3 of the Best and Most Inspirational Business Biographies
These three business biographies are great, inspirational reads for any aspiring or active entrepreneur and will help inspire you on your entrepreneurial journey.
You will gain some valuable insight into how Branson, Jobs, and Musk, started from humble beginnings but had grand aspirations and worked hard to build some of the biggest, most impactful companies on the planet.
I acknowledge they aren’t the most original choices.
These three books will show up on most lists of must-read business bios.
So, if you haven’t read them, what are you waiting for?
And if you have suggestions for other great biographies, let me know about them in the comments section.
Sir Richard Branson penned his first autobiography, Losing My Virginity, in 1998.
He started his first small business, a magazine called Student, at 16 years old.
Learning the ropes of running his own business as he went, he branded his holding company with the Virgin name (brilliant!).
In Losing My Virginity, Branson describes:
- How a teacher once told him he would either go on to become a millionaire or end up in prison when he decided to drop out of school. His teacher was wrong on both counts. Branson is worth a reported $5 billion, with a B!
- The early days of building Virgin Group. They included the creation of Virgin Records, Virgin Megastores, and probably his riskiest venture, Virgin Atlantic Airways.
- His crazy early attempts to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air and sea. And by air and sea, I mean with a hot air balloon and sailboat.
Branson is an inspiration.
He played a vital role in bringing us some of the greatest music of all time.
The Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, and Peter Gabriel have all recorded music on the Virgin Records label.
Check out this 15-minute documentary on Virgin Records to get an idea of what you’ll get in Losing My Virginity.
There’s a great story about how he met Phil Collins after Collins played him a demo of one of my favorite songs, In the Air Tonight, while driving him around in a taxi.
And he has accomplished so much more in business and in his personal life.
His “screw it, let’s do it” attitude is evident throughout the autobiography and it makes it one entertaining read.
Walter Isaacson conducted dozens of interviews over a two year period with one the world’s greatest and most controversial business leaders of all time.
Steve Jobs’s authorized biography was released just days after his death and details Job’s entire life story.
Everyone knows how Apple has revolutionized the technology industry over the last decade with the advent of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, but Steve Jobs did so much more.
Younger readers may be surprised to know that Jobs was fired from Apple in the 80s, only to be rehired a decade later to finish building Apple into the Company it is today.
While he was away from Apple he played a pivotal role in the growth of Pixar animation studio and the production of ground-breaking film franchises like Toy Story and A Bug’s Life.
As a result of his investment in and work on building Pixar, he died the largest shareholder in the Walt Disney Company by a large margin.
His investment was worth billions of dollars and, surprisingly, accounted for the large majority of his fortune when he died.
In this 3-minute clip, Isaacson discusses writing Steve Jobs and Jobs’s emotional side.
This story of one of the most polarizing business figures of all time is essential reading.
And the fact that what has become the largest Company in the world all started in his parents’ garage should definitely serve to inspire you.
The first chapter in the life of a man who I suspect still has a lot more to accomplish is a compelling read.
Ashlee Vance documents the life so far of Elon Musk.
Musk built his first small software business, Zip2, with a modest investment of around $30,000 from his father.
The Company was sold to Compaq and Musk walked away with around $22 million.
He went on to found a financial services Company, X.com, which eventually merged with a Company that owned a little service called PayPal.
The millions he made from this venture eventually funded the ventures he is currently working on, all which aim to have a positive impact on the world we live in:
- SpaceX and
- Solar City
Musk is another controversial figure in business because he is truly unique.
His aspirations and the work he has done truly aim to make a substantial, long-lasting impact in the world we live in.
If you want to read an inspirational story about a man who I think will continue to have an impact on the world for decades to come, I suggest checking out this biography.
What Do You Think?
Do you have a favorite book that inspired you in your entrepreneurial journey?
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