Looking to add some titles to your reading list? Here is the list of books that come up time and time again when we ask successful people what’s on their bookshelves.
These books come up time and time again when we ask successful people what's on their reading list
Here at A&E, we like to get inside the minds of successful people – from fashion house CEOs to local entrepreneurs and business owners that are thriving within their careers. And one of the things we like to find out about such figures is – what book are they reading at the moment? Or which book has stuck with, inspired and changed the way they think the most?
While the list is long and varied, some titles are frequently referenced. While we’re not professing that working through this reading list is the secret to success (we’re not saying that it isn’t, either) we’ve rounded up the titles that have come up time and time again.
Becoming, by Michelle Obama
Released in 2018 by the United States’ former First Lady, the autobiographical book has already become a classic. Michelle Obama’s memoir is a reflective story of her journey from her childhood in Chicago to the White House, and she talks about the causes she holds dear to her, such as helping women and girls across the world lead better lives. An inspirational read for all.
My Story by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
This is another autobiography that comes highly recommended by the entrepreneurs we talk to, especially those living and working within this region. The book came out in January 2019, and was an instant success and source of inspiration. In it, His Highness bestows a collection of anecdotes and memories to mark his 50 years of public service, and details fascinating insights into the growth of the emirate into what is it today.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
First published in 1997, this self-help book clearly still resonates with people today, as many people cite it as a favourite of theirs; a book they often go back to. Written by Robin Sharma – a self-published author who previously worked as a lawyer before turning to self help writing – the narrative revolves around characters Julian and John’s conversations, the former detailing his experiences while journeying through the Himalayan.
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Anyone who has familiarised themselves with the foundations of feminist texts will have heard of this groundbreaking book. So apparent was its success upon publication in 1992, that it spent 145 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list over a three-year span – breaking the record at the time. The book champions female empowerment by analysing myths, fairy tales, folk tales and stories from across time and space to unpack the character of the wild woman.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
There are countless career coaching guides stacked up in book shops, but not many are as well known or well cited as this 1989 number. 30 years on from its original publishing date, it’s still recommended and passed around by entrepreneurs all over the world. The structure of the book is simply as its title indicates, but the advice dished out is about aligning one’s values with the universe and what he refers to as timeless principles – rejecting the personality ethic, he labels his idea the character ethic. When converted to the medium of an audiobook, it became the first non-fiction audio-book in U.S. publishing history to sell more than one million copies, proving its ongoing popularity.