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Reading Between the Lines

Not every book on your shelf needs to be about financial strategies and marketing campaigns. Here, the nonbusiness books that inspired successful entrepreneurs:

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This story appears in the February 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Andrea Lake, 34
stickerjunkie.com
Santa Fe, New Mexico
"Ask and It Is Given by Jerry and Esther Hicks. I apply Ask and It Is Given in all of my interactions by clearly setting my intention for what I would like to create, and then moving forward to harmoniously create that. What's most important to me is to have deep and meaningful relationships. As a result, people love working with me, and I love working with them. When everyone feels truly valued for their efforts, it creates an amazing office environment."

Mike Shiley, 40
Shidog Films
Portland,

"Tai Pan by James Clavell. The main has to run a tea and opium trading business in during the mid-1800s. Business doesn't get much more challenging than that. It taught me to take risks, make decisions on the fly and deal with people openly and honestly."

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