It’s a common conundrum, trying to figure out what to read next. Sure, you might look at other books on your shelf, yet there is nothing more exciting than diving into some unexpected gems you may find along the way.
Books can shape us as leaders and business owner, as much as humans. Many leaders and people at the top of their field credit their success to reading – ever heard of Oprah, anyone? Our friends at Blinkist recently released a new collection to help you decide which of these thousands of titles to jump into first.
The Blinkist app has curated recommended titles from leading figures like Oprah Winfrey, Tim Ferris, Barack Obama and Elon Musk. Below are five of our favourite picks from some of the toughest leaders out there.
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The Sun Does Shine
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton relays the author’s traumatic life story. In a case of mistaken identity, he was wrongly convicted of two charges of murder at the age of twenty-nine in 1989. Despite having a reliable alibi and there being a serious lack of evidence, Hinton was sentenced to death. Not only did he never give up hope; he found a way to live, to find friendship and to gain freedom.
Tim Ferriss recommends
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
Fan of the comic strip Dilbert? The cartoon’s writer and illustrator, Scott Adams, shares learnings from his life in How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. He explains how he succeeded as a cartoonist and businessman, not despite his failures, but because of them. He also shares his secrets for maintaining high energy levels and using them to fuel a life of constant learning and improvement.
Barack Obama recommends
The Moment of Lift
The Moment of Lift relates the journey that Melinda Gates embarked upon to help empower women all around the world. Whether through stories of people she met via her charitable work or from experiences recounted by others, this part-memoir, part-call-to-action explores the myriad social and economic issues women and girls face on a daily basis.
Brené Brown recommends
In Imperfect Courage, Jessica Honegger shares inspiring stories from her purposeful life as an entrepreneur. Drawing on her own experience as an entrepreneur with a successful fair-trade business, Honegger inspires readers to be courageous and chase their dreams. Her story shows the rewards you can gain from taking a risk. If we chose imperfect courage over comfort, our lives can be changed for the better. Honegger addresses the fact that women are encouraged to stay quiet – she shows that facing your fear will open up opportunities.
Elon Musk recommends
Life 3.0 is a tour through the current questions, ideas and research involved in the emerging field of artificial intelligence. .If you’re sensing a common theme among the books on this list, Musk is really into exploring the future of artificial intelligence. In this work, MIT professor Max Tegmark writes about keeping artificial intelligence beneficial for human life and ensuring technological progress remains aligned with humanity’s goals for the future. It’s one of the few books Musk recommends that deals with the possibility of AI being used as a force for good in the world rather than evil.
Tim Ferriss recommends
Anything You Want
Derek Sivers’ book Anything you Want is all about how to figure out exactly what you want from your business, and then how you can get it. It’s a go-to read for aspiring entrepreneurs or those already working on their big ideas. It will teach you why the conventional ideas of amassing tons of money, consultants and technology are all wrong, and that the real key to success is you and your stellar ideas.
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