It is a well known fact that successful people read and why not. Most thriving entrepreneurs take inspiration from the life story of those who have made it big through their hard work and perseverance. And as a budding industrialist, there is always lot to learn and be trained at. The best way to do that is through learning from the life history of great men and aim higher!

Here is a list of ten books that any up-and-coming entrepreneur can read for motivation.

The Third Wave

Authored by Steve Case, this No.1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller is considered to be the Bible for growing entrepreneurs as it talks about how technology and real world being synonymous with each other can transform our lives. The third wave in our lives being the Internet, the book, part memoir and part future vision stresses on the fact that start-ups thrive on the internet in a bid to renovate our everyday reality such as education, health and energy sectors.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

This book by Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Anderrssen Horowitz, one of world’s most sustainable and well-respected start-ups details advice on running and sustaining a new business, especially with the ever-challenging and competitive environment around. Ben states that even though there is no hard and fast formula for success one can always fall back on the success and failure stories of others to get inspiration.

Packed with humorous and in-your-face anecdotes, Ben stresses on the fact that while it is not easy to sustain a business there are ways and means to sail through them.

Rise of the Millennial Entrepreneur

This bestselling personal account of rise and failure at work by Joey Wilkes is an outstanding tip on how to bootstrap one’s business. It also extensively talks about creating a lucrative business and bouncing back setbacks in an easier manner.

The $100 start-up by Chris Guillebeau

This book by Chris Guillebeau, a non-conformist, young businessman talks about deviating from the traditional ways of setting up a business and sustaining it. In the book he stresses on the fact that one does not need to follow conventional methods of running a business and should stress more on starting a venture by just a small amount and wait to take the real plunge in the market when the time is right.

His book is great for those looking to invest very small amount of time and money and still be as triumphant.

The Lean Startup

Authored by Eric Ries, “The Lean Start-up” is like a revolution. This enduring book stresses on holding on to a business successfully while keeping it lean, for long term profits and sustainability. The book talks about variations in ideas and novelty.

Build to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

This landmark book, written by Jim Collins provides imminent knowledge and practical direction to build big and long-term businesses.

100 Things Successful People Do: Little Exercises for Successful Living

This pocket-sized treasure trove of sustaining a business is an energy booster by Nigel Cumberland. Filled with words of wisdom by experienced entrepreneurs the book peps up the readers with inspirational quotes and personal stories of hard work, constant struggle and eventual success.


The anecdote written by Stoic philosopher and Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, “Meditations” provides the much-needed balance in the life of an entrepreneur. Filled with words of wisdom by Aurelius, it talks about strengthening the mind while taking on the negatives.

The One Thing

This book by Gary Keller is an insight into how philosophy can be combined with business in bid to shape one’s mind positively. “The One Thing” talks about analyzing oneself and identifying the positives and negatives, accepting them and then churning a path towards become successful.

The 4-Hour Workweek

This hugely-successful book by Timothy Ferriss was a rare bestseller at the New York Times for more than four years. “The 4-hour Workweek” explains life hacks and helps get over the burden of work, earning more and money while having enough time to spend on cultivating and pursuing one’s hobbies and interests.