11 Best Airplane Reads for Entrepreneurs

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I'm Kiki Schirr, co-founder of Fittr. Illustrator of Tech Doodles. 1/2 of The Craft marketing newsletter. Contributor to {grow}. I love life and lemurs - and alliteration.

11 Best Airplane Reads for Entrepreneurs

Short, informative, and to-the-point (just like you!)

1. The War of Art

by Steven Pressfield Key Take-Away: Resistance is real — battle it like an artist.


by Nir Eyal (Ryan Hoover) Key Take-Away: Create habit-forming loops to keep customers coming back.


by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson Key Take-Away: Un-know what you know about how to do business.

Creative, Inc.

by Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho Key Take-Away: Tons of practical, actionable tips for going it alone.

Steal Like an Artist

by Austin Kleon Key Take-Away: Hey, being an artist is a lot like being an entrepreneur!

Purple Cow

by Seth Godin Key Take-Away: If you stand out, people will take notice.

Crush it!

by Gary Vaynerchuk Key Take-Away: This book might have been the impetus for Shia LaBeouf’s video, it’s that motivational.

The Tao of Twitter

by Mark Schaefer Key Take-Away: If you don’t “get” Twitter, you’re doing it wrong.

Lean Customer Development

by Cindy Alvarez Key Take-Away: Talk to your customers, they don’t bite — but they do know your business better than you.

Manage your Day-to-Day

edited by Jocelyn K. Glei Key Take-Away: Everybody does productivity a little different, so you might as well learn from these geniuses.

Evil by Design

by Chris Nodder Key Take-Away: A million tricky little ways to increase conversion.

Let me know what you think of this list!

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War of Art is a gem

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@sydney I'd add. "My inventions" by Nikola Tesla.

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@nireyal your book got mentioned here :) Amazing book! @andrew Zero to One is definitely a great read. I have an extra copy. Happy to share it with people if anybody wants to take a look at it.

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@kiki there are a few on this list that I really want to read: Hooked and Re-Work especially. I was disappointed in Steal Like an Artist. If you're a actively creative person, you'll come across the sum of the advice in the book. Also, for people that haven't read "Crush It", I recommend watching Gary Vaynerchuk's keynote speeches instead. His drive and enthusiasm comes across much more clearly when he's jumping around on stage. For anyone starting a business, I highly recommend Zero To One. It's definitely the most insightful business book I've read in the last year. Plus, at less than 200 pages, it's short enough finish in a single sitting (but take a few days to reflect and digest it all).

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@lelper @andrew @geeky_yang @interncass @slisam @sarharibhakti @hannahmilligan @kina @m23mclaughlin @kevinshin @ap @nobel @jc @brian @charlesj @mike @hirepool I know you guys are active readers. Any other books to add to this list?