your mindset from networking to building "clicks", truly connecting with others for long term success. Thanks To: Charlene McNary of McNary & Associates

8. Critical Thinking by R. Buckminster Fuller

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: It helps you remember things as not good or bad, as both are needed to balance the universe. Thanks To: Dr Letitia Wright of Wright Place TV Show

9. Impro by Keith Johnstone

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurialism is inherently about blazing new trails and facing the unexpected — much like an improv show. Johnstone at one point says that an actor cannot be fully safe on stage unless they are aware of and comfortable with all of their flaws; that's fantastic advice for an entrepreneur, too. This book is a primer for improvisational actors that I picked up by chance before doing some business consulting for a theater group, yet it's one of the most relevant books I've ever read. Thanks To: Marina Martin of Type-As, Inc. Efficiency Consulting

10. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Howard Roark has an uncompromising vision and will not yield in his convictions. He inspired me to stick with mine in the face of much criticisms and doom and gloom Thanks To: Tim Callcott of Icon Business Solutions

11. Stirring It Up by Gary Hirshberg

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: In this book, the Stonyfield Farm CEO explains how innovative companies have found many different ways to "go green" and still be profitable. A must-read! Thanks To: Dawn Morris of Moms Inspire Learning blog

12. The Discourses of Epictetus by Epictetus

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Epictetus of Phrygia was an ex-slave who became a famous philosophical teacher — more popular in his day than Plato. His 2000-year-old lessons ("The Discourses") are as timely and relevant today as they were during the Roman Empire. Epictetus demonstrates how to minimize suffering by distinguishing the things you can't control from those you can. The discipline and self-care required to achieve a serene state of mind in the midst of economic and political turmoil will serve you well in today's troubled times! Thanks To: Adrian McIntyre of Anthropology of the Contemporary Research Collaboratory (ARC)

13. The Brand YU Life by Hajj E Flemings

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book is right on target for building your brand. Entrepreneurs, particularly those just starting out, let us not forget that our brand must be consistent, credible and most importantly is always being watched. Create your signature and move your business to the next level. Thanks To: Charlene McNary of McNary & Associates

14. The Sedona Method by Hale Dwoskin

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Although this is not specifically a "business" book, if you read this book with an open mind and follow the techniques outlined, you will surely see a change in not only your behavior, but your business! Thanks To: Carrie Bell of Madcapz

15. Ants at Work by Deborah Gordon

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Ants manage to have very productive colonies without having any CEO's, managers or supervisors. Deborah Gordon has spent the time in the dirt watching and learning how they do it. We might not want to treat people like ants, but we can still learn plenty here. Thanks To: Frances Schagen of Business Owners Success Club

16. The Pawnshop Chronicles by Jack E Rossin

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: The messages are delivered through entertaining (and provocative) stories of the author's experience as a teenager working in the somewhat questionable environment of a pawnshop. The setting is a perfect microcosm of the somewhat questionable environment of an entrepreneur. Thanks To: Bill Chuck of B. Czar Productions, Inc.

17. The Bible,The Koran & The Talmud

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: You have to have a moral compass when forming a business. It's as important as technical, or sales, or brand-building skills. It's not about religion, it's about having a good rudder. Thanks To: Jules Pieri of Daily Grommet

18. It's Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: At 127 pages, including some with very few words, the book is a quick, entertaining read. Though geared towards the ad business, specifically to Art Directors, Paul Arden's witty writing style sheds insight on how to think creatively regardless of your industry. Thanks To: Tommy Spero of SOUL

19. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: His advice to never take anything personally is wonderful in both personal and professional application. When I speak to audiences about living well in spite of chronic illness, I'm open to feedback and constructive criticism because it teaches me how to help more people – and I don't take criticism as a personal affront. I recommend this book as a quick life-changing read! Thanks To: Jenni Prokopy of

20. One Small Step Can Change Your Life by Robert Maurer

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer helps entrepreneurs when they're stuck or need motivation by encouraging small steps. It's OK not to start big! For example, instead of shooting for writing an entire business plan (even better: prosperity plan) shoot for 100 to 200 words. That scare you? Then go for 50 to 100 words Thanks To: Meryl Evans of

21. The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Great lessons here about creativity, expression, living life to the fullest, and simply "going for it". It's inspiring, funny, spiritual, and memorable. Recommended highly for musical and other creative entrepreneurs and anyone who just wants to read an enjoyable book. Thanks To: Leanne Regalla of Amazing Cool Music Place

22. The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: It won the booker prize – so its a good book. From an entrepreneurs' point of view, the drive to succeed at all costs irrespective of where you roots lie is an important one. it encapsulates the will to overcome all problems to achieve your goal. Thanks To: Kabir Luthra of K-Pro

23. WorkLaughs by Allen Klein

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Never leave home without it…your sense of humor, that it. This book, subtitled Quips, Quotes, and Anecdotes about Making a Buck, will provide you with lots of funny stuff for your newsletters, your emails, or your own sanity. Thanks To: Allen Klein of Award-Winning Presentations

24. The SPEED of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Trust is the one thing that changes everything. Not only in the business world but personal as well. Thanks To: Angela Moffatt of D&D Office Plus

25. Leaving Microsoft To Change The World by John Wood

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book chronicles how the charismatic founder of Room To Read left a cushy job to set up schools and libraries in developing countries. His approach combines the management style of General Electric’s ex-head honcho, Jack Welch with the compassion of Mother Theresa. Thanks To: Pearlin Siow of Asia's Dragons

26. The Saint, The Surfer, and The CEO by Robin Sharma

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Read this book to discover how to be true to yourself, how to "see" more clearly and how to find your own values, in business and in life. Thanks To: Steve Winston of WINSTON COMMUNICATIONS

27. A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Written by an architect, for architects, this is on the surface a book about the best way to design buildings and communities. What it *really* is about is how to see patterns in everyday life, and as such, has a unique viewpoint that is highly 'transferable' to business. I've found it invaluable in helping me see the patterns in my 42 startups. Thanks To: Les McKeown of Predictable Success

28. Inner Game of Management by Flamholtz

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book is comparable to an extended version of TPE. I suggest reading it after reading TPE to get details on behavior that may trip up entrepreneurs. Great for control freaks & people who manage by abdication. Identify & modify behavior with this gem. Thanks To: Julie Fogg of Active Port

29. Selling with Emotional Intelligence by Mitch Anthony

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurs are passionate about their idea, product, business – which is what makes them successful. That same passion also makes it difficult to separate from the emotional roller coaster that comes from the setbacks, fantastic turns of event, losses, and wins along the way. Although 242 pages of small type, it is broken down into sections that are always around 10-15 pages. It moves you from ideas to action with sections like “The Viral spiral of Emotion”, “Redefining Optimism” and The Power of Curiosity – Overcoming the Narcissistic Urge”. Thanks To: Lynn Hidy of

30. Wacky Days! by Tom Peric

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Tom goes step by step into the secrets of attracting media attention to your business and it doesn't cost a dime. Most new entrepreneur's have great ideas and have a hard time getting their message out. This is the right book. Thanks To: Frank Hurtte of River Heights Consulting

31. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Regardless of religious preferences, there are aspects of this book that really help people put their goals into perspective. Thanks To: Shannan Hearne of Success Promotions

32. Mozart's Brain and The Fighter Pilot by Richard Restak

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book is great for entrepreneurs because it's about keeping your brain fit, sharp, and maximizing its potential. It was recommended to me by another entrepreneur and I loved it. Thanks To: Sheryl Woodhouse-Keese of Twisted Limb Paperworks

33. The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book focuses on identity, integrity, possibility, and synchronicity. Thanks To: Gwen Gardner of Little Chickie Wear

34. Thinking For A Change by John Maxwell

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: As an entrepreneur it is important to stay focused on your goals. Most important is a positive attitude. You do have control over your attitude and that will make a big difference in your success. Thanks To: Debra Freligh of DMF Media Services, L.L.C.

35. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: The Alchemist is a short and easy read. I think any entrepreneur who has any doubt about their vision and their passion should add it to their reading list. Thanks To: Andy Hayes of Sharing Experiences

36. The Innovator's Solution by Clay Christensen

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Christensen demonstrates and tests how new innovations and businesses can become successful, in the shadow of much larger competitors. Thanks To: Ben Baldwin of ClearFit

37. The Ice Cream Maker by Subir Chowdhury

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book provides a strong foundation to entrepreneurs for developing business concepts through total development and beyond. The title does not make one immediately think of a business book. Written to inspire people to rethink what quality is all about, it helps you in truly understanding who your ‘customer’ is, what they want, what they need, and how to provide exceptional services. A strategy called ‘LEO’ puts everything into easy perspective so you can successfully execute activities. The book has been utilized by organizations to change work cultures, by a rehabilitation authority to change youthful offender behaviors, by industries to improve products & processes, and was distributed to every member of the U.S. Congress. Try 'LEO', it works. Thanks To: Robert MacLeod of ASI Consulting Group, LLC

38. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Tells of Frankl's experience in a concentration camp and teaches that those can visualize a better future endure struggle better. Loved the part about two races; decent & indecent people. Thanks To: Linda Caroll of TheWholeEGrail

39. Millionaire in the Mirror by Gene Bedell

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book provides new perspectives on the definition of entrepreneurship. He describes how VC back entrepreneurs are really just another form of the employed. Granted, the stock incentives are good, but they are still employees. Given that, he makes the case that corporate employees and VC backed entrepreneurs are really the same thing. He indicates that the true entrepreneur is someone that works for himself and bootstraps his way with his own funds. Thanks To: Jeff Grill of

40. Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Originally written for writers, Bird By Bird's message crosses all genres and aspects of life and that message is: Take one thing on at a time, do you best at it AND try to have a sense of humor and self awareness in process. All key aspects of being a successful, sane entrepreneur, at least for me. Thanks To: Kirsten Mahoney of Insight Out Life Coaching

41. Shotgun Shopping by Sheevaun OConnor Moran

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Although it was written for a specific intention, ie to help people get what they want no matter what the circumstances or finances, I've recommended it to many of my client's. They have found that it really gets them clear on what, where, when and how much and actually cuts unnecessary time and increases cash flow for their start-ups to mid-size businesses. I don't believe the author intended the book to be about making a business successful, although that seems to be her area of expertise, as it really does apply to everything in life. Thanks To: Delaney Duke of Amazing Successes Today and Tomorrow

42. Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book gave me the courage to launch my own public relations and photography business. That was in 1998, and I’ve never looked back! One of the exercises I recall was figuring out what was the least amount of money I had to make to stay afloat. Once I calculated that, I told myself — "Well, I can surely do THAT!" — and went on to actually make more money in my first year of business than I had earned annually in the job I had been in for seven years. Thanks To: Doreen Poreba of The PR Czar® Inc.

43. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: I read this book when I was going through some tough times as an entrepreneur, and immediately felt as though I had found a kindred spirit in the character of the "old man" in the book. His struggles, determination, patience, and desire to achieve something great only to have it all end in an experience that's difficult to quantify as being success or failure have a lot of parallels to my own experience. The book helped me keep pressing forward at a moment when it would have been easy to quit. Thanks To: Joshua Steimle of MWI – Utah SEO

44. Don't Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: "Don't Shoot the Dog" by Karen Pryor isn't about entrepreneurship and it isn't really about dogs either, even though its on the required reading list for almost every dog training school. It's about teaching, training and using positive reinforcement to help improve your own behavior and the behavior of others. Any entrepreneur should find this book very useful, especially in regards to effective customer service. Thanks To: Eric Goebelbecker of Dog Spelled Forward

45. How to Make Luck by Marc Myers

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: I've always been fairly "lucky" but had not been feeling (or experiencing) it lately. This book helped explain what I had been doing differently these days and get me back on track! A very logical, intelligent look at how our behavior/actions/re-actions can affect our success in life. Thanks To: Jill Cooper of

46. The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: You’ll laugh… since these are written for 8 year olds, but whether you read them yourself or read them to your kids, they’ll spawn entrepreneur thoughts. Easy and powerful entrepreneurial lessons. Thanks To: Chris Bean of Private Advisory Group

47. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Zorba is the model of the serial entrepreneur. He faces every project with passion, every obstacle with courage and every disaster with a sense of humor. Zorba helps us return to the fundamental principle that success is what you make of it for yourself; not what other people tell you it should be! Thanks To: Jim Bouchard of DCPP LLC

48. The Tao Of Pooh And Te Of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This entertaining and insightful book uses Winnie the Pooh and friends to illustrate the ancient teachings of Taoism. Imagine this: If Winnie the Pooh demonstrates the simple pleasures of living in harmony with his inner self, Eeyore represents the eternal pessimist. And Piglet demonstrates the power of Small. Piglet may be prone to hesitation in the face of his hopes and fears, but he has the ability to change and grow to become more than he was in the first place. So while there are clear disadvantages of being small, the enlightening transformation of Piglet, who may seem insignificant at times, demonstrates how embracing the power of Small can make it possible to accomplish great things. Thanks To: Emilia Doerr of Web Marketing Therapy

49. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Alice in Wonderland is filled with "believability" tips for TPE's. One example is a conversation between Alice and The Queen. Alice declares she can't believe in impossible things and the Queen, shocked, replies that she believes at least five impossible things before breakfast. The Queen lives in a much, much bigger world filled with possibilities doesn't she. "Belief is the bridge between dreams and dreams come true." ~ Gina Bell Thanks To: Gina Bell of Networking Masters International

50. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Read the book and implement Charlotte's way of thinking. Not everything is as it seems. There are various ways to tackle a problem, using creativity will allow you to see alternate ways of problem solving. Thanks To: Ariane Griffiths of Foundation Studio Marketing & Promotions

51. The Silva Mind Control Method by Jose Silva

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book is based on a simple philosophy that you become what you think you are. If you you think that you will be successful and keep your image positive, you will be that successful positive individual in the real world. Silva tells in this book, how to tap into your "alpha level" (a semi-conscious dream state), create a positive self-image, and turn it into reality. Thanks To: LaNorma Huggins-Hopes of Signature Designs by LaNorma, LLC

52. Power vs Force by David R. Hawkins

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Great book that describes the energetic relationship between what you want and what exists. Not for the feint hearted! Thanks To: Lou Ledesma of Keep It Simple LLC

53. Quantum Leap Thinking by James Mapes

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book is a guide inside all of our minds and to take our venture to the next level. Thanks To: Craig Collins of Nexlevel Sports & Weight Management

54. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: We're seeing far too many people constantly pushing info about their products and services, and buy, buy, buy! If they took a few minutes to reread this book and be reminded that one sided relationships never turn out pretty I'm sure they'd rethink their tactics – no one really wants to do to someone else what that *brat* did to that poor tree… and for that matter, the rest of us don't want to end up without any limbs and someone sitting on us! Thanks To: Hazel Grace Dircksen of Socialbees

55. Power For Living by Jamie Buckingham

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Great motivational book,about living well. Thanks To: Scott Johnson of SE.Johnson Painting

56. The Wizard of Ads by Roy Williams

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book is about advertising and much, much more. It has very inspirational advice and explores why people do the things they do; namely, what causes them to buy your product or service (or not). Armed with this knowledge, you can affect their purchasing behavior. Thanks To: Chris M of Specialty Group, Inc.

57. The Power of Now by Eckhardt Tolle

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: The most powerful place you can come from as an entrepreneur is when your goals, thoughts, emotions and actions are all working together. Listening to Eckhardt Tolle's The Power of Now on CD, even just 10 minutes a day, is the best way I know to zap you into that power state, remind you of what's truly important, and allow you to take your best actions from there. Thanks To: Rory Cohen of Take 10 Now

58. You Can't Send A Duck To Eagle School by Mac Anderson

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: One of the best compendiums of entrepreneurial "tips" I have found. Thanks To: Alan Shafer of Smartfish Technologies

59. Ripples from the Zambezi

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book is unconventional. Obviously, if it includes hippos…But it is about nurturing what we've got, and is very inspirational and handy. Thanks To: Kristin Roberts of JUNCK

60. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: It's all about going the extra mile by implementing tiny actions each day. A penny doesn't sound like a lot but if you were to implement a penny's worth in everything you do you will increase your chances for success by at least 300%. Thanks To: Ungenita Prevost of Ungenita Beauty

61. The Psychology Influence Of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This is a must read on how to influence humans to buy what your selling. Simple and easy to understand. Thanks To: Herb Palmer Jr of Lobster loves Chicken LLC

62. Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book might sound like something only a religious zealot may read, however don't let the title fool you. This fascinating book motivated me (a border line atheist) to take action unlike any book I've read. It speaks to the thought-spoken word-action connection and how we create our own realities. A fascinating and motivating read. Thanks To: George Louris of GetFit Inc.

63. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: A book that looks at the power that lies within us all. Each page is filled with words of wisdom and appeals to the imagination of any entrepreneur. If you want to find joy and help others do the same this is a great read. Thanks To: Katrina Glen of Dare To Be

64. Never Give Up by Joyce Meyers

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Why this book? As a entrepreneur you must always hustle and strive to gain new clients. Never Give Up on your dream or goal. If God is for me, who can be against me. Thanks To: Valerie Mason-Robinson of Eden Organix, An Eco-Conscious Beauty Company & Spa

65. Employee to Entrepreneur by Suzanne Mulvehill

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: This book takes a look at the most important component of a successful business – you! She really gets down to the nitty gritty of how your thinking shapes your success that doesn't get mired down in the proverbial "Law of Attraction" platitudes. This is a must read book, especially in this economic climate with many corporate professionals transitioning into starting their own business. Thanks To: Paula Quick of Quick Works Wellness

66. Rubies in the Orchard by Lunda Resnick

Why This Read Is Ideal For Entrepreneurs: Insightful marketing tips that start up businesses need to know. Resnick's encouragement for persons to 'think inside of the box' is a winner! The book's title is an analogy for looking within for opportunities (gems) or pinpointing intrinsic value of a product even it means going against the 'grain' which by the way is also underscored in The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. With three sheets of prized, toilet paper + rubies what business can go wrong? Thanks To: Gale Peart of

Compiled by Mike Michalowicz, Author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

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  • Sam

    Thanks for sharing this list!
    A link to the amazon page for each of the book mentioned would be great to save some time.

  • Andrea

    Great list Mike,
    Definately going on the TSE Read’s list! Oh The Places You’ll Go and The Giving Tree are my favs. ;) Thanks.

  • Ariane @

    Awesome list Mike! Thanks for including me!

  • Mike Michalowicz

    @Sam – THANKS for the idea! I have linked all the books (except two that I couldn’t find).

  • Ruth

    So many of my favorite books are on this list, and many more that I know will become favorites. Thanks for posting this!

  • Mike Michalowicz

    @Everyone – Does anyone have a link for #34 ?

    - Mike

  • Alison


    Fantastic list. Very original.

    I would love to suggest another: “Every Word Has Power,” by Yvonne Oswald.

    Why this read is ideal for entrepreneurs: Yvonne teaches us how to create success in our business simply by changing the words we speak. As entrepreneurs what we communicate to ourselves is probably more important than anything else we do. Yvonne’s work is basic yet very profound.

    Go to if you are interested in participating in a FREE teleseminar with Yvonne on May 26th at 7pm EST.

  • Gina

    Love it Mike!

    Wow! So many great recommendations here. I wish I would have thought to share The Giving Tree he he… ANYTHING by Shel Silverstein is fascinating and guaranteed to stretch the imagination. Take care,


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  • Dawn@Moms Inspire Learning

    Thank you for including Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World, by Gary Hirshberg!

    I love that there are children’s books listed as well. Picture books really do apply to people of every age. Many of them have a beautiful way of helping people to see the “big picture.”

    I love your blog, and really appreciate this fantastic list! I plan on reading many of these books this summer.

  • Hazel Grace

    Excellent post! I’m sharing this with all the entrepreneurs I know because we all need more great biz reads… I especially like #54 ;D

  • aimee

    Great list! One note, Number 31 is written by Rick Warren, not Warren Robert.

  • Julie Fogg

    I love that there are kid’s books and books that seem like they aren’t related to business. There are lessons everywhere if people are paying attention. :)

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  • Success Professor – Danny Gamache

    #31 and #34 have the incorrect author.

    #31 – The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren
    #34 – Thinking For A Change – John Maxwell

  • Mike Michalowicz

    @Success Professor – THANK YOU!!!! I made the corrections and set up the links.

    @Julie – Yep the kids books aren’t just for kids.

    @Aimee – Thanks for the correction.

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  • Jeff Carter

    Great list! I love finding little nuggets of wisdom in unexpected places.

    On that note, I’d add Crazy From the Heat by David Lee Roth. Seriously. Once you get past the stories of debauchery (and give him some leeway for embellishment), the entire book is basically a lesson in self-promotion, something we all, as entrepreneurs, must master. The book chronicles his childhood through the rise of Van Halen to become one of the biggest rock acts of all time.

    Diamond Dave worked hard to give his customers (fans) a great product, marketed the heck out of it, and backed it up with talent. Sound like a recipe for success to me!

  • Julie Fogg

    After reading what Jeff Carter said (comment #24) I felt the need to add this book: Coach Wooden’s Leadership Game Plan For Success. I’ll have to check out the David Lee Roth book. If it’s half as good as Wooden’s book, I’m sure it will be worth my most valuable resource: time.

    TPE guy reads a lot of awesome books and always shares the wealth. If people are committed to being an entrepreneur, his list of books is a map to the treasure for sure.


  • Desmond Pieri

    A number of the books on the list are one’s I’ve read and enjoyed and / or found useful. Based on your strong recommendation for The Key, I ordered it right away. I thought it sucked. And I thought it not at all appropriate for an entrepreneur. Basically The Key said, “Accept what you get in life, and be happy with it. Don’t strive for more.” Now reading the other book I bought, #7 on your list, Click. Now Click seems like a useful book. Thanks for the advice on that one.

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  • Caroline

    Excellent list. I feel like a fourth grader who was actually excited to her list of summer reading books!

    One of my favorites is “Four Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferriss. His kick-ass tone and “your-life-CAN-be-good-through-entrepreneurship” message really got me interested in entrepreneurship in the first place.

    Great post. Thank you!

  • Mike Michalowicz

    @Caroline – Thanks for the comment. Yes, Tim’s book is amazing!!!!

    - Mike

  • Botmaster

    great post . . . keep them comming

  • Mark Utah

    Such a great list I have read 5 of the first 20. The information and the motivation that these books have are perfect to keep you going.

  • Pambritton

    What a wonderful listing of entrepreneur books.  Really appreciate your efforts here!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the comment. Yes… some unexpected stuff here.

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