1) First Things First by Stephen R. Covey
This is a book so enlightening that it withstands the test of time. First published in 1996, this book continues to inspire millions of entrepreneurs each year. Stephen R. Covey is a renowned author and educator on business and management. In this book, Stephen focuses on efficiency in the use of time. He disputes the idea of doing a lot in little time and instead advocates for doing what matters with the time that you have. This, he contends, is the true mark of an entrepreneur when it comes to managing his or her time.
2) Built to Sell by John Warrillow
This is a recently published book i.e. in December 2012. Many entrepreneurs start up businesses as though they will never let go of them. This should always be the case but such a mentality always has its drawbacks. For example, complacency always sets in. In other words, you will not likely improve the condition of your business if you never intend to sell it. In this book, John Warrillow asks entrepreneurs to think as though they will one day sell the business. This means that the business should always be in tiptop shape just in case any potential investor decides to come for it.
3) Choose Yourself by James AltucherPublished in June of this year, this book focuses on responsibility on the part of the entrepreneur. The author is able to describe adequately how many entrepreneurs place the blame on environmental factors and possibly others whenever the business fails as opposed to taking responsibility themselves. James Altucher therefore encourages entrepreneurs to take responsibility for both failures and successes in their business.
4) Mastery by Robert Greene
Robert Green has been the author and/or co-author of many books including the 48 Laws of Power. This book focuses on the value of apprenticeship to entrepreneurs. It vividly depicts how many entrepreneurs fail to garner the necessary skills of their crafts before embarking on solitary business ventures. These business ventures often lead to failures. This is why mastery of your specific filed of business through some given kind of apprenticeship is critical.
5) The $100 Start-up by Chris Guillebeau
Published in 2012, this book focuses on how entrepreneurs can start empires from humble beginnings. It systematically shows entrepreneurs how to build their small businesses while coping with challenges and still take advantage of opportunities. It is necessary read for anyone who intends to start small.