#1. Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcom Gladwell
This book will take you on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers” – the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. The author’s answer to what makes high achievers different is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from, that we need to look at their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.
Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. A delightful read and definitely recommended.
#2. The 7 habits of highly effective people
by Stephen R. Covey
A We all want to succeed. And one path to success is identifying the habits that can help us on our journey. This is a self-improvement book, written on the author’s belief that the way we see the world is entirely based on our own perceptions. In order to change a given situation, we must change ourselves, and in order to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions.
According to the author, we must allow ourselves to undergo paradigm shifts, to change ourselves fundamentally and not just alter our attitudes and behaviors on the surface level, in order to achieve true change. If you’re looking to achieve your 2020 goals for self-improvement, then this book should definitely be on your list.
#3. Principles for Success
by Ray Dalio
In this insightful book, the author shares what he’s learned throughout his remarkable career. He argues that life, management, economics, and investing can all be systemized into rules and understood like machines. The book’s hundreds of practical lessons include the author laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams.
While the book brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions, Principles also offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that anyone can apply, no matter what they’re seeking to achieve.