The 134 Best Business Books

Of All Times (2020)

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21 Books

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building A Business When There Are No Easy Answers 

Author: Ben Horowitz    

289 pages    

published:2014

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          The information in this book goes far beyond a how-to business book. It draws on Horowitz’s personal experiences in Silicon Valley, and his hard-earned successes.

Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run a successful business. He describes all the difficult moments, mental battles, and stressful situations he faced throughout his career, and all that he learned.

The result is different than most success books — a realistic view from a successful entrepreneur.

         Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice

on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.

          While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.

Filled with his trademark humor and straight talk, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz's personal and often humbling experiences.

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Shoe Dog: A Memoir By The Creator Of Nike

Author: Phil Knight  

386 pages    

published: 2016

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           This is a fascinating account from Phil Knight, the co-founder of Nike, of his life and the birth of one of the biggest shoe companies in the world. Many books have been written about Nike, but in Shoe Dog, you get to hear directly from the man responsible for its success.

Phil Knight pours his heart out in this emotionally-charged account, and the results are inspiring.hacktheentrepreneur.com

          In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight "offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh" (Booklist, starred review), illuminating his company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

Bill Gates named Shoe Dog one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it "an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It's a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do."

Grinding It Out:The Making Of McDonald's

Author: Ray Kroc    

256 pages    

published: 1977

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          Ray Kroc shares his secrets and drive to change the world in Grinding It Out. He explains how his life changed at the age of 52 when he got into the automation of the food industry. This innovation fast-tracked the explosive growth of McDonald's.

One of the best business biographies, this book will teach you about resilience and persistence. And Kroc is not shy about revealing the mistakes he has made in his personal life and business.

This book is not only motivational but also a call to action for those who have yet to make a mark in their field.

          Few entrepreneurs can claim to have actually changed the way we live, but Ray Kroc is one of them. Hisrevolutions in food service automation, franchising, shared national training and advertising have earned him aplace beside the men who founded not merely businesses but entire new industries.But even more interesting than Ray Kroc the business legend is Ray Kroc the man. Not your typical self-madetycoon, Kroc was 52 when he met the McDonald brothers and opened his first franchise. Now meet Ray Kroc, theman behind the business legend, in his own words. Irrepressible enthusiast, perceptive people-watcher, and bornstoryteller, he will fascinate and inspire you. You'll never forget Ray Kroc.

HowTo Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big: Kind Of The Story Of My Life

Author: Scott Adams    

247 pages    

published: 2013

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          Scott Adams, the creator of the long-running syndicated comic strip, Dilbert, narrates his life story in this engaging book. He explains how he failed at almost everything he set out do, but learned valuable lessons with every attempt.

Filled with Adams’ trademark humor, this book provides insights on creating a satisfying life — and they aren’t what you might expect. The book outlines how to use systems instead of goals to increase your odds of success.

This is probably one of the most entertaining business books to read. It provides not only comic relief, but solid advice on getting up after failure, acquiring new skills, and managing energy to achieve great things.

          Blasting clichéd career advice, the contrarian pundit and creator of Dilbert recounts the humorous ups and downs of his career, revealing the outsized role of luck in our lives and how best to play the system. 

Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you've ever met or anyone you've even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world's most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the game plan he's followed since he was a teen: invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket.

How To Get Rich: One Of The World's Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets

Author: Felix Dennis    

320 pages    

published: 2006

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It is one thing to run a successful business and another to create lasting wealth. Felix Dennis understands the difference between the two and explains it in this book.

The lessons outlined in How to Get Rich came from Dennis’ personal experiences, both successes, and failures. He tears down the concept of humility and considers public failure to be a sign of growth and not humiliation. He also believes that the ability to make money can be learned, regardless of circumstance, and that anyone can learn to do it.

          Felix Dennis is an expert at proving people wrong. Starting as a college dropout with no family money, he created a publishing empire, founded Maxim magazine, made himself one of the richest people in the UK, and had a blast in the process. 

How to Get Rich is different from any other book on the subject because Dennis isn't selling snake oil, investment tips, or motivational claptrap. He merely wants to help people embrace entrepreneurship, and to share lessons he learned the hard way. He reveals, for example, why a regular paycheck is like crack cocaine; why great ideas are vastly overrated; and why ownership isn't the important thing, it's the only thing.

The Snowball: Warren Buffett And The Business Of Life

Author: Alice Schroeder    

976 pages    

published: 2006

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Amazon Bestseller Ranking:

#46 in Business Professional's Biographies

#80 in Rich & Famous Biographies

Voted Amazon's Best Business and Finance Bok in 2008

In this book, Alice Schroeder explores the life of investor and philanthropist Warren Buffet. The book describes the lessons Buffet learned during his years in business, and the motivation behind his philanthropy.

This inspiring biography encourages giving back to the society once you attain a level of success. Buffet’s story also provides some insight on how to achieve that success. Throughout the book, Buffet emphasizes hard work and productivity. He also urges the reader to identify what they want to accomplish in life and start early.

Recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, The Snowball is the most fascinating financial success story of our time. Warren Buffett, the legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but finally has given Alice Schroeder unprecedented access to him and all those closest to his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies and wisdom. The result is this personally revealing and complete biography of 'The Oracle of Omaha', indispensable reading for those who wish to know the man behind the outstanding achievements.

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Disrupted: My Misadventure In The Start-Up Bubble

Dan Lyon    

272 pages    

published: 2016

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          In this candid and humorous book, Dan Lyons shares his story of getting fired from a career writing about tech companies — and starting fresh at age 50 in a strange new world.

Lyons experienced first-hand the excesses, exploitations, and poor management of startup culture. As a career writer and an outsider, he is brilliant at satirizing the types of people attracted to tech startups. While the book is short, it’s an engaging and eye-opening read. hacktheentrepreneur.com

          An instant New York Times bestseller, Dan Lyons' "hysterical" (Recode) memoir, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "the best book about Silicon Valley," takes readers inside the maddening world of fad-chasing venture capitalists, sales bros, social climbers, and sociopaths at today's tech startups.

For twenty-five years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession--until one Friday morning when he received a phone call: Poof. His job no longer existed. "I think they just want to hire younger people," his boss at Newsweek told him. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was, in a word, screwed. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital. They offered Dan a pile of stock options for the vague role of "marketing fellow." What could go wrong?

International Bestseller

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place  In The World

Author:Tina Seelig    

208 pages    

published: 2009

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Making the transition from school to a career without guidance can be a challenging experience. However, in this book Tina Seelig helps navigate these uncertain waters.

As an entrepreneur, neuroscientist, and director of a popular entrepreneurship program at Stanford, Seelig offers a broad and inspiring perspective. She writes with honesty and humor about what it takes to become successful, how to overcome failure, and how to turn adversity into opportunity.  hacktheentrepreneur.com

          A revised and updated edition of the international bestseller Inspiring readers all over the globe to reimagine their future, this revised and updated edition of What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 features new material to complement the classic text. Major life transitions such as leaving the protected environment of school or starting a new career can be daunting. It is scary to face a wall of choices, knowing that no one is going to tell us if we make the right decision. There is no clearly delineated path or recipe for success. Even figuring out how and where to start can be a challenge. As head of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Tina Seelig's job is to guide her students as they make the difficult transition from the academic environment to the professional world-providing tangible skills and insights that will last a lifetime. Seelig is a wildly popular and award-winning teacher and in What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 she shares with us what she offers her students -provocative stories, inspiring advice, and a big dose of humility and humor. These pages are filled with captivating examples, from the classroom to the boardroom, of individuals defying expectations, challenging assumptions, and achieving unprecedented success. Seelig throws out the old rules and provides a new model for reaching our potential. We discover how to have a healthy disregard for the impossible; how to recover from failure; and how most problems are remarkable opportunities in disguise. What I Wish I Knew When I Was Twenty is a much-needed book for everyone looking to make their mark in the world.

The Secret Of Success: When You Want To Succeed As Bad As You Want t0 Breathe

Author: Eric Thomas    

205 pages      

published:2011

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If you think success is out of reach for you, Eric Thomas wants to prove you wrong. In this inspiring story, Thomas recounts his story of dropping out of high school, becoming homeless, and overcoming challenges to build a successful career and personal life.

The book speaks directly to young people facing adversity in their lives. It emphasizes the importance of surrounding yourself with people who motivate you to be better and maintaining a positive mindset.

From homeless high school dropout to one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the country, Eric Thomas has truly found the Secret 2 Success. In this, his debut autobiography, Eric shares that secrets with the rest of the world. By chronicling his days sleeping in abandoned buildings in the unforgiving Detroit winters, to his rise as a successful husband, father, CEO, educator and motivational speaker, Eric inspires the masses to reach greatness.

Choose Yourself! Be Happy, Make Millions, Live The Dream

Author: James Altucher     

259 pages    

published: 2013

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n a world where traditional sources of security, like stable employment and government safety nets, are increasingly unreliable, it’s hard to know where to turn. James Altucher takes on the challenge in this bold and motivating book. He uses his personal story of destruction and regrowth as a lesson in self-care and self-reliance.

The book explains how the economy has changed, making it increasingly necessary and possible to create your own opportunities. Altucher writes about the importance of putting yourself first, not to be selfish, but as the only way to achieve health, happiness, and financial success. hacktheentrepreneur.com

          The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we thought was “safe,” no longer is: College. Employment. Retirement. Government. It’s all crumbling down. In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. No longer is someone coming to hire you, to invest in your company, to sign you, to pick you. It’s on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself.

New tools and economic forces have emerged to make it possible for individuals to create art, make millions of dollars and change the world without “help.” More and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real inward success (personal happiness and health) and outward success (fulfilling work and wealth)

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead And Win

Authors: Jocko Willink & Leif Babin    

300 pages    

published: 2018

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          This book is a tactical success manual written by two former US Navy SEALs. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin served as part of an elite combat task force and developed a leadership training program based on their experiences.

The authors outline the principles and mindsets that help teams win, not only in combat, but in business, family, and personal life. Extreme Ownership teaches leaders to take responsibility for their teammates, foster teamwork, and lead to win.

         An updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life. Now with an excerpt from the authors' new book, THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP. Combat, the most intense and dynamic environment imaginable, teaches the toughest leadership lessons, with absolutely everything at stake. 

         Jocko Willink and Leif Babin learned this reality first-hand on the most violent and dangerous battlefield in Iraq. As leaders of SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser, their mission was one many thought impossible: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a violent, insurgent-held city deemed "all but lost." In gripping, firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories, they learned that leadership--at every level--is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training to pass on their harsh lessons learned in combat to help forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After leaving the SEAL Teams, they launched a company, Echelon Front, to teach those same leadership principles to leaders in businesses, companies, and organizations across the civilian sector. Since that time, they have trained countless leaders and worked with hundreds of companies in virtually every industry across the U.S. and internationally, teaching them how to develop their own high-performance teams and most effectively lead those teams to dominate their battlefields. Since it's release in October 2015, Extreme Ownership has revolutionized leadership development and set a new standard for literature on the subject. Required reading for many of the most successful organizations, it has become an integral part of the official leadership training programs for scores of business teams, military units, and first responders. Detailing the mindset and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult combat missions, Extreme Ownership demonstrates how to apply them to any team or organization, in any leadership environment. A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.

          An updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life. Now with an excerpt from the authors' new book, THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP. Combat, the most intense and dynamic environment imaginable, teaches the toughest leadership lessons, with absolutely everything at stake. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin learned this reality first-hand on the most violent and dangerous battlefield in Iraq. As leaders of SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser, their mission was one many thought impossible: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a violent, insurgent-held city deemed "all but lost." In gripping, firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories, they learned that leadership--at every level--is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training to pass on their harsh lessons learned in combat to help forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After leaving the SEAL Teams, they launched a company, Echelon Front, to teach those same leadership principles to leaders in businesses, companies, and organizations across the civilian sector. Since that time, they have trained countless leaders and worked with hundreds of companies in virtually every industry across the U.S. and internationally, teaching them how to develop their own high-performance teams and most effectively lead those teams to dominate their battlefields. Since it's release in October 2015, Extreme Ownership has revolutionized leadership development and set a new standard for literature on the subject. Required reading for many of the most successful organizations, it has become an integral part of the official leadership training programs for scores of business teams, military units, and first responders. Detailing the mindset and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult combat missions, Extreme Ownership demonstrates how to apply them to any team or organization, in any leadership environment. A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.

Faster Than Normal:Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, An Success With The Secrets Of The ADHD Brain

Author: Peter Shankman    

256 pages    

published: 2017

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          Having a hyperactive brain is often seen as a disadvantage since attention deficit makes it very difficult to focus and be productive. In this book, Peter Shankman reveals the hidden advantages of the ADHD brain, and how to use them for good in life and business.

Shankman describes how he achieved success in his life and career not in spite of, but because of his ADHD brain. The book continuously calls ADHD a gift — if you or someone close to you has an ADHD diagnosis, this book is a must-read. It will not only inspire you but provide practical ways to unleash the potential of a fast-moving brain.

Since many entrepreneurs suffer from distracted minds, Faster Than Normal is high on my list of self-improvement and great business books.

          Foreword by Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, who is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist and world authority on ADHD. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, and was a Harvard Medical School faculty member for 21 years. He is the Founder of The Hallowell ADHD Centers in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Seattle.

Anything You Want:40 Lessons For A New Kind Of Entrepreneur

Author: Derek Sivers  

90 pages                             

published: 2015

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Best known for creating CD Baby, the most popular music site for independent artists, founder Derek Sivers chronicles his “accidental” success and failures into this concise and inspiring book on how to create a multi-million dollar company by following your passion. In Anything You Want, Sivers details his journey and the lessons learned along the way of creating CD Baby and building a business close to his heart. “[Sivers is] one of the last music-business folk heroes,” says Esquire magazine. His less-scripted approach to business is refreshing and will educate readers to feel empowered to follow their own dreams. Aspiring entrepreneurs and others trying to make their own way will be particularly comforted by Sivers straight talk and transparency -a reminder that anything you want is within your reach. 

          Derek Sivers shares his life story and how he created CD Baby, one of the biggest music platforms for independent artists. Sivers shares his successes as well as failures in this frank look at building a business based on passion.

In one part of the book, Sivers talks about the driving force behind a business and why it’s essential to identify a need in the marketplace. This book is not only inspiring but will give you concrete pointers on starting and running a business.

Elon Musk:Tesla,Space X, And The Quest For A Fantastic Future

Author: Ashlee Vance    

336 pages    

published 2015

          Ashlee Vance takes on the life of multi-billionaire Elon Musk and how he created technological innovations with the power to change the world. This biography details the journey to success that Musk begins as a teenager.

Throughout the story, you’ll see the strategies Musk uses to bring his ideas to life. As he takes big risks to reap the rewards of success, you’ll see what it takes to create a legacy and change the future. Beyond risk-taking, Musk’s story demonstrates the power of consistency and patience despite numerous failures.

          Elon Musk, the entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, sold one of his internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius's life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits. Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk is an amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists including Thomas Edison, Henry 

Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.

Tough Sh*t: Life Advice From A Fat Lazy Slob Who Did Good

Author:  Kevin Smith    

263 pages    

published: 2013

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          With his characteristic sarcasm and brutal honesty, Kevin Smith shares the story of his life so far. The book reveals how Smith’s incredible ambition defied all odds to become a groundbreaking filmmaker early in his career.

Despite his successes, Smith laughs at his flaws and embraces them. If you are feeling discouraged in your life, this book will motivate you to keep going after your dreams.

          That Kevin Smith? The guy who did “Clerks” a million years ago? Didn’t they bounce his fat ass off a plane once? What could you possibly learn from the director of “Cop Out”? How about this: he changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-three, and since then, he’s done whatever the hell he wants. He makes movies, writes comics, owns a store, and now he’s built a podcasting empire with his friends and family, including a wife who’s way out of his league. So here’s some tough shit: Kevin Smith has cracked the code.  Or, he’s just cracked

          Tough Sh*t is the dirty business that Kevin has been digesting for 41 years and now, he’s ready to put it in your hands. Smear this shit all over yourself, because this is your blueprint (or brownprint) for success. Kev takes you through some big moments in his life to help you live your days in as Gretzky a fashion as you can: going where the puck is gonna be. Read all about how a zero like Smith managed to make ten movies with no discernible talent, and how when he had everything he thought he’d ever want, he decided to blow up his own career. Along the way, Kev shares stories about folks who inspired him (like George Carlin), folks who befuddled him (like Bruce Willis), and folks who let him jerk off onto their legs (like his beloved wife, Jen).

So make this your daily reader. Hell, read it on the toilet if you want. Just make sure you grab the bowl and push, because you’re about to take one Tough Sh*t.

          Profane, honest, and totally real advice from comedian and director Kevin Smith - one of America's most original voices Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a bestselling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right. As Kevin's millions of Twitter followers and millions of podcast listeners know, he's the first one to admit his flaws and the last one to care about them. In early 2011, he began using his platform to answer big questions from fans-like "What should I do with my life?"- and he discovered that he had a lot to say. Tough Sh*t distills his four decades of

Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You At Business  School

Author: Sir Richard Branson    

376 pages    

published: 2012

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          Renowned entrepreneur Richard Branson shares the secrets that led to the success of the Virgin brand in this excellent autobiography. Branson candidly shares the lessons he learned as he started and grew his business to the level it is today.

The book is written in a question and answer format, making it easy to follow and pick up lessons as you go. It distills Branson’s wisdom, experience, and opinions on business into something relevant and useful for any entrepreneur.

          Business advice, from the best in the business

Looking for advice on setting up your own company, improving your career prospects, or developing your leadership skills? Why not ask Richard Branson?

In Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You in Business School, Richard distils and shares the wisdom and experience that have made him one of the world's most recognised and respected entrepreneurs. From his 'Top 5 secrets of Business Success', to hard hitting discussions about the global financial crisis, this book brings together his best advice on all things business. 

It's business school, the Branson way.

          Are you interested in setting up your own business, improving your leadership skills or simply looking for inspiration from one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time? In this work, Branson brings together some of his best advice.

Crush It! Why Now Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion

Author: Gary Vaynerchuk    

160 pages    

published:2013

Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed here, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. By the end of this book, readers will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Step by step, Crush It! is the ultimate driver’s manual for modern business. (less)

          Gary Vaynerchuk aims to inspire you to create a passionate and fulfilling life through entrepreneurship. In this motivational book, he talks about how he transformed his local family business into an international brand.

He goes on to describe how to use powerful digital marketing tools to grow your personal brand and create a business around what you love. If you are looking to monetize your passion, this book will provide motivation and guidance to get started.

 #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Without Their Permission: How The 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed

Author: Alexis Ohanian    

260 pages    

published: 2013

"It's rare that a thirty-year-old has a memoir worth writing-let alone worth reading-but Alexis Ohanian's WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION is an exception. This book is full of useful advice for entrepreneurs of all ages, and Alexis describes his remarkable accomplishments with an endearing combination of geekiness, enthusiasm, and sincerity."
-Nate Silver, author and statistician, FiveThirtyEight blog, New York Times―-

          Co-founder of one of the world’s most popular online communities, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian has a lot to say about the power of information and community. Further, he has much wisdom in launching and operating tech startups.

Ohanian shares his life story in this engaging and inspiring read, of creating Reddit in his dorm room, cashing out for millions, and going on to start many more successful ventures. This book will convince young entrepreneurs that the era of being meek, following the rules, and asking permission is over.   amazon.com

          WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION shows how anyone can use the power of the Internet to make the world a much cooler place to live."
-Tony Hsieh, New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.―-

          Alexis talking about the internet is like Sid Vicious talking about punk. Analysts merely adopted it, but Ohanian was born in it, molded by it, and is the voice of it. A fascinating story, but more importantly: a crucial insight into the healthy proactive mindset of the tech startup world that will keep defining the future."
- Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby, author of Anything You Want

         A WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER As Alexis Ohanian learned when he helped to co-found the immensely popular reddit.com, the internet is the most powerful and democratic tool for disseminating information in human history. And when that power is harnessed to create new communities, technologies, businesses or charities, the results can be absolutely stunning. In this book, Alexis will share his ideas, tips and even his own doodles about harnessing the power of the web for good, and along the way, he will share his philosophy with young entrepreneurs all over the globe. At 29, Ohanian has come to personify the dorm-room tech entrepreneur, changing the world without asking permission. Within a couple of years of graduating from the University of Virginia, Ohanian did just that, selling reddit for millions of dollars. He's gone on to start many other companies, like hipmunk and breadpig, all while representing Y Combinator and investing in over sixty other tech startups. WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION is his personal guidebook as to how other aspiring entrepreneurs can follow in his footsteps.GoogleBooks

#1 Wordwide Bestseller

SteveJobs  (Exclusive Biography)

Author:Walter Isaacson    

630 pages    

published: 2011

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          With the exception of one laptop and 2 non-smart cell phones, in my personal and professional life since 2004 I've had nothing but Apple products - computers (both desktop and laptop), iPads, iPods, and my crown jewel: my iPhone. None has ever disappointed me. I say this not to put forth a review of the Apple products but to explain that I am part of Steve Jobs's choir: I value, respect and rely on the products that he created. I'm sold, so to speak. And so it seemed only logical that I would eventually read this book to gain insight both in the genesis and evolution of Apple and in the person of Steve Jobs. The book did not disappoint in either.What I found out about the early years and the development of the personal computer was fascinating. I do remember a lot of the news articles from those years - I was living in San Francisco at the time and a good friend of mine worked for Apple - but I would not consider myself previously knowledgeable about Apple in any comprehensive way. I learned so much of the nuts and bolts of Apple Computer, Inc., from this book. The chapters about the creation of the iPod, iPhone and iPad were very interesting to someone who has used these products for years and years and feels she has

some proficiency using what they offer me. But the insight I gained from the book on Steve Jobs the man left me very sad. While I consider him to have been a true genius with an almost other-worldly imagination, I can't imagine that I would have liked him very much or respected him outside of his professional arena. As the founder and developer of Apple Computer, he was spectacular. He had an intense imagination, vision, and belief in things that had yet to be discovered. He was fortunate enough to find those people who had the same precise work ethic that he did. To find those people and to hone the abilities of the ones who stayed, he had no reservations about crushing their substandard efforts or their feelings. The ones who lasted were the ones who believed in his vision and their Jobs-given opportunity to indulge and demonstrate their own creativity. The ones who lasted were the best and brightest the tech and artistic world had to offer. The ones who lasted were the ones who took his ideas and made them into our reality. I am profoundly grateful to them and to him for the advances they made in technology and artistry. And I guess the one cannot exist without the other. Without his exact personality would the tech world have been turned on its ear and eventually controlled by Apple? I don't know. Actually I doubt it.In terms of his family, it seemed as if his attention to them was given only when it was not required or demanded elsewhere. His children were discussed very little; the same is true about Laurene Powell, his wife. But it is clear that in his wife he found the one person who was his equal in intelligence and commitment. Their marriage is portrayed as strong but him as absent.
The sections on his cancer and eventual death were moving but not enough to make me feel for him as a person. I am sorry he died but my sorrow has to do with the loss of him professionally and what he might have accomplished and achieved had he lived but not with the loss of him as a man. And yet I can recognize his genius and I'm glad I read the book. Anonymous Reader

          CNN:In its first week on sale, Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs sold 379,000 copies in the U.S., making it by far the top-selling book in the country.The book, titled simply “Steve Jobs,” also achieved the biggest week of sales for any book in the U.S. for almost a year.That’s according to data from Nielsen’s BookScan service, as reported by TheBookseller.com.Published by Simon & Schuster on October 24, the book outsold the next bestselling book of the week, John Grisham’s “The Litigators,” by more than three to one. After only six days of sales, the Jobs biography is already the 18th-bestselling book of the year, according to BookScan’s figures.Simon & Schuster’s decision to move up the book’s publication by a month after Jobs’ death October 5 appears to have paid off. Fueled by intense interest in the late tech visionary’s life and career, the biography arrived on a wave of publicity, including appearances by Isaacson on CBS’s “60 Minutes” and CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”The 656-page book traces Jobs’$2 55 years of life, from his hippie youth and co-founding of Apple in his parents’ Silicon Valley garage to his ouster from the company, triumphant return 11 years later and remarkable successes in the past decade with the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

The book has already produced plenty of headlines, including how Jobs regretted waiting too long after his cancer diagnosis to get surgery that might have saved him.

Sir Alex Ferguson: Leading

Authors: Sir Alex Ferguson & Sir Michael Moritz    

416 pages    

published: 2015

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After an astonishing career -first in Scotland, and then over 27 years with Manchester United Football Club- Sir Alex Ferguson delivers Leading, in which the greatest football  manager of all time  analyzes the pivotal leadership decisions of his 38 years as a manager and, with his friend and collaborator Sir Michael Moritz, draw out lessons anyone can use in business and life to generate long-term transformational success.
From hiring practices to firing decisions, from dealing with transition to teamwork, from mastering the boardroom to responding to failure and adversity, Leading is as inspiring as it is practical, and a go-to reference for any leader in business, sports, and life.

Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the few leaders who truly knows. In his 38 years in management, Sir Alex won an astonishing 49 trophies and helped grow Manchester United into one of the biggest commercial brands in the world. In this inspirational and straight-talking new book, Sir Alex reveals the secrets behind his record-breaking career. 

"Leading" is structured around the key skills that Sir Alex values most highly. It includes subjects we immediately associate with his managerial style: Discipline, Control, Teamwork and Motivation. But it also addresses subjects that are less obvious but no less important when seeking success: Delegation, Data Analysis and Dealing with Failure. 

Written with the investor Sir Michael Moritz, a longstanding friend of Sir Alex, "Leadfing" is packed with insight, wisdom, humour and honesty. The individual stories inevitably concern themselves with football, and the phenomenal success that came along the way, but the lessons can be applied by anyone. Whether you run a business, teach in a classroom, or work in a small team, LEADING will help you become a better leader.

Averaging 4.8 Stars on Amazon

Named One Of The Ten Best Books Of The YearBy The New York Times 

A Washington Post Notable Book

A Promised Land

Author: Barack Obama

768 pages

published: 2020

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          A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making--from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW - A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and

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the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency--a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated  the

power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation's highest office.

Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune's Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.

A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective--the story of one man's bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of "hope and change," and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama's conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.  amazon.com

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a great read!!!

18 November 2020 - Published on Amazon.com

          If you would like to see and read an educated person speak his truth and hide nothing in the process, this is the book to purchase. It is refreshing to read something a book from a Great President of this time. With all the drama and racism his' family had to deal with in the WH, shows how mature they truly are. He still managed to be a kind spirit to anyone and everyone he has met, so far. Compared to the people who have turned it into a Fun House, full of clowns. This book is very enlightening to his' life and to his' journey. So, thank you Mr. President for all of you and Ms. First Lady hard work! Keep up the good work, Mr. Obama. God bless you and your lovely family! Pebbles on amazon .com

5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait!

18 November 2020 - Published on Amazon.com

          I just received it today, so am just getting into it. It doesn't disappoint! It allows one to re-live the presidency of a man whose decency and integrity so many took for granted, but who more people grew to appreciate after witnessing and living through the horror of the president that came after Obama! So wonderful to be able to relive the moments through the elegant writing of one of the world's most admired men, whose legacy of Obamacare lets us know that Obama cared for the citizens of the country he sincerely led. Thank You President Obama! Thank You for setting an excellent example for our children, and for continuing to invest in the youth of this nation!nMrs. Brooks on amazaon.com

readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same. amazon.com

          What's your journey of becoming? Based on Michelle Obama's bestselling memoir, this gorgeous journal features an intimate and inspiring introduction by the former First Lady and more than 150 inspiring questions and quotes to help you discover--and rediscover--your story.

"It's not about being perfect. It's not about where you get yourself in the end. There's power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there's grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become." --Michelle Obama

In writing Becoming, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama shared her own extraordinary journey to help create space for others to tell their stories and to give people the courage to discover the power of their own voice. With this journal, she now provides you with the encouragement to find value in your own personal journey of becoming. Printed on cream writing paper, with a grosgrain ribbon, foil-stamped cover, and removable half-jacket, Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice includes thought-provoking prompts designed to help you reflect on your personal and family history; your goals, challenges, and dreams; what moves you and brings you hope; and what future you imagine for yourself and your community. Writes Mrs. Obama in the Introduction to the Becoming journal, "I hope you'll use this journal to write down your experiences, thoughts, and feelings, in all their imperfections, and without judgment. . . . We don't have to remember everything. But everything we remember has value."

These pages will help you capture your own voice and journey so you can nurture your sense of belonging. Inside, you'll find an opportunity not only to take heart in the experiences that brought you to where you are today, but also to feel empowered to take those next steps, wherever they might lead. amazon.com

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best guides journals!

20 November 2019 - Published on Amazon.com

These are thoughtful prompts not found in many other guides journals. The focus on self empowerment and owning your stories is powerful and uplifting. Sarah on amazon.com