20 Books That the World’s Most Successful People Read and Recommend



There’s a reason the world’s most successful people think alike and act alike, especially when it comes to work, career and success. Could it be that they have an association with successful people or perhaps they’re special people born with the genes of a genius? Okay. Just kidding!

Here’s one open secret of the world’s most successful people; they read a lot. Also, they read almost the same kinds of books. Oh! You see now. Why didn’t you think of that earlier? It doesn’t matter. You did now, and that’s why you’re reading this blog post.

In this blog post, we’ll be sharing with you 20 books the world’s most successful people read and recommend.


  1. Business Adventures by John Brooks

Here’s a little secret. This book is one of Warren Buffett’s and Bill Gates’ favorites. The book captures how Ford Motor Company misread the market for its Edsel, how a legal case about space suits defined trade-secret protection, and a host of other useful business information with real-life examples.

  1. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell analyses the accomplishments of extraordinary individuals in a range of fields, from math to music to business such as Bill Gates and the likes, investigating the root causes of their successes, including the impact of family, hometown, and culture on them. In the end, Gladwell came up with the rule of 10,000 hours.

  1. Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

 If you are looking to start a business of your own, then this book is for you. In this book, the authors push readers to aspects of running a business most taken for granted. It also analyses some crucial aspects of the business such as the importance of growth, the benefits, and limitations of PR and marketing, etc.

  1. Give and Take by Adam Grant

 This book isn’t just about business, it’s about how we interact with other humans, family, friends, and business associates. Even though our society pushes us to be more takers than givers, the real question is, who wins? Givers or takers?

  1. The Winner Within by Pat Riley

 This book is a life plan for team players. In it, Pat highlights strategies that inspire change, motivate teamwork, and reveal the winner within us all.

  1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

 Napoleon Hill explores how one can use the human mind to create his/her reality. He explains that your thoughts create beliefs that lead to action. So if you focus your thoughts on success, achieving it will be much more likely than thinking about obstacles, failures, and everything else that can get in your way.

  1. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

In this book, David Schwartz offers practical advice that can help you get inspired and motivated to create a bigger life for yourself, think big, and eliminate procrastination.

  1. Good to Great by Jim Collins

Speaking with Admiral Stockdale regarding his coping strategy during his period in a Vietnamese POW camp, and his strategy applies to all aspects of life and business, Jim Collins found out that the determination to prevail in the most brutal of times makes the absolute Bible of business and life.

  1. Rise and Grind by Daymond John

 From the title, you can tell that this book is a big motivational tale. Reading about Daymond John and a host of other successful people in the book will help you outperform, outwork, and out-hustle your way into a more successful and rewarding life.

  1. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

Most of us have heard or read about the need to think positively always, but we probably don’t understand how important this is to us in our daily lives. Hence, Peale captures this in his book, the power of positive thinking.

According to him, ‘How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself. So always think positively’ and ‘When you get up in the morning, you have two choices—either to be happy or to be unhappy.’

  1. Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz

This book captures the critical issues decision-makers often encounter, understanding how to form opinions and, most importantly, how to revise those opinions when new information becomes available, rather than clinging to earlier views.

  1. Multipliers by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown

What do you do when you are in a position to do more with less? After studying about 150 leaders on 4 continents, Wiseman discovered that some leaders, known as multipliers, know how to amplify and actually multiply the intelligence of others, getting on average two times more out of their people. This book shares practical suggestions to become a Multiplier.

  1. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Some people believe that successful people are born with an ample supply of self-confidence, which is why they can do anything they set their minds to. However, in reality, no one is born that way.

The difference between people who are successful and people who are not is their ability to believe in their capabilities. Ever wondered why some people, even after spending so much to learn sufficient skills in their fields, never succeed? Without personal confidence, you can’t give yourself the opportunity to truly express your expertise. You need to recognize the difference between self-doubt and your capabilities.

  1. Competing Against Time by George Stalk, Jr., and Thomas M. Hout

Time is the equivalent of money, productivity, and the like. So learning how to manage time in terms of production, new product development, and sales & distribution is one of the most powerful sources of competitive advantage.

  1. The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William Thorndike

 This book looks at CEOs who excelled at capital allocation and their radically rational blueprint for success. Each CEO looked at their business from the outside and took their time to develop a clear point of view in order to create value for shareholders.

  1. Epic Content Marketing by Joe Pulizzi

In a world filled with loads of content here and there (valid and invalid), you can attract prospective customers to your business/company when you provide vital information and content. Pulizzi provides a step-by-step process for positioning your business as a trusted expert in this book.

  1. Life is what you make it by Peter Buffett

Peter Buffett, the son of the billionaire investor, Warren Buffett, expounds on the strong set of values given to him by his trusting and broad-minded mother, his industrious and talented father, and the many life teachers he has met along the way. Basically, you forge your own path in life.

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Building relationships are important. Carnegie gives invaluable pieces of advice on how to win people over, provide people with feedback and criticism, handle feedback and criticism properly and make a good impression on people.

  1. Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley

Our health is just as important as any other aspect of our lives.

In this book, Crowley explains the importance of working out in a manner that will enable you to kick-start, and most importantly, to continue a healthy routine for as long as possible.

  1. The Execution Factor by Kim Perell

Do you have plans to turn your dreams into reality? Thinking of becoming an entrepreneur someday? In this book, Perell explains what it takes to execute your vision, whether big or small, even if you are a full-time worker.

Well, there you go, guys! 20 books to pick from. Which will you start with and when will you start?


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