Starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur is an option for anyone regardless of their education level, socioeconomic status and more. It may be hard for some to believe, but there is legitimacy to becoming successful with just a dollar and a dream. There are many testimonials out there of people who have gone from rags to riches,  sharing stories on how they turned their ideas into a real business with hard work and determination.

The best business books are the ones that not only share a success story, but also teach the reader how they can write a success story of their own. Many of the books below are also written by Black authors who specifically highlight the past and present struggles of Black Americans leading successful businesses. Discover which of these books is the most inspiring or resonates the most or combine the knowledge from them all to put to good use in the industry.

Here are 10 of the best business books that tell these stories and help inspire anyone to break into the industry.

The Memo: What Women Of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table – Minda Harts

“The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table” by Minda Harts is a compelling and insightful guide addressing the unique challenges that women of color face in the workplace. Harts provides practical advice on navigating corporate environments, advancing careers and securing leadership positions by drawing from her own experiences and interviews with successful women. The book delves into the intersectionality of race and gender, offering strategies for overcoming systemic barriers, building allies and fostering a supportive professional network. With a focus on empowerment and authenticity, Harts encourages women of color to advocate for themselves, recognize their worth and navigate the corporate landscape with resilience and confidence, ultimately aiming to redefine and expand the concept of leadership in the business world.

The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets Of Black Millionaires B – Dennis Kimbro

“The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires” by Dennis Kimbro is a comprehensive exploration of the mindset, strategies and success stories of affluent Black individuals who have achieved financial prosperity. Drawing on interviews with over 1,000 Black millionaires, Kimbro identifies common principles and practices that have contributed to their wealth accumulation. Through engaging narratives and practical insights, the book delves into topics such as entrepreneurship, education, networking and resilience, providing readers with a roadmap to financial success. Kimbro emphasizes the importance of discipline, determination and a positive mindset in overcoming challenges and building generational wealth. “The Wealth Choice” serves as an inspiring and informative guide for individuals aspiring to attain financial independence and make informed choices on their journey toward prosperity.

Good To Great – Jim Collins

“Good to Great” by Jim Collins is a groundbreaking business book that explores the factors that distinguish truly exceptional companies from merely good ones. Collins and his research team conducted a comprehensive study, analyzing years of data to identify companies that made the leap from good performance to sustained greatness. The book outlines key principles and practices shared by these extraordinary organizations, such as disciplined leadership, a culture of excellence, and the importance of getting the right people on the bus and in the right seats. Collins introduces timeless concepts like the Hedgehog Concept and the Flywheel Effect, providing valuable insights for leaders aiming to take their companies from mediocrity to sustained greatness. With compelling case studies and a focus on enduring success, “Good to Great” remains a classic in the business literature, offering practical wisdom for those striving to build and lead exceptional organizations.

The Lean Startup – Eric Ries

“The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries is a revolutionary guide for entrepreneurs and business leaders, introducing a systematic approach to building and managing startups. Ries advocates for a methodology that emphasizes rapid iteration, customer feedback and validated learning to optimize the chances of a startup’s success. The Lean Startup methodology aims to reduce wasted time and resources, enabling startups to pivot and adapt to market demands efficiently. Ries offers a roadmap for entrepreneurs to navigate uncertainty and build sustainable businesses in an ever-changing market landscape with a focus on innovation, agility and customer-centric development. The book has become a cornerstone for startup founders and established businesses alike, shaping the way organizations approach product development and business strategy.

The Color Of Money: Black Banks And The Racial Wealth Gap – Mehrsa Baradaran

“The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap” by Mehrsa Baradaran is a compelling examination of the historical role of Black-owned banks in the United States and their impact on addressing the racial wealth gap. Baradaran traces the evolution of Black banking from the Reconstruction era to the present day, highlighting both the successes and challenges faced by these financial institutions. The book delves into the systemic barriers that have hindered the growth of Black wealth and explores whether Black banks can serve as a solution to these long-standing issues. Baradaran’s research and analysis provide valuable insights into the complex intersection of race, finance and economic inequality, making a compelling case for reimagining the role of banking in addressing the persistent racial wealth gap in America.

PowerNomics: The National Plan To Empower Black America – Dr. Claud Anderson

“PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America” by Dr. Claud Anderson is a thought-provoking and empowering manifesto that presents a comprehensive plan to address economic and social disparities within the Black community. Dr. Anderson argues for a shift in economic thinking and power dynamics, advocating for the creation of a self-sufficient and empowered Black America. The book outlines strategic approaches for wealth-building, community development and political influence, emphasizing the importance of group economics, entrepreneurship and education. Dr. Anderson challenges conventional perspectives on race and power, offering a blueprint for individuals and communities to take control of their economic destinies and break the cycle of poverty. “PowerNomics” is a powerful call to action, encouraging readers to embrace economic empowerment as a means to achieve social and political equality.

Rise And Grind: Outperform, Outwork, And Outhustle Your Way To A More Successful And Rewarding Life – Daymond John

“Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life” by Daymond John, the renowned entrepreneur and “Shark Tank” star, is a motivational and practical guide that shares insights from successful individuals on how to achieve success through hard work and dedication. John draws on his own experiences as well as interviews with accomplished individuals from various fields to distill key principles for achieving greatness. The book explores the importance of discipline, resilience and strategic thinking in overcoming obstacles and reaching one’s goals. , “Rise and Grind” inspires readers to embrace the hustle, make the most of their opportunities and create a path to a more rewarding and successful life with a focus on the power of determination and a strong work ethic. It serves as a blueprint for anyone seeking to excel in their endeavors and make their mark in the business world.

Zero To One – Peter Thiel

“Zero to One” by Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal and an influential entrepreneur and investor, offers a provocative perspective on innovation and building successful startups. Thiel challenges conventional wisdom and encourages entrepreneurs to focus on creating truly unique and transformative businesses rather than copying existing models. The central theme is the idea of going from “zero to one,” representing the creation of something entirely new. Thiel shares his contrarian insights on competition, the importance of monopolies and the role of technology in shaping the future. Drawing from his experiences in Silicon Valley, the book provides actionable advice for entrepreneurs to think differently, take bold risks and build companies that have the potential to change the world. “Zero to One” is a compelling guide for those seeking to break away from the status quo and bring innovative ideas to life in the competitive landscape of business and technology.

How to Succeed In Business Without Being White: Straight Talk On Making It In America – Earl G. Graves Sr.

“How to Succeed in Business Without Being White: Straight Talk on Making It in America” by Earl G. Graves Sr. is a compelling and pragmatic guide that addresses the challenges faced by Black individuals striving for success in the American business landscape. Earl Graves, the founder of Black Enterprise magazine, draws upon his own experiences and those of other successful Black entrepreneurs to provide practical insights and advice. The book covers various aspects of navigating corporate America, from breaking through racial barriers to building strategic networks and leveraging one’s unique strengths. Graves emphasizes the importance of perseverance, strategic thinking and maintaining authenticity in the pursuit of professional success. With a candid and empowering approach, the book serves as a valuable resource for aspiring Black professionals seeking to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals in the business world.

Rich Dad’s Guide To Financial Success: How To Master The Art Of Wealth Building – Sharon L. Lechter

“Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Success: How to Master the Art of Wealth Building” by Sharon L. Lechter extends the financial wisdom of Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad” series, offering practical advice and strategies for building lasting wealth. Lechter, a co-author of several “Rich Dad” books, provides actionable steps and principles for financial success, emphasizing the importance of financial education, entrepreneurship and smart investment decisions. The book guides readers through essential concepts like asset building, passive income streams and making informed financial choices. Lechter’s approach encourages a shift in mindset towards wealth creation, teaching readers to make strategic financial decisions that align with their long-term goals. With real-world examples and accessible language, “Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Success” is a valuable resource for individuals seeking to master the art of wealth building and achieve financial prosperity.