Be Inspired

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Keep climbing that mountain

Entrepreneurship is hard. For every dozen ideas you have, only one or two will stick. The resources on this page will push you to keep going... to persevere until you've accomplished what you've set out to do.

Books every founder should read

Below is a list of books to inspire, motivate, and guide you in becoming a better entrepreneur. We've marked the ones recommended specifically by successful entrepreneurs from UC Davis.

  • Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader Amazon

  • The Art of War

Inspirational movies

These movies will give you the kickstart you need to get your startup going.

  • Jobs - This biopic of Steve Jobs as portrayed by Ashton Kutcher follows Jobs from the beginning of his career to the end
  • Moneyball - This movie follows the true story of the manager of a baseball team whose new ideas invigorate and motivate a stodgy organization
  • Rocky - The story behind the making of Rocky is as inspiring the movie itself. Sylvester Stallone wrote the script for Rocky in three days and refused to sell it unless he was the star of the movie. With a budget of only $1 million Rocky grossed over $225 million and started Stallone's career


Listen to these podcasts on your way to school to get your creative juices flowing.

  • Podcast 1
  • Podcast 2
  • Podcast 3