IdeaMensch 100 – The Bestseller List For Entrepreneurs

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

That’s a question I have asked over 1,000 of the most successful, diverse and handsome entrepreneurs from across the world. I’ve read dozens of books because of these recommendations, many of which I now count amongst my all time favorites. If you are an entrepreneur, then this is the only list you need to be inspired by. Because unlike all other “bestselling lists,” this one is literally the only one for entrepreneurs and by entrepreneurs. I don’t ask people for a bunch of good books they read, but rather just one.  Not the one that necessarily just came out, but the one that made the biggest impact on them as an entrepreneur – even if it was published 30 years ago.

Here they are.

Ranking
 
Book
Author(s)
Recommendations
1ReworkJason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson34
2The Lean StartupEric Ries30
3The 4 Hour Work WeekTim Ferriss29
4Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the LeapJim Collins28
5Steve JobsWalter Isaacson22
6The E-Myth RevisitedMichael E. Gerber20
7How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleDale Carnegie18
8The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big DifferenceMalcolm Gladwell18
9Think and Grow RichNapoleon Hill17
10The AlchemistPaolo Coehlo16
11Delivering HappinessTony Hsieh14
12Outliers: The Story of SuccessMalcolm Gladwell13
13Atlas ShruggedAyn Rand11
14The Art of The StartGuy Kawasaki11
15The Bible11
16The Four Steps to the EpiphanySteven Gary Blank10
17Blue Ocean StrategyChan Kim9
18Get Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free ProductivityDavid Allen9
19Founders at WorkJessica Livingston9
20The Seven Habits of Highly Effective PeopleStephen R. Covey9
21Made to StickChip Heath and Dan Heath8
22Rich Dad, Poor DadRobert T. Kiyosaki8
23LinchpinSeth Godin8
24The Innovator’s DilemmaClayton Christensen7
25SiddharthaHermann Hesse7
26Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One RelationshipKeith Ferrazzi7
27Start with WhySimon Sinek7
28Predictably IrrationalDan Ariely6
29DriveDaniel Pink6
30The Power of NowEckhart Tolle6
31How to Get RichFelix Dennis6
32BlinkMalcolm Gladwell6
33The Black SwanNassim Nicholas Taleb6
34The SecretRhonda Byrne6
35The 48 Laws of PowerRobert Greene6
36The Art of WarSun Tzu6
37Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is HardChip Heath and Dan Heath5
38Crush it! Why Now is the Time To Cash In On Your PassionGary Vaynerchuk5
39The Thank You EconomyGary Vaynerchuk5
40Crossing the ChasmGeoffrey Moore5
41Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its SoulHoward Schultz5
42Making Ideas HappenScott Belsky5
43The Purple CowSeth Godin5
44TribesSeth Godin5
45The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative BattlesSteven Pressfield5
46The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st CenturyThomas Friedman5
47The Checklist ManifestoAtul Gawande4
48The FountainheadAyn Rand4
49The Power of HabitCharles Duhigg4
50The Long TailChris Anderson4
51UnbrokenLaura Hillenbrand4
52FreakonomicsLevitt and Dubner4
53Mastering the Rockefeller HabitsVerne Harnish4
54Man’s Search For MeaningViktor Frankl4
55Business Model GenerationAlexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur3
56Start Something That MattersBlake Mycoskie3
57Trust AgentsChris Brogan and Julien Smith3
58The Art of Non-ConformityChris Guillebeau3
59Thinking, Fast and SlowDaniel Kahneman3
60Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons To Accelerate Your StartupDavid Cohen and Brad Feld3
61A New Earth: Awakening Your Life’s PurposeEckhart Tolle3
62Talent is OverratedGeoff Colvin3
63The Richest Man In BabylonGeorge Samuel Clason3
64Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web ApplicationJason Fried, Heinemeier David Hansson and Matthew Linderman3
65The Artist’s WayJulia Cameron3
66How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every DayMichael J. Gelb3
67Abundance: The Future is Better Than You ThinkPeter Diamandis3
68The Monk and the RiddleRandy Komisar3
69The Last LectureRandy Pausch3
70Losing My VirginityRichard Branson3
71Vagabonding: A Guide To The Uncommon Art Of Long-Term World TravelRolf Potts3
72Poke the BoxSeth Godin3
73Who Moved My Cheese?Spencer Johnson3
74The Millionaire Next DoorThomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko3
75BossypantsTina Fey3
76Benjamin Franklin: An American LifeWalter Issacson3
77The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of LifeAlice Schroeder3
78Cradle To Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make ThingsWilliam McDonough and Michael Braungart3
79Give and TakeAdam M. Grant2
80Positioning: The Battle for Your MindAl Ries and Jack Trout2
81The 22 Immutable Laws of MarketingAl Ries and Jack Trout2
82EnduranceAlfred Lansing2
83The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s ParisAlicia Drake2
84Bird By BirdAnne Lamott2
85The Little PrinceAntoine de Saint-Exupery2
86Steal Like An ArtistAustin Kleon2
87The Tao of PoohBenjamin Hoff2
88Save the CatBlake Snyder2
89Small GiantsBo Burlingham2
90Venture DealsBrad Feld2
91Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or LessCameron Herold2
92The $100 StartupChris Guillebeau2
93Born to RunChris McDougall2
94Influence: The Psychology of PersuasionCialdini2
95Scientific AdvertisingClaude C. Hopkins2
96The Upside of IrrationalityDan Ariely2
97Stumbling on HappinessDan Gilbert2
98The Way of the Peaceful WarriorDan Millman2
99The Paypal WarsEric M. Jackson2
100MoneyballMichael Lewis2

 

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