Whether you’re starting a new business, growing your existing one or simply looking to sharpen your leadership skills, it’s important to gain insight from mentors and thought leaders who have walked a similar path. Especially as the economy looks poised to enter a recession, it’s more important than ever before to learn from the lessons of other entrepreneurs and be mindful of consuming content that helps you advance your goals.
Here are 13 of the top thought leaders that you can follow as an entrepreneur:
For the past eight years, Marshall Goldsmith has been ranked as the #1 Executive Coach in the World and a Top Ten Business Thinker. He’s also the only two-time winner of the Thinkers 50 Award for #1 Leadership Thinker in the World.
Goldsmith has authored or edited 36 books, including three international bestsellers, solidifying his reputation as an author and thought leader.
2. Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins has experience in diverse industries, and he’s widely recognized as a leading business strategist and personal life coach. His brand extends to books, seminars, audio programs, health programs, and personal coaching, allowing him to help over 50 million people transform their businesses — and their lives.
His business consulting services have taken Grant Cardone all over the world, helping everyone from small business owners to Fortune 500 companies. He’s authored eight business books and offers thirteen best-selling business programs, making him a valuable resource for today’s entrepreneurs.
As the CEO of Predictable Profits, Charles Gaudet is well-known the world over for helping entrepreneurs grow beyond 7 and 8 figures. Featured in such publications as Forbes, Fox Business, Inc., International Business Times, and many more, Charles has been called the CEO-whisperer and is the advisor that business leaders in myriad industries turn to when they are facing a challenge.
5. Robin Sharma
Robin Sharma’s acclaim has spread to more than 96 different nations, earning him a reputation as a leading business expert. He’s perhaps best known for his book series “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari,” and to date, he’s sold 15 million books around the globe.
Codie Sanchez became famous for having left her job on Wall Street to build her own empire investing in what she calls “boring businesses”. She began documenting her journey on social media which led to more than 800,000 followers on TikTok and the launch of Contrarian Thinking, her platform to help empower others to reach financial independence.
Some may recognize Alex Lieberman as the co-founder and CEO of Morning Brew, a media company that delivers business and tech news to more than 3 million subscribers.
Since its launch in 2015, Morning Brew has expanded to a whole series of other content products, including Emerging Tech Brew and Marketing Brew, as well as their popular podcast, Business Casual.
8. Vanessa Lau
This Canadian entrepreneur built her own content marketing consulting business from scratch, and today Vanessa Lau enjoys an estimated net worth of over $5 million. Her services help companies increase their online visibility and develop strategies to grow their audiences through digital marketing and content curation.
9. Peter Thiel
Chances are that you’re already familiar with Peter Thiel as the CEO of PayPal. In 1998, he launched PayPal alongside the software company Palantir Technologies.
Since then, he’s provided funding for startups that include LinkedIn and Yelp. Today, he runs the Thiel Fellowship, which encourages young people to put learning before schooling. His forward-thinking approach makes him a powerful voice for entrepreneurs to listen to.
10. Richard Lorenzen
Richard Lorenzen’s Fifth Avenue Brands is one of the leading New York public relations firms focusing on clients in finance, public policy and technology. He founded the firm fifteen years ago and is featured by CNBC, Forbes, Fox News, Inc. Magazine and more as one of the leading advisors to CEOs and companies in high stakes public relations challenges.
11. Shama Hyder
Entrepreneur magazine once called Shama Hyder the “Zen Master of Marketing,” which is appropriate for the founder and CEO of Zen Media. Her company provides industry-leading marketing and PR for tech-driven B2B clients, giving Hyder one of the most visible voices in digital marketing.
Having immigrated to the U.S. from war-torn Iran, Patrick Bet-David is the embodiment of the American success story.
He founded PHP Agency Inc. before the age of 30, which is partly why David remains passionate about empowering the next generation through education, consulting, and mentorship. It’s little wonder that David’s channel has been called “the best channel for entrepreneurs.”
13. Lisa Song Sutton
Lisa Song Sutton first entered public life as Miss Nevada US 2014. As a serial entrepreneur, she now owns multiple successful companies in her beloved Las Vegas and has become a renowned real estate investor. She then ran for Congress and has been an influential philanthropist in the community.
The Power of Other Voices
We learn best when we learn from others. These 13 entrepreneurs can inspire us to achieve our own dreams and give us lessons on leadership, entrepreneurship, and the importance of investing in the world around us.