5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

In the fast-paced world of business, knowledge is power. Many entrepreneurs attribute the success of their startups on business books written by some of the most powerful people in the world. Enginectra’s own founder, Daniel Delgado, learns and applies many interesting solutions straight from business books to his own businesses. Below are our top 5 books every entrepreneur should have on their bookshelf.

The 4-Hour Workweek
Timothy Ferriss

American entrepreneur, Timothy Ferris, has been recognized as one of Fortune Magazine's “40 under 40” and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers. He is most known for his book The 4-Hour Workweek. Ferris’ insightful and uplifting content helps individuals get more out of their day. He focuses on living life more efficiently through personal productivity and focus. Ferris suggests everything from “information fasts'' to outsourcing small responsibilities, all to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Transform your outlook on life and define your dreams with this book and take it one step further by listening to his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show.

The Hard Thing about Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are no Easy Answers
Ben Horowitz

Whether starting from scratch or already at the top of an empire, this business-focused book appeals to a wide range of entrepreneurs. The book is filled with honest, insider's advice about business and failure. Chapter 4: “How to Handle the Bad Times” recognizes the reality of tough times with Horowitz reminding you, the reader, that the struggle is real. The struggle is the “make it or break it” in any business and every entrepreneur has faced it at some point in their career. Build a better company with Horowitz’s advice and start learning how to survive. 

The Intelligent Investor
Benjamin Graham

Benjamin Graham first published this classic bestseller in 1949 and has since sold over a million copies. His knowledge and strategies of value investing has helped numerous individuals surpass their financial goals. Learn what kind of investor you are, the best time to buy stocks and how to prepare for market fluctuations. This book has been recognized as the “stock market bible” and Graham has been named “The Father of value investing.” If you have already applied Graham's advice to your financial portfolio, he has also written Securities Analysis and The Interpretation of Financial Statements.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari

Have you ever been curious about the processes that shaped humankind? Sapiens unlocks history, psychology, economics and numerous lessons about the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. The unique perspective of this National Bestseller disputes everything we thought we knew about being human and serves as a great conversation starter. Bill Gates quotes, “I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who is interested in the history and future of our species.” This book promises to expand your mind and have a profound impact on your view of modern culture.  

Zero to One: Notes on startups, or how to build the future

Peter Thiel co-written with Blake Masters

Venture capitalist, Peter Thiel, is most known for being the first outside investor in Facebook and for co-founding PayPal. His financial and entrepreneurial success combined with his background in philosophy created a thought provoking foundation for the book Zero to One. This book was created from notes taken during Theil’s Stanford University course on startups. It is a business philosophy book that will transform your thought patterns and challenge you to think for yourself. Truly a book you can read again and again, the words have layers of knowledge. Theil’s first cliffhanger sentence, "Every moment in business happens only once,” should be enough reason to open the book.

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