Some people would say that a good book can make a good vacation an amazing vacation. Whether you’ll be relaxing around a pool, sipping on all-inclusive beer until your nose burns off (this actually happened to me!), or after an adventurous day exploring some cherished town full of wonderful architecture, having a book to read – and a good one at that – just makes it all worth while.
Since this blog is all about being an entrepreneur and furthering your business, I’ve curated a list of books that you might want to consider for your summer vacation holiday read. Check them out:
Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
Some of you will be reading this blog on a device built by the company that this man helped co-found. Steve Jobs was one of the visionary leaders for Apple products, helping turn around their product line into one that has made them the richest company in the world. This book is all about Steve Jobs life; his struggle with family, his need for constant perfection and a chronological timeline of how he helped build the company that so many people love today.
Get it now: Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
Will It Fly – Pay Flynn
If you’re at the stage in your life where you have a business idea and haven’t done anything about it, then this book is for you. It’ll teach you how you can test your idea out- whether it has the potential for success and how you can build upon it. Pat Flynn runs the smartpassiveincome.com site, which is all about creating different business opportunities that can make you money whilst you sleep (theoretically of course).
Riding The Storm – Duncan Bannatyne
If you’ve ever watched the TV show Dragon’s Den, you’ll have seen Duncan Bannatyne on it, ripping apart young entrepreneur’s inventions and occasionally investing big money into their businesses for a percentage. This book is all about Duncan’s business success and how he overcame the challenges that could have ruined him, giving you a great insight into the type of determination you’ll need if you want your business to succeed. It also gives you a fairly good insight into how the Dragon’s choose entrepreneurs- what sets apart the ones who have what it takes to be invested in and those who come without a clue on how to run a business.
Get it now: Riding the Storm
Enter The Dragon – Theo Paphitis
Another Dragon’s Den book, spawned from the author Theo Paphitis, who takes you on a journey of how he came to England as a poor immigrant and then became one of Britain’s most successful business man. It gives you the gossip and inside scoop on the TV series Dragon’s Den too, as well as what it’s really like to work on the show.
Get it now: Enter the Dragon
A Survival Guide For Life – Bear Grylls
Making your own business will often have a lot of challenges. There will be a hundred different emotions you’ll feel and sometimes you’ll just want to give up- but this book is all about coping with those hurdles. A lot of these tips will help you in your own life too, from dealing with What Ifs and Maybes, to making yourself into a better person so that success can find you, rather than you chase success.
Get it now: A Survival Guide for Life
Leading – Sir Alex Ferguson
Anyone who watches football (or soccer for you Americans) knows who Sir Alex Ferguson is. He lead the world famous Manchester United football team to over two decades of success, making them one of the most recognisable clubs around the world. This book is all about Ferguson’s leadership qualities; what makes a great leader when dealing with failure, how to deal with team morale and contains stories all about his time at the football club.
Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our future
Elon Musk is one of the world’s most famous and richest entrepreneurs. Cofounder of PayPal, this book is all about his struggles in the beginning and how he struck gold with PayPal. After that, things went a little south and he invested his millions in rockets and electric cars. Now SpaceX is a company pushing the boundaries of space technology and Tesla cars are at the forefront of self-driving cars.
Catching the Wolf of Wall Street: More Incredible True Stories of Fortunes, Schemes, Parties, and Prison
Most of you have seen the movie The Wolf Of Wall Street, depicting Jordan Belfort’s life as a stockbroker who sold penny shares as amazing investment opportunities to anyone looking to get rich. The scheme brought him hundreds of millions of dollars and eventually got him into prison. For anyone interested in hearing more stories from Jordan’s life as a high-roller, this book doesn’t disappoint. It covers quite a few scenes that were included in the movie, including a detailed build up of how Jordan got into stock-trading. The writing of the narrative is in Jordan’s own brilliant derogatory style and is great read into how having hundreds of millions can corrupt.
#GirlBoss – Sophia Amoruso
A new york times best seller, #girlboss is all about how Sophia Amoruso founded one of the biggest retailers after dropping out of college, Nasty Gal. You’ll learn of Sophia’s unusual path to success, including her many unconventional tricks that can help you reach your business’s potential.
Get it now: #Girlboss
What I Know For Sure – Oprah
A book from the richest woman in the world, it gives a great insight into Oprah’s rise to fame after founding the highest rated television talk show, including creating her own Television Network and being a role model to women all across America. The book is a collection of revised material from Oprah’s column in Oprah’s magazine.
Get it now: What I Know for Sure
There you have it! Perhaps you’ll find a few of these books good reads for your vacation; let me know in the comments what you thought of them and whether or not you would recommend them to your fellow entrepreneur friends.