Books Recommended by Successful People

atkins-bookshelf-booksIf you had the opportunity to spend a few minutes in an elevator with a well-known successful person what would you say or ask? You realize you have to be incredibly efficient with your time — you don’t want to waste it with idle banter. To make the most of the moment, you can ask: what is the best advice you have ever received? But an even better question is: what book have you read that has made the most impact on your career or was so insightful that you would enthusiastically recommend it to others? And that is exactly what the several editors did. Here are the books that very successful people have read and recommend to others.

From the editors of Motto at Time magazine (title of book, followed by author, and person recommending book):

Tap Dancing to Work by Warren Buffett (Bill Gates)

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donal Clifton (Sheryl Sandberg)

Self-Reliance and Other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Barack Obama)

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (Oprah Winfrey)

The Essays of Warren Buffett edited by Lawrence Cunningham (Warren Buffett)

Teams of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin (J.K. Rowling)

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson (Elon Musk)

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Tory Burch)

Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu (Jack Ma)

The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman

From the editors of the Muse:

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (Steve Jobs)

Business Adventures by John Brooks (Bill Gates and Warren Buffett)

Call Me Ted Turner by Ted Turner (Mark Cuban)

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (Bill Gates, Woody Allen)

Influence: Science and Practice by Robert Cialdini (Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett)

Life Is What You Make It by Peter Buffett (Bill Clinton, Bill Gates)

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Charlie Munger)

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier (Chris Anderson, Mark Cuban)

Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan (Eric Schmidt)

Super Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (Bill Gates, Malcolm Gladwell)

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau (Seth Godin)

For further reading: 50 Books That Will Change Your Life
The Books That Shaped America
The Books that Influence Us
What to Read Next

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