What is Bill Gates, one of the wealthiest people on the planet reading this summer?
Bill Gates is one of the best known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. As of June 2018, Bill Gates’ net worth is estimated at $92.9 billion. Most of his wealth was acquired through Microsoft, which became the world’s largest PC software company.
His business success has attracted both criticism and admiration… it all depends on your point of view.
You can choose to focus on his anti-competitive practices in business, where a company achieves success by targeting and eliminating competitors. Or you can choose to focus on his philanthropic endeavors supporting various charitable organizations and scientific research programs.
Either way, Bill Gates is leaving a huge impact around the world.
A closer look at his younger years, shows that Bill was inquisitive and a reader. Now he is a big advocate of reading, something most people don’t bother to do. If you want to improve your results in life and in business, make reading as one of your habits.
What is Bill Gates reading?
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Goodreads, one of the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations which is currently owned by Amazon recently interviewed Bill Gates on his reading habits and book recommendations for the summer of 2018.
Here is a segment of that interview.
Goodreads: Why are you such an advocate for reading?
Bill Gates: Reading books is one of my favorite ways to learn new things, and I think everyone can benefit from being a lifelong learner. Books also help take you out of your own point of view and bring you into someone else’s experiences. Reading is a great way to understand the world around you.
Goodreads: How do you make time to read?
Bill Gates: I try to read every day, even when I’m busy and traveling. One of my bad habits is staying up really late at night to keep reading if I’m in the middle of a great book and don’t want to put it down. I also take a big canvas tote bag full of books when I go on vacation, since those are the times of year when I can do the most reading—when I’m not in meetings and have some time to relax.
Goodreads: Tell us about your reading recommendations!
Bill Gates: I’ve read some terrific books lately. When I pulled together this list of five that you might enjoy this summer, I realized that several of my choices wrestle with big questions.
- What makes a genius tick?
- Why do bad things happen to good people?
- Where does humanity come from,
- and where are we headed?
Despite the heavy subject matter, all these books were fun to read, and most of them are pretty short. Even the longest (Leonardo) goes quickly. If you’re looking for something to read over the next few months, you can’t go wrong with…
Top 5 picks for the summer of 2018
By Walter Isaacson
“I think Leonardo was one of the most fascinating people ever. Although today he’s best known as a painter, Leonardo had an absurdly wide range of interests, from human anatomy to the theater. Isaacson does the best job I’ve seen of pulling together the different strands of Leonardo’s life and explaining what made him so exceptional. A worthy follow-up to Isaacson’s great biographies of Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs.”
by Kate Bowler
“When Bowler, a professor at the Duke Divinity School, is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, she sets out to understand why it happened. Is it a test of her character? The result is a heartbreaking, surprisingly funny memoir about faith and coming to grips with your own mortality.”
by George Saunders
“I thought I knew everything I needed to know about Abraham Lincoln, but this novel made me rethink parts of his life. It blends historical facts from the Civil War with fantastical elements—it’s basically a long conversation among 166 ghosts, including Lincoln’s deceased son. I got new insight into the way Lincoln must have been crushed by the weight of both grief and responsibility. This is one of those fascinating, ambiguous books you’ll want to discuss with a friend when you’re done.”
by David Christian
“David created my favorite course of all time, Big History. It tells the story of the universe from the big bang to today’s complex societies, weaving together insights and evidence from various disciplines into a single narrative. If you haven’t taken Big History yet, Origin Story is a great introduction. If you have, it’s a great refresher. Either way, the book will leave you with a greater appreciation of humanity’s place in the universe.”
by Hans Rosling
“I’ve been recommending this book since the day it came out. Hans, the brilliant global-health lecturer who died last year, gives you a breakthrough way of understanding basic truths about the world—how life is getting better, and where the world still needs to improve. And he weaves in unforgettable anecdotes from his life. It’s a fitting final word from a brilliant man and one of the best books I’ve ever read.”
What will you be reading this summer?
Growing up I loved to read mystery novels. As I started my business journey I decide to focus on books related to mindset, business, marketing and productivity. But with so much content available at our fingertips and busy lifestyle, I have settled on audio books instead. I find I can go through more books in shorter time by listening to them.
Whether you like to read or listen to books, make it a habit to read at least one book a month if not more. Reading and lifelong learning will have a bigger impact on your success than what university degree or letters you have after your name.
Readers are leaders!
So what will you be reading this summer?