10 Best Selling Books On Business: Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Updated: Feb 20

This is the list that not only will inspire you but will give you the rules, facts, and life lessons from the New York Times Best Sellers, from leadership qualities to teamwork, work culture, habits, financials, and economics through biographies and literature. These books are a must-read for every entrepreneur who wishes to thrive in post corona period.

“Where everyone sees the risk, an entrepreneur sees the reward”


Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last

Joy at Work

Dare to Lead Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Thinking Fast and Slow

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win


Post Corona

Range : Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

1. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Pages: 288

About the author:

James Clear has appeared in Entrepreneur magazine, Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and on CBS This Morning. He has been writing at JamesClear.com since 2012. In addition to writing, he’s occasionally asked to speak at large companies and events. Previous clients include Capital One, Cisco, General Electric, Honda, Intel, LinkedIn, Lululemon, McKinsey & Company, Merrill Lynch, and many more.

About the book:

Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.

Learn how to:

• make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);

• overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;

• design your environment to make success easier;

• get back on track when you fall off course;

...and much more.

2. Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last

Pages: 256

About the author:

Wright Thompson is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He formerly worked at The Kansas City Star and Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Thompson's topics have covered a wide range of sports issues, from football, basketball, and baseball, to car racing, sports history, Father's Day, and bullfighting.

About the book:

An instant New York Times bestseller

The story of how Julian Van Winkle III, the caretaker of the most coveted cult Kentucky Bourbon whiskey in the world, fought to protect his family's heritage and preserve the taste of his forebears, in a world where authenticity, like his product, is in very short supply.

“A fast-paced and colorful history of 20th-century Southern culture, told through the story of charismatic cult-bourbon maker Julian P. Van Winkle III. . . . ‘Being Southern,’ Thompson writes, ‘means carrying a responsibility to shake off the comforting blanket of myth and see ourselves clearly.’ Thompson more than fulfills that burden with insight and eloquence.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)

3. Joy at Work

Pages: 168

About the author:

Marie Kondo is also known as Konmari is a Japanese organizing consultant, author, and TV show host. The profile of Kondo and her methods were greatly promoted by the success of the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, released in 2019, which gained Kondo a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. She was listed as one of Time's "100 most influential people" in 2015.

Scott Sonenshein is the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor at the Jesse H. Jones School of Business, Rice University. He is an organizational psychologist that primarily uses field methodologies to examine questions around work and organizations. Sonenshein is also the author of the book Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less – and Achieve More than You Ever Imagined.

About the book:

Authors will help you to refocus your mind on what's important at work, and as their examples show, the results can be truly life-changing. With advice on how to improve the way you work, the book features advice on problem areas including fundamentals like how to organize your desk, finally get through your emails and find balance by ditching distractions and focusing on what sparks joy.

4. Dare to Lead Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Pages: 299

About the author:

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she hold the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair. She’s also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. She’d spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She’s the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead.

About the book:

Brené Brown spent the past two decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives. Over the past seven years, she found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups and family-owned businesses to non-profits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies, are asking the same questions: how do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building program.

5. Thinking Fast and Slow

Pages: 512

About the author:

Daniel Kahneman is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also a Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002 for his pioneering work integrating insights from psychological research into economic science, especially concerning human judgment and decision-making under uncertainty. Much of this work was carried out collaboratively with Amos Tversky.

About the book:

Daniel Kahneman's work with Amos Tversky is the subject of Michael Lewis's best-selling The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds. He reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives―and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.

6. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Pages: 320

About the author:

John Gretton "Jocko" Willink is an American author, podcaster, and retired naval officer who served in the Navy SEALs. Willink co-authored the books Extreme Ownership and The Dichotomy of Leadership (with fellow retired SEAL Leif Babin) and co-founded the management consulting firm Echelon Front, LLC. Willink hosts a weekly podcast with Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner Echo Charles, called the Jocko Podcast.

Leif Babin is a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer, co-author of #1 New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he serves as President/Chief Operating Officer, leadership instructor, speaker, and strategic advisor.

About the book:

A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win. Detailing the mindset and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team, family, or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.

7. Edison

Pages: 800

About the author:

Edmund Morris was born and educated in Kenya and attended college in South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before immigrating to the United States in 1968. His first book, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1980. Its sequel, Theodore Rex, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography in 2001. In between these two books, Morris became President Reagan’s authorized biographer and wrote the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan.

About the book:

One of the achievements of this staggering new biography, the first major life of Edison in more than twenty years, is that it portrays the unknown Edison-the philosopher, the futurist, the chemist, the botanist, the wartime defense adviser, the founder of nearly 250 companies-as fully as it deconstructs the Edison of mythological memory. Morris sweeps aside conspiratorial theories positing an enmity between Edison and Nikola Tesla and presents proof of their mutually admiring, if wary, relationship. Enlightened by seven years of research among the five million pages of original documents preserved in Edison's huge laboratory at West Orange, New Jersey, and privileged access to family papers that still held in trust.

8. Post Corona

Pages: 256

About the author:

Scott Galloway is an American advertising theorist. Scott Galloway is a Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business where he teaches Brand Strategy and Digital Marketing to second-year MBA students and is the author of the Digital IQ Index ®, a global ranking of prestige brands' digital competence. In 2012, Professor Galloway was named "One of the World's 50 Best Business School Professors" (Poets & Quants). Professor Galloway is also the founder of several firms L2, Red Envelope, Prophet.

About the book:

In Post Corona, the author outlines the contours of the crisis and the opportunities that lie ahead. Some businesses, like the powerful tech monopolies, will thrive as a result of the disruption. Other industries, like higher education, will struggle to maintain a value proposition that no longer makes sense when we can't stand shoulder to shoulder. And the pandemic has accelerated deeper trends in government and society, exposing a widening gap between our vision of America as a land of opportunity, and the troubling realities of our declining wellbeing. Combining his signature humor and brash style with sharp business insights and the occasional dose of righteous anger, Galloway offers both warning and hope in equal measure.

9. Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Pages: 352

About the author:

David Epstein is the author of two #1 New York Times best sellers. Previously, he was a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and prior to that a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he co-authored the story that revealed Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had used steroids. His writing has been honored by an array of organizations, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, and has been included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. His story “Following the Trail of Broken Hearts,” on sudden cardiac death in athletes, was chosen as one of the top 100 stories of the last 100 years by Columbia Journalism alumni.

About the book:

“Fascinating. . . . If you’re a generalist who has ever felt overshadowed by your specialist colleagues, this book is for you.” —Bill Gates

Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.

10. I Will Teach You to Be Rich


About the author:

Ramit Singh Sethi is an American personal finance advisor and entrepreneur. Sethi is the author of the 2009 New York Times Best Seller, I Will Teach You to Be Rich and founder of GrowthLab.com, owner of IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com, and owner and a co-founder of PBworks, a commercial wiki website.

About the book:

Sethi covers how to save time by not wasting it managing money; the guns and cars myth of credit cards; how to negotiate like an Indian--the conversation begins with "no"; why "Budgeting Doesn't Have to Suck!"; how to get things rolling--for real--with only $20; what most people don't understand about taxes; how to get a CEO to take you out to lunch; how to avoid the Super Mario Brothers trap by making your savings work harder than you do; the difference between cheap and frugal; the hidden relationship between money and food.

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