// Reading for Success
by Career Interactive, 19th March 2015
There are no one key factors which will help you to achieve success and if there are, it is easy to assume that sitting on the couch with a good book is not one of them. However, one way to maintain or gain wisdom and experience is reading and learning from quality books. An education builds the foundation for good outcomes, and reading books is one way all people, with or without official schooling, can educate themselves. Here is the list of the top four books successful people across all industries from politicians, entrepreneurs, businessmen to actors recommend and read.
1. The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
As its sub-heading suggests, this book is revolutionary that will change the way you do business. It was released in 1997 and since then it has forever changed corporate America. Based on a truly radical idea—that great companies can fail precisely because they do everything right—this Wall Street Journal, Business Week and New York Times Business bestseller is one of the most provocative and important business books ever written and offers great insights for entrepreneurs or to those simply wishing to understand current industry trends. Great names such as Steve Jobs, Twitter’s Evan Williams and the writer Malcolm Gladwell all called this book instrumental in the development in their business philosophy.
2. Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
Thiel’s book promises to show how to build the future or in other words how to set up and develop start-ups. It contains a collection of lectures delivered by billionaire investor and founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, during his years as a lecturer at Stanford. Along with his co-author, Blake Master, he has put together a list of set standards for start-ups, entrepreneurs and for any leader who is considering building up his future. Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in the business world and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.
3. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
This book is for everybody who believes in the possibility of a brighter future in the way in which we work, develop professional relationships and our organizations are led. Simon Sinek invites us to imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. Leaders Eat Last lays out idea after idea that provokes us to think
about whether we need to overhaul our approach to leadership completely. He explains why leaders should replace the ‘Command and Control’ models of management with more sustainable approaches which are grounded by empathy and are designed to boast engagement rather than to incite fear. Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories from a wide range of examples, from the military to manufacturing, from government to investment banking. He proves that the leaders who are willing to eat at last are rewarded with loyal and respectful colleagues who will thrive to advance their leader’s vision and the company’s interest.
4. The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
Lastly, The Happiness of Pursuit offers an understanding of how to find joy in our careers and in undertaking a quest. Chris Guillebeau has examined the patterns of happiness in successful entrepreneurs, leaders and change-makers from all around the world. He made the simple observation that they were the happiest throughout their journeys and not necessarily when they have achieved the desired goal. The book challenges us to take control, to make our lives meaningful while remaining rational about the commitment and risks. The Happiness of Pursuit is for readers of every age, aspiration and educational background. It is for everybody who longs for extracting as much fulfilment out of life as possible.