Reading is a particularly important hobby for anyone who wants to be more successful. Why? Well, books teach us, they inspire us, they engage us, they motivate us, and they broaden previous ways of thinking. While there are some books that we read simply for enjoyment, there are others that awaken our appetites to learn and become. Such books can be credited as singlehandedly changing a person’s life direction, solely making the impossible possible.
There are induviduals like Warren Buffet, Donald Trump, Richard Branson, who have achieved the peak of professional and financial success – we want to absorb their stories, find out exactly what they did to become so successful.
The following books—some quite old, some rather new—that impacted the lives of the wealthy.
‘The Virgin Way’ by Richard Branson.
With over 40 years in business, Richard Branson is an inspiring pioneer of humanitarian projects and an iconic business leader. In The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead, Richard shares and distils his secrets of leadership and success.
‘Onward’ by Howard Schultz.
In 2008, Howard Schultz made the decision to return as the CEO of Starbucks to help the company restore financial health and return to its core values. In Onward, he shares the remarkable story of his return, revealing how, during one of the most tumultuous economic times in history, Starbucks again achieved profitability and sustainability without sacrificing humanity. It’s an honest and passionate recounting that will inspire entrepreneurs and everyone else to be brave in the face of adversity.
‘How to Win at the Sport of Business’ by Mark Cuban.
Mark Cuban shares his wealth of experience and business savvy in his first published book. He writes candidly about how he progressed from sleeping on his friends’ couches in his 20s to owning his own company and becoming a multibillionaire.
‘The Essays of Warren Buffett’ by Warren Buffett.
The essays comprising this book, selected mostly from Warren Buffett’s letters to the shareholders of Berkshire, provide a guide to fundamental business analysis and an approach to wise investing.
‘Business @ the Speed of Thought’ by Bill Gates.
Microsoft chairman and CEO Bill Gates discusses how technology can help run businesses better today and how it will transform the nature of business in the near future. While the book was initially published in 1999, many of Gates’ insights remain accurate and relevant today.
‘Bloomberg by Bloomberg’ by Michael Bloomberg.
He guides readers through the highlights of his career: how he rose to success at Salomon Brothers, how he was fired from Salomon Brothers in 1981, and how he used part of his severance pay to create the company that is now Bloomberg LP.
‘Zero to One’ by Peter Thiel.
Zero to One is assuredly worth reading, even if you’re not engaged in the world of startups and venture capital. It’s worth reading in the same way a triple espresso is worth drinking: It makes you feel superhuman, at least temporarily. founder of PayPal and the data-analytics firm Palantir, highlights the importance of building something new and taking over the market, as opposed to simply adding to what’s already out there.
‘Call Me Ted’ by Ted Turner.
In his autobiography, he outlines his unconventional path to success, from getting expelled from Brown University to running his father’s billboard company to turning a small news station into a media empire. When employees at CNN or one of the other businesses Ted Turner ran with vision and energy would see him around the shop, he would usually insist: “Call me Ted.” Mocking formality, “Call me Ted” was his symbol of openness, but Mr. Turner is anything but open about his thoughts and feelings.
‘Think Like a Champion’ by Donald Trump.
It is a small, powerful book from one of the biggest names in business. Donald J. Trump is the very definition of success, and sets the standard for others to achieve. Each one combines anecdotes from his own experience with inspirational advice on everything from learning from your mistakes to confronting your fears.
‘The First Billion Is the Hardest’ by T. Boone Pickens.
It is the best book out there for actionable information on how to succeed in the game of life .The narrative takes readers all the way from Pickens’ experience as a “corporate raider” in the 1980s to his late-life rebranding as an advocate for America’s energy independence.
‘Soros on Soros’ by George Soros.
Financial guru George Soros is one of the most colorful and intriguing figures in the financial world today. Readers learn about his career path in “Soros on Soros,” which is technically two extended interviews that combine personal anecdotes with theories on finance and politics.
‘Direct from Dell’ by Michael Dell.
Dell dropped out of college at 19 to found PC Limited, the business that is now Dell Computer Corp. At 27, he became the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
‘Built from Scratch’ by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank.
Built from Scratch is the story of how two incredibly determined and creative people–and their associates–built a business from nothing to 761 stores and $30 billion in sales in a mere twenty years.
‘What I Know for Sure’ by Oprah Winfrey.
This collection of bits of wisdom begins with Oprah Winfrey recalling a 1998 interview during which the late, great film critic Gene Siskel asked her, “What do you know for sure?” “Now, this was not my first rodeo,” Oprah writes. “I’ve asked and been asked an awful lot of questions over the years . . . but I have to say, the man managed to stop me in my tracks.”In the years following that interview, Oprah took up writing monthly columns called “What I Know for Sure” in her eponymous magazine.”What I Know for Sure” is a collection of her columns in O, the Oprah Magazine .
‘Ralph Lauren’ by Ralph Lauren.
In his autobiography, he shares his personal history, the inspiration behind his work, and beautiful photographs.
‘Steering Clear’ by Peter G. Peterson.
In “Steering Clear,” published in 2015, Peterson makes the case that we need to take immediate action to reduce long-term debt in the US, projected to hit record highs in the near future. In the book’s introduction, Peterson explains why addressing this issue isn’t just economic good sense: “This country has given my family and me — and millions of others — unequaled opportunities to dream and to prosper. And together we have a profound obligation to try to pass on the same opportunity to future generations.”
‘Simply Rich’ by Richard DeVos.
In this candid autobiography, Amway cofounder Rich DeVos reflects on work, faith, family, and the core values he’s held on to, from his humble Christian upbringing through his enormous success running one of the world’s largest businesses.
‘How Did You Do It, Truett?’ by S. Truett Cathy.
How does the man working behind the counter of a mom-and-pop diner for twenty-one years turn a good idea into a restaurant chain worth $2 billion annual sales? S. Truett Cathy, founder and CEO of Chick-fil-A, shares the answers in How Did You Do It, Truett?
‘Charles Schwab’s New Guide to Financial Independence’ by Charles Schwab.
Schwab teaches readers how to set investment goals, monitor their performance, and plan for retirement. His main argument is that, when it comes to investing, doing nothing is the worst thing you can do.
‘Fooling Some of the People All of the Time’ by David Einhorn.
David Einhorn provides a detailed account of his short sale of Allied Capital equity and his subsequent attempts to expose alleged fraud by Allied management and its subsidiary, Business Loan Express, between April 2002 and December 2007. Einhorn, co-founder of the hedge fund Greenlight Capital, charges Allied with many instances of outright fraud, including falsified business appraisals, loans to nonviable businesses, and employing a convicted felon in a key position.
‘How Google Works’ by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg.
“How Google Works” is a breezily written and occasionally insightful guidebook for running companies in an age of rapid technological change. It is not, as that exceedingly lame footnote shows, an especially revealing look into the influential juggernaut that has changed the way we learn about one another and the world.
‘Behind the Cloud’ by Marc Benioff.
Woven throughout the story are some 111 of Benioff’s management tips, from “integrate philanthropy from the beginning” to “have the courage to pursue your innovation — before it is obvious to the market.”
‘Shoe Dog’ by Phil Knight.
In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the 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.
‘Made in America’ by Sam Walton.
Readers get a glimpse into both Walton’s personality and the effort it took for him to build what is now the largest retailer in the world.
‘Margin of Safety’ by Seth Klarman.
In this book, Einhorn tells his side of a six-year financial saga. The book is heavy on detail, and one critic says that some parts read like Einhorn’s angry rant. But it nonetheless offers some compelling insights into the general drama that often unfolds on Wall Street.