An entrepreneur is a life-long learner. And one of the simplest and most effective ways to gain knowledge and insight is to read widely. Whether it's a novel on your bedside table or an in-depth scientific study, reading is one of the most beneficial leisure activities, allowing you to gain new perspectives on different topics, tips from experienced people in your area, or inspiration for your life and career.
Reading is so easy these days, and you don't even need to spend that much money. Even though reading on paper is a different experience, you can always find books online, just a click away.
There are hundreds of book recommendations on the Internet. However, we would like to share our list with you so that you can read these books in the summertime at the beach. While not all of these books are directly related to entrepreneurship, we thought they could be interesting and insightful for you.
So, if you are a book fan, take a look at these 6 books you should read this vacation:
1. The Startup Wife
Asha Ray is a brilliant coder about to revolutionize artificial intelligence. However, fate makes her cross again with Cyrus Jones, her old high school boyfriend. Without realizing it, Asha is developing a new algorithm. She dropped out of her PhD, married Cyrus and now they both work in a unique technology incubator called Utopia and their work is a success. But will Cyrus and Asha's marriage survive the pressures of fame and success, or will she be overshadowed by the man everyone is calling a new messiah?
This is an emotional novel by award-winning author Tahmima Anam that deals with human connection, female’s view on startup culture, as well as Love VS. Business.
2. Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future
This book by Paul Mason is a guide to building a more equitable and sustainable society, given the continuous and seismic changes that capitalism has undergone over the past 2 centuries. Examining these changes, the author questions whether today we are facing such a profound change - driven, above all, by technologies - that capitalism itself has reached its limits and is transforming itself into something totally new.
3. Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction
Deutsche Bank Germany is on the list of powerful banks that have spent the last decade embroiled in scandals and ethical and legal lapses, from money laundering to sanction violations. Not to mention the mysterious connection with the ex-president Trump. "Dark Towers" is the saga of Deutsche Bank as the global face of financial recklessness and crime - a weapon of mass destruction. It also tells the story of a man who was consumed by fear of what he saw in the bank - and of his son, who embarks on an obsessive search for the secrets he kept.
4. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Reni Eddo-Lodge writes about her disappointment with the way discussions of race and racism in Great Britain are being conducted by those not affected by it. In this book, the author reveals what it's like to be a person of color in Great Britain today, exploring issues ranging from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white domination. At a time of social and humanitarian crises, this book offers a new and relevant framework for seeing, recognizing and countering racism.
5. Thinking Fast and Slow
This New York Times Best Seller could not be missing from our list. "Thinking Fast and Slow" offers insight into how our minds work and how we make day-to-day decisions. Small details are decisive for our decision making, and we don't even notice. For example, why are we more likely to believe something if it's bold? Why do we assume that a good-looking person is more competent? These answers are in the two forms we use to make choices: fast, intuitive thinking versus slow, rational thinking. Daniel Kahneman shows us how our minds are tricked by mistakes and prejudices and how to think slower and smarter so that we can make better decisions in everything we do.
6. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
Do you know how a company becomes great? Jim Collins tried to answer this question during 5 years of research. In the end, he concludes that it is indeed possible to go beyond the "good" category. This is a book about taking risks. As we read it, we can see why some companies remain just "good" while others become "great". This can be a good reading option for a fellow CEO or entrepreneur to think about the underlying variables that allow any type of organization to make this leap.