The best books for entrepreneurs who want to go further faster

Who am I?

I love building businesses. I’ve built several businesses, ranging from a one person consultancy to a venture-backed tech company to an 8-figure marketing agency to a managed HR marketplace to a virtual memorial services company. The only thing I love more than building businesses is building and helping create new entrepreneurs. These books have helped me tremendously in my journey and I hope they help you as well!


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The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want

By Dave Kerpen,

Book cover of The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want

What is my book about?

Some people think that in today’s hyper-competitive world, it’s the tough, take-no-prisoners type who comes out on top. But in reality, argues New York Times bestselling author Dave Kerpen, it’s actually those with the best people skills who win the day. Those who build the right relationships. Those who truly understand and connect with their colleagues, their customers, their partners. Those who can teach, lead and inspire.

“This book is like How to Win Friends and Influence People—only better suited for today’s world.” —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals

The books I picked & why

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Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You

By John Warrillow,

Book cover of Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You

Why this book?

Built to Sell is the perfect parable that taught me how to build a scalable business with processes and predictable revenue. I read it, I shared it with our leadership team, who all read it, and then we built and sold a company for 8 figures. Whether or not you plan to sell your company, this is the most important book for all entrepreneurs to read.


Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't

By Verne Harnish,

Book cover of Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't

Why this book?

Scaling Up taught me how to be an effective leader - what to focus on and what not to focus on, how to effectively build a one-page strategic plan and how to use that plan to grow a company, and how to build and meet with leadership teams. I’ve used it successfully with three companies and I plan on using it with every company I ever build.


Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

By Adam Grant,

Book cover of Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

Why this book?

This book is amazing for entrepreneurs, but really for all people, to understand the dynamics of human relationships, and why givers win in the long run time and time again. It is tempting as an entrepreneur to be out for oneself, but this book helped show me why looking out for others and serving them - your customers, your prospects, your employees, the media, and the world - will serve you best in the long run.


Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey

By A.J. Jacobs,

Book cover of Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey

Why this book?

Gratitude is a fundamental part of my life as an entrepreneur and leader. Of the many books I love on gratitude, this is my favorite. It’s funny and poignant and successfully makes the case that gratitude is a game-changer when it comes to building the business and life of one’s dreams. I am grateful I found this book and this fantastic author!


The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose

By Oprah Winfrey,

Book cover of The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose

Why this book?

Oprah is my hero. I can think of no more impressive entrepreneur, from what she started with to what she built and the impact she has had on the world. For many people, understanding one’s purpose and direction is the first step towards becoming a successful entrepreneur and a happy and fulfilled human being. This book will help you begin to do the hard work to get there.


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