RGL Library

Welcome to the RGL Library! No matter what the weatherman predicts, the time is always right to curl up with a good book and a hot cup of coffee at our library!

At the RGL Library, I recommend books that grace the reference shelf of my own personal library. I endorse these books without hesitation because they have served me well; they are my guide and my inspiration on a daily basis. I am sure that you will learn something new or view your world differently for having read them.

Book Recommendations for entrepreneurs

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Library Rules

Before you enter the RGL library you must be aware of these irrefutable rules of the Constant Reader. Don’t worry, you won’t be barred from the library if you don’t subscribe to all of these rules!

There is only one real rule here, which is this: you must bring your authentic self.

Only choose what moves you and take those lessons to heart. Use your imagination, that Math book can wait! While you are here, please read to yourself, some of us are building startups while the rest of us are indulging our imagination!

Browse my Business Bookshelf

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur looking for ways to get started? Are you overwhelmed by the options available in your local bookstore and online? RGL is here to help.

The following list of book recommendations for entrepreneurs includes some of my favorite business and personal development books. They have helped me throughout my years in Corporate and now inspire in my own Startup career. Enjoy!

book recommendations for entrepreneursFinding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck

I have listened to Martha on the Oprah show and read her columns in the O magazine for years now. When I decided to rebuild my career my last year, I was in search of a book that would help me understand how I had gotten so far off of my true path.

Martha’s book is a gem, it is a continuous source of inspiration to me. Her narratives of client sessions and her sense of humor helped me articulate my own desires and identify the unconscious beliefs in a non threatening way. The insights I gained were key to rebuilding my self confidence and taking the first steps towards my own North Star.

book recommendations for entrepreneurs

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

If you have not read a book by Malcolm Gladwell before you are in for a treat. Never have I seen his mystery novel like approach to tackling a business topic. He takes us on an intellectual journey by questioning why some 5 year old boys have an advantage over others in the field of ice hockey.

He carries his story forward by inspecting the success of well known businessmen and athletes and finds a common thread emerge. The reader learns that the success of these individuals was not solely built on their talents, but also aided by their circumstances. However what set these individuals apart was their single minded pursuit of these talents with conviction that took them from yet another datapoint on a curve to an outlier.

Learn about why the 10,000 hour rule makes a difference to which of your talents could be your strengths, This book is a fascinating read for employees and entrepreneurs alike.

book recommendations for entrepreneurs

Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff’s writing is honest yet funny. In this book he elaborates on the 5 stages of an Awesome Life. Our generation is painfully aware that the promises made to us at the start of our professional careers no longer hold true. We have witnessed company and industry wide meltdowns. Jon shows us how Technology has given us the opportunity to stop depending on others and has helped us forge our own path.

His actionable advice can help anyone bridge the distance between Learning and Guiding and start living an Awesome Life today.

book recommendations for entrepreneursNow, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham

This is the original StrengthsFinder book by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton. In an age when everyone was cheerleading setting goals to address “areas of opportunity” their book jump-started the strengths revolution.

This is a book I highly recommend to all of my coaching clients because if you have allowed circumstances to steer you in the direction of your current career chances are that you have never given your strengths much thought. Be sure to absorb the concept in its entirety and allow yourself the luxury of introspection when it comes to naming and owning your strengths.

Admittedly this book provides but an introduction to the process of discovering your own strengths. While I prefer the original version for Marcus’s compelling writing, the recent version by Tom Rath offers an access code to take the updated strengths finder test.

book recommendations for entrepreneurs

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau was one of the bloggers who turned me onto the possibility that someday I too might be able to pursue entrepreneurship and writing.

In this book he presents case studies from around the world about individuals who have started their business for $100. Along the way he dispel beliefs about startups and provides practical advice. This is exactly the kind of book a startup entrepreneur needs – full of real life examples, grounded advice on what works and a plethora of ideas that you can contrast against your own strengths.

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

This book is a highly entertaining account of Scott Adams’ journey to a successful career as a cartoonist. Scott emphasizes focusing on systems as opposed to goals and acquiring multiple skills rather than aiming for excellence in one area.

In Scott’s own words: A goal is a specific objective that you either achieve or don’t sometime in the future. A system is something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of happiness in the long run.

It seems counterintuitive, but being good at several complementary skills is indeed better than being excellent at one. I can testify that as a consultant it is better to be able to implement many things quite well, rather than be able to perform one thing really well. It opens more doors, increases the odds of landing more complex projects and gaining greater success.

Scott’s style is easy to read and humorous. I found myself laughing out loud at several points in the book. I enjoyed his laid back narrative of his failures and self deprecating account of his successes. I recommend this book for Scott’s style, his story and his thoughts on systems and success. An insightful and humorous read with tons of practical advice!

Connect With Me On GoodReads

Ever wondered what your friends interests are, which books proudly reside on their bookshelves? Do you wonder which books impacted their life, made them choose a different path in life?

GoodReads is a fantastic source for finding and sharing books you love with your friends. If you are a Constant Reader like me, please take a minute to connect with me on GoodReads.