Biographies Every Girlboss Needs To Read

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Learn from the Greats. If you're in the business of business, here are a few biographies you need to read up on.

Learning from those who have stood where you stand and have gone to where you want to go, is an invaluable resource for anyone hoping to succeed in the world of business. Do yourself a favor and take a break from the latest adult romance novel you downloaded to your Kindle and gain some inspiration from one of these success stories.

Wild Company: The Untold Story of Banana Republic

(By: Mel and Patricia Ziegler)

Before Banana Republic was a household name for mainstream fashion, it was a safari expedition themed shop in California. Hear, in their own words, how Mel and Patricia Ziegler turned an unusual hobby into a multi-billion dollar business in Wild Company: The Untold Story of Banana Republic.

Quote: “The only asset we had was our own oblivion. That would keep us blissfully ignorant of the bewildering and arbitrary impediments that would entangle us until we became so embroiled that quitting was no longer a possibility.” — Mel Ziegler

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

(By: Ashlee Vance)

For an inside look at the world of technology, the strife of pure entrepreneurship and just what it takes to make a lasting impact on the world as we know it, Ashlee Vance paints a detailed picture of one of the world’s most important entrepreneurs to date.

Quote: “Elon said ‘I will spend my last dollar on these companies. If we have to move into Justine’s parents’ basement, we’ll do it.’ ” — Antonio Gracias recalling a dinner with Musk during the 2008 financial crisis.

Shoe Dog

(By: Phil Knight)

This year Phil Knight came out with his personal and professional memoir. Beginning the tale as a 24-year-old Stanford graduate with a crazy idea, he leads us through the twists, turns, anguish and accomplishments that led Knight and Nike to the powerhouse athletic company it is today.

Quote: “The world was the same as it had been the day before, as it had always been. Nothing had changed, least of all me. And yet I was worth $178 million.”

“Napoleon: A Life”

(by: Andrew Roberts)

There is a lesson to be learned from this 19th century emperor who turned the world to his will. And famous British historian, Andrew Roberts is just the man to tell you it. Although he is known as a megalomaniac who wrought great misery, he is also seen today in many laws and governmental structures all over Europe.

Quote: “Great ambition is the passion of great character. He who is endowed with it, may perform either very great actions, or very bad ones; all depends upon the principles which direct him.”

Shark Tales

(By: Barbara Corcoran)

Before Barbara was a Shark, she was a 23-year-old waitress who was on the brink of quitting her job to begin a very small real estate office in NYC with a $1000 loan from a boyfriend. Take note of the unconventional way she took the lessons of growing up with nine brothers and sisters to build a 6 billion dollar business in the Big Apple.

Quote: “Sometimes very successful people appear to be winging it, because they look so comfortable on their feet. But don’t be fooled; there ain’t no such thing. They just come across that way because they practiced so many times.”

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