At The Austin Focus, Inc., we draw inspiration from the business thought leaders who have achieved so much before us. One of the best ways to learn about how they achieved success is to read their biographies. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson: The definitive biography of the visionary leader of Apple. This book explores the entire length of Jobs’ storied career and how he became one of the most recognizable personalities in technology.
- Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson: This rather humorously named auto-biography by Branson is a tome of knowledge and insight. He offers the inside perspective on his path to success that can only be achieved through an auto-biography. In particular he shares stories on how going against conventional wisdom served him well.
- Built From Scratch by Arthur Blank and Berne Marcus: Another autobiography, this book explores an often unappreciated success story: that of the founders of Home Depot. After being fired, these two executives created one of the most recognizable names in tools and hardware in a truly inspiring tale.
- Delivering Happiness by Tony Hseih: In this powerful auto-biography, Hseih, the CEO of Zappos, reveals how his life as a serial entrepreneur led him to joining Zappos and taking it to new heights through cultural development.
These biographies reveal many of the secrets to success that these business leaders leveraged to achieve all that they did. We strongly recommend them to every professional who wants to better understand what it takes to excel.