11 Books, Songs, & Quotes Top Entrepreneurs Love

Books-and-Quotes

Ah, the end of the year is here. This is my first year on my own terms (leaving the status quo, that is) and I’ve talked to quite a few amazing entrepreneurs, athletes, foodies, and world travelers. One thing I always find fastening about them is their character — what books do they love? Music? Influencers? So at the end of every interview I ask, “What’s a book, a song, and a quote you love?”

I rounded up all their answers from this year, via The DOcast, as well as mine at the end — do enjoy.

Jay Ducote (The Bite & Booze Blogger)

Jay Ducote, Raising a glass
Jay Ducote, Raising a glass

Book:
The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama

Song:

Quote:
“If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”
— One fish two fish red fish blue fish, Dr. Seuss

Sean Simone (Starting a Tribe)

Sean Simone — Tasering by his vision board
Sean Simone — Tasering by his vision board

Book:
Hero by Michael Korda

Song:

Quote:
“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”
— Marie Curie

Dan Andrews (The Travel + Business Hacker)

Dan Andrews at his lifestyle entrepreneur incubator in Bali called Tropical MBA
Dan Andrews at his lifestyle entrepreneur incubator in Bali called Tropical MBA

Book:
The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Song:

Quote:
“Convictions are more dangerous enemies to the truth than lies.”
— Nietzsche

Jared Loftus (Shake Them Haters Off)

Jared Loftus getting cozy with the t-shirt business.
Jared Loftus getting cozy with the t-shirt business.

Book:
Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Song:

Quote:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

Justin Gold (Growing a Food Startup)

Justin Gold at his peanut butter lab (his office)
Justin Gold at his peanut butter lab (his office)

Book:
Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Song:

Quote:
“When you’re not practicing, someone else is, and when you meet them they will win”
– Bob Bradley

Pat Flynn (Do What You Fear)

Pat Flynn — A True Internet Marketer
Pat Flynn — A True Internet Marketer

Book:
Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath

Song:

Quote:
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.”
— Henry Ford

Charles Caldwell (Geaux Local)

Charles Caldwell — Sitting on a pallet of barley with the new “Not too Sweet” Watermelon Wheat cans in the background.
Charles Caldwell — Sitting on a pallet of barley with the new “Not too Sweet” Watermelon Wheat cans in the background.

Book:
Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

Song:

Quote:
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
— Abraham Lincoln

Holly Clegg (The Queen of Quick)

Holly Clegg in HollyWord (her kitchen)
Holly Clegg in HollyWorld (her kitchen)

Book:
The Company by Robert Littell

Song:

Quote:
“Always be the best you can be.”
— Holly Clegg

Patrick Fellows (Talk Less, Do More)
Patrick Fellow on his Jeep

Book:
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

Song:

Quote:
“You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things — to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.”
— Edmund Hillary

David Heinemeier Hansson (Grow Slow & Profitable)

David Heinemeier Hansson talks about working Remote
David Heinemeier Hansson talks about working Remote

Book:
Maverick by Richardo Semler

Song:

Quote:
“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.”
— William Gibson

Robbie Vitrano (Building a Brand)

Robbie Vitrano in New Orleans
Robbie Vitrano in New Orleans

Book:
Thrall: Poems by Natasha Trethewey

Song:

Quote:
“You can’t do anything about the winds, but you can do something about the sails.”
— Some west-coast bait shop

From Richard Hanley

Richard Hanley doing a human flag in the French Quarter
Richard Hanley doing a human flag in the French Quarter

Book:
Cooking Up A Business by Rachel Hofstetter

Song:

Quote:
“An entrepreneur isn’t someone who owns a business, it’s someone who makes things happen.”
— Tim Ferriss

What’s yours?

What’s your favorite book, song, quote? Let me know in the comments.

 

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