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20 Biographies Of Influential Business Leaders You Should Not Miss

20 Biographies Of Influential Business Leaders You Should Not Miss

There are a lot of influential business leaders out there, too many to mention in one article, so some of the best and most popular ones have been chosen. They range from people that that started with nothing, to people that had everything and turn it into billions. This is my Top 20 biographies of business leaders that inspire and motivate to move on and try something new. The list is in no particular order.

1. King Icahn: The Biography of a Renegade Capitalist

By Mark Stevens

King Carl Icahn

    “In life and business, there are two cardinal sins. The first is to act precipitously without thought and the second is to not act at all.”

    Here is an investment and renegade capitalist that became one of the richest men in America.

    2. Wild Company: The Untold Story of Banana Republic

    By Mel and Patricia Ziegler

    Wild Company by Mel and Patricia Ziegler

      “The only asset we had was our own oblivion.”

      This is a book about two people who created the Banana Republic. It explains how they had no business training and how they used military surplus clothing to produce their designs that founded the Banana Republic stores.

      3. Start Something That Matters

      By Blake Mycoskie

      Start Something That Matters

        “You don’t have to have a lot of money, a complicated business plan, or a great deal of experience to start something.”

        This is the story of how TOMs was created, which is a process by which people buy shoes and eventually give them away to needy children. It is a lesson in resourcefulness.

        4. The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and The Gospel of Wealth

        By Andrew Carnegie

        Andrew Carnegie

          “There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.”

          This is a man that was laughed out of the boardroom when he said he can drive down the price of steel from $170 per ton to $20 per ton, and he is the reason America is the superpower it is today.

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          5. Be my Guest

          By Conrad Hilton

          Be-My-Guest-CONRAD-HILTON

            “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

            This is the story of a guy and his friends and how they made an empire out of hotels.

            6. The Martha Rules: 10 Essentials for Achieving Success as You Start, Grow, or Manage a Business

            by Martha Stewart

            Martha-Rules-Essentials-Achieving-Business

              “Build your business success around something that you love.”

              This is the same lady that did some insider trading, so there are some dirty deals that are missing from her book, but otherwise it lays out how a person turns what they love into their personal fortune.

              7. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

              By Robert T. Kiyosaki

              Rich dad poor dad

                “Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.”

                This is a book that tries to teach people the things that rich people teach their kids. He claims that middle and lower class people do not teach their kids these lessons, which makes them have it harder in life.

                8. Steve Jobs

                By Walter Isaacson

                Steve Jobs

                  “There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

                  This is a book based on 40 interviews with Steve Jobs and helps to expose the life of a man that was fired by a failing giant only to come back and give it new legs. Learn how he survived and had fun and how he helped change the face of mobile technology forever.

                  9. Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All

                  By Russell Simmons

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                  Super-Rich-Guide-Having-All

                    “I want to fight poverty and ignorance and give opportunity to those people who are locked out.”

                    A book about a man that built his fortune and become a bestselling author of “Do you.”

                    10. Conscious Capitalism, With a New Preface by the Authors: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business

                    By John Mackey

                    Conscious-Capitalism

                      “Whole Foods is dedicated to helping people be healthier and live lives with more vitality and greater sense of well being.”

                      This is the Whole Foods CEO that basically founded the whole foods market in America in a big way.

                      11. Powerful Inspirations: Eight Lessons that Will Change Your Life

                      By Kathy Ireland

                      Powerful Inspirations

                        “I have to say I’ve made many mistakes, and been humbled many, many times. But you know what? It’s never too late to learn.”

                        She proved a woman can be sexy and successful in business, too. She struck a blow for feminism and now has several books you may enjoy.

                        12. Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft

                        By Paul Allen

                        Idea Man Paul Allen

                          Any crusade requires optimism and the ambition to aim high.” 

                          This is a book about a 21-year-old that became a co-founder of Microsoft. This is a great story about the beginning of Microsoft, which is already a great story, so it is good to hear it from another angle.

                          13. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

                          by Tony Hseih

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                          Delivering Happiness Hsieh

                            “We wanted to run our own business, and be in control of our own destiny.”

                            This is about a guy that made $265 million at the age of 24 by selling an advertising platform to Microsoft. Even if you read the bunk of a man such as this you are still going to learn something.

                            14. Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business

                            By Barbara Corcoran

                            Shark Tales

                              “I borrowed $1,000 from a friend.”

                              This is a story about turning one thousand dollars into a billion. It is about a woman that couldn’t find a job she liked and did create the Corcoran Group that is worth $6 billion.

                              15. Alwaleed: Businessman, Billionaire, Prince

                              By Riz Khan

                              Alwaleed Businessman, Billionaire, Prince

                                “If I’m going to do something, I do it spectacularly or I don’t do it at all.”

                                This is the story of one of the richest men in the world who has an amazing investing style that keeps him rich. He is part of the Saudi Royal family and has amassed a fortune larger than many countries tax budgets (and debts).

                                16. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

                                By Richard Branson

                                Losing My Virginity

                                  “Most ‘necessary evils’ are far more evil than necessary.”

                                  This is one of Richard Branson’s books and it is amazing to see how your childhood affects the person you are. He also gives clues to getting rich that are very similar to the clues in the book, “The millionaire next door.” He is a very clever man that has a way of seeming like a big-headed nobody you shouldn’t fear. Maybe that is the way he has managed to build up such a big empire.

                                  17. Walt Disney: An American Original

                                  By Bob Thomas

                                  Walt Disney

                                    Give the public everything you can give them, keep the place as clean as you can keep it, keep it friendly.”

                                    Here is a man that built a massive empire that has affected every country in the world at some point in the past. Here is a man that took a cartoon mouse and built an empire with it that still stands today.

                                    18. Built from Scratch: How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion

                                    By Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus

                                    Built from Scratch

                                      Take two Jews who have just been fired, add an Irishman that walked away from a bankruptcy and an Italian with a no-name investment banking firm and you have the recipe for success.” 

                                      This is a book about the man that turned Home Depot into a $30 Billion business. This is a nice book for showing you that even if you are fired you can still have a future if you are willing to build one.

                                      19. Business leaders Michael Dell

                                      By Lauri S. Friedman

                                      Lauri S. Friedman

                                        Twenty years and $40 billion. They seem like good round numbers.” 

                                        This is the guy that helped to found the Dell computer organization and made millions as a result.

                                        20. By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop

                                        By Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

                                        By Invitation Only

                                          “On that first day we sensed something revolutionary was happening.”

                                          This is about a pair of rich friends that became richer when they turned their fashion business into a $1 billion enterprise. It is not only inspirational, but it is interesting to see how they did it.

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                                          18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                          18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                          The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                                          1. Understand Yourself Better

                                          Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                                          Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                                          2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                                          I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                                          Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                                          3. Become Aware of What Matters

                                          As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                                          You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                                          4. Boost Creativity

                                          The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                                          When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                                          You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                                          5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                                          A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                                          Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                                          6. Process Life Experiences

                                          When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                                          Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                                          7. Stress Relief

                                          In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                                          Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                                          8. Provide Direction

                                          Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                                          One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                                          9. Solve Problems

                                          Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                                          Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                                          When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                                          10. Find Relief From Fighting

                                          Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                                          Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                                          11. Find Meaning in Life

                                          Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                                          12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                                          Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                                          13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                                          When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                                          14. Let the Past Go

                                          I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                                          15. Allow Freedom

                                          Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                                          16. Enhance Your Career

                                          Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                                          Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                                          17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                                          All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                                          18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                                          No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                                          We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                                          Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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