The top books for sports coaches and entrepreneurs

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If you’re searching for inspiration to lift your entrepreneurial spirit, why not pick up a book? With so many inciteful books written by experts in their fields, it is difficult to know where to start. For every well-written book, there are plenty of useless ones that will only waste your precious and limited time.

We’ve created a list of our top books for sports coaches and entrepreneurs to help you get stuck in.

Here is our round-up of the best titles out there to help you on your way to sports business success.

Black Box Thinking: Why Some People Never Learn from Their Mistakes- But Some Do


Matthew Syed ’s in-depth exploration of creativity, determination and marginal gain is a fascinating read for any entrepreneur, sports coach or student.

It turns on the notions of blame and the fear of failure, seeing both as hindrances to progression. Syed cites athletes as the masters of embracing “failure” and learning from mistakes as means of propelling ourselves forward.

Black Box Thinking is a very accessible read, even for those that wouldn’t typically pick up a non-fiction book. It uses countless examples from a plethora of industries, including sport, to discover what drives success.

Matthew Syed has another book called Bounce which touches upon the author’s own tennis career and the success of the Williams sisters, Tiger Woods and Mozart, through the 10,000-hour rule. His children’s book, You are Awesome aims to instil confidence and resilience in its young readers.

At the heart of each of Syed’s books is the promotion of the sportsman’s mentality: hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Call an Audible


This inspiring story is for anyone nervously making a career switch from office slave to sports coach or perhaps tentatively pursuing their startup dream.

Daron K. Roberts quit Harvard Law to pursue a career working as an NFL coach. He argues that starting at the bottom is perfectly acceptible so long as you have ambition.

Call an Audible is an inspiring against-the-odds story that will encourage you to pursue your goals.

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

A curveball that may not seem immediately relevant, but once you read this book you will realise that sleep is paramount to everything you do.

As an entrepreneur, you may sacrifice sleep in order to achieve your business goals- many CEOs and presidents have claimed to survive off little more than a brief nap- but this can be detrimental to your health, mentality and ultimately your career success.

Were you aware that a lack of sleep was more impairing to your alertness and concentration levels than intoxication?

Did you know that we catalogue memories in the first four hours of sleep, while the latter four hours develop creativity?

Neuroscientist and sleep expert, Matthew Walker, shows how you can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels. The right amount of sleep prevents diseases and boosts efficiency, success, and business productivity.

The audio version of Matthew Walker’s book is particularly engaging and, ironically, will keep you awake because it is so fascinating.

Fever Pitch: A Fan’s Life

For anyone who needs a reminder that their sport has a big impact.

If you find your passion or enthusiasm slipping, Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch will reinvigorate your dedication to your sport.

Novelist Nick Hornby has been football mad since birth. In his funny and entertaining memoir, Fever Pitch, he looks back at his lifelong obsession with the sport. But even if you are not a diehard Arsenal fan- or football literate for that matter- when boiled down, Hornby’s collection of essays are about passion, fandom and the sense of belonging and purpose that sport can bring.

100 Things Successful People Do

Filled with one hundred random but helpful tips, Nigel Cumberland’s guide draws upon the advice of people who have made their dreams happen. Simple and to the point, this book can be read in small doses- the chapters are just two pages long- for continual inspiration.

Part instruction manual, part inspiring tales, 100 Things Successful People Do will change your mindset, uproot old habits and provide you with helpful strategies to drive the results you want.

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