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If you are aiming to be a successful entrepreneur, the first step is to start thinking like one. Take Bill Gates as an example: an avid advocate for reading and even spends a week two times a year to go to a secret cabin in the woods to make time for his reading vacations. For Gates, founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, reading is more than a pastime.
“You don’t really start getting old until you stop learning,” Gates told Time. “Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently. I was lucky to have parents who encouraged me to read. Reading fuels a sense of curiosity about the world, which I think helped drive me forward in my career and in the work that I do now with my foundation.”
While not all of us can take off an entire week just to read, we can definitely start somewhere. But with thousands of books on investment and business, it may be an overwhelming chore to pick a title to read.
Luckily, we have other people’s judgment we can rely on.
From Ayala Corp Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala to billionaire and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, here are eight powerful books personally recommended by successful people that are worth reading and investing in if you are aspiring to have a successful career in business.
Berkshire Hathaway, CEO
Recommended book: The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham's philosophy of "value investing”—which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies—has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala
Ayala Corporation, President & CEO
Recommended book: The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson
In The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What’s more, he reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history. With the clarity and verve for which he is known, Ferguson elucidates key financial institutions and concepts by showing where they came from.
Recommended book: Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Starting with “why” works in big business and small business, in the nonprofit world and in politics. Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Simon Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire. Start With Why is for anyone who wants to inspire others or who wants to find someone to inspire them.
Robinsons Retail Inc., President & CEO
Recommended book: The Book of Lists by David Wallechinsky, Irving Wallace and Amy Wallace
Robina Gokongwei says that this book “opened her eyes to the extent of what humanity can achieve whether for good or for notoriety.” The Book of Lists is literally a list of interesting, intriguing, noteworthy, popular, important, and other people, places, events, and things. This trivia book talks about anything under the sun and is accompanied by fascinating commentaries, notes, and explanations that will stir up the readers’ curiosity.
Host, actress, and philanthropist
Recommended book: Becoming by Michelle Obama
Renowned TV talk show host Oprah has over 90 recommended books for her book club, but one of her most favorite reads is Becoming by Michelle Obama. In this book, the former First Lady describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Oprah says, “It is Michelle Obama’s personal story, of course. But I believe it’s going to spark within you the desire to think about your own becoming.”
Investagrams, CEO & Co-Founder
Recommended book: How To Make Money in Stocks by William J. O'neil
William J. O’neil’s How To Make Money in Stocks is a practical rule book for becoming an investment professional. It offers guidance for those who want to make smart investments. This book talks about: making money reading the daily financial pages; picking the best industry groups in the market; reading charts; reducing losses and mistakes; and turning a profit from reading and analyzing the news.
Olympic gold medalist & world-class gymnast
Recommended book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
Simone Biles, who is regarded to be one of the best gymnasts of all-time, shared that there was one book that had a major impact on the way she lives her life. In The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, Mark Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.
Microsoft and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Co-Founder
Recommended book: Business Adventures by John Brooks
This business classic written by longtime New Yorker contributor John Brooks is an insightful and engaging look into corporate and financial life in America. John Brooks’s reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962 or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history really does repeat itself.
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Over 2 million copies sold
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
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The inspiring, life-changing bestseller by the author of LEADERS EAT LAST and TOGETHER IS BETTER.
In 2009, Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work, and in turn inspire their colleagues and customers. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, including more than 28 million who’ve watched his TED Talk based on START WITH WHY -- the third most popular TED video of all time.
START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.
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William J. O'Neil
The national bestseller
Anyone can learn to invest wisely with this bestselling investment system!
Through every type of market, William J. O’Neil’s national bestseller, How to Make Money in Stocks, has shown over 2 million investors the secrets to building wealth. O’Neil’s powerful CAN SLIM® Investing System―a proven 7-step process for minimizing risk and maximizing gains―has influenced generations of investors.
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The Ascent of Money reveals finance as the backbone of history, casting a new light on familiar events: the Renaissance enabled by Italian foreign exchange dealers, the French Revolution traced back to a stock market bubble, the 2008 crisis traced from America's bankruptcy capital, Memphis, to China's boomtown, Chongqing. We may resent the plutocrats of Wall Street but, as Ferguson argues, the evolution of finance has rivaled the importance of any technological innovation in the rise of civilization.
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In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
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What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety.
These notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.
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Now in paperback—the intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States, featuring a new introduction by Michelle Obama, a letter from the author to her younger self, and a book club guide with 20 discussion questions and a 5-question Q&A
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WATCH THE EMMY-NOMINATED NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER • ONE OF ESSENCE’S 50 MOST IMPACTFUL BLACK BOOKS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
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The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham's philosophy of “value investing”—which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies—has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.
Get The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book On Value Investing, Revised Edition (Paperback) by Benjamin Graham and other business books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the PhilippinesLearn More
What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.
Get Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street (Paperback) by John Brooks and other business books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More