Reading Lounge / Spotlight
10 Ways to Read a Billionaire’s Mind!
- By: Maktoub Magazine
- June 27, 2016
Trying to get into how the minds of world’s richest men and most powerful CEOs work? Here’s a clue: Grab a few collections in the top shelves of their business library, shut yourself from all the hubbubs and distractions around, cuddle up to a sofa and dig your head and mind in for an hour or two. We’ve searched out 10 best books that might interest you.
Business Adventures by John Brooks
Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street is a collection of New Yorker stories revolving around business. It became one of Bill Gates’ all-time favourite books, after none other than Warren Buffet recommended it to him in 1991. It’s a mixture of success stories and failures, and the strengths and weaknesses of leaders.
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
In this stunning book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers” –the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?
His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.
Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
Why We Work by Barry Schwartz
In this groundbreaking work, acclaimed writer and thinker Barry Schwartz dispels a deeply ingrained myth: The reason we work is primarily to get a paycheque. How did we come to believe this?
Through fascinating studies and compelling anecdotes, Schwartz takes the reader on an eye-opening tour, illuminating the destructive way work operates in our culture, and ultimately empowering the reader to find their own path to good work.
The Power of Broke by Daymond John
Daymond John has been practicing the power of broke ever since he started selling his home-sewn t-shirts on the streets of Queens. With no funding and a $40 budget, Daymond had to come up with out-of-the box ways to promote his products. Luckily, desperation breeds innovation, and so he hatched an idea for a creative campaign that eventually launched the FUBU brand into a $6 billion dollar global phenomenon. But it might not have happened if he hadn’t started out broke – with nothing but a heart full of hope and a ferocious drive to succeed by any means possible.
Leaving the Tarmac by Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede
Leaving The Tarmac: Buying A Bank In Africa is a go-to plot narrative for investors, entrepreneurs, policy makers and other economic stakeholders in search of a success blueprint in doing business in the peculiar but high-potential African market.
The book, which reads like a financial thriller, follows the acquisition, along with business partner, Herbert Wigwe, of Access Bank in 2002 and the remarkable transformation of the bank a decade later to become the fifth largest bank operating in Nigeria.
Aig-Imoukhuede, a Harvard Business School alumnus, details the metamorphosis of Access Bank from a lowly-rated bank into a Tier-1 bank through a combination of success factors like tenacious vision, vibrant leadership, single-minded commitment, industry skills, expertise and savviness to navigate known minefields.
While he takes the readers through the nitty-gritties of financial jargons, exclusive facts and figures on the African banking landscape, Aig-Imoukhuede manages to sustain the uninitiated reader’s interest with an admirable grasp of fluid story writing techniques and fitting analogies.
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