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We all know of the stories of successful entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet. While these well-known entrepreneurs’ biographies and stories are still quite inspiring, there is something special about learning the inspiring story behind the success of an unknown CEO or millionaire. Success isn’t only for the few. Read these motivational biographies for an inside look at successful entrepreneurs’ motivations, failures, successes, and lessons learned.


Farrah Gray, Reallionaire

The youngest self-made entrepreneur, Farrah Gray sold his own company and become a millionaire by the age of 14. Starting at the age of 6, Farrah worked on multiple entrepreneurial projects within his Chicago community. Considered one of the most influential black men in America by the National Urban League, Farrah Gray released an incredibly inspiring book that outlined nine steps to become rich from the inside out in which Gray used to become a young millionaire.


Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, Built From Scratch: How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew the Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion

This incredible story of two executives offers enough hope to last you the month. The year was 1978 and Bernie and Arthur had just received devastating news: they were fired. What at first seemed to be a tragedy, quickly turned into a motivating biography. As the two executives put their heads down and got to work, they built the Home Depot empire from the ground up.


Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop

It was the mid-2000’s when Harvard Business School students, Alexis and Alexandra became friends over a shared love of fashion. In 2007, the co-founders established Gilt Group, the first invite-only online trunk show. Discussing business aspects from how to hire an effective team to how to deal with the recession, this book shares the motivating story of how two friends’ created one of the most successful startups of the decade with a reported value of over $1 billion.


Barbara Corcoran, Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 Into a Billion Dollar Business

Most notably known from Shark Tank, this ABC star had an unlikely rise to riches. As a child of 10 growing up in New Jersey, Barbara was broke and had held 22 jobs by the age of 23. Her next job, however, would open her up to the world of real estate and lead her to establish the Corcoran Group, a company now worth $6 billion dollars. This inspiring tale of a woman who borrowed money from her friend to start a business shares lessons and advice about the world of real estate and business for entrepreneurs and startups.