Source | INC : By Nick Yushkov
Here’s a list of 17 successful entrepreneur biographies:
1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
This biography doesn’t just top the list of entrepreneurial stories–in many cases, it comes up as one of the best biographies of all time, period. We all know that Jobs revolutionized the world of technology, but it’s the behind-the-scenes look at Jobs’ thoughts and actions that makes him truly fascinating.
2. Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire by James Wallace
Like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates is a household name due to his incredible technological advances. Yet few people know about his history, including the painstaking steps he took to develop Microsoft into the behemoth that it is today. If you’re going to read a biography, why not choose the story about how Gates went from embarrassing failure (OS/2) to becoming one of the richest individuals in the world?
3. Shark Tales: How I turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barbara Corcoran and Bruce Littlefield
It’s Corcoran’s meager beginnings that make her success story that much sweeter; she had nine siblings and went through an astonishing 22 jobs by the age of 23. Her story describes how that 23rd job opened the door for developing the $6 billion organization, the Corcoran Group, in combination with just a thousand dollars which she borrowed from a friend. Now, Corcoran is known as one of the sharks on the television show Shark Tank, a program in which many aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their own ideas in hopes of receiving funding.
4. Reallionaire: Nine Steps to Becoming Rich from the Inside Out by Farrah Gray with Fran Harris
If you’ve never heard of Farrah Gray, you’re not alone. But you should get to know him. Why? Gray sold his first business for a sum of more than $1 million … at the age of 14. People magazine also credits him as being the first African American teen to rise to such a level of success from a beginning of public assistance without entering the entertainment industry or having a family connection. Gray’s investment strategies are just one aspect of his well-rounded business approach; he offers nine pieces of advice for achieving success that virtually anyone can follow.
5. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
Like Farrah Gray, Tony Hsieh exhibited entrepreneurial ambitions at a young age. He started out with a worm farm at the age of nine, and by the age of 24, he had sold his online banner advertising business, LinkExchange, to Microsoft for $265 million dollars. Today, he’s known as Zappos’ visionary CEO. Zappos is often credited as having one of the healthiest and happiest corporate cultures, so this is certainly a book worth considering for any exec.