Three Must-Read Books for Entrepreneurs

Sterling and I read all the time. There isn’t a moment that we don’t have at least two books that we are in the middle of reading. As you can imagine, a number of these books are business-related.

We’ve talked about some of our favorite books in the past on the podcast. Whenever we find a book that has a huge impact on our lives and businesses, we immediately want to share it with the Internet Business Mastery community.

I wanted to put together a quick blog post about three books that have impacted how we live life and conduct business on a daily basis.

The E-Myth” and “Getting Things Done” are books that have influenced systems that we use every day. These systems have directly led to accelerated business growth and increased income.

Simply put, they are must reads.

Another must read is, The Four-Hour Workweek (FHWW). When it comes to lifestyle design…this book has significantly contributed to making this happen for us.

FHWW teaches how to start living life now. It blows away the status quo of working your entire life to finally enjoy yourself when you retire. It’s about establishing a lifestyle of fulfillment starting today.

Recently Jay was interviewed on how he did this through internet business. Read the interview here.

What do You think?

  • What books have had a significant impact on your life and business and why?


  1. I like Ayn Rand’s – Atlas Shrugged

  2. Two books I would add to that list are Tribes by Seth Godin and the Sales Bible by Jeffery Gitomer. Both of these offer thought provoking ideas to jump right out at you!

    Keep up the great work!

  3. I agree. All 3 of these books were paradigm-shifting for me in many ways. Life-changing, all three.

    GTD helps you create space in your life so you can START an online business.

    E-Myth helps you set clear goals creative on automating and delegating your online business.

    4HWW taks you out of your online business! (In a good way, of course.)

  4. Agree – the four hour work week and the e-myth book are both excellent especially when it comes to the idea of leveraging business systems. I have not read the GTD book yet, but it is on my list.

    Another book that I have found eye-opening along these lines that I remember hearing you guys talk about is “Rich Dad Poor Dad”. That book really challenged my mindset when it comes to money.

  5. Thank you for the suggestions :-). I’ve ordered every one of them.. along with 4 others.. damn you Amazon lol

  6. Thank you for sharing these. I’ve glanced at E-Myth revisited a few times. I think now I’m going to have to pick it up on my trip to Barnes & Nobles tonight!

  7. I agree with 4HWW and I have been fortunate enough to hear Tim Ferriss speak…the guy definately practices what he preaches and I use his book as my sort of paperback mentor.

  8. This comment is late and the books are old. Still, as far as influence goes “Future Shock” by Toffler is enlightening. There is a group of three books all written about change in the world and the increased rate of change. Most of the predictions are now history given the books were written in the late 60’s and early 70’s/

  9. I can vouch for 2 of these books.

    The E-Myth helps you understand how to run your business in a smart, more efficient way. The Four Hour WW helps you understand that you have to work in order to live, not live to work. Very good combination this two books.

    I’ll have to read “Getting things done”. Thanks for the recommendation.

  10. Rafael says:

    I already read this 3 books and they completely changed my life.
    There’s a book that I would definitively add to this list.
    “Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant”

    I guess the title says it all, but It’s all about niche down your market along with certain strategies, in a way you can create a market and not just a product.

    I found it to be very usefull to the kind of e-Business I’m building.

  11. A couple I frequently re-visit:

    “Richest man in Babylon” for general financial success principles, and of course the all-time classic “Think and grow rich”.

    But remember, don’t just read, ACT!

  12. Those are all good books. I dont think that list would be complete with out Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.