20 Recommended books on leadership and entrepreneurship…

When I started in the Entrepreneurship world back in 2002, I asked one of my former professors if he could take me under his wing and be a mentor.  He told me he was very busy and would get back to me.  I waited a long time with anticipation and to much disappointment never heard from him again.  I honestly was very hurt but knew I needed mentors.  I heard in the past (prior to 2002) that we always have great mentors through the knowledge written in books.  So I went to Barnes and Noble, walked to the business section, picked up a book, bought it, and started to read.  Since then I have become an avid reader and dedicate time every single day to read.  I don’t know how many books I have but it’s a lot and I always have 2-5 books on standby.  I spoke to young adults recently and one of the questions asked of me was “what books I would recommend.” This list below should be much longer but I needed to cut it off somewhere so I listed 20 books I would recommend.  This is NOT a top 20 list but a list of 20 books I greatly enjoyed.  If someone can get through this list it will undoubtedly open a can of worms and your own list will continue to grow…

  • How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnegie
  • The art of war – Sun Tzu
  • Emotional intelligence – Daniel Goleman
  • Think and grow rich – Napoleon Hill
  • The 7 habits of highly effective people – Stephen Covey
  • Good to Great – Jim Collins
  • Guerrilla marketing – Jay Levinson
  • Built to last – Jim Collins
  • Zero to one – Peter Thiel
  • The E Myth – Michael Gerber
  • Start with why – Simon Sinek
  • Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh
  • The art of start – Guy Kawasaki
  • The one thing – Gary Keller
  • Crushing it – Gary Vaynerchuk
  • The miracle morning – Hal Elrod
  • The 48 Laws of power – Robert Green
  • Emotional Intelligence – Travis Bradberry
  • The tipping point – Malcom Gladwell
  • The richest man in Babylon – George Clason

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