When one of the richest, most powerful, or influential men in the world gives you advice, it would be stupid of you to ignore it. So when we prepare a list of the 10 books that Bill Gates thinks you should read, you’d better turn pages around like a stripper.
Obviously, when you finish reading, you will not start magically sticking bills out of your pockets. And yet, it is not bad to know the books that have contributed to forming one of the minds that in turn has helped define the world as we know it.
And if what worried you is that I was recommending 10 computer manuals, quiet. Mr. Gates is not fond of them. However, he seems to be fascinated by the autobiographies of powerful men in the world of economy.
Warren Buffet, Alfred Sloan are some of the examples of personalities Bill Gates seems to be paying attention to. In addition, he is also fond of books dealing with the behavior of the human mind, society and the business world.
1. “My Years with General Motors”, By Alfred Sloan
Bill Gates defined it as “the best book you could read if you could only read a book about business”.
2. “Bussines Adventures, Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street”, By John Brooks
The second book recommended by Bill Gates is also well known in the business world.
3. “The Best Angels of Our Nature”, By Steven Pinker
This book recommended by Bill Gates has as a subtitle “Why Violence Has Been Denied”. The truth is that despite how dark the title may sound, the book is basically pretty optimistic. It has summarized how violence throughout history has been declining in all aspects of human life.
4. “Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything”, By Carol Loomis
Bill Gates recommends this book by saying: “I think anyone who reads it whole will have two possible reactions: First, Warren is incredibly consistent applying his vision and principles throughout his career, and secondly, this analysis to understand the world of business and markets have no comparison.”
5. “Where Good Ideas Come From”, By Steven Johnson
We must take into account the number of creatives that have influenced how we live our lives today. If it were not for a handful of people with clear ideas and concise goals, we would hardly have been able to get to where we are. However, we must bear in mind that these great ideas do not come from anything: the bosses, the thinking heads, have to know how to water the garden of good ideas.
6. “Life Is What You Make It”, By Peter Buffet
It is never easy to live in the shadow of a great man. So picture the picture that Peter Buffett had before him before starting his career. This book is a reflection on how you can live life as one decides to live it, and how the path that our predecessors mark us is just that, a path, an option that we can or can not take.
According to Bill Gates in this book: “Contrary to what people believe, Peter is not the heir to a great fortune of his father. Instead, he has been encouraged to go his own way. of that way, of the wisdom and the perceptions that developed along that trip”.
7. “The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language”, By Steven Pinker
Curiously, this book does not deal directly with non-verbal language, or at least not exclusively. Pinker criticizes a lot of fairly common ideas about language, such as teaching children how to use it. He thinks that the grammar of most people is too poor and that the quality of the language is declining.
8. “Moonwalking with Einstein”, By Joshua Foer
One of the most decisive factors in putting Bill Gates where he is has been his mind. And “one of the most” is actually a euphemism for “the most important.” That is why we are not at all surprised that I have decided to recommend this book. The working of the human mind has been very curious for a long time, and this approach is quite interesting.
9. “Academically Drifting: Limited Learning on University Campuses”, By Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa
In his article-review and on his personal blog, Bill Gates recommends this book, but it is not limited to that. It also raises an interesting question (obviously inspired by the text): How do we measure the success of universities?
Mr. Gates asserts that the United States is far behind other countries in terms of the number of university students and the quality of their studies. The information on which this conclusion is based comes from this book: Academically Drifting, or Academically ADrif. In it, they also raise a lot of questions about university development, to try to find out what they are doing wrong.
10. “The Ten Commandments to Ruin You”, By Donald R. Keough
Let’s see, Bill Gates. You will say what you want, but here are few options. Or this book does not work, and what counts does not serve to ruin you, or you have not put it into practice. But what is clear is that one does not manage to raise an empire out of nothing by ruining itself. Of course, if we know what not to do, we can learn to avoid it and it really makes sense.
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