4 Books to Help You Adopt the Entrepreneurial Mindset

by | BiggerPockets.com

Today, 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.

Now, I’m not a huge reader. In fact, I hated reading books in high school and in college, but these days, they have audible books that 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!

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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 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 books talks about how they did it.

It’s a great book!


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

This 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,” and sometimes we get that shiny object syndrome, and we down all these different rabbit trails chasing after different things and 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 from building teams and organizing your goals and your thoughts to putting a business together.

This book is great 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 read it now!

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

Most importantly, the book is about more than real estate. It’s about the mindset. It’s about changing the 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!

Question: What books would you add to the list?

Please share in the comments below!

About Author

Brett Snodgrass

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!


  1. John Murray

    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.

    • Brett Snodgrass

      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.

    • roch sao

      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.

  2. Jerry W.

    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.

  3. Otai Samuel

    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.

  4. minrado r. dimayuga on

    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.

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