“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject area) who didn’t read all the time – none, zero.”
– Charlie Munger, Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration – "I would devote myself to learning how to build not just a successful company but a sustainable creative culture." - Ed Catmull In this book, Ed shares his experiences leading a team to success and fostering a creative team culture. It is very well written, and it contains a lot of tips about leadership. I felt that the beginning was a bit boring, but trust me, it gets better and I encourage you to read this book.
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World – Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk is a must read for all entrepreneurs who are trying to market a new product! In this book, "GaryVee" shares his knowledge and experience in the Social Media World. It reviews all the big social media platforms and how each one of them needs to be treated differently for marketing. My advice: go to the bookstore, get this book, and subscribe to his YouTube channel!
The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done – This book, written by leadership expert Peter Ducker, is as the title implies, all about how you can become an effective manager. He explains which characteristics every successful manager has and how you can improve your management style and get things done! It is an excellent book, very well written, and researched! Definitely worth reading if you want to become more productive at work or in your private life.
Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies – Charles G Koch is co-owner and CEO of Koch Industries, a multinational company with subsidiaries involved in manufacturing, trading, and investments. This book is about Koch's business and leadership experience and how he led his company to success. I especially enjoyed how Charles Koch talked about his failures! This book contains a lot of great tips and lessons for every business owner.
Moore’s Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley’s Quiet Revolutionary – This is a very detailed book about Gordon Moore's contributions to the Semiconductor Industry. If you are interested in technology and don't know who Gordon Moore is, I highly recommend doing a little more research on him as well as reading this book. He was one of the biggest influencers of the Semiconductor Industry and co-founder of Intel. Easily recommended!
Call Me Ted – Call me Ted is the autobiography of Ted Turner. He is a Billionaire, the founder of Cable News Network (CNN) and a philanthropist. He is well known for his US$1 billion gift to support the United Nations. This is a fascinating read with many lessons by one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the 21st century. Read this book to get more insight into the early television era. It was truly an exciting and enjoyable read. Highly recommended!
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future – In Zero to One, Peter Thiel shares his philosophy of how to create a successful and lasting business in today's economy. It is a short book (150 pages), but it contains tons of great ideas and tips for entrepreneurs and people who are interested in startups. Definitely, a must read for all entrepreneurs!
The Wealthy Barber: The Common Sense Guide to Successful Financial Planning – The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton is an excellent introduction to financial planning. It is well-written, an enjoyable read and full of great tips. If you decide to read this book, keep in mind, it was written in 1989, and a few things are out of date by now. However, I recommend this book for anyone who wants to start thinking about their financial future, especially for 18 to 25-year-olds.
Decisions: Making The Right Ones, Righting The Wrong Ones – Jim Treliving, known from the TV show Dragons' Dan, the Canadian version of Shark Tank, tells in this book his success story from a former RCMP police officer to the man behind Boston Pizza and Mr. Lube. It is specifically focused on how to make good decisions, and move on. I can recommend it to people who want to learn more about Jim Treliving and to anyone struggling with a career decision.
Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul – Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, is a great character. He loves coffee, and he loves the company, which he grew into one of the biggest coffee companies in the world. This book tells the story of Starbuck's turnaround in 2008 when it was struggling with declining customer satisfaction, quality, and revenue. Schultz took over and brought the company back into its groove again. Easily recommended.
Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built – This is an excellent book on the e-commerce company Alibaba and founder Jack Ma. It contains a lot of information on China, e-commerce and other large businesses in China's Internet industry. However, I felt there was a lot of unnecessary information, which made it sometimes hard to read. Nevertheless, I can recommend it to people who want to learn more about Jack Ma and how he built Alibaba.
The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail (Management of Innovation and Change) – This book shows a very clear path to evaluate possible responses to emerging technologies given present ones. Clayton M. Christensen explains why emerging technologies are usually not compatible with the current strategies of incumbents in various industries and why many established companies fail to innovate. This is a must read for all tech entrepreneurs to be able to understand the market.
Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry (Collins Business Essentials) – Michael Dell founder and CEO of Dell Technologies tells in this book the story about how he started his business in one of the most competitive industries in the last decade. He shows what Dell did differently to their competitors to be the best in offering computer hardware to the costumers. It is a great story, and I can highly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in technology and business.
The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy – Who wants to be a millionaire? This book can help you to achieve your financial freedom. It is very well written and researched. It is also easy to read with tons of examples for people who want to improve their financial life. It is a great book, and I can recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the way others think about wealth.
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference – Malcolm Gladwell explains in this book the psychology and sociology behind social "epidemics". Why does something go viral? What is the tipping point? It is a terrific book, and it will give you tons of new questions to ask. Essential reading for entrepreneurs because it contains valuable information on trendsetting, which can be used to market any product.
Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story – Arnold Schwarzenegger: Austrian, 7-time Mr. Olympia, Hollywood actor, businessman, investor, Governor of Califonia. If you like him or not, you have to admit he has achieved incredible things in his life. It's a fascinating story and a must-read for all who want to learn more about his journey from a small village in Austria to Califonia. Easily recommended!
Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life – Kevin O'Leary aka Mr. Wonderful shows in this book how he made his fortune and his philosophy in business: Spend less, save more and invest often. He shows how much work it is to become successful and points out important lessons for all entrepreneurs. It was inspirational, recommended for those who want to know more about him and who want to view him in a different light.
The Entrepreneurial Edge – In this book, the author Donald Rumball has explored the characteristics of 100 successful Canadian entrepreneurs. I really enjoyed the book and it is a must-read for people who are thinking about becoming entrepreneurs and wondering if they have what it takes.
Citizens Irving : K. C. Irving and His Legacy – This book is about K.C. Irving and how he built the Irving empire, which includes among others Irving Oil, Canada's largest refinery, Irving Shipbuilding and many newspapers. It is very well researched with great story telling. Read this book if you want to learn more about business, entrepreneurship and the Irving family!
#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness – I highly recommend subscribing to Gary Vaynerchuk’s YouTube channel! Every day he provides new content about business, social media, and entrepreneurship. This book is based on his YouTube show "#TheAskGaryVee Show" and contains the top questions he answered from the show. This is a must read, go and get it!
The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future – This is a highly recommended book for those who want to understand the past, present & future of the tech economy. Very well written and researched with a lot of examples for "The Third Wave". I enjoyed this book, it has a lot to offer and it’s entertaining.
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is something that is known but discussed very little. This book gives you insights about EQ, what it is, and how you can strengthen and build new relationships. It is a good book if you want a better understanding of EQ. It is well written, and it includes an EQ test. Definitely worth reading!
Jimmy: An Autobiography – Jimmy Pattison, what a character! If you are living in Vancouver, Canada this is a must read! Why? Because you will have seen his name here everywhere! Pattison started off as a used car dealer, and now, at age 88 his net worth is 4.8 billion USD (Forbes). It's a fascinating read about a man whose philosophy was always to "Think Big".
How to Be Rich – If he can't tell you how to become wealthy, who can? J. Paul Getty became a millionaire when he was 26 and at the end of the 1950's he got named as "the richest man in the world". This book is a compilation of articles that Getty wrote for the Playboy magazine. It contains tons of information, which is still relevant! It is worth reading!
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike – In this book, Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike, tells the reader about his vision. He talks about all the challenges he faced, the risks he took, and his achievements. He devoted his life to the making, selling, buying, and designing of shoes. It's a fascinating story, very well written and packed with great content! Easily recommended!
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time – In this book, Brian Tracy provides a great system to help you overcome procrastination. It's an extraordinary book, easy to read and understand, and it contains many points that you can apply to your life. It's a short but powerful book.
Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way – This is a great book for all the creative people out there. Steven Pressfield describes ways to overcome resistance and get the work done. This book is geared toward those in creative fields, but nevertheless worth reading!
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t – If you don't know Simon Sinek, watch his TED Talk, "How great leaders inspire action." here on Youtube. It's a great book for anyone working to bring two groups together as a team. Well written and very inspiring - until the last page.
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt – One of my professors recommended this book to me and I have to say it was a fascinating read. Edmund Morris tells the magnificent story of the prepresidential years of Theodore Roosevelt. It is one of the best biographies I've read so far. Highly recommended!
No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline – A lot of people think that success comes from good luck or talent, but that's not the whole truth. Many successful people have one thing in common: self-discipline. Brian Tracy is a self-development guru and he explains in this book what it means to put in the work. Very motivating and engaging! Recommended for all entrepreneurs!
Choose Yourself! – “Choose Yourself” by James Altucher is almost purely a motivational book. But it is packed with practical advice, many tips, and personal anecdotes. It is highly geared toward entrepreneurs. Easily recommended!
Andrew Carnegie – This book is a biography of Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw. It was a fascinating read about a self-made steel tycoon and one of the wealthiest men of the 19th century. It is a very long book (896 pages) but every single page is worth reading. We can all learn from him, especially in business and philanthropy. If you are interested in entrepreneurship, learn from Andrew Carnegie!
Outliers: The Story of Success – In my opinion, this is a fascinating book about the secret factors that contribute to individual success. It is a very well written and researched book with many examples and stories. This makes it easy to follow Gladwell`s thoughts. Highly Recommended.
How to Win Friends and Influence People – If you haven't read this book, stop right here, go to your nearest bookstore and get it! This is a classic and, in my opinion, everyone should read it. I cannot emphasize enough how much value this book contains! Highly recommended, I have read it at least three times already!
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain says believes that we undervalue introverts and shows what we lose in doing so. She explains what being introvert means and points out that this is NOT a bad thing. It is a great book for introverts and extroverts alike. It is well written, engaging from beginning to end, and packed with a ton of information.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – If you have a bad day, read this book! This is a very motivational, fun and entertaining read. Jen Sincero has a special humor in her writing and shares a lot of examples from her life. Go and get the book - you are a badass.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – David Allen is not only one of the top management consultants in North America, but also a coach and bestselling author. To get things done he invented the GTD method. Overall I found the book a very good read. It taught me how to organize tasks using simple lists and structure. Read this if you want to change your workflow.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – This book, written by Eckhart Tolle is almost a classic. If you google it, you will find a lot of reviews and opinions about it. It is very well written and researched but it wasn't really my taste. I recommend this book for people who are interested in spirituality.
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges – This book is one of my favorites and I'll definitely read it a second time. If you don't know Amy Cuddy check out her TedTalk here on YouTube. This book is about how emotions affect our bodies and it’s packed with a ton of fascinating research studies. Very informative and definitely a must read.
How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It – A lot of people know Mark Cuban from the TV show "Shark Tank". This book, however, focuses on how he got started in business. It was an easy read (just 82 pages), it was fun, and it contains lots of great content for entrepreneurs. He is a billionaire with great advice and, if you read this book, you will definitely learn something new.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg shows in this book why we have habits and many ways how to convert our bad to good habits. His thesis is based on the three-step "loop" - cue, routine, reward. This concept is not new but Charles Duhigg explains it by using well researched stories and examples. Easily recommended!
Sometimes You Win Sometimes You Learn – It's a typical Maxwell book, very inspirational and well written. In this book, he talks about the idea that winners learn from losses and setbacks in their lives by having the right mindset and attitude. Reading this gave me the impression that Maxwell genuinely cares about his audience and wants to help them. I can definitely recommend this book for your bookshelf.
The First Billion Is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America’s Energy Future – A great book about a man who lost almost everything and came back even stronger. T. Boon Pickens shows the reader his inner thoughts and feelings and shows that even at age sixty-eight, an impressive comeback is possible. It's well written with lots of lessons and tips for young entrepreneurs.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Elon Musk has a character similar to Steve Jobs. He is driven by making a difference and having an impact in the world. He is a visionary, inventor, and maker. This is a great book with many insights into Elon Musk's fascinating world. Another must read for all entrepreneurs - learn from the best.
Steve Jobs – Who doesn't know Steve Jobs? Some people say he was mean, selfish, full of himself, and a jerk. Jobs was definitely an interesting character, but he accomplished great things. Why? Because he was constantly moving forward and didn't let criticism influence him negatively. This book is highly recommended for people who want to learn more about Steve Jobs’s successes and failures.
Sam Walton: Made In America – Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, changed the American retail industry unlike any other. His philosophy until his death in 1992 was: “Always low prices". This is a fascinating story, told from the point of view of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time. A must read for every salesperson, entrepreneur, business owner, or leader out there.
Be Obsessed or Be Average – I hadn’t heard of Grant Cardone before I read his book, but it is a story about a fascinating man - a former drug addict, now multi-millionaire. This is a very motivational book with lots of tips and insights from Grant Cardone's life. Definitively worth reading.