3 Great Inspirational Books for Business

June 24, 2013

1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Everyone knows Apple.  Everyone knows Steve Jobs.  But not everyone knows the story behind the man who built one of the most recognizable brands in the world.  That is, until they read this book.

This is one of those books I had a very hard time putting down, despite its intimidating page count. From Steve growing up as a kid in California, to his fall out with the Apple board and regaining his form at Pixar, then back to Apple and making history... there are very few slow points in the book.

It is one of those books that inspires you with each chapter.  It certainly clarifies a lot of the things you hear about Steve: he was a genius, he was crazy, he wasn't the one building the tech products, his mysterious personal life.

One thing is certain; if you read it, you will not be disappointed.

2. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

One of my first business reads and still one of my favorites.  This is a must read for anyone potentially interested in business (high school, college or just entering the work force).

Kiyosaki offers many lessons based that stem from his personal life.  He grew up Hawaii and uses his real father as the figure for "Poor Dad", while using his friend's father as the "Rich Dad" figure.  He shows the differences between the earnings and potential growth through the career paths of both of his "fathers".  Notably, he gets you really excited to become rich.

While the book has many critics, I see it having tremendous value in regards to recognizing financial value and knowledge.

3. The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump

Oh, The Donald.  As much as everyone loves to hate Mr. Trump, I'm someone who respects him for the name and brand he has created.  Not to mention, one of my favorite shows to casually watch is The Apprentice.

In his first book Trump offers a lot of detail on his young life and early investments as well as his work after college with his father.

One of the more impressive stories in the book circles around the Wollman Rink in Central Park.  The City of New York was attempting to construct the rink in 1980 but was no where near completion after many financially draining years.  Fortunately for the city, Trump stepped in and completed the project ahead of schedule and under budget.

The great part about the book is while reading, you blatantly hear his unique voice and point of view ... if you can stand it!


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