Rising from poverty, picking up the pieces & trucking on after multiple failures or ditching the familiar 9–5 … these entrepreneurs have not only stories but lessons to share! (Read on)

Startup Entrepreneurs can’t always wait for inspiration. Sometimes they have to hunt it down. For me Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. Entrepreneurs are confident in their abilities and they are able to recognize opportunities where many others don’t see them.

“Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

As a Startup Entrepreneur, I get my inspiration through stories. Stories of other successful entrepreneurs. Whether they’re rising from poverty, picking up the pieces and trucking on after multiple failures or ditching the familiar 9–5, these entrepreneurs have not only stories, but lessons to share. After all, these people went out to achieve their dreams … so why can’t you?

Take a break and read the biographies/autobiographies of some successful entrepreneurs who’re masters in their respective fields. These men and women have been in your shoes and lived to tell the tale. Read on to find inspiration in their trials and triumphs.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Although Jobs cooperated with the author, he asked for no control over what was written. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. He himself spoke candidly about the people he worked with and competed against.

His friends, foes, and colleagues offer an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years — as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues — Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. Isaacson’s portrait touched millions of readers.

Jack: Straight from the Gut

In this remarkable autobiography-a classic business book and runaway New York Times bestseller now updated with a new afterword by the author-Jack Welch takes us on the rough-and-tumble ride that has been his remarkable life. From his working-class childhood to his early days in G.E. Plastics to his life at the top of the world’s most successful company, Welch tells his intensely personal story with his well-known fire and candor. And although it chronicles billion-dollar deals and high-stakes corporate standoffs, Jack is ultimately a story about people-from a man who based his career on demanding only the best from others and from himself.

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

Many of Richard Branson’s companies — airlines, retailing, and cola are good examples — were started in the face of entrenched competition. The experts said, “Don’t do it.” But Branson found golden opportunities in markets in which customers have been ripped off or underserved, where confusion reigns, and the competition is complacent.

And in this stressed-out, overworked age, Richard Branson gives us a new model: a dynamic, hardworking, successful entrepreneur who lives life to the fullest. Family, friends, fun, and adventure are equally important as business in Branson’s life. Losing My Virginity is a portrait of a productive, sane, balanced life, filled with rich and colorful stories.

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

The Pursuit of Happyness

Never giving in to despair, Gardner made an astonishing transformation from being part of the city’s invisible poor to being a powerful player in its financial district.

More than a memoir of Gardner’s financial success, this is the story of a man who breaks his own family’s cycle of men abandoning their children. Mythic, triumphant, and unstintingly honest, The Pursuit of Happyness conjures heroes like Horatio Alger and Antwone Fisher, and appeals to the very essence of the American Dream.

Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft

It all started on a snowy day in December 1974, when he was twenty-one years old. After buying the new issue of Popular Electronics in Harvard Square, Allen ran to show it to his best friend from Seattle, Bill Gates, then a Harvard undergrad. The magazine’s cover story featured the Altair 8800, the first true personal computer; Allen knew that he and Gates had the skills to code a programming language for it. When Gates agreed to collaborate on BASIC for the Altair, one of the most influential partnerships in the digital era was up and running.

While much has been written about Microsoft’s early years, Allen has never before told the story from his point of view. Nor has he previously talked about the details of his complex relationship with Gates or his behind-closed-doors perspective on how a struggling start-up became the most powerful technology company in the world. Idea Man is the candid and long-awaited memoir of an intensely private person, a tale of triumphant highs and terrifying lows.

Start Something That Matters

Blake presents the six simple keys for creating or transforming your own life and business, from discovering your core story to being resourceful without resources; from overcoming fear and doubt to incorporating giving into every aspect of your life. No matter what kind of change you’re considering, Start Something That Mattersgives you the stories, ideas, and practical tips that can help you get started.

The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal

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“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln

I reflect on this quotation when I get stuck on a problem or challenge. If I’m in a rut, I remember that I can control my own destiny. As an entrepreneur, I have the opportunity to literally shape the world around me. It can be in small ways too. Take inspiration from these biographies/autobiographies. You have everything in you to be the next big Entrepreneur. Go create the future!

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