Many business leaders find themselves at a crossroads when they’ve attained success with a venture. “What’s next?” they might ask. Some leaders consider what they’ve learned and what they’ve developed and turn their story into a book. Taking this step is a smart move: it’s a way to promote your ventures, but it’s also a way to promote yourself. Writing a book can lead to lucrative and rewarding opportunities as a speaker or a consultant. It can help cultivate your personal brand. It can help you reach a wide audience and become even more successful and well known.
But beyond the benefits that writing a book offers to successful entrepreneurs, a book can also be a fantastic way to give back. Telling the story of your path to success is a way to inspire others to pursue their goals. Your memoir doesn’t just have to be the story of you: it can be the story of the strategies and tactics that you used to get to where you are. And by sharing your strategies, you can position yourself as a thought leader.
These books by successful entrepreneurs and business leaders have done both of these things: they’ve raised the profiles of their authors and they’ve inspired others. Maybe they’ll inspire you to write your story. And if they do—we’re here to help you tell that story.
1. Display of Power by Daymond John
From selling hats in front of the New York Coliseum, to launching his own clothing line, to starring on Shark Tank, Daymond John has used his entrepreneurial acumen to rise through the ranks, and now he’s a much sought-after consultant, investor, and speaker. Display of Power is an inspirational story of his early entrepreneurial career.
2. Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
Richard Branson has sold soda and he’s sold CDs; he’s become an airline industry leader, and now he’s pioneering space tourism. As if that weren’t enough, his hobby is trying to break world records: he’s tried to break records for circumnavigating the globe by balloon and for sailing across the Atlantic. Losing My Virginity is the first of his four autobiographies, which tells the story of his journey to entrepreneurship.
3. By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
Gilt Groupe—a members-only fashion flash-sale site—is a startup success story. Since founders Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson launched the site in 2007, dozens of others have replicated their model. Their memoir about starting Gilt, successfully piloting it through the recession, and developing their leadership styles is sure to inspire other aspiring startup founders.
4. Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich
Joe Bastianich (along with business partners who include the likes of Mario Batali) is the restaurateur behind some of the most famous eateries in America, including New York’s Del Posto and Los Angeles’s Mozza. Bastianich is both a culinary pioneer and a savvy businessman, making this memoir a crucial read for anyone interested in getting into the restaurant business.
5. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Sophia Amoruso was a college dropout when she started selling vintage clothing on eBay just to get by—but she drew on her entrepreneurial acumen to launch Nasty Gal, one of the top online retailers in the world. In addition to her role as CEO of Nasty Gal, Amoruso also runs the GIRLBOSS Foundation, which provides support to young women entrepreneurs—an audience that this memoir will surely appeal to.
If you’re a leader and you want to share your success story with the world, we can help. Our professional ghostwriters will help you craft a compelling memoir that will help position you as a thought leader, help build your personal brand, and help you inspire others to succeed. Call us today!