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Five Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

November 5, 2013

The top five books every entrepreneur should read for success in self- development, business-management, sales and marketing. Find out more.

“Books can be dangerous.  The best ones should be labeled ’This could change your life.”
- Helen Exley

Although any season is perfect for indulging an inner bookworm, as temperatures fall outside of our corporate offices here in Plano, we couldn’t think of a better time to curl up and read a good book. And while it’s always nice to lose yourself in a heart-pounding “who-dun-it,” or swoon over dreamy romantic prose, why not dig a bit deeper and empower yourself with some words that can enrich your life?


Need a few ideas? While there’s no official “WorldVentures Book Club,” if one existed, these picks would definitely be on our “must-read” list:


As a man thinketh by james allen

“As a Man Thinketh”
by James Allen

A favorite of many WorldVentures’ high-achievers, “As a Man Thinketh” was first published in 1902 by Allen, British philosophic writer. This little book has influenced millions the world over, inspiring deep thought on how what you think shapes character.  Based on the Biblical verse “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” Allen’s work has been called a “masterpiece” and a “guide to life.”

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

“Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money-That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
by Robert Kiyosaki

Talk about a mouth full! This New York Times best-seller is the first in a series of books written by Kiyosaki, a motivational speaker, investor and financial entrepreneur. Advocating establishing financial independence with wealth-building investments, this book turned the definition of “asset” on its ear when first published. Though its contents caused plenty of controversy, we’ll let you read it for yourself and be the judge!

The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson

“The Dream Giver: Following Your God-Given Destiny”
by Bruce Wilkinson

Starting with the story of “Ordinary” who resided in the “Land of Familiar,” Wilkinson’s work is all about the pursuit of dreams and overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving them. Written in an easy-to-read format, the journeys of “Ordinary,” “Anybody,” “Somebody” and more reignites the desire to make your “Big Dream” your new reality.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”
 by Stephen R. Covey
The Covey name is synonymous with business, accountability and personal development.

First published in 1989, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” was named one of “The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books” by Time magazine and remains a business best-seller. Written to encourage a mind-shift, the “7 Habits” seem simplistic on the surface, but the principles have led millions to a more focused and purpose-filled existence.

The Speed of Trust

“The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything”
by Stephen M. R. Covey

Thousands of WorldVentures Reps had the thrill of hearing Stephen M.R. Covey speak on his concept of trust at the 2013 WorldVentures’ International Convention Since then, his “The SPEED of Trust: The One that that Changes Everything” has become one of our new favorite reads. Labeling trust as a “performance multiplier” and an often overlooked aspect of both professional and personal relationships, this book should be read carefully by anyone who wants to understand the balance between trust and a company’s bottom-line. 


Margaret Fuller, journalist and activist, once said, “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” There’s no better quote that conveys the power of the written word and its impact on the leaders of tomorrow?namely you!

Which books have inspired you? Share your favorites with the rest of us.