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.

RankingChange BookAuthor
1ReworkJason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
2The Lean StartupEric Ries
3The 4 Hour Work WeekTimothy Ferriss
4Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the LeapJim Collins
5Steve JobsWalter Isaacson
6+3Think and Grow RichNapoleon Hill
7How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleDale Carnegie
8-2
The E-Myth Revisited RevisitedMichael E. Gerber
9The AlchemistPaulo Coelho
10+1Delivering HappinessTony Hsieh
11-3
The Tipping PointMalcolm Gladwell
12+3The BibleMultiple Authors
13-1
Outliers: The Story of SuccessMalcolm Gladwell
14-1
Atlas ShruggedAyn Rand
15-1
The Art of The StartGuy Kawasaki
16+3Rich Dad, Poor DadRobert T. Kiyosaki
17-1
The Four Steps to the EpiphanySteven Gary Blank
18+3Made to StickChip and Dan Heath
19+8Start With WhySimon Sinek
20The Seven Habits of Highly Effective PeopleStephen Covey
21-4
Blue Ocean StrategyChan Kim
22-4
Get Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free ProductivityDavid Allen
23-4
Founders at WorkJessica Livingston
24+16Crossing the ChasmGeoffrey Moore
25-2
LinchpinSeth Godin
26+6BlinkMalcolm Gladwell
27+9The Art of WarSun Tzu
28+23UnbrokenLaura Hillenbrand
29-3
Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One RelationshipKeith Ferrazzi
30-2
Predictably IrrationalDan Ariely
31-7
The Innovator’s DilemmaClayton Christensen
32+2The SecretRhonda Byrne
33-3
The Power of NowEckhart Tolle
34-5
DriveDaniel Pink
35-10
SiddharthaHermann Hesse
36-1
The 48 Laws of PowerRobert Greene
37-4
The Black SwanNassim Nicholas Taleb
38-7
How To Get RichFelix Dennis
39+25Getting RealJason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
40-2
Crush it! Why Now is the Time To Cash In On Your PassionGary Vaynerchuk
41+2The Purple CowSeth Godin
42Making Ideas HappenScott Belsky
43-6
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is HardChip Heath and Dan Heath
44TribesSeth Godin
45The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative BattlesSteven Pressfield
46-5
Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its SoulHoward Schultz
47+5FreakonomicsSteven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
48-9
The Thank You EconomyGary Vaynerchuk
49+6Business Model GenerationAlexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur
50+4Man’s Search For MeaningViktor Frankl
51-5
The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st CenturyThomas Friedman
52+9A New EarthEckhart Tolle
53+20Who Moved My Cheese?Spencer Johnson
54new
Don’t Make Me ThinkSteve Krug
55-5
The Long TailChris Anderson
56-8
The FountainheadAyn Rand
57+13Losing My VirginityRichard Branson
58-9
The Checklist ManifestoAtul Gawande
59-10
The Power of HabitCharles Duhigg
60-7
Mastering the Rockefeller HabitsVerne Harnish
61+31The $100 StartupChris Guillebeau
62+4How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every DayMichael J. Gelb
63
The Richest Man in BabylonGeorge Samuel Clason
64+4The Monk and the RiddleRandy Komisar
65-8
Trust AgentsChris Brogan
66new
Do YouRussell Simmons
67+4Vagabonding: A Guide To The Uncommon Art Of Long-Term World TravelRolf Potts
68-10
The Art of Non-ConformityChris Guillebeau
69+7Benjamin Franklin: An American LifeWalter Issacson
70-10
Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons To Accelerate Your StartupDavid Cohen and Brad Feld
71new
Zen and The Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceRobert M. Pirsig
72+5The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of LifeWarren Buffet
73+1The Millionaire Next DoorThomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
74+20Influence: The Psychology of PersuasionRobert Cialdini
75+3Cradle To Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make ThingsWilliam McDonough and Michael Braungart
76new
The One Minute ManagerKenneth Blanchard
77-5
Poke the BoxSeth Godin
78new
The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins
79-23
Start Something That MattersBlake Mycoskie
80new
The Slight EdgeJeff Olson
81-19
Talent is OverratedGeoff Colvin
82new
The Artist’s WayJulia Cameron
83-24
Thinking, Fast and SlowDaniel Kahneman
84new
The Four AgreementsDon Miguel Ruiz
85-17
The Last LectureRandy Pausch
86The Tao of PoohBenjamin Hoff
87-21
Abundance: The Future Is Better than You ThinkPeter Diamandis
88new
Crucial ConversationsGeoffrey Moore
89-4
Steal Like an ArtistAustin Kleon
90-16
BossypantsTina Fey
91-13
Give and TakeAdam M. Grant
92new
NudgeRichard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
93new
Confessions of an Advertising ManDavid Ogilvy
94new
The Magic of Thinking BigDavid Schwartz
95new
Mommy Manifesto: How to Use Our Power to Think Big, Break Limitations and Achieve SuccessKim Lavine
96new
Fooled by RandomnessNassim Taleb
97new
The Now HabitNeil A. Fiore
98new
SPIN SellingNeil Rackham
99new
What Would Google DoJeff Jarvis

 

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Published on April 22, 2014 .