50 books that transformed my life and my business

People said that books is an eyes for wide world.

Even tough we have access on internet, but ordinary hard cover book is my favorite.

Know what? When buy it, I can read it or I can keep it for a present to every one who I like.

Honestly, sometimes, I don’t buy it, just stand on book store for few hours to read some open-not seal books.

Ok, lets get back to books, how many useful books you read?

I mean, books that really improve your selves.

I have a regular schedule to buy a books.

In a year, I buy more than 12 books. Usually once every quarter and the rest on annual book fair (we have one in Jakarta).

You know, on book fair, the price was discount 50-90%.

E.g. If the books price are discount from USD 50 into USD 10, I will buy not more than 5 books.

But if the books price are discount from USD 50 into USD 2-5, I will buy more than 15 books :).

But, you know that most of the books are not in latest edition, but its okay for me, as long as the books still on hard cover, great condition, and still on good seals.

Only few books I read, and the rest are for birthday / office gift.

It’s my habit and everyone know about it.

It’s simple but looks “expensive” gift, didn’t it :).

Ok, lets get back to books.

The list of titles usually come from my boss / or great Leader.

I share you some of my favorite books.

1. Leading in Higher Level, Ken Blanchard.

Respect and integrity is essential criteria.

2. Execution by Larry Bossidy.

The ability to execute is a critical factors, rather than strategy, leadership, innovation.

3.Built to Last, by Jim Collin.

Visionary company have a core ideology.

4. Good to Great, by Jim Collin.

No silvery bullet. Corporate culture is most critical factors than great CEO, latest technology.

4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R Covey.

You must make a paradigm sift before implement these habits.

5. How the Mighty fall, by Jim Collin.

Focus on 2 things – the reason to fall and how to react.

There are many more books that you can search on amazon.

Just search Leadership or Business Strategy.

I share you an articles that show other great books.


50 books 2

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

“In such technical lines as engineering, about 15 percent of one’s financial success is due to one’s technical knowledge and about 85 percent is due to skill in human engineering – to personality and the ability to lead people.” —Dale Carnegie

2. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins

“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” —Jim Collins

3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” —Paulo Coelho

4. Joy At Work: A Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job by Dennis Bakke

“Leaders who want to increase joy and success in the workplace must learn to take most of their personal satisfaction from the achievements of the people they lead, not from the power they exercise.” —Dennis Bakke

5. The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Tony Schwartz & Jim Loehr

“Because energy capacity diminishes both with overuse and with underuse, we must balance energy expenditure with intermittent energy renewal.” —Tony Schwartz & Jim Loehr

6. The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works by Ricardo Semler

“For a company to excel, employees must be reassured that self-interest, not the company’s, is their foremost priority. We believe an employee who puts himself first will be motivated to perform.” —Ricardo Semler

7. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

“Team members who are not genuinely open with one another about their mistakes and weaknesses make it impossible to build a foundation for trust.” —Patrick Lencioni

8. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

“Our philosophy has been to take most of the money we would have spent on paid advertising and invest it into customer service and the customer experience instead, letting our customers do the marketing for us through word of mouth.” —Tony Hsieh

9. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days by Jessica Livingston

“Starting a startup is a process of trial and error. What guided the founders through this process was their empathy for the users. They never lost sight of making things that people would want.” —Jessica Livingston

10. Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup by Brad Feld & David Cohen

“Usage is like oxygen for ideas. You can never fully anticipate how an audience is going to react to something you’ve created until it’s out there. That means every moment you’re working on something without it being in the public arena, it’s actually dying, deprived of the oxygen of the real world.” —Brad Feld & David Cohen

11. The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living by Randy Komisar

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” —Randy Komisar

12. Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World’s Most Unusual Workplace by Ricardo Semler

“To survive in modern times, a company must have an organizational structure that accepts change as its basic premise, lets tribal customs thrive, and fosters a power that is derived from respect, not rules. In other words, the successful companies will be the ones that put quality of life first. Do this and the rest – quality of product, productivity of workers, profits for all – will follow.” – Ricardo Semler

13. Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hahn

“Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.” —Thich Nhat Hahn

14. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

“The goal of a startup is to figure out the right thing to build—the thing customers want and will pay for—as quickly as possible. In other words, the Lean Startup is a new way of looking at the development of innovative new products that emphasizes fast iteration and customer insight, a huge vision, and great ambition, all at the same time.” —Eric Ries

15. The 4-hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. As I have heard said, a person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have. Resolve to do one thing every day that you fear. I got into this habit by attempting to contact celebrities and famous businesspeople for advice.” —Tim Ferriss

16. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

“Introverts often work more slowly and deliberately. They like to focus on one task at a time and can have mighty powers of concentration . They’re relatively immune to the lures of wealth and fame.” —Susan Cain

17. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Ruiz Don Miguel

“Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. All people live in their own dream, in their own mind; they are in a completely different world from the one we live in. When we take something personally, we make the assumption that they know what is in our world, and we try to impose our world on their world.” —Ruiz Don Miguel

18. The Decision Maker: Unlock the Potential of Everyone in Your Organization, One Decision at a Time by Dennis Bakke

“When leaders put control into the hands of their people, at all levels, they unlock incalculable potential.” —Dennis Bakke

19. Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers by Gabriel Weinberg

“Poor distribution — not product — is the number one cause of failure. If you can get even a single distribution channel to work, you have great business. If you try for several but don’t nail one, you’re finished.” —Gabriel Weinberg

20. Confucius Analects translated by Edward Slingerland

“This is wisdom: to recognize what you know as what you know, and recognize what you do not know as what you do not know.” —Confucius

21. Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” —Laozi

22. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

“Habits are powerful, but delicate. They can emerge outside our consciousness, or can be deliberately designed. They often occur without our permission, but can be reshaped by fiddling with their parts. They shape our lives far more than we realize — they are so strong, in fact, that they cause our brains to cling to them at the exclusion of all else, including common sense.” —Charles Duhigg

23. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” —Stephen R. Covey

24. Reinventing Organizations by Frédéric Laloux

“When trust replaces fear, will a hierarchical pyramid still provide the best structure? Will we need all the rules and policies, detailed budgets, targets, and roadmaps that give leaders today a sense of control? Perhaps there are much simpler ways to run organizations when the fears of the ego are out of the way.” —Frédéric Laloux

25. Seneca: Letters from a Stoic by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, translated by Richard Mott Gummere

“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” —Seneca

26. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

“If you wish information and improvement from the knowledge of others, and yet at the same time express yourself as firmly fix’d in your present opinions, modest, sensible men, who do not love disputation, will probably leave you undisturbed in the possession of your error.” —Benjamin Franklin

27. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

“Never mingle your speculative and investment operations in the same account, nor in any part of your thinking.” —Benjamin Graham

28. The Teaching of Buddha

“People naturally fear misfortune and long for good fortune; but if the distinction is carefully studied , misfortune often turns out to be good fortune and good fortune to be misfortune. The wise man learns to meet the changing circumstances of life with an equitable spirit, being neither elated by success nor depressed by failure.”

29. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts

“There is still an overwhelming social compulsion — an insanity of consensus, if you will — to get rich from life rather than live richly, to “do well” in the world instead of living well.” —Rolf Potts

30. Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard

“We find that the optimists have an undeniable advantage over the pessimists. Many studies show that they do better on exams, in their chosen profession, and in their relationships, live longer and in better health, enjoy a better chance of surviving postoperative shock, and are less prone to depression and suicide.” —Matthieu Ricard

Another 20 powerful books

  1. The Best Service is No Service by Bill Price and David Jaffe
  2. The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder
  3. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh
  4. Lean Customer Development: Build Products Your Customers Will Buy by Cindy Alvarez
  5. The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO: A Remarkable Story about Living Your Heart’s Desires by Robin Sharma
  6. Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage by Don Peppers and Martha Rogers
  7. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
  8. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
  9. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  10. Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard
  11. Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body by Michael Matthews
  12. The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work by Scott Berkun
  13. Zhuangzi: Basic Writings by Burton Watson
  14. The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
  15. Complete Calisthenics: The Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Exercise by Ashley Kalym
  16. Leadership Is An Art by Max Depree
  17. Taiichi Ohno’s Workplace Management by Taiichi Ohno
  18. The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship by Don Miguel Ruiz
  19. You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hahn
  20. Turning the Mind Into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche



AuthorJoel Gascoigne, Buffer,Mar. 13, 2015, 1:04 PM

Access on 23 July 2015.


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