10. Jim Rohn
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn (17 September 1930 – 5 December 2009) was an entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker. He is known for his self-improvement book “The Art of Exceptional Living“. A millionaire who started life as a farm boy, Rohn eventually devoted his life to millions of people looking to achieve more.
9. Bill Gates
“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates (28 October 1955 – Present) is Co-founder of Microsoft, an investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He is also one of the richest men in the world. An innovator and truly great businessman, Gates has accomplished more than what some would hope to in several lifetimes. It’s more than likely you are using one of his products as you read this. Check out his great book “The Road Ahead“.
“I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not trying.” – Jay-Z (4 December 1969 – Present) is a best-selling American rapper and businessman. He has sold millions of records in his lifetime and is one of the most globally recognized rappers. He is also a great businessman, with a reported 500-million-dollar net worth, according to Forbes magazine. He has started companies like Roc Nation, the 40/40 club, and Rocawear; all while a part of many other business ventures. Check out the book “Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, Revised Edition“, which tells the story of Jay-Z’s transition.
7. John C. Maxwell
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C Maxwell (20 February 1947 – Present) is an American author, pastor, and speaker. His writing focuses on leadership – primarily in his books. You can see his videos at Johnmaxwell.com or check out one of his great books on leadership, such as “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership“.
6. Ralph Nader
“The function of leadership is to produce more leader, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader (27 February 1934 – Present) is a Political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney. He is noted for his involvement in consumer protection, environmentalism, and government reform. He has written many great pieces but is best known for “Unsafe At Any Speed“.
5. George Patton
“Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom.” – General George Patton (11 November 1885 – 21 December 1945) a senior officer of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean and European theaters of World War II. He wrote a great book that draws memories from world war two called “War As I Knew It“. He is known for being a great American leader who helped inspired the allies to win World War II.
4. Dr. Napoleon Hill
“If you cannot do great things do small things in a great way.” – Dr. Napoleon Hill (26 October 1883 – 8 November 1970) an entrepreneur and bestselling author. He is known for his self-help book “Think and Grow Rich”. Later in his life, Hill would write that the turning point of his life had been an assignment to interview the industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie founder of Carnegie Steel Company which became US Steel.
3. Winston Churchhill
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) a British statesman, army officer, and writer, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He wrote a great six-part series starting with the book “The Gathering Storm”. He endured the siege of Great Brittan and help the allies win World War II. He would later become prime minister of the United Kingdom.
2. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
What is not started will never get finished. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) a German writer and statesman. He was a celebrity by age 21. Creating many great written pieces from books to lyrical poems. With his most famous work being “Faust”
1. Dr. Napoleon Hill
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind it can achieve – Dr. Napoleon Hill has already been mentioned on this list once, but is so inspiring has shown up twice. I highly recommend people who are looking to start a business check out his work. He has inspired many entrepreneurs and continues to do so today.
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