8 Inspirational Books Every Solopreneur Should Read

Every book is a mentor. If you want to succeed as a solopreneur or if you are just starting out on your solo journey, start reading books from successful entrepreneurs today. Follow their blueprints and get inspiration you’ll need to get through the early days of soloprenuership.

Solopreneurs NEED to think differently, to step away from the herd, to create spectacular lives, and to make a real difference through their businesses.

I am an old school solopreneur. I admit it. Some of the books below were written almost a century ago.

My Soloprenuer Journey

I am also writing these words from a villa, in Jimbaran, Bali. 10 minutes down the road I can visit one of the most gorgeous beaches on earth. Pandawa Beach. Yep, look to your right. That’s me.RyanBiddulphPandawaBeachBali 

I have struggled like hell and I also retired to a life of island hopping. I’ve petted 400 pound tigers in Thailand, I’ve lived on the bay in Savusavu, Fiji for 4 months and I’ve enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica for 2 months.

I am freeing myself more each day. I want to take you with me.

My story is less about rags to riches — although I did started my journey as a laid-off security gourd and accumulated $50k in debt — and more about breaking bonds to free myself as a solopreneur. Mindset was A1, the absolutely, positively, #1 tool in my solopreneur arsenal.

How you think dictates how you feel and how you feel dictates how you act and how you act dictates your results.

As as entrepreneur you will absolutely, positively need to get your mind right to reach your business goals, or life goals for that matter.

That’s why you’ll see a heavy emphasis on old school, mindset-developing books below, which have worked for me over years.

I am an old hat and I do go against the grain but that’s why I’ve been blogging from paradise for almost 4 years. Keep in mind that the principles explained in these books are timeless, being evergreen in nature.

Solopreneurs need:

  • inspiration
  • dedication
  • persistence
  • clarity
  • desire
  • a generous spirit

and a whole slew of other attributes to reach their dreams. I know. As a guy who went from bum pier guard to dream-living, full time traveling, blogger from the tropics my inner shift dictated my dramatic lifestyle change.

Books predicated my mind shift, and goodness knows on 17 train rides from Saigon to Hoi An in Vietnam, and on 23 hour plane flights from New York to Bali, books were just about my best friend! Read whenever you can, find time if you have to.

If you’re hungry to put your solopreneur career into overdrive, read – and study – these 8 books.

The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell is a fabulous read for budding and veteran solopreneurs. I wrapped up this book last week here in Jimbaran, Bali.

Sensational book filled with real world, practical examples of how an idea can go viral through the tiniest, most seemingly insignificant changes.

tipping point


Gladwell teaches you how to connect with:

  • Connectors
  • Mavens
  • anybody who can inspire masses to spread your idea

Solopreneurs often feel lost. Being overwhelmed by some imagined need to do everything on your own may cripple you. This book teaches you the networking skills necessary to grow a massive network of friends, supporters and fans around you, to spread your idea.

Pick it up today: The Tipping Point

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill’s classic is my favorite book of all time. Think and Grow Rich started me on my solopreneur journey some 10 years ago.

A man lent me a CD series titled You Were Born Rich. As I was cruising to the shipping terminal – being disgusted with my security guard job – I heard the narrator mention Think and Grow Rich as a must read.

I bought it.

think and grow rich

I read it and studied it and pored over it so many times that the book fell apart.

It is THE practical manual for developing a successful mindset. Hill explains how to create a successful life through interviewing the great titans of the day, from captains of industry, to inventors, to scientists.

I gave my dog-eared copy to a Cambodian woman named Rambo a few years ago (don’t ask).

Download this book immediately for an inspirational jolt: Think and Grow Rich

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattle

Wallace Wattle’s book inspires you to think like a prospering winner. The read is a bit difficult at first; if you stick with it all will make sense, and you’ll note your business prospects growing.

Solopreneurs typically have a helluva time getting through money blocks. I was raised with a slew of limiting money beliefs which severely hampered my career online.

science of getting rich

The Science of Getting Rich helped me:

  • become more creative
  • detach more from money outcomes
  • develop faith in my ability to prosper
  • create more value through each business transaction
  • over deliver on a consistent basis

Out of all the books mentioned here this one is definitely a study-worthy piece. Read it, slowly, and allow the ideas to seep into your mind.

Even if you’re not spiritual you can appreciate the basic business fundamentals covered in The Science of Getting Rich.

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

Joseph Murphy published this awe-inspiring book to delve into the infinite power of the subconscious mind. As a solopreneur I had to learn the difference between running on positive versus negative autopilot before I could live my full-time blogging, dream life in the tropics.

power of your subconcious mind


You may vibe with the practical affirmations shared to help you through any entrepreneurial mental blocks you’re fighting with: The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor

I was beyond hopeless. I wanted to drive my car into a container.

During my security officer days at the docks I felt like I was stuck in a dead end job, mired in a pit of muck.

Fast forward 10 years. Biddulph is Blogging from Bali.

You Were Born Rich was the spark, the match, that set my life on fire. Bob Proctor brilliantly details how you entered this world an inspired, prospering solopreneur just bursting at the seems with potential.

you were born rich

He does a fabulous job explaining how titans who lost their moral compass while in greedy pursuit of money met horrible ends. (Note to self; being generous may just keep you out of an early grave.)

You Were Born Rich teaches you how to think, feel and act like a daring, life-changing entrepreneur.

Download it today fellow solopreneurs: You Were Born Rich

The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris

I count myself a Tim Ferriss minion.

I voraciously devoured The 4 Hour Workweek while flying from New York to Lima, Peru.

Solopreneurs will find immense value in Tim’s mantra; do uncomfortable but freeing stuff quickly to spend more time enjoying the fruits of your labor and less time working.

the 4 hour work week

He’s the master of leveraging, the maven of time saving and the king of making the greatest impact in the least amount of time.

Add this book to your library today: The 4 Hour Workweek

Speedwealth: How to Make a Million in Your Business in 3 Years or Less by T Harv Eker

T Harv Eker inspires solopreneurs to build their businesses from the inside-out. He is in your face, a bit brash at times and overall an inspiring study in how to get your venture off of the ground quickly.

T’s another master of leveraging.


As a solopreneur you’ll want to pay close attention to the business-expanding secrets that this book has to share.

Pick it up here: Speedwealth: How to Make a Million in Your Business in 3 Years or Less

How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging by Ryan Biddulp

Ryan Biddulph does a wonderful job….wait a second, that’s me!

Shameless plug maybe….but I genuinely believe this eBook is a must read, and not only because a NY Times Best Selling Author tweet endorsed it.

blogging from paradise

I share the practical tips that I used to make the jump from broke “without an entrepreneurial bone in my body” security officer to globetrotting, prospering solopreneur.

I toss in a few funny travel stories too.

Download it here: How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging

Your Turn

Have you read any of these books?

What solopreneur-inspiring reads can you add to this list?

5 replies
  1. Matthew Capala
    Matthew Capala says:

    Great list, Ryan, I love and read a bunch of the books from your list, in addition I would add these books to the list that inspired me most:

    – Choose Yourself by James Altucher
    – Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth by James Altucher
    – Laptop Millionaire by Mark Anastasi
    – The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
    – Become an Idea Machine by Claudia Azula Altucher
    – Never Work Again by Erland Bakke

    Happy island hopping Ryan!

    • Ryan Biddulph
      Ryan Biddulph says:

      Matt, great list here! I dig James Altucher’s works. He has a viewpoint I’ve not seen, anywhere. Ditto on Chris G’s take on life. He’s up my alley; but you already knew that 😉 Thanks for sharing the opportunity with me, and will do Matt!

  2. Susan Young
    Susan Young says:

    What a fabulous story you have Ryan, and fabulous list of books, too! Congratulations on the incredible mental discipline you have learned!

    Are you familiar with Dr. Maxwell Maltz and PsychoCybernetics? That’s one of my all-time favorites. Also, the Success Journey by John Maxwell and Crush It by Gary Vee.

    Well done, Ryan, well done!

  3. Phillip Dews
    Phillip Dews says:

    Hi Matt and Ryan,
    Awesome guest post RB,

    What a list dude and I will deffo be adding to my library! At the mo all I have read is the Napoleon Hill one dude.

    I would also add ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki. That book I devoured in 2 days the comparisons he makes between the 2 dads makes a helluva load of sense as well as hugely inspiring.

    Currently I just started reading ‘What You See is What you Get’ by Lord Alan Sugar. A real in your face author Lord Sugar is and one I highly recommend. For a bit of fun I would add ‘Grow Up’ by Keith Allen, He is another East-Ender like Alan and a hugely funny guy at that.

    Really enjoyed this post RB. thanks for publishing is as well Matt.
    Till next time.
    – Phillip

  4. Manou
    Manou says:

    I have to mention The Alchymist by Paulo Coelho. Its a classic and shows us the magic that happens when you just “lean back” and trust the universe. Maybe a bit too holistic for some, but it worked for me!
    Best regards Manou


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