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A good way to gain perspective on both your startup and the business world is to read books written by the successful entrepreneurs who came before you. — Getty Images/M_a_y_a

Every year, more and more books are published to help aspiring and established entrepreneurs on their journey. With so many titles to choose from, it may be overwhelming to narrow down the best choices.

To help your search, here are eight entrepreneur-centered books you should consider reading in 2022.

"The Minimalist Entrepreneur: How Great Founders Do More with Less," by Sahil Lavingia

Do you want to learn how to build and sustain a successful business with limited resources? “The Minimalist Entrepreneur: How Great Founders Do More with Less” could be the book that helps you achieve your goals with author Sahil Lavingia’s unconventional approach. Lavingia walks you through the journey of starting his own company, Gumroad, from scratch, and discusses how you can adopt a no-waste approach when forming your startup.

"Your Next Five Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy," by Patrick Bet-David

No matter your level of entrepreneurial experience, there always comes a time when you may be hesitant about what steps to take next. In “Your Next Five Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy,” author Patrick Bet-David helps you translate skills from playing chess into a solid business strategy. This is a book you’ll read multiple times to gain clarity, strategy, growth tactics, skills and insight.

"You Don't Need This Book: Entrepreneurship in the Connected Era," by Ben McDougal

Author Ben McDougal thinks you shouldn't sit around and wait for opportunities to come your way. Instead, he emphasizes that "the entrepreneurial spirit is fueled by action.” “You Don't Need This Book: Entrepreneurship in the Connected Era” is a guide that includes multiple tips, tactics and new approaches to business in an innovative (and energetic) way. Pick up this book when you need a few friendly reminders and boosts of inspiration on your entrepreneurial journey.

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"The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster: It's Your Turn to #JoinTheRide," by Darren Hardy

Author Darren Hardy sought to find answers as to why so many small businesses fail after launching. He found that the majority of these failures were due not to economic reasons but internal struggles on the part of the founder. As the title of “The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster” suggests, entrepreneurship can be compared to one long roller coaster ride with multiple twists and turns along the way. Hardy doles out advice and a road map for mitigating hardships, pitfalls and failures as a new entrepreneur.

If you’re introverted, it may feel impossible to be able to make it as a successful entrepreneur. Author Jen Jones wants to reframe this thinking in her book.

"Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned From Trauma and Triumph," by Chad Sanders

It’s imperative that every entrepreneur and leader can stay true to themselves. “Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned From Trauma and Triumph” sheds light on real-life Black experiences in primarily white spaces. In his book, author Chad Sanders hands the mic to other Black voices who learned the power of valuing themselves and triumphing through adversity.

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"The Soul-Sourced Entrepreneur: An Unconventional Success Plan for the Highly Creative, Secretly Sensitive, and Wildly Ambitious," by Christine Kane

The Soul-Sourced Entrepreneur” is a book perfect for creative entrepreneurs who want to challenge the status quo and share their passions with the world without the hustle and bustle of “aggressive” business strategies. Author Christine Kane helps creative entrepreneurs feel seen and heard with tactics and personal stories of striving to find business success without losing the passion that made them want to start in the first place.

"The Entrepreneur's Paradox: How to Overcome the 16 Pitfalls Along the Startup Journey," by Curtis J. Morley

Author Curtis J. Morley labels the “entrepreneur's paradox” as wanting financial independence and personal freedom only to find yourself spending long hours building a successful business — sometimes leading to failure. “The Entrepreneur's Paradox” is a road map guiding you out of this paradox by pinpointing 16 pitfalls and how to overcome them. A few of these pitfalls include losing sight of culture, navigating without a road map or building without seeking to sell.

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"Intropreneur: Strategies to Build Your Business as an Introverted Entrepreneur," by Jen Jones

If you’re introverted, it may feel impossible to be able to make it as a successful entrepreneur. Author Jen Jones wants to reframe this thinking in her book, “Intropreneur.” Jones uses skill-building concepts and topics of self-discovery to make your introverted nature work for you when building a thriving business.

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Published March 10, 2022