Any new entrepreneur will surely dream to meet the people who made it to the top and are an inspiration for everyone around the globe. Nevertheless, we know that meeting them all to get inspired might not be a possibility for everyone. However, you can always find the stories of struggles and rise to power through various books that have been written by people, who all started as ordinary people but achieved extraordinary feats in business. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur struggling with the dilemmas of a start-up, these are some of the best business books to read.
1. Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
The tell-tale of Richard Branson, the owner of the Virgin Group has penned down the fables that has made his entire life a worth read. Richard Branson is person that has the profile-raising drives of P. T. Barnum and expertise of Bill Gates. The autobiography talks about how the name ‘Virgin’ came up, how they remodelled the on-going industries where the customers were ripped off or were treated less than deserved by the competences. Further, it talks about the airlines, music, cola and general store line up of the group, the adversities that were faced and how Richard lived his life amid all the happenings. Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way is Branson’s record to keep things minimal yet making them large at the very same time.
2. iWoz by Steve Wosniak
iWoz is the autobiography of Steve Wosniak, the developer of the Apple computers. The book tells about a brief history of life of Steve Wosniak, his founding of the Apple Computers and some other ventures. He talks about his relations with Steve Jobs, feelings towards Apple and some misconceptions that were spread about him and which he would like to clear. The book is written in form of monographs not lasting more than a few pages, in some cases a few paragraphs. iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It, the title sums it all.
3. Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, has described about her breakthrough of realization of the actual definition of success in her bestseller ‘Thrive’. While the world only knows about the two dimensions of success- power and money- Arianna has subtly pointed out the third and an inevitable dimension of success. Being already successful and having to face an ugly disease, Arianna talks about how one tends to overlook the simple yet the most important aspects of life. As someone wisely said that no one will remember power point presentations at your graveyard and hence we should establish a balance between the professional and personal world. The book is an eye-opener for the person who is working much more than required to reach somewhere that is not a destination but a never ending journey. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, exactly preaches its subtitle.
4. Business at the Speed of Thoughts by Bill Gates
Business at the Speed of Thoughts by Bill Gates is not a manual for the current technologies but about how technology and business are intervened. The book talks about the effect of digitalization on the business and how to enhance the business with the help of technology. Bill Gates in his book debates about the cyberspace and how it has been ruling any and every industry for a while now. The book is a piece of sheer brilliance that looks at the world from the eyes of the world’s most successful, rich and influential person.
5. The Blueprint by Peter Thiel
The Blueprint by Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal is an upfront bitter truth about the innovation in the current scenario. He has written about how we are not advancing towards future because of the lack of new ideas and the incapability of producing something new to life. Today’s businesses whether technology or any other field is more about refining the existing products rather than giving a new product. The book is a motivation for any person who may or may not be associated with technology. The Blueprint: Reviving Innovation, Rediscovering Risk, and Rescuing the Free Market, is the way to brainstorm for something that still has no blueprints.
6. Pour Your Heart Into It by Howard Schultz
Pour Your Heart into It by Howard Schultz is the making and shaping of Starbucks Coffee. What started as a normal coffee shop on Waterfront in Seattle has expanded to an exclusive brand with which today coffee is defined. The idea was to make coffee a taste of the Americans, which it successfully did. The book talks about the wisdom that Schultz gained while on the coffee making journey and also about how to change passion into profit for the right reasons and in the right way. Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time, is a fable about how Starbucks has become much more than a coffee, perhaps a lifestyle.
Reading the words directly from the most influential tellers is one of the best ways to create and recreate self. These business books are the real stories of real people and their real struggles. One cannot escape without reading these enthralling yet heart touching books that gives the reader new insights.