The world of entrepreneurship and economics is composed of precise laws that regulate development. It is also of made up of intuition, willpower, and, sometimes, surprising life stories from which we can all learn something.
For this reason, we have decided to suggest six books, all published in 2018, which deal with economics, but that are also stories of extraordinary courage and determination.
Written by Tara Westover, this book has been a revelation this year. The author tells her life story, making this the starting point for a reflection on the value of education and culture as a means of redemption and personal growth. Born in the mountains of Idaho to a family of anarcho-survivalist Mormons, Tara grew up with her parents and siblings, far from the world of cities and schools. Her birth was never registered, she never visited a doctor, and she never set foot in a school. For many years, Tara’s life was marked by the alternation between day and night and of the change of seasons. She spent her time helping her mother gather food and prepare for the end of the world. Then, one day Tara made a discovery that would change her life: education. She began to study and learned psychology, history, and philosophy. She graduated from Brigham Young University and flew to the other side of the world to attend the University of Cambridge, which offered her a scholarship.
Through the voice of Tara, this extraordinary book tells of the great power of emancipation, personal redemption and informed choices. But it also tells of the pain of her detachment from her nuclear family, which represented a model of life which the protagonist decided to move away from.
Chidera Eggerue is a young fashion blogger and author from London. Born to Nigerian parents, in this book she shares some pearls of wisdom that she had already shared on her blog The Slumflower that were inspired by her mother’s Igbo proverbs and accompanied by some of her most striking works of art. Chidera celebrates self-worth and the benefits of life as a single woman, seeing is as a conscious and healthy choice. Reading this book will remind us of the importance of trusting in ourselves and of avoiding the demons of others in order to build constructive relationships with those who surround us.
This essay by Emma Gannon is an essential guide for those who want to do business in the digital age. Through practical examples, the author explains how to exploit technology to take advantage of the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in each and every one of us, regardless of our aspirations, preferences, or work situation.
David Coulthard, the winner of 13 Formula 1 Grand Prix, reveals how the skills acquired through this competitive sport have proved invaluable for finding success in many areas of entrepreneurship such as the hotel industry and film production. Through his own personal story, but also of others including Schumacher, Ron Dennis, Sir Frank Williams, Christian Horner, and Sebastian Vettel, Coulthard presents us with the fascinating world of Formula 1 and the spirit of sports entrepreneurship.
The autobiography of Ant Middleton, who served in the armed forces of the United Kingdom for 13 years, give us the portrait of a true leader. Through his narration of his experience in the military as a sniper in the naval wing of the special forces then as a parachutist in the royal squad, but also through his personal experiences such as the death of his father, Ant attempts to offer us life lessons as well as a practical model of how determination and offensive are important for facing life in a complex world like the one in which we live.
In this enlightening essay, the acclaimed psychologist Jordan B. Peterson presents 12 eternal and practical principles on which a meaningful and satisfying life can be established. Based on the myths of antiquity, pages of the Bible, philosophy, and psychology, but also on first-hand clinical experience, Peterson delivers a fluid and profound essay that emphasizes the individual’s responsibility to find an antidote to the chaos in the world today.
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