Ambitious, creative and entrepreneurial there is one on everyone’s Christmas list. Here a few suggestions for your entrepreneur friend.
Makers and Takers.The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business by Rana Foroohar
Eight years on from the biggest market meltdown since the Great Depression, the key lessons of the crisis of 2008 still remain unlearned—and our financial system is just as vulnerable as ever.
Makers and Takers is a well crafted book that everyone with an eye on the business field should consider reading, Foroohar shows how financialization has so gravely harmed our society, and why reversing this trend is of grave importance to us all. Through colorful stories of both “Takers” and “Makers,” she’ll reveal how we change the system for a better and more sustainable shared economic future.
Grit. The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Everyone is striving for success. We want it all. We want the best: top education, good job, family, friends and lots of money. We have goals. But, unfortunately, being goals oriented and ambitious doesn’t equip us to deal with the reality that sometimes -despite one’s efforts- things don’t work out as planned. Suddenly we are stuck, lost. We try, but we fail. What happens is that we have to make a choice: keep going or just quit.
In this must-read book, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, athletes, students, and business people that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit”. To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To be gritty is to invest days/weeks/years in challenging practice. To be gritty is fall down seven times, and rise eight.
This book has been about the unique power of grit, because what we accomplish in life mostly depends on our passion and perseverance. Grit will make you a winner.
The Purpose Is Profit: The Truth about Starting and Building Your Own Business by Ed “Skip” McLaughlin
Straight to the point, The Purpose is Profit tells the truth about starting and building your own business, Ed ”Skip” McLaughlin share his experience -what to do and what not to do- to create a successful startup.
When he left his high-level corporate position to start not one but two new businesses, his colleagues’ reaction was disbelief. One of his businesses did fail, but the other thrived. Ed bootstrapped it into an Inc. 500 company and later sold it to a Fortune 100 company. Now, you can learn from his experience–what to do and what not to do–to create your own successful startup. The Purpose Is Profit eliminates the mystery of becoming an entrepreneur.
Reinvention: Accelerating Results in the Age of Disruption by Shame Cragun, Kate Sweetman
Reinvention is the first business book to propose a simple algorithm, common principles, and set of tools that apply to both individuals and organizations facing disruptive and radical change.
The ability to pivot quickly, profoundly, and effectively might be the most important core competency individuals and organizations must attain in order to prosper in the new economy. And it isn’t enough to able to change when you have to; leaders must change before they have to, in proactive ways that allow their organizations to leverage incoming global shockwaves to accelerate performance.
Raising an Entrepreneur: 10 Rules for Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem Solvers, and Change Makers by
Margot Machol Bisnow, the mother behind the entrepreneur presents seventy-six stories from the mothers of some of the most successful entrepreneurs today.
Is your child passionate about something? Maybe it’s music, sports, theatre, writing, building things, or helping others—the kind of creative pursuits that create distinguished leaders and make change in the world. All parents want their kids to have success, but how do you help them cultivate their talent and vision for a personally fulfilling and financially successful life? Not every kid will be an entrepreneur, but all kids have something that makes them unique. If you’re seeking a way to nurture your children’s passions and help them harness their talent, drive, and grit into a fulfilling life purpose, this book is for you. With these ten rules and numerous inspiring stories, you’ll gain confidence in raising your child into a creatively successful adult.
Raising The Bar. The Life and Work of Gerald D. Hines by Mark Seal
Learn from the best is the best advice for anyone willing to become an entrepreneur, and Gerald D. Hines stands at the top of the business world.
Raising the Bar: The Life and Work of Gerald D. Hines tracks one man’s incredible rise, from building small office/warehouses to manifesting Houston icons like The Galleria, One Shell Plaza, and Pennzoil Place to cultivating the national and then global expansion of his company. It paints the portrait of a man who himself is a study in contradictions: a child of the Depression and a citizen of the world; an engineer who still carries the slide rule that has guided his career yet commissions daring feats of art and architecture; a reserved and humble man in a field known for being brash and aggressive who takes on physical challenges with wild abandon.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
Phil Knight, the man behind the swoosh has always been a mystery. He launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year, 1963.
Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. Shoe Dog shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.
Jo Malone: My Story by
Jo Malone began her international fragrance and scented candle business in 1983 from her kitchen, where she made bath oils as thank-you gifts for her facial clients. She opened her first store in London in 1994, and in 1999 she sold the Jo Malone London brand to Estee Lauder Companies.
Raised in government-subsidized housing in Kent in the early 1960s, Jo Malone left school as a teenager to care for her mother after she had a stroke. Jo had not been successful in school because of her dyslexia, but she had the ability to see and feel everything in scent. Her at-home beauty business and hand-made products became popular, and word of her talent spread until an international brand was born. After the sale of her company and the birth of her son, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent treatment in New York. Thus began the second chapter of her life, and in this memoir, Jo tells her full amazing and inspiring personal story.
Power you Happy by Lisa Sugar
Popsugar.com is the first website I check every morning and Power Your Happy. Work Hard, Play Nice, and Build Your Dream Life is the first book written by founder and president Lisa Sugar.
People at Popsugar are passionate, move fast, welcome change, and love to win. They are supportive, kind and positive. They value the power of collaborating and to say cheers. They are young and curious, and -through the content they create- they inform, entertain, and inspire over 100 million monthly visitors worldwide.
Power Your Happy is a very good book, positive and inspirational, and it’s for everybody. At least for those people who are not afraid to work hard, play nice and live their own dream life!