There are some similarities between Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Barack Obama. They're all successful, well-liked, and enthusiastic about books and reading. In the instance of Bezos, he has even stated that some of the books that had an impact on him also contributed to his success as a millionaire.
Amazon began as a website to sell books online (reflecting Bezos' love of books), and he spent most of his career developing ways to acquire and consume books, offering a platform to titles with smaller printing runs and lesser-known writers.
Brad Stone argued in his book The Everything Store that books are vital to Bezos. They helped him develop his own leadership style and gain a greater understanding of the world. Stone's book also cites "Jeff's Reading List," which covers Bezos' favourite and most inspirational novels.
The collection includes fiction, biographies of notable people, and, of course, works about technology and business, as well as the world of Bezos' businesses.
Jeff Bezos and the books that led to his success :1. The Remains of the Day
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
The good news is that you can watch the movie version starring Anthony Hopkins if you aren't a reader. The story follows a butler who recounts his time as a soldier in World War II before going to work for a rich British family. This book, according to Bezos, taught him more than any other.
2. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
Author: Jim Collins
This crucial book for business owners uncovers some of the keys to ensuring a company's success and survival, as well as the importance of ensuring that staff understand and want to carry out the company's objective. Bezos said he dug deep into the stories of the companies Collins outlined.
3. Creation: Life and How to Make It
Author: Steve Grand
This book is about daring to try new things and exploring new possibilities, which are two things Amazon has never ceased doing. Stone states, "A video game designer claims that intelligent systems can be built from the ground up provided you construct a set of primitive building blocks." 'Amazon Web Services, or AWS, the service that popularised the concept of the cloud, was influenced by the book.'
4. Sam Walton: Made in America
Author: Sam Walton
The founder of Walmart discusses how he built his successful firm and what his most fundamental ideas are, as well as the ideals he has upheld throughout his life and work, in this autobiography. One of the main ideas is that in order to progress, one must be willing to attempt new things and make mistakes.
5. The Black Swan
Author: Nassim Taleb
It has nothing to do with Natalie Portman's upcoming film. According to Bezos, this book provides a vital service: an escape. 'The author claims that individuals are wired to look for patterns in chaos while ignoring unanticipated events with far-reaching implications. Stone stated that "experimentation and empiricism beat the easy and obvious narrative."
6. The Innovator’s Dilemma
Author: Clayton Christensen
This book highlights the value of innovation and disruptive methods to business, and it is one of Michael Bloomberg's top recommendations. The Innovator's Dilemma inspired the invention of the Kindle, a symbol of the belief that doing something new and unusual will not alienate people, but will instead provide you with a new commercial opportunity and ultimately change the world. Resisting change, according to Christensen, is a tremendous mistake.Also Read : Best Pharma Stocks in India