From Anonymity to Acclaim

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From Anonymity to Acclaim

These titles explore the personal stories of individuals who achieved acclaim in the business world and made a significant mark on society and culture. What unique traits do they possess that elevated them above the plane of mediocrity? What principles do they live by?

Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography by Richard Branson
This is the sequel to Richard Branson’s first memoir, Losing My Virginity. The reader sees how emotion and playfulness really animate Branson’s career which is unique in business. He sees his life and his career as one long adventure. He is known for his outrageous publicity antics that I think spring from this unorthodox approach, and he recounts many of them in this memoir.
 
The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner
Gardner’s autobiography was made into the famous movie of the same name starring Will Smith. It chronicles his experiences growing up poor in an abusive home. Later in life he was homeless on the streets of San Francisco with his young son. Through his faith and relentlessness, he overcame the extreme adversity of his circumstances to become a highly successful stock broker.
 
Black Privilege by Charlamagne Tha God
Charlamagne Tha God is a radio and media personality who has been called by some “hip-hop's Howard Stern.” He is hilarious, controversial and insightful. Here, he tells his story beginning in small town South Carolina and shares the principles and lessons that brought him to a plateau of success, especially the power in being your authentic self.
 
On Her Own Ground: the Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker by A'Lelia Bundles
Written by her great-great-granddaughter, this is the story of the first female self-made millionaire in the United States, an African American woman. I don’t think any greater odds could be stacked against anyone, as Madam C.J. Walker was the daughter of enslaved parents, orphaned at seven years old, married at fourteen, and widowed at twenty! She went on to build a business empire that changed culture and influenced the way business was done in America.  
 
The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get by Joe Ricketts
Joe Ricketts is most well-known for founding TD Ameritrade. He built a multi-billion-dollar business but also had great personal trials and losses -- including his brother's death from AIDS. This story weaves together his career exploits and personal high and low points.