Why Learn All The Hard Lessons Of Business, Management And Leadership Through Your Own Mistakes And Bad Judgements?
Particularly when there’s a whole assembly of billionaires spilling all their business secrets and life lessons for you in their own words.
These 5 books by self-made billionaires are our picks if you’re seeking knowledge and inspiration for reaching the peak of professional and financial success, balanced with sprinklings of wisdom gained from living an extraordinary life.
‘Direct From Dell’ by Michael Dell
Michael Dell became the youngest CEO of a fortune 500 company at the tender age of 27. Who would have thought the 19-year-old drop out would go on to found PC Limited, now known as Dell Computer Corp. No doubt his unique management style was a critical factor in Dell’s early success, the details of which he shares in ‘Direct from Dell’. If you’re after an inspiring rags-to-riches story, this one’s not to miss.
‘The Essays of Warren Buffett’ by Warren Buffett
Who wouldn’t want to take a peek into the mind and language of one of the greatest investors of our history? Now in his mid 80s, Warren Buffet still has it, running Berkshire Hathaway as CEO and chairman. ‘The Essays of Warren Buffett’ is a collection of his letters to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway covering his investment philosophies and business insights. You’d think this subject matter would be dry, but Buffet trinkles enough personal anecdotes to keep things entertaining and thought-provoking.
‘Zero to One’ by Peter Thiel
Famous in the tech world, Paypal founder Peter Theil shares his number one strategy for starting a winning business. ‘Zero to One’ takes the controversial stance that the key to winning in business is to wipe out the need for competition by creating a monopoly in your market and product/service niche from the get-go by genuinely inventing a new offering. With an obvious slant towards the tech side of business, there are still valuable lessons to take away from this intriguing leader no matter what business you’re in.
‘The Virgin Way’ by Richard Branson
If you’re grooming yourself to become a successful leader with an edge, take a leaf out of Richard Branson’s book, yes his actual book. With 50 years of entrepreneurial living under his belt, Richard knows a thing or two about building a successful business and the common (and uncommon) mistakes to avoid. You’ll discover Branson’s key management lessons and business approach for finding and hiring the right people.
‘What I Know For Sure’ by Oprah Winfrey
Loved for her personal, warm and dynamic persona, this powerhouse in her personal growth and development movement, has also built an incredible career and brand. Oprah is a passionate and driven thought leader with business savvy charisma that saw her launch her career as a talk show host on daytime television, and build her OWN media empire including O, The Oprah Magazine. ‘What I Know For Sure’ is a collection of her finest columns spanning universal topics including gratitude, joy and influence that touch on her personal life experiences and powerful lessons learned.
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