If you are smart you learn from your mistakes, if you are brilliant you learn from other people’s mistakes. The best way to learn is to read the right books.
Books can help you in so many ways to grow as a person, find a job
easier, succeed both as an entrepreneur but also in many other fields.
They can be a source of inspiration, develop personal skills, and provide
tips and business strategies. They can help you to become successful by
providing the right knowledge, new ways of thinking, new insights and
help you to develop necessary skills.
One of the points of reading business books is that they tell you stories
that provide context around challenges and opportunities. The context
and stories can open your mind up to new choices, some you may not
Your mindset, your belief system, is a limit on your success in life and in
business. When you read business biographies (and other biographies)
you can infect yourself with empowered beliefs. You can pick up the
beliefs that drove them to see things that were invisible to others. You
can invariably pick up the traits that allow them to succeed, things like
grit, determination, persistence, and resourcefulness.
Think of how little you really know. Think about all the people with deep
subject matter expertise who, in some areas, know far more than you.
You bend the learning curve in your direction when you take the best of
their learning as insights and ideas that may benefit you now or
sometime in the future.
My personal GWH quote is – “What I don’t know today I can learn
Here I provide you with a list of 20 books I recommend for your learning
curve. The best way to start reading is to start reading.
Quick Overview Of All 20 Books
It's been nearly 25 years since Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad first made waves in the Personal Finance arena. It has since become the #1 Personal Finance book of all time... translated into dozens of languages and sold around the world.
Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert's story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.
In this instantand tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.
In 2009, Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work, and in turn inspire their colleagues and customers. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, including more than 28 million who’ve watched his TED Talk based on START WITH WHY -- the third most popular TED video of all time.
Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.
Long Walk to Freedom is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history's greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela told the extraordinary story of his life -- an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.
In Business Stripped Bare, Sir Richard Branson shares the inside track on his life in business and reveals the incredible truth about his most risky, brilliant and audacious deals. Discover why Virgin tried to take on one of the world's biggest superbrands, how Virgin Mobile USA holds the record as the fastest company in history to generate revenues of over one billion dollars (faster than Microsoft, Google and Amazon) and how Richard is the only person in the world to have built eight billion-dollar companies from scratch in eight different sectors.
In Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent over 40 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way.