What does a successful CEO read?

What does a successful CEO read?

“Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today.” — Mark Zuckerberg


Do you want to know the secrets of successful people? When I was a kid, I wanted to be a celebrity, so my parents would always find me looking into those celebrities’ magazines investigating what they eat and what they wear.


Later on, I grew up and I wanted to start my own company. However, I didn’t know where to begin. A friend of mine told me that the secret of success was to copy what other successful people do. So, to become like them, I would need to start thinking like them.


To think like them I would need to know where all of their knowledge is coming from. So, my first question was “What does a successful CEO read?


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They say you are what you read. But is it true? Are there special books that have the magic formula for success? What about the new Millennials CEO’s? Are they still reading books? Or maybe all that knowledge is coming from the world wide web.


Whatever is the case, it would be good to know what all of these people have in their bookshelves. Find out where do they get their inspiration from. Perhaps, they don’t read at all. Maybe all of their success is coming from watching Tony Robbins on Youtube.


How about Newspapers? My guess is that successful people need to update all the time. If you think about it, when you imagine the perfect CEO picture, you’ll either put in your mind a man/women seating on a desk in one of those fancy offices or the typical picture of them reading the news.


CEO reading the news


There are many case studies that prove that a habit that successful people share is reading. Bill Gates on his interview with The New York Times said that he reads about 50 books a year. Mark Zuckerberg decided to launch a Facebook-based book club, as he said he reads 1 book every two weeks.


Whatever is the case, these are so some of their top picks for you to check:


  • “The Rational Optimist” by Matt Ridley
  • “Portfolios of the poor’” by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, and Orlanda Ruthven
  • “Creativity, Inc” by Ed Catmull
  • “Business Adventures” by John Brooks (As per Bill gates the best business book he had ever read).


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