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Review of autobiographies of people who have started or managed some amazing companies. I want to learn as much as possible from different people and what it takes to manage a business successfully. A lot of people feel that a good business is about having a top product, actually it is so much more than that. Everybody feels that they can cook a better burger than McDonalds, but there are very few people who can make a business as successful as McDonalds. These autobiographies show us what it takes to put theory into practice.


1. Elon Musk (Telsa, SpaceX, PayPal and SolarCity)

Elon Musk is a truly inspiring human being who we can all learn from!
Overall score = 7.72

South African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey Junior.

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2. Shoe Dog (Nike, Phil Knight)

This book is one of the most gripping business autobiographies I’ve read!
Overall score = 6.58

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight 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.

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Goldman Sachs

3. Why I left Goldman Sachs (Greg Smith)

This book provides a rare insight to Wall Street and how it makes it money!
Overall score = 6.84 points

On March 14, 2012, more than three million people read Greg Smith’s bombshell Op-Ed in the New York Times titled “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs.” The column immediately went viral, became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, and drew passionate responses from former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, and New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Mostly, though, it hit a nerve among the general public who question the role of Wall Street in society — and the callous “take-the-money-and-run” mentality that brought the world economy to its knees a few short years ago. Smith now picks up where his Op-Ed left off.

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4. The Art of the Deal (Donald Trump)

Like him or hate him, The Art of the Deal shows Trump knows how to do business!
Overall score = 6.84 points

Here is Trump in action – how he runs his business and how he runs his life – as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and changes the face of the New York City skyline. But even a maverick plays by the rules, and Trump has formulated eleven guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest deals; shatters myths; names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker’s art. And throughout, Trump talks – really talks – about how he does it. Trump: The Art of the Deal is an unguarded look at the mind of a brilliant entrepreneur and an unprecedented education in the practice of deal-making. It’s the most streetwise business book there is – and the ultimate read for anyone interested in making money and achieving success, and knowing the man behind the spotlight.

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5. Grinding it out (McDonalds, Ray Kroc)

This book shows that age isn’t a barrier to starting something new!
Overall score = 6.32

Few entrepreneurs can claim to have radically changed the way we live, and Ray Kroc is one of them. His revolutions in food-service automation, franchising, shared national training, and advertising have earned him a place beside the men and women who have founded not only businesses, but entire empires. But even more interesting than Ray Kroc the business man is Ray Kroc the man. Not your typical self-made tycoon, Kroc was fifty-two years old when he opened his first franchise. In Grinding It Out, you’ll meet the man behind McDonald’s, one of the largest fast-food corporations in the world with over 32,000 stores around the globe.

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