The moment you stumble upon a brilliant idea and those entrepreneurial talons sink in, you are a goner. Your mind probably spins around the clock, concocting new ideas and strategy to build your business to change the world, and you may find yourself devouring any great research you can get your hands on. We are 100% sold out nerds when it comes to changing the world and learning how to do it, so we are often reading 3 books at a time. Oops. So to give our obsession purpose, here's our top 10 books on social entrepreneurship, may they inspire you onward and upward.
1 | Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
This book is Social Entrepreneurship 101. Taking you through the magical ideation phases of some of many inspiring social enterprises, including, yes, TOMS, and inspiring you to take an idea and make it something great.
2 | The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun
We have noticed a trend in social entrepreneurs, their ideas always start with a trip that opened their eyes, and Adam’s tale is no different. This is another great story of the beginning of a dream. You'll be inspired by his triumphs, learn from his trials, and ultimately be touched by his vulnerability.
3 | Do Cool Shit by Miki Agrawal
Miki is one of favorite people because she is such a badass. No excuses, only action. Sometimes we need a good dose of that to get us moving (and keep us motivated). Read this to be inspired by her no-nonsense approach to building a business and not accepting no for an answer.
4 | Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
You might assume that the founder of Patagonia has just a little knowledge about starting a company that challenges the status quo and sets new standards. And you’d be right. Read this book to learn how being exactly who you are, and where you come from, is the greatest asset you can bring to the table.
5 | Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki
Inspiring, practical, and really freaking wise. Guy Kawasaki leaves no stone left unturned when it comes to the art of enchantment. In this book, learn from the best on how to truly enchant your customers and build a business that keeps people coming back for more. Add to cart now.
6 | Originals by Adam Grant
Lucky for us, we don’t have to all be Steve Jobs to make a difference. In this book, Adam singles out “originals” and dissects what makes them original, how to recognise when change is needed around you, and how you can buck the status quo to make that happen.
7 | Uncontainable: The Container Store Story by Kip Tindel
We never expected to read a book about a storage company, much less love it. This book not only will impress you with the standards set in place at The Container Store but also will teach you how to uphold those standards through tough times (like idk the great recession perhaps?).
8 | Delivering Happiness by Tony Hseih
Can you reeeaaally have run a company that values happiness? How are you supposed to care about the personal growth of your employees when there is so much work to be done? As someone who is seeking to change the world, it must start with your immediate tribe, so add this to your queue now.
9 | Screw Business as Usual by Richard Branson
Leave it to Richard Branson to fuel you up and believe in the impossible. This man has no limits and that’s exactly how we aspire to operate at THR3EFOLD. Branson proselytizes our biggest belief which is, we can change the world THROUGH day-to-day, for-profit business. Read this and become an evangelist yourself.
10 | Creating a World Without Poverty by Muhammad Yunus
Ok we’ve got to admit, when we realized we were so nerded out on social entrepreneurship that we were reading this book for fun (on vacation), we knew we there was zero hope for recovery. Muhammad Yunus is basically the founding father of social entrepreneurship and when you read this book, you will see why. The impact this man has had on Bangladesh and the world is like counting grains of sand on the beach. Prepare yourself.
We hope you get as much out of these reads as we have. If you have any further recommendations, please join in the conversation! You can follow up on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn to be a part of the movement. Or just subscribe via email and get the latest news right to you, on demand.