Inspiring Stories From Leading Entrepreneurs

Do you want to learn how to be more successful in business?
Are you an existing business owner looking to take your business to the next level?
Or an aspiring entrepreneur who wants to start your own business?

Secrets to Success – Inspiring Stories From Leading Entrepreneurs’ is a compilation of stories about some of Ireland’s most inspiring and best known entrepreneurs.

  • Honest and insightful, it is packed full of great advice and real-life insights, shared by the entrepreneurs themselves, about their experience from start-up to success.
  • You will learn about their backgrounds, how they came up with their ‘killer’ business idea and how they developed a knack for turning obstacles into opportunities.
  • The book is a result of interviews with business owners for Sean’s weekly column in the Business Section of the Sunday Independent newspaper over the past 5 years.
  • The most important lesson Sean has learned from interviewing these entrepreneurs is that ‘No one ever starts a big business’.
  • What is most apparent from all these stories is that – regardless of age, gender, financial or educational background, we all have within us the ability to achieve whatever we set our minds to.
  • In short, we all have the potential to be successful.

Once you open this book, you will find yourself in the company of many great heroes of Irish business. Some run companies whose brands are household names while others are less well known but equally inspiring.
Click here to see the full list featured companies

Do you have a story to share?

If you have a business and you’d like to share your story with Sean please email


Jack Canfield

New York Times best-selling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul® and The Success Principles, star of The Secret and America’s #1 Success Coach
‘Secrets to Success contains invaluable lessons about what it takes to become successful. Whether you are an existing business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur, be prepared to be both informed and inspired.’

Brian Tracy

International speaker, New York Times best-selling author of Eat That Frog, The Psychology of Selling and Maximum Achievement.
‘Sean Gallagher’s Secrets to Success is a wonderful book on success and achievement. Full of practical and proven strategies, it will help you accomplish your goals faster than you ever thought possible.’

Marci Shimoff

New York Times best-selling author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul.
‘Secrets to Success is a compelling read. It highlights the importance of pursuing our passions and following our dreams if we want true success and happiness in our lives’.

Keith Ferrazzi

NY Times #1 best-selling author of Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone.
‘Entrepreneurs are a tribe. The entrepreneurs featured in Sean Gallagher’s Secrets to Success know that their job as leaders, is to build their own tribes. They know too, that growth thrives only when people work together in focused pursuit of a common purpose. I applaud those featured for their honesty and authenticity in sharing not only their highs but also their significant challenges. Their lessons combine to create a must read book that has the capacity to serve as a roadmap for anyone wanting to be successful in business’.

Verne Harnish

Founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation, Gazells Global Executive Education and Coaching company and author of ‘Mastering The Rockefeller Habits’ and ‘Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It and Why the Rest Don’t’.
‘There are many predicable evolutions in the journey from starting a business with a handful of employees to scaling it to something significant. Those who achieve such levels of growth understand the key fundamentals of leading people, setting the company’s strategy, driving execution and managing cash. What better way to learn than from entrepreneurs who have already navigated this complex journey to success themselves? Sean Gallagher offers a myriad of practical tools and invaluable advice for those committed to growing their businesses. I highly recommend it.’

Gene Murtagh

CEO, Kingspan
 ‘…captures the soul of the entrepreneur across the widest spectrum of individuals and their vastly different circumstances and motivations.’

Anne Heraty

CEO, Cpl Resources plc
‘If you are thinking about starting a business or wondering how to take your existing business to the next level, then this book is an essential read….’

Senator Feargal Quinn

Founder of Superquinn
‘.. inspiring and uplifting…,’

Jerry Kennelly

Founder and CEO, and co-founder of the Junior Entrepreneur Programme
‘Don’t start a business without reading this book.’

Bobby Kerr

Former Chairman of Insomnia, presenter of ‘Down to Business’ on Newstalk and former investor on Dragons’ Den
‘An honest insight into the highs and lows of true entrepreneurship…. A wonderful read.’

Kevin McLoughin

Partner lead for EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ EY Ireland
‘…. A brilliant read.’

Sven Spollen-Behrens

Director, Small Firms Association
‘A must-read.’

Nick Mulcahy

Publisher, Business Plus
‘… Secrets to Success distils an abundance of SME business wisdom.’

Norah Casey

Entrepreneur and former investor on Dragons’ Den
‘….essential reading for existing business owners and budding entrepreneurs alike….’

Jim Power

‘This book will provide great inspiration to both existing and aspiring entrepreneurs and is a must read for students in particular. I applaud him.’

Paul McCann

Partner, Grant Thornton
‘This is an important book for the country at this time.’

Gavin Duffy

Gavin Duffy & Associates, investor on Dragons’ Den
‘… a valuable investment for anyone in business or thinking about starting a business.’

Frankie Sheahan

Pendulum Summit and former Irish international rugby player
‘… essential reading for anyone with a desire to learn and a passion for success.’

Ian Hyland

President and publisher, Business & Finance Media Group
‘I believe Sean Gallagher’s Secrets to Success will be instrumental in inspiring a new generation of business builders.’

Thomas Cooney

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Dublin Institute of Technology
‘This book should be required reading for every 2nd and 3rd-level business student in the country.’

Jack Murray

‘… gets to the heart of what makes every entrepreneur tick and is full of wonderful practical advice and real-world experience.’

Feargal O’Rourke

Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
‘It is a great read and there is much to learn here.’

Kingsley Aikins

CEO, Diaspora Matters
‘…stories that will not only interest and inform but intrigue and inspire. Bravo.’