From time to time, Mr. Gates finds time out of his busy schedule to drop a few nuggets and this time the advice is on books you should read.
When Bill Gates — the world’s richest man and founder of one of the biggest companies in the world — recommends something, anything, you should take it seriously. Because the man knows his onions.
From time to time, Mr. Gates finds time out of his busy schedule to drop a few nuggets and this time the advice is on books you should read, entrepreneur or not. Here are five of them:
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong: Why Mr. Gates like this one — “Yong succeeds in his intention to give us a ‘grander view of life’ and does so without falling prey to grand, unifying explanations that are far too simplistic. He presents our inner ecosystems in all their wondrous messiness and complexity. And he offers realistic optimism that our growing knowledge of the human microbiome will lead to great new opportunities for enhancing our health.”
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson: Why Mr. Gates likes this one — “The other thing that struck me is the way the book pushes you to think big and long-term. If everyone learned that the world would end two days from now, there would be global panic, plus a big dose of hedonism. But what if it were ending two years from now? Would people keep going to work? Would kids go to school? If they did, what would you teach them?”
Interventions: A Life in War and Peace by Kofi Annan: Why Mr. Gates likes this one — “It was helpful to learn about the other side of Annan’s work at the UN — peacekeeping issues and the work of the Security Council. It is clearly very challenging work. One day, the Secretary-General has to be an impartial arbiter of disputes among member states. The next, he has to challenge member countries he believes are not acting in the interest of world peace. Surviving in that position for 10 years says a lot about Annan’s diplomatic skills.”
Business Adventures by John Brooks: Why Mr. Gates likes this one — “Brooks’s work is a great reminder that the rules for running a strong business and creating value haven’t changed. For one thing, there’s an essential human factor in every business endeavor. It doesn’t matter if you have a perfect product, production plan, and marketing pitch; you’ll still need the right people to lead and implement those plans.”
Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik: Why Mr. Gates likes this one — “Mark Miodownik’s personal and professional obsession, as he explains in his book Stuff Matters, is basic materials we often take for granted such as paper, glass, concrete, and steel — as well as new super-materials that will change our world in the decades ahead. I’m pleased to report that he is a witty, smart writer who has a great talent for imparting his love of this subject. As a result, Stuff Matters is a fun, accessible read.”
Bill Gates' quotes in this article are culled from Entrepreneur.