7 Fiction Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read
Brandon Turner reads 27 books a day.
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OK, that’s a slight exaggeration, but he reads all the time. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a speed reader, but that man plows through books in a way that makes me quite jealous. (Of course, he doesn’t have a 10-year-old and 7-year-old currently trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Consecutive Hours Fighting like I do, but I digress.)
I aspire to be like Brandon, and you should, too. He is brilliant, and he never stops learning.
There’s no shortage of business books out there and there’s no shortage of real estate books, either. But sometimes you aren’t in the mood for a business book or a real estate book. (I know, crazy talk, right?)
I asked around for fiction book recommendations for entrepreneurs, and I got some really great responses. Many of the same titles were suggested multiple times.
Absolutely my favorite response was recommended by Brian Davis of SparkRental, who also writes for The BiggerPockets Blog periodically and Brett Bastello from Community Tax. Not only did I love this book, but the lessons you can learn while being entertained are numerous.
The Martian by Andy Weir
When an astronaut is accidentally abandoned on Mars all alone, he has only his wits and motivation to survive on. His fate is entirely in his own hands, and it is literally an innovate-or-die scenario. In a neat trick of thematic juxtaposition, Weir tells a parallel narrative of the massive collaborative effort taking place on Earth to try and bring the astronaut home. One narrative is about lone survival against all odds, and the other is about the power of collaboration and teamwork—and the lessons of each are necessary for entrepreneurs to succeed. As a bonus, the prose is witty, funny, and a pleasure to read.
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
Recommended by Chris Murray of Varda Kreuz Training, this is a fabulous, timeless book that reveals the secrets to making and keeping personal wealth.
I also read this book after numerous people recommended it. It reads like the King James Version of the Bible, but the lessons it contains are so powerful that I had to stop highlighting it because I was highlighting entire pages!
It was published in 1926 but is every bit as relevant today as it was then.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Adam Jusko from Credit Card Catalog and Bryan Koontz from Guide Fitter both raved about this book. Adam told me, “I’m sure Ayn Rand’s name will come up over and over. My favorite is The Fountainhead, which not only espouses staying true to your vision but also warns about the naysayers who will try to bring you down. Atlas Shrugged is probably the better-known of Rand’s books, but it is basically a bloated version of The Fountainhead, which is the better read by far.”
Jason Bauman from Trinity Insight shared a couple of books that I have not yet read—nor even heard about before—but I have put them on my list. Based on his description, they cover some pretty important business topics from the extremely timely privacy rights to basic business ideas of figuring out how to create a business by seeing what others do not.
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
“I recommend every entrepreneur read Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. Is this is a kid’s book? Yep! Does it have a powerful message that resonates with all ages? Absolutely! Entrepreneurs are natural explorers. Just as it says in the book, they have brains in their head, feet in their shoes, and can steer themselves in any direction they choose. You’ll have great moments of success alongside your other fellow entrepreneurs, but you will also have moments where you’re left behind in a lurch and trying to figure out what road is best to travel with your small business. Being too hesitant to decide what to do may stick you in the dreaded ‘The Waiting Place’—it’s up to you to keep moving forward through the good and bad times alike. Just remember, ‘Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way!’” —Deborah Sweeney, MyCorporation