Reading nonfiction is one of the easiest ways to learn new things, and to challenge your status quo with new perspectives. But with millions of great titles to choose from, where are you supposed to start? Why not take inspiration from your role models? Here are 5 unusual, inspirational titles chosen by some of the most successful people the world has ever seen.
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- Emma Watson recommends Quiet Quiet by Susan Cain 16 min reading time 126k reads audio version available Get the key ideas on Blinkist Emma Watson is a world-famous actress, activist, and bibliophile. The UN Goodwill Ambassador believes deeply in the power of reading to change people’s lives, and has always been keen to recommend titles she loves. In 2013, she told Rookie how reading Quietby Susan Cain left a deep impression on her.
- Steve Jobs loved Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki 13 min reading time 41.6k reads audio version available Get the key ideas on Blinkist Steve Jobs was not only a fan of Shunryu Suzuki’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, he was partly responsible for popularizing it in the United States. This book explains what Jobs came to see as “mind technology”, a way of reducing stress, gaining clarity and enhancing creativity.
This practice, Jobs believed, helped him to conceptualize and create some of the world’s most innovative products. Given the popularity of Apple, Jobs’ endorsement led to copies of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind flying off the shelves as people were eager to find their own zen and their individual route to creativity and success.
- Bill Gates’ favorite book is The Better Angels of Our Nature The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker 25 min reading time 23.3k reads audio version available Get the key ideas on Blinkist Microsoft founder Bill Gates has always been vocal about his love of reading. He’s often quoted in interviews about the books that he takes on his travels, and which new titles have piqued his interest. Indeed, he’s giving Warren Buffett a run for his money when it comes to being the world’s biggest bibliophile and advocate of nonfiction books. (FYI: Buffett claims to spend 80% of his time reading). For years, Gates has been talking up Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature as the best read of the last decade.
Pinker’s 2012 title discusses how, though it may not seem like it, violence has declined massively over the course of history. According to Pinker, despite what the 24-hour news cycle might tell us, we are living in the most peaceful time in history. It explains what motivates humanity to use violence and what increasingly prevents us from doing so. With such a prominent, outspoken fan, it’s not a title you can afford to miss!
- Learn from Built to Last like Jeff Bezos Built to Last by Jim Collins 15 min reading time 32.9k reads audio version available Get the key ideas on Blinkist Tech giant Amazon was founded in 1994. Its founder, Jeff Bezos, has since become one of the most successful — and very briefly, the richest — men on the planet. Keeping a company successful and innovative is a struggle at any stage of its development, but the bigger a company gets, the more difficult for it to change tack and remain relevant. That’s why Bezos is a big fan of Jim Collins’s Built to Last.
The book was released the same year that Amazon was founded, and details how 18 extraordinary companies managed to stay prosperous for decades on end. It outlines what sets real visionaries apart from companies that never quite make it. Clearly, Bezos was taking notes!
- Stay Agile with The Lean Startup like Sheryl Sandberg The Lean Startup by Eric Ries 18 min reading time 193k reads audio version available Get the key ideas on Blinkist Sheryl Sandberg is best known for her books Lean In and more recently, Option B, but it’s her professional success as COO of Facebook that first put her in the public eye. Being a savvy business person means making tough decisions, listening to the right people, and knowing when you’re wrong. It also means running your company like a tight ship. Sandberg isn’t the only COO to find inspiration and advice in Eric Ries’s The Lean Startup, and she certainly won’t be the last. What could you learn from it?
Ries’s book is on most founders’ nightstands for good reason. It’s considered a bible in the tech industry, and as every smart CEO knows, keeping your company lean, agile, and sustainable could be the difference between make or break!
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