6 Best Books for Entrepreneurs to Read in 2021

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If there is one thing this pandemic has given us it is time. However, having plenty of time means nothing unless there is not only something to do but something to look back on.For the up-and-coming entrepreneur, they need knowledge to formulate a plan to get their business ideas rolling. Why not sit down, read a few books, and gather ideas from the greats to use on your own terms?Since there are thousands of books out there, if not hundreds of thousands, we here have decided to give you the six best books for entrepreneurs to read in 2021.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones By James Clear

Before an entrepreneur gets caught up in the big picture, they need to make sure that every day is a day worth living. Atomic Habits offers a framework for that improvement. In perhaps one of the best self-help books out there, James Clear reveals how small changes can have a butterfly effect on our lives. For any entrepreneur looking to get out there, now is the time to form good habits, break bad ones, and master their mind so they can be ready for remarkable results when this pandemic ends.

How to Win Friends and Influence People By Dale Carnegie

During this time of crisis, it’s good to take a moment and give someone a helping hand, a kind smile, or even just to let someone know you’re thinking about them. In this classic book, Dale Carnegie teaches that these simple actions work beyond times of crisis.Many might be put off due to this book being eighty-five years old, but it remains one of Warren Buffet’s favorite books for a reason. It refocuses the entrepreneur’s personal compass and guides them on how to get connections and maintain them beyond 2021.

Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! By Tony Robbins

Holding nothing back, Tony Robbins does a deep dive into the philosophy behind success. After revealing the three steps to success, Robbins spends the rest of the book guiding the reader on how to improve their life dramatically. Instead of speaking at you, Robbins forces you to take a reality check, realize your flaws, and internalize his methods. Awaken the Giant Within will help any entrepreneur grow their business dramatically, even during times of crisis. It is a perfect book for 2021!

In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies By Thomas J. Peters

If there’s anything this year has proven, it’s that hard times can happen to anyone. However, it’s important to realize that there are hard times even when there is no pandemic. Thus, it’s important to remain vigilant even during the “good times.” Luckily, Thomas Peter’s book gives us insights into what habits entrepreneurs need to get into to avoid common pitfalls.

Based on a study of forty-three of America’s best-run companies from a diverse array of business sectors, In Search of Excellence gives us insights into eight basic principles of management that made these companies successful. During this stressful time, it’s important to read this book to find out what’s indicative of an organization’s long term success and health.

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Power has always been an integral part of our lives. Who has it and who it is being used on are some of the most important questions of our lives. In fact, in every conversation, there’s a power dynamic flowing. Who is talking? What is the listener doing? These are key traits of power. How to get power and how to use it are key factors in running a successful business. Like it or not, companies today are using their power in a variety of different ways: either to help others, to profit off them, or both. To learn more about power, The 48 Laws of Power distrills 3,000 years of history into 48 laws that can help us gain power over or prevent being manipulated by others. This should give any entrepreneur insight into how they are and how they can conduct themselves.

 Business Adventures by John Brooks

Here’s a pop quiz: What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster, the rapid rise of Xerox, and the scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common?

The answer is that all of these events proved to be moments where companies either thrived or died. Recommended not just by Warren Buffet, but Bill Gates as well, John Brooks pulls back the curtain to the inner workings, and lack thereof, of Wall Street. While a bit dated, Brooks leaves room for the reader to consider events, their connections, their parallels to today, the importance of character, and the question of morality in business. For the entrepreneur, it’s a moment to consider the facts before them and think about how they might react. Besides, no matter what the year, everyone needs a story with action, drama, and a touch of insanity. 

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