With Christmas around the corner, why not ask for the gift of reading the same books billionaires read?
Bill Gates reads about 50 books every year, Mark Cuban reads three hours every day, Mark Zuckerberg resolved to read 24 books in a year, and Warren Buffett spends 80 percent of his day reading.
Perhaps like you, I like to learn and improve my skills as a leader, so I'm always curious about what the most successful entrepreneurs on the planet are currently reading or recommending for reading. But where do you go for that?
Luckily, a one-stop solution to address that compulsive need was recently launched. BookAuthority provides endless recommendations from hundreds of leaders such as Gates, Branson, Buffett, Musk, Bezos, Zuckerberg, and Cook, giving voracious readers a personalized reading list tailored just for them.
Here are three top recommendations by Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Jeff Bezos, straight from BookAuthority.
Book Recommendations by Bill Gates
1. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, by Phil Knight.
In this instant and 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," opening up about his company's early days as an intrepid startup and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.
2. Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises, by Timothy F. Geithner.
A former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and then President Barack Obama's Secretary of the Treasury, Geithner takes readers behind the scenes of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, explaining the hard choices and politically unpalatable decisions he made to repair a broken financial system and prevent the collapse of the Main Street economy.
3. The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age, by Archie Brown.
From one of the world's preeminent political historians, a magisterial study of political leadership around the world, from the advent of parliamentary democracy to the age of Obama.
Book Recommendations by Jeff Bezos
1. The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, by Clayton M. Christensen.
Named one of 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon Editors, this is considered an innovation classic. Christensen's work is cited by the world's best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell.
2. Sam Walton, Made in America, by Sam Walton.
Sam Walton, the undisputed merchant king of the late 20th century who built Walmart into the largest retailer in the world, chronicles the inspiration, heart, and optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream.
3. Data-Driven Marketing: The 15 Metrics Everyone in Marketing Should Know, by Mark Jeffery.
Named Best Marketing Book of 2011 by the American Marketing Association, Jeffery offers a clear and convincing guide to using a more rigorous, data-driven, strategic approach to deliver significant performance gains from your marketing.
Book Recommendations by Warren Buffett
1. The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success, by William N. Thorndike.
Listed at No. 1 on Buffett's recommended reading list, this book details the extraordinary success of eight individualistic CEOs who took a radically different approach to corporate management. You may not know all their names, but you will recognize their companies: General Cinema, Ralston Purina, The Washington Post Company, Berkshire Hathaway, General Dynamics, Capital Cities Broadcasting, TCI, and Teledyne.
2. The Most Important Thing Illuminated: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor, by Howard Marks and Paul Johnson.
Howard Marks, the chairman and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Management, is renowned for his insightful assessments of market opportunity and risk. After four decades spent ascending to the top of the investment management profession, Marks distills the investing insight of his celebrated client memos into a single volume and, for the first time, makes his time-tested philosophy available to general readers.
3. Dream Big, by Cristiane Correa.
In just over 40 years, Jorge Paulo Lemann, Marcel Telles, and Beto Sicupira built the biggest empire in the history of Brazilian capitalism and launched themselves onto the world stage in an unprecedented way. This is their story. Lemann, a partner of Buffett's, is hailed by Buffett as "among the best businessmen in the world. He is a fantastic person and his story should be an inspiration to everybody, as it is for me."
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