|Books about Black People and Financial Success
Here are some books for people of African heritage, to help us achieve our goals and realise our dreams. For more info on each book, just click on the title.
Smart Money Moves for African Americans
By Kelvin Boston
This book looks at African American people's financial situation within our historical context. We have escaped from bondage, but we still need to achieve financial freedom. The churches and the civil rights movement opened up new opportunities but did not teach us how to make the most of them. The public school system does not educate our children in financial management or how to achieve true financial prosperity. Because of this lack of information, statistically, we have not attained financial equality with the white population. Too many African Americans still live in poverty. The book contains many pearls of wisdom as well as practical suggestions on how African American people can increase our financial resources .
Corporate Voodoo: Business Principles for Mavericks and Magicians
By Rene Carayol
Why do many companies find it so hard to escape the pull of the past? Why do many individuals keep resorting to learned behaviour, the habits and ideas that may have brought them success in the past, but which will leave them adrift in the fast-moving currents of the new economy? What is the spell that keeps them so immobilised? It's the Voodoo...
And what is the magic that can release us all?
Click here to read an interview with the author.
Black Enterprise Lessons from the Top
Derek T. Dingle profiles the movers and shakers of Black Enterprise including
John H. Johnson, founder of Ebony magazine and the Johnson publishing empire. Born and raised in poverty during the Great Depression by his mother, a widow who barely had a third-grade education, Johnson used his determination and ingenuity to overcome many obstacles including being told “a Negro magazine will not sell”. Yes, that old chestnut. (Incidentally, Michael Taylor tells a similar story in More Black Success Volume 2.)
Robert L. Johnson, owner of BET Enterprises, the first-ever Black-owned company to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
Clarence O. Smith, founder of Essence magazine. He had no idea how difficult it would be to get Black women to buy. But he kept on going.
And many more.
My only criticism is that the book contains no profiles of top African American women entrepreneurs.
Black Enterprise Guide to Starting Your Own Business
by Wendy Beech
Beech shows potential entrepreneurs what is needed to start and successfully run your own small businesses, including evaluating yourself and determining whether you have what it takes to be your own boss and be successful.
by Caroline V. Clarke
Take a Lesson is a treasure trove of insight on what it takes to lead and to achieve success in today’s world. These lessons from African-American leaders transcend race. They are universal and I recommend this book to any reader wanting to get ahead."–General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired)
"Even when the odds are against you, you can succeed. If you’re determined to come up in your chosen profession, take a few lessons from Take a Lesson."–Tavis Smiley, Author and Talk Show Host
Black Enterprise Guide to Building Your Career
by Cassandra Hayes
Do you long for a satisfying career but just don’t know how to make the transition? Have you recently earned your degree, only to ask yourself, "What now?" Are your skills so narrowly defined that you’ll be an easy target for downsizing? Whether you’re just starting out or starting over, make yourself indispensable in today’s workforce with the Black Enterprise Guide to Building Your Career. With the help of questionnaires, aptitude summaries, and sidebar profiles of successful African American professionals, you’ll learn how to:
- Decide which career path is right for you, including corporate and not-for-profit jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities
- Tailor your resume to fit your goals
- Negotiate the best salary and benefits
- Network with other black professionals
- And much more!
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