If you’ve ever heard that the more you read, the better chance you can earn money, Bill Gates is the clear proof of that. The richest man in the world always tries to read at least a book every week. And of course, no one ever doubted or questioned his ability to make money.
To learn about Bill Gates’ successful habits, you can follow his blog – Gates Notes. This is also where the billionaire shared his thoughts and views on the books he read to bring success.
In general, I’ve rounded up here the top 10 books that shape his vision and also help billionaire – Bill Gates – have been as successful as today.
1. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
To be successful, it is important to understand the reasons make your precursor businessmen success or failure. And the book “Business Adventures” will give you the most complete answer in both respects.
Billionaire Bill Gates also said something about this book: Up to now, more than two decades after Wareen Buffett lent it to him, and more than four decades after it was first published, Business Adventures is still the best business book he has ever read. And John Brooks is his favorite author on the business.
2. Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2013
Personally, I’m not kind of surprised to know that Bill Gates loves Tap Dancing to Work. This is the most complete collection of articles about billionaire Warren Buffett or wrote by Warren himself. They were compiled by renowned journalist – Carol Loomis of Fortune. If you want to learn about the secret of billionaire Warren Buffett’s success, this is definitely the book for you.
I think anyone who reads this book will also have two reactions. First, how did Buffett unify in adopting the vision and principles of investment throughout his career on Wall Street. Secondly, his analyzes and insights on business as well as market are not comparable.
3. Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment
Peter Buffett had a successful life and career, which was not completely based on his father’s fortune or reputation – the “Wall Street legend”, Warren Buffett. The book tells the story of a child born in a wealthy family but still working hard. In additionally, his father’s teachings were always imprinted on Peter’s musical career and his charitable work.
Contrary to the assumption of so many people, Peter did not inherit the huge wealth from his father. Instead, he was encouraged by Warren to follow his own path. And the book is a memoir of the journey to the success of a child born to the rich but self-endeavor – his intellect and perception grows from that path. How admirable!
4. Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness
Why do you want to succeed? Joy can be a reason for you! This book will teach you how to find joy on your path to success.
Truth to say, joy is not just for the lucky ones. It is an option for anyone!
In this book, James Baraz will help you discover the paths to happiness which is right in front of you as well as orient your mind to eliminate the dissatisfaction and distraction, aiming to the satisfaction and joy that’s available in your daily life.
5. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
Success always requires creativity and innovation. However, for many people, innovation seems to be a “boring” word and it does not make a strong impression. Printers, pencils, automatic toilets, batteries … all are great ideas, but do you know where they come from and what motivated to create them?
This is an extremely valuable book, especially for those who do business or educational activities. The book mentions the structure to create a good idea, how you can think and connect the available materials to find a solution to a problem. That’s a question which creators need to answer.
6. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
You will not be successful if you are absent minded and forgetful. But don’t fret, this book will teach you how to remember from the faintest events to the most useful ones.
Like most people, I’m always fascinated by the concepts of the brain, how the brain works or what constitutes the brain. An important part of this book is to clarify the concept of memory and understanding, which I think that’s reason Bill Gate loves it.
7. Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses
The book is about the most controversial matter nowadays: Are higher education really necessary and helpful for your success? From that point, it opens two brand-new paths to lead you to success: either putting your diploma into a “mental box” and allow yourself to learn from the real world OR finding the way to innovate if you are an educational developer.
The gurgling results given in the book were entirely based on actual tests in students. I think our education system needs to be improved, but I also know that we need more information.
8. That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
The thought of America falling into recession someday is the gloomy picture making many young people cannot try their best to go to success. The fact is that the United States does not grow as fast as other countries but is still the leading power in the world. And things would not be as terrible as the way you think.
In my opinion, this is really a great book and I think everyone should read it.
The most basic message it brings is that competition among nations requires us to change. As society becomes richer, people must be more careful to protect their own interests and protect the environment.
9. Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
The path to success requires you to overcome difficulties and turn it into strength. That is what Deng Xiaoping did to the world’s most populous country. Before he came to power, China was submerged in poverty and could not “get out of the mud” itself. But thanks to Deng Xiaoping, he changed China’s business policies and improved the country’s economy.
In history, China in 1979 was one of the poorest countries in the world, even poorer than India. However, since taking over, Deng Xiaoping had introduced a series of important changes in policy to create cultural stability and economic development. The results that China had gotten are the remarkable and amazing achievements for the whole world to learn.
10. The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention
At first glance, this looks like a book written about railroad and mechanics. However, if dive more deeply, you will get lessons for yourself. What is the real meaning behind the success of these machines? What has helped the railway industry to change the world?
The book offers views on steam engines that were at the center of the British industrial revolution. Bill Gate also shared that Rosen’s view was in line with his view of the measure to promote the foundation of their industry.
If you want to start something big, don’t miss out this book!
Out of these best books on how to success, there are a lot more recommended by Bill Gates on his blog – Gates Notes. But, truth to say, this collection of 10 books is a good premise to start reading the others. It’s not compulsory to read all of them at once. (Of course, if you can, it’s hard to keep in mind all the lessons!) So, let’s take time reading it, just one and one.
Good luck, my bros!