10 Books That Are on Every Rich Man’s Bookshelf

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There is a well-established link between wealthy individuals and their reading preferences. Whether you are a self-made millionaire, the CEO of a multi-billion-dollar corporation, or a well-known media personality, books can help you get to and stay at the top. People who achieve remarkable things are usually concerned about self-improvement, which is quite often represented in the form of a book. 

Here are the top ten books on every wealthy man’s bookshelf, as suggested by CEOs, executives, and other successful people. 

1. Deep Work – Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport 

This book asserts that acquiring the ability to pay attention to an intensive task from start to finish—without being distracted—allows you to process complicated data more efficiently and produce better results in less time. This is a book Andrew Fegley, president of Remarketable, an ALC smart data solution, owns and suggests because he felt his time and attention were becoming increasingly out of balance as he spent more time on things that didn’t help him stay on track to achieve his goals. Many of the tools in this book have helped him realign his time management skills and become more efficient while still meeting the many demands he faces daily as the president of a new business. 

2. Relentless by Tim Grover 

“This book is the blueprint for discovering what you’re capable of achieving, getting results you never imagined, and reaching the highest level of success.” Kobe Bryant says at the foreword of ‘Relentless.’ It shows the work ethics and commitment of top athletes and clutch artists. Grover classifies top performers into three categories: coolers, closers, and cleaners. Grover’s perfect rival is the cleaner. The commitment and preparation demanded at that point are admirable and inspiring. A cleaner’s attitude and behavioural patterns should indeed be introduced in business and life. Grover reminds us that “luck” does not exist. You can apply the mentality of an exceptional athlete to attain the goal of a successful business.

3. Exponential Organizations, by Salim Ismail with Michael S. Malone and Yuri Van Geest

The rapid advancement of new technologies and change spanning parts of the economy and geographic locations necessitates the development of new methods of working, learning, and collaborating. The Exponential Organization is a new type of organization that has emerged. ExOs can avoid incremental, linear development by leveraging technology, AI, and data to outperform their peers by a factor of ten. This book describes the inner and outer qualifications required for ExOs, lays out a strategy for new or existing companies to disrupt themselves or their markets and attain exponential growth. Julie Lyle, CRO/CMO at DemandJump, recommend this book to every leader who recognises the power of questioning traditional business models to perfect this new economy and push their organisations forward.

4. Start with Why – How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek 

As a marketer dedicated to delivering clients with game-changing solutions, Start with Why left a profound impact on Dave Mastovich, president and CEO of marketing company MASSolutions, and how he handled his work. It led him to the understanding that to exercise genuine, forward-thinking marketing, businesses must begin with two “whys.” The first ‘why,’ as described by Sinek, is their justification for being. The second ‘why’ is the ‘why’ of their clients or the reasons for purchasing. After both whys have been addressed, they can be condensed into a single overarching message, a single big idea that says a persuasive story both internally and externally. Finally, when leaders push themselves to resolve both whys, they can start a true marketing process that leads to personal and organizational growth.

5. The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

It’s one of the greatest books for providing concrete examples of team building at the highest organizational levels. It describes the appearance of a cohesive leadership team as well as how the team interacts and behaves. Most notably, it demonstrates how, the development of relationships, open communication, and confidence amongst a leadership team affects the rest of the institution and its employees. This transparency in an organisation is essential to the organization’s ultimate victory. Adam Elberg, the founder and CEO of Professional Physical Therapy, often refers to several of Lencioni’s real-life examples and uses his techniques to boost the development of the team around him.

6. The One World Schoolhouse by Salman Khan

As new technologies proceed to transform education in extraordinary aspects, and hundreds of businessmen, educators, and investors work to recognise its potential, Salman Khan’s explanation of his serendipitous entry, easy-going philosophy, and significant effect on the world of education is still worth a read. The book covers a lot of ground and several crucial ongoing discussions, but it does so in an elegantly simple manner. This book reminds us that technology is not the pinnacle, but rather a tool to supplement creative teaching, and student motivation is just as essential as the subject matter on offer.

7. Lead as Jesus Revisited by Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges, and Phyllis Hendry 

While many people will debate the Bible’s credibility in their lives, that some people may view Jesus’ life as one they would like to imitate more. In today’s divided world, this book conveys a key message to its readers: exhibit more affection to those we lead, provide empathy, grow people more deliberately, and ultimately, be inclined to forgive. Recognizing that people still need advice and guidance while also requiring repentance, motivates us to lead in far more meaningful ways.

8. Disciplined Entrepreneurship by Bill Aulet

This book reflects Bill Aulet’s years of experience as an entrepreneur and MIT teacher. He dismisses the notion that people are either born with the entrepreneurial gene or they are not, claiming that entrepreneurship, like any other ability, can be learned. The book is divided into 24 realistic stages that are essential for any entrepreneur’s path. Anybody who aspires to be, or works with entrepreneurs must read this book. 

9. Whiplash – How to Survive Our Faster Future by Joichi Ito and Jeff Howe

Joichi and Jeff send its readers on a comprehensive tour of innovation and creativity using nine principles and artistic storytelling. Furthermore, it serves as a reminder that we are actively engaged in shaping the future. This book’s central theme is how basic but profound innovations can spark significant changes in how we communicate with the world.

10. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

This book teaches us that a successful businessman realizes that other people with complementary qualifications are required to make any venture extremely prosperous. Businessmen like to have a Superman mindset, but that’s a completely unrealistic view that will obstruct our success and growth.

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