Published on November 21, 2017

What Have You To Gain From These 7 Successful Individuals?

What Have You To Gain From These 7 Successful Individuals?

“It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes, but an even wiser man to learn from others.” Some people prefer learning through conversations,whilst others find inspiration through reading about the lives of others. Many successful and powerful individuals have documented their journey of ups and downs so that they can be an example for others to either follow in their footsteps, or avoid the potholes. Whether you are in need of inspiration for the next creative campaign, wanting to ignite a new business idea, or just wanting to find new inspiration to motivate yourself, this selection of 7 books featuring highly successful individuals from different walks of life will give you new perspective on how you can be in control of the successes in your life.

1. Elon Musk: Inventing the Future by Ashlee Vance

    This book is for all who loves the real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk. The shining bright star of Silicon Valley had three failed marriages and severe sleep deprivation, but he had a crazy passion for technology and a very successful career. If you are inspired by his great achievements, this is a great read for you.

    Reading Duration: 8 hrs 35 mins

    Get Elon Musk: Inventing the Future from Amazon at $12.36

    2. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight


      Nike started out in 1964, named Blue Ribbon Sports. The sportswear founder, Phil Knight wrote this memoir, recorded his whole life, including the many moments he felt he was about to lose everything, the conflicts that took place in the company, and his personal struggles of being a leader. Still hesitating? Just do it.

      Reading Duration: 8 hrs 16 mins

      Get Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike from Amazon at $15.95

      3. Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic

        Every time you find yourself asking “What is the meaning of my life?”, think about Nick. He is no different than you and goes through struggles in life, except that he lives without limbs.

        Yet, through it all, Nick demonstrates joy to us while giving us the most fulfilling life advice, by building trust, having supportive relationships, and gaining strength.


        “I do believe my life has no limits! I want you to feel the same way about your life, no matter what your challenges may be.” – Nick Vujicic. Truly an inspirational read for anyone going through a rough patch.

        Reading Duration: 5 hrs 37 mins

        Get Life Without Limits from Amazon at $11.98

        4. Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy

          If you like Mad Man, You will like this book written by the advertising giant, David Ogilvy, who is the inspiration behind Don Draper in the beloved TV series. The creative genius entrepreneur started his own advertising agency at age 37, later known as Ogilvy & Mather, creating advertisements for Coca-Cola, Unilever, Lenovo (and many more). In this book, David Ogilvy shares his secret to success, tactics, and the Ogilvy Concept with different case studies which are still relevant in today’s digital age.

          Reading Duration: 3 hrs 58 mins


          Get Confessions of an Advertising Man from Amazon at $16.24

          5. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

            This book goes beyond the biography of Mongolian war hero Genghis Khan. No doubt, it is amazing to see how an illiterate man conquered enemies and ruled a kingdom bigger than the whole of Africa, but this book is more than that. This book allows readers to learn more about the contributions made by the Mongolians that has helped to develop what is our modern day structure of trading and economy. It is a good read of history and biography of an underestimated country and ruler.

            Reading Duration: 6 hrs 26 mins

            Get Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World from Amazon at $12.80

            6. Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera


              For the feminists out there, this book is for you.Frida Kahlo had always been a feminist (or Innovator). Back when this terminology meant nothing, the self-taught artist used art as a channel to explore topics including identity, gender, class and race. This book shows us the change of Frida Kahlo throughout her short life, from her joyful youth to her saddening marriage. From her paintings and stance in different questions she raised, the book reveals the Frida that goes beyond an artist -a strong and successful woman in Mexico, in the 1930s.

              Reading Duration: 10 hrs 54 mins

              Get Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo from Amazon at $22.36

              7. How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life

                Lily Singh is an actress, comedian, and Youtube star. In this book, she tells us how to be a boss in a hilarious tone, through her life stories and secretes to success.In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb!

                Reading Duration: 6 hrs 56 mins

                Get How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life from Amazon at $16.21

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