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The Best 20 Entrepreneur Books For Nurses

There are lots of options for a nurse who wants to venture into entrepreneurship. These options range from starting a nursing school, offering consultancy services, writing an eBook or running a medical blog. Your journey into entrepreneurship and eventual success is dependent on your ability to find the right resources.





1. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker:

Drucker is the father of modern day management principles. In this book the effective executive, Drucker explores the decision-making habits that maximize an executive’s productivity and value for an organisation. It comes in handy in shaping your view of the start-ups strengths and how you can add or increase its value and bottom-line. This is a great book for smart and ambitious individuals thinking of building a highly profitable business empire.


2. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand: 

This is the one book that captures and explores the passion and spirit of entrepreneurship. It tries to dissect the mindset and drive of those who are restless enough to venture out. This book the fountainhead is a must-read for any nurse who wants to understand how they can harness and channel their passion for generating growth and innovation.


3. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen:

This is a book that explores the socio-cultural motivations that drive decision-making as start-ups grow into large companies. It also explores the market cycles and how smaller start-ups can harness the disruptive trend to their advantages.


4. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius:

This collection of philosophical saying explores the stoic life at the end of the Roman Empire. It explores the issue of learning to live with forces that you can’t control and mastery of your emotions. As the saying goes, behavioural economics is 80% behaviour and 20% economics. That’s why most of the decisions in business, centres more on human motivations than cold had mathematical computations.


5. Business Adventures by John Brooks:

This collection of New Yorker stories is one of the favourites for both Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. The book mainly explores the strength and weakness of a leader when caught up in uncertain times or circumstances. It helps an entrepreneurial nurse to assess what their powers are and their limitations before she can make the best decision with inadequate knowledge of the situation.


6. Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson:

Benjamin Franklin was a master inventor. While few of us can match his grit, intellect and inventiveness, we can pick up insight and motivation behind his success. This is a book about Franklin; a young man who built an empire and name for himself starting from scratch.


7. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill:

This book was written by Napoleon Hill with the help of his wife. The main thrust of its knowledge is goal-setting and adopting the mindset that enables you to hit your mark every time. This book sold millions of copies and hailed by many, as one of the best books ever written in the subject of personal prosperity.


8. The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank:

This book by the serial entrepreneur Steve Blank is the closest you can come to accessing a manual for building a start-up. It explores the steps and pitfalls that mar the journey from generating ideas to getting them tried out on the market.


9. The Happiness Of Pursuit: 

This book is one of the most readable on the topic of entrepreneurship since its concise, profound and filled with provoking insight. One of the aspects of successful entrepreneurship is self-understanding. This book explores the relations between how we think, how we act, and how our actions shape our destiny.


10. Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia:

The common street wisdom teaches you that you have to destroy everyone and everything around you in order to win. However, longevity stems from learning to coexist with the numerous stakeholders that make-up the medical industry. This book is about doing business sustainably while enabling all your central players to benefit.


11. Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World:

The French philosopher Girard pushes you to eliminate the human tendency to focus on the rival at the expense of your goals. Secondly, it explores the reality that the fierceness of competition does not necessarily portray the real value of the underlying resource being fought for.


12. The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday:

This book describes how the modern leaders in medicine, business, law, politics and military have utilized principles from ancient Greek stoicism to navigate their organisations into profitability. The book covers centuries from Marcus Aurelius to Steve Jobs. This is a very popular book and can help you overcome obstacles in business.


13. Lucky or Smart? By Bo Peabody:

Most people would rather be lucky than smart. However, there are more, smarter people than lucky ones. Whichever way the wheel spins for you this book helps you to spot opportunities by being at the right place at the right time. It simply lays out the age-old rules for creating the conditions necessary for success.


14. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell:

How do we make decisions? Are we rational beings with the power of objective observation and recall? Malcolm Gladwell explores how intuition and self-biases influence perception and decision making. This is a must-read for any aspiring entrepreneurial nurse.


15. Surely You’re Joking:

This book explores the broad- minded views of the quantum physicist and noble laureate Richard Feynman. What makes this book great is that Feynman spends most of his life trying to bend technology and creativity. In it he explores the intersections between business, motivation, creativity and a dozen other fields.


16. Influence by Robert B. Cialdini:

This serial entrepreneur provides simple everyday ideas about customer service that tend to get forgotten very quickly. It helps you see the humanness of your clients and how nurturing this view enables you to provide better customer experience.


17. Switch by Chip and Dan Heath:

The switch is a book that explores the psychology behind behavioural change. It labours with the reality as to why it is so hard to make lasting changes and how to go about it. The primary thrust of the book is how to double down on the things that are working in the start-up.


18. Out of the Crisis – W. Edwards Deming:

This book explores the importance of collection and analysis of data as part of decision making. It also implores a leader to focus on the process and create healthy employer/employee relations. It’s one other book that deals with the good but often forgotten habits that can sustain the start-up over the long haul.


19. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell:

In this book, Malcolm Gladwell explores the cultural, academic, social and familial (dis)advantages that we accrue from our upbringing. He also explores how different forces outside our ability can enable us to either succeed or struggle.


20. Peak by Chip Conley:

This book essentially creates a hierarchy of needs for the business world. It’s not a well-written book, but it carries sound advice for nurse who are venturing into the world of start-ups and entrepreneurship. Conley’s may thrust is the power of prioritising.

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