Education extends long past the cap and gown; it’s a lifelong process requiring self-motivation and dedication to achieving success in one’s future. The School of Hard Knocks has a lot to teach but the prudent entrepreneur will proactively seek out reputable resources to supplement their down and dirty learning experience. There is no comprehensive handbook to starting your business- everyone’s journey will present unique set of challenges; however, these resources from inspirational entrepreneurs can provide insight on turning obstacles into opportunities.

Here’s a list of my “Top 10” books for the GenY entrepreneur:

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

Serial entrepreneur and Founder of TOMS Shoes, Mycoskie details the story of how he overcame multiple failures, and turned an Argentinean -nspired shoe into an international brand that continues to inspire social entrepreneurial ventures around the world.

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J Stanley

Analyzing thousands of millionaires across the world, Stanley details common characteristics displayed by these highly successful, self-made entrepreneurs.

How to Win at the Sport of Business by Mark Cuban

“As Seen on Shark Tank”, Cuban provides readers a no bullshit playbook to succeeding in the court of business, regardless of where you’re starting from.

Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive by Harvey Mackay

Buying his first company at age 25, Mackay provides readers with insightful inspiration and resources necessary to build a sustainable company while maintaining high quality of life.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

Worry is often the biggest obstacle to success. Carnegie provides readers with tried and true tactics to overcome anxiety so often surrounding the unknown, and helps you develop a mindset befitting success.

The Method Method by Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry

Cofounders of the Method, Ryan and Lowry detail how their “made in our apartment” soaps revolutionized the massive household cleaning industry, capturing significant market share and becoming a household name.

Evolution of the Entrepreneur by Jack Nadel

Encountering immense challenges as he transitioned through coming home from World War II, Nadel inspires readers through his own entrepreneurial journey, building an internationally recognized company.

Marketing to Millennials by Jeff Fromm and Christie Garton

Fromm and Garton detail the participation economy and provide readers with multiple ways to leverage modern marketing techniques in such a way to appeal to the unique millennial generation.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

It all begins in the mind. Hill provides readers with the resources necessary to believe in yourself, remain optimistic, recognize opportunity, and overcome obstacles—traits essentials to every entrepreneur.  

Cash Machine by Loral Langemeier

Langemeier’s Cash Machine provides readers with foundational financial principles and entrepreneurial lifestyle advice that will help them achieve sustainable success for years to come.

Are you currently reading any of these books. If so, I’d like to hear your thoughts. I’d also like to find out what other books Gen Y entrepreneurs are reading. Let me know in the comments below or drop me a line on Twitter @MotivatedGenY.  Happy reading!


AuthorHannah Becker