Best Books For Entrepreneurs 2017

Are you scouring the internet looking for the best entrepreneurial books of 2017? Below I’ve outlined what I feel are the top entrepreneur books that are must reads right now.

These aren’t books that are here to waste your time either. I’ve included books that have had a personal impact on myself as well as my business.

Persuasion

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert Cialdini

My favorite quote from the book:

The idea of potential loss plays a large role in human decision making. In fact, people seem to be more motivated by the thought of losing something than by the thought of gaining something of equal value. – Robert Cialdini

Pre-Susasion: Channeling Attention for Change – Robert Cialdini

My favorite quote from the book:

There’s a critical insight in all this for those of us who want to learn to be more influential. The best persuaders become the best through pre-suasion – the process of arranging for recipients to be receptive to a message before they encounter it. To persuade optimally, then, it’s necessary to pre-suade optimally. But how?

In part, the answer involves an essential but poorly appreciated tenet of all communication: what we present first changes the way people experience what we present to them next. – Robert Cialdini

You can’t try to learn persuasion without coming across Robert Cialdini. His two books on influence and persuasion have taken me to the next level without a doubt which is why they’re at the top of my list.

These two are without a doubt some of the two best books you can read. The author has taken a science based approach on the science of social psychology to amazing heights.

Not only does he give you the facts you need to know, but he presents his ideas in a way that you’ll remember and be able to implement immediately in your communication.

You can think of both of these books together like a masterclass of persuasion brilliance. He distills down why we as humans are influenced by the same things over and over.

You’ll start to notice these persuasion tactics everywhere once you’ve read these books.

Without spoiling any more, be sure to pick up these books on Amazon. You won’t regret it.

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions – Dan Ariely

My favorite quote from the book:

Tom had discovered a great law of human action, namely, that in order to make a man covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain. – Dan Ariely

In this book you’re going to discover how we as people are wired to make decisions that don’t always make sense or benefit us.

Not only is this book enjoyable to get through, but the experiments the author presents go into perfect detail without getting stale after a while.

Just like Cialdini’s books above, this is perfect to add to the collection as you’ll see how people make decisions, especially buying decisions, and how you can use that to your advantage.

Decision Making

Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition – Charlie Munger

My favorite quote from the book:

I never allow myself to hold an opinion on anything that I don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do. – Charlie Munger

Put simply, you can’t afford not to read this book. This book will influence the way you think for the better.

Not sure who Charlie Munger is? He’s Warren Buffett’s business partner and he’s one of the most brilliant people who’ve walked the planet.

This book will teach you how to look at problems differently and will give you the tools to work towards solutions.

No matter what field of work you’re in, you will benefit from one of the most influential and original thinkers of our time.

There is a speech at the University of South Carolina that you won’t want to miss. It’s been said that this speech alone has put Munger into the realm of a legend.

Be sure to grab this book now.

Productivity

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Tim Ferriss

My favorite quote from the book:

It isn’t enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box. – Tim Ferriss

The book sounds like a pipe dream and the likelihood of you being able to get to a 4 hour workweek is slim, but this book is a game changer.

The beauty of this book is that it opens your mind to many possibilities. It gives you ways of making your life easier and ultimately, happier.

This book will challenge you to re-evaluate how you’re spending your weekly hours and what systems and processes you can put into place to reduce your workload.

Not only is this a fast read, and even entertaining, it has actionable advice to reduce the clutter in your life giving you back more time.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg

My favorite quote from the book:

As people strengthened their willpower muscles in one part of their lives—in the gym, or a money management program—that strength spilled over into what they ate or how hard they worked. Once willpower became stronger, it touched everything. – Charles Duhigg

If you’ve ever wondered how to get habits to stick for your life, then you need to read this book.

Want to know what drives our habits? You’ll find it here. You’ll also learn what drives your old habits and how not to reverse your progress by going back to them.

Usually people are trying to change too many things at once in their life causing them to get overwhelmed and inevitably returning to the poor habits they once had to begin with.

Small changes are the keys to keeping your progress and how you’re going to transform your life by implement the habits you know you need.

You’ll need to work hard at it, but this book is without a doubt the best one on habits and getting them to stick.

Networking and People

How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie

My favorite quote from the book:

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, for your character is what you are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. – Dale Carnegie

This is one that you’re going to be reading with a highlighter for sure. If you haven’t heard of this book or haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet, then you’re in for a real treat.

Your outlook on life and how you interact with people will be changed for the better.

The simple advice offered in this book will cause you to think at a much deeper level about how people you’ve admired could always attract and keep friends.

The biggest idea you’ll come across in this book is that people are creatures of emotion and not logic. You’ll learn how to tend to these traits making you a more likeable person.

There’s a reason why this book has been a best seller year after year after year. It’s because you can instantly apply the knowledge in the book making you magnetic.

Who doesn’t want that?

These books will give you a great jump start and really take you on a journey inside some of the most brilliant minds of our time.

If you have some you’d like to recommend, be sure to comment below!

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