Most of us have never pictured someone like Bill Gates reading a book, much less considered the fact that he has, and more than one. But if we are being honest, one simply doesn’t get to a position in life like the one he inhabits without having read, and on frequent occasion. Since he seems to know what he’s doing, here is a list of ten of the top books he has recommended for quality reading. Maybe we should pick one or more of them up and give them a gander. We may just learn a thing or two from old Bill.
1. “The Ten Commandments for Business Failure” (Donald R. Keough)
This author penned this to chronical his sixty year career and the failures he experienced during that time (as well as some experienced by others). Some of the commandments listed in this book are ‘Be Afraid of the Future’, ‘Quit Taking Risks’, ‘Send Mixed Messages’, and other gems which will guarantee failure if you live by them.
2. “My Years with General Motors” (Alfred Sloan)
Gates has said that if we only read one book in our lives about business, this should be the book. It was a hit when it first hit the shelves, and became a New York Times bestseller. Sloan was with General Motors for 50 years, and this book tells the tale of his success and how he took the company with him to succeed.