Over the course of eight seasons, the inspiring and experienced Sharks of Shark Tank have dropped an incredible amount of knowledge for aspiring entrepreneurs. Of course, not every budding business that pitches to appear on the show gets the chance to hop in the Tank to get advice and feedback directly from the sharks.
But that doesn't mean you can't benefit from their collective wisdom. These books by the Sharks themselves--and the most successful entrepreneurs they've mentored on the show--offer the best advice that Shark Tank has to offer.
SHARK TANK Jump Start Your Business: How to Launch and Grow a Business from Concept to Cash, by Michael Parrish DuDell, Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O'Leary
That's right: All your favorite Sharks have pooled their collective knowledge in this book, which offers a roadmap for turning your entrepreneurial vision into a reality, covering the planning process, launching, marketing, financing, growth and more. The follow up book, SHARK TANK Secrets to Success: How to Propel Your Business from the Tank to the Bank, includes additional advice from many of The Tank's most successful and memorable entrepreneurs.
You Don't Have to Be a Shark: Creating Your Own Success, by Robert Herjavec
Herjavec's latest book, which came out in May 2016, applies the rules of business to everyday life, making it a good read for non-entrepreneurs too. Herjavec takes his trademark authenticity and applies it to helping those outside the business realm to see how they can use these boardroom principles for success in other areas of life, too.
The latest book from the fashion-focused and brand-minded focuses on the power and innovation that is often born from financial hardship, and the journey that he personally took from hand-sewing clothing in Queens, to heading up FUBU as the founder and CEO, to dispensing advice to hungry entrepreneurs on Shark Tank.
Wish you had a Shark over your shoulder when you're making major financial decisions? This 2014 book will do the trick: O'Leary gives advice on spending, saving and investing the right way, for each of the financial milestones you'll face, to ensure your personal finances could stand up to the scrutiny given inside The Tank.
Lori Greiner has more than 400 patents to her name and spent more than 15 years with QVC, positioning new inventions for success. In this 2014 book, she draws on her knowledge and experience to create a step-by-step guide to getting your idea into the hands of customers, and building a sustainable business in the process.
This unofficial guide to the Shark Tank process was written by and includes perspective from former contestants, who have seen The Tank from the inside, out. This book will help you avoid some of the lessons these contestants learned the hard way, and benefit from some of the insider insights they gained along their journey.
The Will To Win, by Robert Herjavec
This 2014 book from Herjavec expands upon the advice given in "Driven," bringing in insights from Herjavec's influential friends and contemporaries, to share tips for pushing through challenges and reaching your ultimate goals.
Mark Cuban dishes out advice as a Shark, but he's also the owner of the Dallas Mavericks. This 2013 book combines his love of sports and business, offering his best advice for entrepreneurs, regardless of what their passion and product may be.
Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life, by Kevin O'Leary
O'Leary's 2011 book was the first where he brought his financial prowess inside the Tank out to the general public, and he focuses on debunking the myth of a miracle solution for wealth. As the book's description says, "With the right guidance, focus and perseverance, you can turn entrepreneurial vision into lucrative reality and have the personal freedom that only wealth can buy."
Driven: How To Succeed In Business And In Life, by Robert Herjavec
In his 2011 book, Herjavec shares his journey from working as a waiter to heading up a leacing technology company, offering advice that applies for entrepreneurs as well as goal-oriented individuals outside the business world.
The Brand Within: The Power of Branding from Birth to the Boardroom, by Daymond John
In this 2010 book, John shares the lessons learned as the Founder and CEO of FUBU, giving anecdotal and actionable advice on marketing, branding, selling and building a powerful brand and business.
Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business, by Barbara Corcoran
This 2011 book by Barbara Corcoran includes insights from her time on Shark Tank, as well as her personal journey from waiting tables to founding the renowned real estate empire that skyrocketed her career.