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As an entrepreneur, it can be hard to know where to get started as well as staying positive when a project isn’t running as smoothly as you like. In addition, starting out as an entrepreneur can be equally as scary such as taking the plunge to start your own business. Luckily, there are many resources out there from industry leaders to give you the tips and advice you need in order to get started as well as succeed.

1. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz

Being able to network well is a crucial skill to have in the entrepreneurship industry. Never Eat Alone gives advice on how to create great relationships with those around you and strategies for maintaining and utilizing these relationships to help you in your career. This book truly brings structure to the ever changing obliqueness that is networking. It really helped me to formulate my networking strategy and really think differently about creating and maintaining relationships. This advice is great and really does work.

2. Hustle Believe Receive: An 8-Step Plan to Changing Your Life and Living Your Dream by Sarah Centrella

As an entrepreneur, you are taking the dive into the unknown to start a new business or pursue your passions. It can be hard to find the motivation and inspiration to take that scary step as well as continue when the road to success seems daunting. This book is truly inspirational and gives you a better way to reach and follow your dreams. No matter where you come from or where you are at in life now, you can always change paths and achieve success. Hustle Believe Receive is filled with inspiring stories from other people who have taken that scary first step and then achieved success and also gives advice on how you can too. I definitely recommend this for anyone who is starting out in the industry as well as those who are just looking for some motivation.

3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

This book is one that I constantly revisit, and am especially visiting now as I transition to my new job. Good To Great looks at a study on how mediocre companies transition into great, everlasting companies and the steps they take to achieve this that other companies don’t take and fail. Collins and his team studied many companies over five years to see how they achieved and sustained success and how they differ from companies who have failed. The book sheds light on the strategy and leadership needed to truly succeed as a business in the long term. There are amazing principles for change management, culture creation, and strategic thinking. I definitely recommend this for entrepreneurs who are in the field and ready to take the next step as well as aspiring entrepreneurs who are starting to lay the foundation for their companies and are focusing on their vision.

I love to read books that help push me to be my best and as an entrepreneur it helps me to focus, find inspiration, as well as be motivated by reading the thoughts and advice of industry leaders.