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4 Entrepreneur Books that Will Motivate and Inspire

Even the most driven entrepreneurs can use a dose of external inspiration once in a while. 

If you're looking for something that could boost your optimism and power you through to your next big goal, check out these 5 books - they're packed with knowledge and insight about running a successful business and living your best life.

The Infinite Game

By Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek, author of "Start With Why" and "Leaders Eat Last," provides a mindset for leading with an "infinite mindset."

"Leaders who embrace an infinite mindset build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Ultimately, they are the ones who lead us into the future," reads the Amazon description.

Karlo Tanjuakio, CEO and founder of Kure, says Sinek's book significantly impacted how he leads his company, a project management platform for process improvement.

"Life and business aren't a zero-sum game, and anyone who operates as if they are is at a huge disadvantage," he says in a Forbes Expert Panel post.

"The journey of successful people, especially entrepreneurs, is filled with ups and downs—and the more you maintain the mindset of abundance instead of scarcity, the more successful you'll become."

The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward

By Daniel H. Pink

Considered one of the most anticipated and inspiring business books for the year by CEO Today magazine and a must-read by Forbes and Newsweek, "The Power of Regret: How Looking Forward Moves us Forward" is the latest from Daniel H. Pink, author of "When" and "Drive."

In this book, Pink draws on social psychology, neuroscience, and biology research to debunk the myth of the "no regrets" philosophy of life. He examines the hidden potential of regret - how it can help you make smarter decisions, perform better and bring greater meaning to life.

"We might find lessons lurking in moments we've pushed from the light," writes Kelsey Ables in a Washington Post story. "Regret has long been considered a sign of weakness, but what if we saw it as a strength?"

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by The Creator of Nike

By Phil Knight

Nike co-founder Phil Knight shares details of his entrepreneurial journey, including the "many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs."

Maryana Grinshpun, the founder of the architecture and interior design company Mammoth Projects, calls this book "an endless source of inspiration."

"It reminds me that every business is a struggle, and that the intersection of determination, relationships and luck is what builds great companies," she writes in a Forbes Expert Panel post

"All of the ingredients take years or decades to cultivate, and that's okay. Whether knowingly or not, Knight makes the case that building a business—like life—is about the journey, not the destination."

"You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life"

By Jen Sincero

One of the most popular books by internationally known author and speaker Jen Sincero, "You are a Badass," has been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 4 1/2 years.

In this book, the success coach serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, and easy self-help exercises, says Amazon Books. 

"This book helped me identify my self-limiting beliefs, so I could deconstruct them and build my confidence up enough to run my own business," Entrepreneur Kat Norton writes in a post for CNBC

Norton, who turned her software training business into a massive success after launching Miss Excel through TikTok, attributes her entrepreneurial spirit to the book, adding that it boosted her confidence and helped her get started and grow her business.