In today’s fast-paced world of over-achieving millennial icons, it is easy to feel a little left behind. So how do they do it?

To be absolutely honest – they simply do.

Yes, there are a million factors contributing to those meteoritic rises, but the main thing is that the people behind them all have one thing in common – they ‘do’. And that’s all it really boils down to – you do, or you don’t. And no, those choice words of wisdom aren’t from some famous Instagram influencer of twenty-something self-made millionaire. That was Yoda, being Yoda.

That’s not to say there isn’t plenty to learn from those self-made entrepreneurs aka Industry Yoda’s – they are obviously doing something right!

In fact, the following 5 books have actually made headlines for just that reason! Ready to take a peak?

1. Powerful – Patty McCord

First off we have, ‘Powerful’ which to be honest, easily lives up to its name as McCord, Chief Talent Officer at Netflix covers the magic behind great teams. McCord, talks extensively, not just about team building, but also about how critical it is to craft teams that can easily adapt to today’s ever-changing markets, and how revolutionary workplace practices, which include unconventional management techniques all boiling down to eight key practices. 

2. Crushing It! – Gary Vaynerchuk

Next up is four-time New York Time’s Bestseller, Vaynerchuk. Vaynerchuk is more than just talk – not only does Crushing It! cover basic theory and tactical advice, it takes it a step forward and highlights innovative ways to tweak tried-and-true strategies, on everything from Twitter to Soundcloud!

What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars – Jim Paul, Brendan Moynihan

So, what happens next? That was basically what Jim Paul, small-town Kentucky native, to governor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange was thinking, until of course he lost it all in the blink of an eye – Paul and Moynihan’s frank analysis of economic hubris and simple human psychology leading up to it makes this a compelling read on all the do not’s in this unforgiving industry.

The Lean Start Up – Eric Ries

But that’s not all next on the list is ‘The Lean Start Up’  – Ries’ book is literally just an 18-minute read, but, boy oh boy is it worth it – Ries covers sustainable business models for everything from start-ups to tech companies and it’s all based on just two things – lean manufacturing, and agile development, which he covers in the context of recent case studies from the industry itself – a must read for anyone looking to strike out on their own.

Hacking Growth – Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown

While the previous books all cover how to build and sustain a new business and how to establish yourself as a successful entrepreneur, ‘Hacking Growth’ takes it all a step further and gives readers a step-by-step guide on how to take their companies to the next level by inducing growth.

So, you have your reading list, and your cliché Jedi-inspired advice. I guess the only question now is – are you ready to be a doer?