Personal Development

4 Books to Help You Adopt the Entrepreneurial Mindset

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I want to recommend a few books to encourage you all to read more if you aren’t already. There are a lot of great books out there to help you grow as a person and in your business.

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Now, I’m not a huge reader. In fact, I hated reading books in high school and in college. But these days, audible books are easily accessible. I use, and with a subscription, you receive one free book a month that you can download and listen to.

So today, I want to talk about a few books that I would recommend reading. Let’s get started!

4 Books to Help You Adopt the Entrepreneurial Mindset

1. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy

This is not a real estate book, but it’s business-related, and it will change and rock your world!

It changes your perception on how you view rich people. To be frank, wealthy people don’t look like you think they look. They’re not the guys on “MTV Cribs” driving the brand new Mercedes with swimming pools in the living room.

The book is about real deal millionaires who drive used cars, live in modest homes, and exist frugally. That’s just how they live, but they made it and the book talks about how they did it.

It’s a great book!


2. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

This is another book that absolutely changed my life—and one of the key themes is that multitasking doesn’t work.

Sometimes we have so many different things going on in our minds. We have what’s called the “shiny object syndrome.”

Especially as entrepreneurs, we often say things like, “If you’re an entrepreneur and you’re successful in real estate, you can be successful at anything.” But sometimes we get that shiny object syndrome, and we go down all these different rabbit trails chasing after different things. The book is about narrowing your focus by doing one thing and doing it really well.

Check it out!

3. Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business

This is a great book that teaches you how to run a successful business. It discusses everything from building teams to organizing your goals and thoughts in terms of putting a business together.

This is a great read for anyone who currently has a startup and is looking to learn how to create systems and grow their business.

4. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Now, this is probably the one book everybody has heard of. But if you haven’t read it, go do it now!

It’s an amazing book on how to build wealth through real estate investing.

Most importantly, the book is about more than real estate. It’s about mindset. It’s about changing your mindset from thinking as an employee to thinking as an entrepreneur.

If you attended a public high school, face it: You’ve probably been programmed to be an employee. There’s a significant amount of history on the way modern schools were actually designed to look like factories back in the day, and the whole clocking in and clocking out idea was to model mass-producing factory workers during the industrial revolution.

So, we are bred in society to clock in, clock out, perform assignments, do what we’re told—and unless you were home schooled or raised by entrepreneurs, you were taught how to think like an employee.

Guys, this book will radically shift your way of thinking!

Well, there you have it! These are my most highly recommended books. Still, don’t forget that action is key. So, after reading these books, roll up your sleeves and get started!


What books would you add to the list?

Please share in the comments below!

Brett Snodgrass is CEO of Simple Wholesaling and has been a full-time real estate investor for 10+ years. He specializes in wholesaling, wholetailing, creative financing, and scaling a business from a one-man band to an amazing full team running 100s of deals per year. Brett has extensive knowledge and firsthand experience in several facets of real estate investing. He is an investor in Indianapolis (who loves being a hoosier) and works with investors all over the country who want to invest in one of the top-rated cash-flowing markets in the nation—that being Indy.
    Mike Rosso Rental Property Investor from Amherst, Ohio
    Replied about 3 years ago
    Great list Brett! I have read the millionare next door and rich dad poor dad. These two books significantly changed my life and how I think about money! I will definitely have to check out the other two!
    Brett Snodgrass Investor from Indianapolis, IN
    Replied about 3 years ago
    Awesome, Mike! I agree with you on those books changing the way I think about money. I am right there with you. Thanks and God bless!
    Eric Hamm Rental Property Investor from Merced, CA
    Replied almost 2 years ago
    I am a voracious reader. I’m also an entrepreneur – and have been for 23 years. I completely disagree with the comment above that suggests that the entrepreneur can’t learn from reading. I’ve read all four of these books and can tell you I learned something from each one. However, that’s the reason I’m commenting. I’ve already read these 4 books…as well as The Millionaire Mind, which was suggested in the comments section. I was scrolling the comments for some other suggestions. Anyone? Here are a few of my favorites: (not necessarily strictly for the entrepreneur) The 4 Disciplines of Execution, Chris McChesney Atomic Habits, James Clear Principles, Ray Dalio WhoNotHow, Dan Sullivan
    Roderick Mills Jr. from Cincinnati, OH
    Replied almost 2 years ago
    I just finished reading The One Thing as part of my book club and it has become one of my favorite books! I’m excited to see how my life changes after applying the principles it talked about.
    Andrew Syrios Residential Real Estate Investor from Kansas City, MO
    Replied about 1 year ago
    Traction is a really good book for scaling. I would also recommend Scaling Up by Verne Harnish, which is basically the next step after Traction.
    Martin Carstens Investor from Edmonds, Washington
    Replied about 1 year ago
    Brett, all four are good reading. The One Thing, sticks out. It applies to relationships, work, many different goals, and of course real estate. I know it changed how I start the day. And has given me an attitude of why not me? Thank you for sharing!