Five entrepreneurial books every 20something should read
What are you reading these days? If you’re a budding, 20something year old entrepreneur, there’s nothing so helpful to your future entrepreneurial goals than to get some good foundations. And what better way to get some good foundations than by reading a good book or two?
Here we present five books that you should definitely read. They range in content, style, and outlook, yet they all have one thing in common: you’ll be inspired to get started, right where you are. Age is no limitation indeed.
“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
First published in 1936 and selling more than 15 million copies worldwide ever since, Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is the classic of classics when it comes to books for entrepreneurs to read. In his book, Carnegie surveys past and present to offer some winning tips for financial success. Carnegie also teaches his readers about dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. This book has definitely stood the test of time, so don’t think about starting your new business venture until you’ve read it cover to cover.
“A 5 percent correction is not really all that unusual.”
It helps if the writer also knows what it’s like to be young. Published in 2004, “The Barefoot Investor” was received with overwhelming success around the world, with even Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson saying that it “makes finance fun”. The book’s author is Scott Pape, a successful stockbroker and former investment advisor who was just 25 at the time. In his book, Scott aims to help you make the most of your assets. His ability to ‘make money sexy’ and deliver generally wise tips makes his book a must-read for the young budding entrepreneur.
“Throwing yourself into a job you enjoy is one of the life’s greatest pleasures!”
Don’t just read books recommended by Sir Richard Branson – read his own book too! “Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur” was published in 2008 and contains some golden pieces of advice from the king of entrepreneurship. Branson tells us what he has learned from the world’s business leaders and gives some advice as to the challenges facing businesspeople of today. Told in an engaging and charismatic style, this is sure to be an inspiring read for the young entrepreneur.
“Love your family, work super hard, live your passion.”
This one is about as hip and up to date as you can get. Written by entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, “Crush it! Why NOW is the time to cash in on your passion” (2009) presents a broad overview of the business climate now. Vaynerchuk shares from his personal experience to show you how you can also start and explode your business. Vaynerchuk’s story is a convincing one, building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader and then building his personal brand with his business advice. As Tony Hsieh, Zappos.com CEO notes, “you owe it to yourself to read this book”.
“Most people only talk and dream of getting rich. You’ve done something.”
This one’s crucial if you want to be a successful entrepreneur. Published in 2010, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter is a classic text on personal money management. In it, Kiyosaki and Lechter tell of Kiyosaki’s two “dads”, one rich and the other poor. They give a compelling example of how you too can start young and control your financial future, whether with self managed super funds (SMSF) or other means!
Isabella Clarke is a university student and freelance writer who is interested in finance and markets. She loves to read interesting, new books in her spare time!