The world's greatest leaders, thinkers and innovators inspire us not only with their lifetime work, but with their lives in general. That's why we love reading about them. Should you want to join us and get to know the background information behind the most fascinating business stories of the modern age, we have just the suggestions for you.
Have a look at these 3 inspirational biographies we read, are reading or can't wait to read when we find it in the mailbox.
Jeff Bezos is an interesting character. Not only did he found Amazon as a perfectly rational choice that had nothing to do with his passion for books, he also (almost) led it to bankruptcy and then built what now basically equals online shopping.
The biography covers the life of Amazon's founder from his childhood to his upcoming plans and visions. Don't expect any boring corporate talk or just simple facts and data, though.
Apart from important business milestones in both Mr. Bezos' and Amazon's life, you also get to know the fun stuff behind the beginnings of the company -- like when the very first employees were packing books on the floor and Jeff Bezos suggested they buy knee pads to make it more comfortable. Only later on did someone else dare to say that tables and chairs might come in handy instead.
This book is certainly not as comprehensive as the next one, but if you're looking to get to know this guy's work and his mindset, grab these 240 pages worth of inspiration right away.
You didn't expect us to leave this one out, did you?
In our opinion, this is one of the best biographies ever written. Not only does it cover the life of the man whose thinking and focus on innovations led to inventing devices we closely work with when designing our own products, it's also very, very professionally written. Which should come as no surprise when you find out that Walter Isaacson, the author, also wrote the biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.
We have a tip for you: grab the electronic version in iTunes. It's slightly cheaper than paperback or hardback and you won't have to be carrying 600+ pages with you all the time.
Now this is something we can't wait to read! Ashlee Vance looked into the life of the enormously innovative man who stands behind brands and projects that have already changed the way we live or are about to do so.
This biography was published only a month ago, and we're still looking forward to getting it. If any of our readers have already read it, we'll be happy to find out what you think. Just leave us a comment!
What we know already is that the book description sounds more than promising:
Vance spent more than 30 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way.
Know of other books that inspire? Leave us a comment, we'll order them right away:)