Ralph Waldo Emerson said “if we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he read.” We live in the digital age and like many other good things people have invented and found alternatives for books too, whether in the digital form or with the kindle versions. Whichever form one prefers books would always remain the undisputed best source of learning and gaining knowledge. Students and young entrepreneurs particularly can learn a great deal of things especially from the biographies, memoirs and self-help books written by renowned established businessmen, industrialists entrepreneurs. Though not everyone is fond of reading and one person’s taste may completely differ from the other person, there are a few books that are read and appreciated by a variety of people across the globe.
Here is the list of 5 such books, from completely different genre yet everyone including management students can learn a lot from.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
They say “his personality was reflected in the products he created”. Many would agree that our generation should feel indebted to Steve Jobs for his revolutionary inventions under the brand ‘Apple’. In this biography by Walter Isaacson, the reader can not only read about Jobs’s quest of creating something which no one else has ever done rather know about his really weak points and challenging times. The book also serves as good case study of the rise of a revolutionary digital age.
The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
This book till date, stands as the ‘big daddy’ of all the self-help books. Narrated with stories and self-accounts and examples of how courage, positivity and hope can really instill a new confidence in anyone at any stage of life. People struggling with challenging situations and hopelessness, have a lot to learn and unlearn with this book.
Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
This is another creative entry under the self-help genre, but with a rather witty and practical twist. Kleon has cited examples of people from bizarre backgrounds and times, to help people understand the importance of being creative with one’s work. It can also be called an idiot’s guide to success and accomplishment. Young entrepreneurs can really benefit from this one.
The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
This one is a super interesting compilation of real life stories, adventure, world travel, food, passions and the world in general and the interesting people who live here. This one can be the source of true inspiration for those who fear changes in life and career and chicken out when it’s time to make a few bold decisions, along with exciting stories of people who have dared to think out of box and lived true to their passions.
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
An international best seller, this one is by the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg who talks about the inequality prevailing in the job market internationally. Sandberg touches upon the good and bad work cultures and practices across the industries that one needs to pay heed to before venturing out in the professional world. Though the book was tagged to be a Feminist version of the story, however, professionals, irrespective of their gender can benefit from it.
We hope that you get to read these and many more interesting books in this year. Stay tuned for our next list of “7 Books that all management students should read”.