Starting a business can be tough. Making it successful, even more so! Here are some books that detail the lives of some of the most successful businessmen and women of our times!

1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

Extract- Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

2. Built from Scratch by Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus

Extract- You want a formula for success? Take two Jews who have just been fired, add an Irishman who just walked away from a bankruptcy and an Italian running a no-name investment banking firm.

3.Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson.

Extract- Most ‘necessary evils’ are far more evil than necessary.

4. Wild Company by Mel and Patricia Ziegler

Extract- The only asset we had was our own oblivion. That would keep us blissfully ignorant of the bewildering and arbitrary impediments that would entangle us until we became so embroiled that quitting was no longer a possibility.

5. Shark Tales by Barbara Corcoran with Bruce Littlefield

Extract- The story of my billion-dollar business starts like this: I borrowed $1,000 from a friend.” — Barbara Corcoran

6. The Martha Rules by Martha Stewart

Extract- Build your business success around something that you love — something that is inherently and endlessly interesting to you.

7. By Invitation Only by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Extract- “On that first day we sensed something revolutionary was happening: people were genuinely excited about Gilt. We had created a website that could potentially change the rules of retail, for both shoppers and brands.” — Alexis Maybank

8. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hseih

Extract- “We wanted to run our own business, and be in control of our own destiny. We had no idea where it would lead us, but wherever it was, we knew it had to be better than feeling bored and unfulfilled. We were ready for an adventure.” — Tony Hsieh

9. Idea Man by Paul Allen

Extract- Any crusade requires optimism and the ambition to aim high.

10. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

Extract- You don’t have to have a lot of money, a complicated business plan, or a great deal of experience to start something.

It’s very easy to read a book and get motivated. What’s harder is making that motivation stick, and translating it into success. These books should give you some tips and insights into the lives of popular entrepreneurs.