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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 Audible.com, 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!

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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!

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What books would you add to the list?

Please share in the comments below!

Brett Snodgrass is a licensed real estate broker and wholesaler who hails from the Indianapolis metro. His mission in life is to glorify God by serving as many people as he can through his real estate business. He has a pretty active community growing on Facebook and is also the founder of SimpleWholesaling.com Come check it out now and connect!

    Brandon Turner Investor from Maui, HI
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Awesome books! The One Thing and Rich Dad are two of my all-time favorite books!
    Brett Snodgrass Investor from Indianapolis, IN
    Replied about 2 years ago
    I could not agree more! So much content to take and put to use in everyday life. Thanks Brandon!
    Sean Krause from Colorado Springs, CO
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Mine too. I actually got them because you recommended them, Brandon! I have read all the books in this post and I would have to agree with you, Brett.
    Brett Snodgrass Investor from Indianapolis, IN
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Thanks Sean! Any other books that you would recommend? I am always looking for a good read.
    John Murray from Portland, Oregon
    Replied about 2 years ago
    You can read all the books and listen to all the tapes but the entrepreneur spirit is born. We are the ones that left our safe urban, suburban or rural mommy and daddy. Usually at a teenage, joined the military or struck out far from our safe havens. We never depended on student loans or parents to pay our way. We wanted to do it our way and pay as we went. If we fell flat on our faces we reinvented ourselves. Learned, drove on until we succeeded. A book or a tape cannot build that spirit, we are born.
    Roch Sao from Jacksonville, Florida
    Replied about 2 years ago
    The idea that the entrepreneurial spirit can’t be molded or born from books is incorrect, misleading and really disappointing to see on BiggerPockets. I had the employee mindset for 20 years until I was fed up with the rat race, laid off from my job (because I spent the last 2 months of it just reading entrepreneurial books and watching YouTube videos on money, real estate and self development). I was able to make in one year at my job in 3 months and will continue to grow my startup investment company. Don’t let anyone tell you what can’t be done. Much love and prosperity to you all.
    Brett Snodgrass Investor from Indianapolis, IN
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Awesome Testimony Roch! Thanks for sharing! We are living in an amazing time when we have some many resources at our fingertips.
    Allyson Edwards Rental Property Investor from Goleta, CA
    Replied 10 months ago
    Thank you Roch Sao…someone had to say that. I agree with you and followed the same path. It’s the difference between a growth mindset and fixed mindset. Not something (as one has implied) that you are born with.
    Brett Snodgrass Investor from Indianapolis, IN
    Replied about 2 years ago
    John, I agree with you but I think some guidance can help at times. These books are the Bible but that can definitely help that spirit grow as well. Thanks for your comment. Like you said that entrepreneurial is born, but it always helps to seek counsel.
    Brett Snodgrass Investor from Indianapolis, IN
    Replied about 2 years ago
    *aren’t the Bible, not are the Bible
    Jerry W. Investor from Thermopolis, Wyoming
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Brett, Thanks for taking the time to share. I have read 3 of these books and really liked them. Now I will have to read the third one. I would like to say that I really appreciate your style and way you conduct yourself. It is nice to see someone succeed and say it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
    Brett Snodgrass Investor from Indianapolis, IN
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Thanks for your kind words Jerry! Good luck and God bless!
    Juan Medina Real Estate Investor from Uniondale, New York
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Great post! Thank you, Brett!
    Brett Snodgrass Investor from Indianapolis, IN
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Thank you, Juan!
    R Jensen
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Millionaire Mind is a good one too.
    Brett Snodgrass Investor from Indianapolis, IN
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Definitely agree with Millionaire Mind… great read, thanks!
    Otai Samuel from Moskva, Moscow
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Thankyou Mr Brett for the great work you are doing. I appreciate the approach you are making in a Godly way. The books mentioned in the article, are for our day to day walk in Life, much as GOD has given us our in born talents, many of us can’t Apply it in our daliy lives, and that’s why such books come in to Pave way for us. Otherwise, I just Love what you are doing. I am a Ugandan living in my Capital City Kampala, & still new and excited in earning simple income from Real Estates.
    Brett Snodgrass Investor from Indianapolis, IN
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Thanks Otai! Good look in all that you are doing! Don’t hesitate to reach out if I can be of help. God Bless!
    minrado r. dimayuga
    Replied about 2 years ago
    that rich dad poor dad book changed my way of thinking/mindset. being a baby boomer myself, i have experience that rat race mentality. now, i started a business of my own, a building contractor, engage in house renovation.
    Brett Snodgrass Investor from Indianapolis, IN
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Praying for you and your business Minrado! I think Rich Dad has changed many people’s ways of thinking!
    Mike Rosso Rental Property Investor from Amherst, Ohio
    Replied about 2 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 2 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 10 months 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 10 months 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, Missouri
    Replied 14 days 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 13 days 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!