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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 2023.

“The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses,” by Eric Ries

If you are afraid your startup will fail, author Eric Ries offers a new approach focused on using human creativity to grow wisely in the book, “The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses.” Ries provides entrepreneurs who own companies of all sizes a way to test their visions through “validated learning,” which allows for real-time adaptation and adjustments.

“The Daily Entrepreneur: 33 Success Habits for Small Business Owners, Freelancers and Aspiring 9-to-5 Escape Artists,” by S.J. Scott and Rebecca Livermore

If you are tired of the 9-to-5 daily grind and are looking to increase your success as an entrepreneur, “The Daily Entrepreneur: 33 Success Habits for Small Business Owners, Freelancers and Aspiring 9-to-5 Escape Artists” is for you. Authors S.J. Scott and Rebecca Livermore offer 33 life-changing habits, organized according to daily challenges, to help conquer obstacles and achieve your goals. The power of habit development is outlined as the key for entrepreneurs to become more successful in their side hustles with the hope it leads to an eventual career.

“Virtual Freedom: How to Work With Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business,” by Chris Ducker

Many assume entrepreneurship has to be a “one-man show.” Chris Ducker, author of “Virtual Freedom: How to Work With Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business,” explains small business owners can build teams of virtual employees who can manage daily operations, support initiatives, and help companies grow. As an outsourcing expert and “virtual CEO,” Ducker provides a step-by-step guide to working with virtual employees, as well as online resources and other helpful hints for you to begin building your virtual team.

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The power of habit development is outlined as the key for entrepreneurs to become more successful in their side hustles with the hope it leads to an eventual career.

“The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers,” by Ben Horowitz

In an honest and insightful recollection, author Ben Horowitz — a respected and experienced entrepreneur of Silicon Valley — shares his experience with building and managing a startup. “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers” is written with humor, straight talk, and lyrics from some of Horowitz’s favorite rap songs to convey the difficulty of running a business. Horowitz shares his personal experiences for veteran and novice entrepreneurs alike to learn more about becoming a successful entrepreneur.

“Work Smarter: 500+ Online Resources Today’s Top Entrepreneurs Use to Increase Productivity and Achieve Their Goals,” by Nick Loper

If you have ever wondered how successful entrepreneurs stay organized, achieve their goals, and continue working toward success, look no further than “Work Smarter: 500+ Online Resources Today’s Top Entrepreneurs Use to Increase Productivity and Achieve Their Goals.” Author Nick Loper provides an “entrepreneur resource” supercenter with over 500 resources from over 800 successful entrepreneurs. Resources are broken into categories such as communication, team and project management, networking, outsourcing, and productivity — and most are free!

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“Dare To Lead,” by Brené Brown

In her No. 1 New York Times bestseller, “Dare to Lead” author Brené Brown talks about leadership outside of the title, status, or power that often comes with it. Though it can be challenging, Brown outlines the fundamentals of a successful leader managing a team. A few of the traits she says good leaders have are courage, vulnerability, accountability, and clear values — all traits of budding and successful entrepreneurs.

“Shoe Dog,” by Phil Knight

In his memoir “Shoe Dog,” Nike creator Phil Knight reflects on the early days of his company as a startup, to its eventual iconic and global success. The New York Times bestseller is cited as one of Bill Gates’s favorite books, as Knight shares his honest path to success in what seems to have been a journey of mistakes, struggles, and sacrifices.

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen R. Covey

Author Stephen R. Covey has garnered change in countless lives ranging from CEOs, entrepreneurs, and stay-at-home parents with the success of his New York Times bestseller, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” With over 400 million copies sold worldwide, Covey’s step-by-step pathway shares seven habits with a principle-centered approach for solving both professional and personal problems.

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Published January 05, 2023