There is no shame in finding business tips and tricks on TikTok. But if you want to follow in the footsteps of your favorite entrepreneur or tech titan – think, for example, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett or Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg – you might want to look up one of the books where they picked up some of their most valuable lessons. .
Zuckerberg, for example, wrote in a 2015 Facebook post that he liked reading “first-hand accounts of how people build big companies.” The 37-year-old billionaire turns to these books, he said in another post, to gain insight into “what causes innovation – the kinds of people, issues and environments,”
He is far from alone, especially among his other successful business leaders.
Below, four entrepreneurs share the books that shaped their careers, business strategies, and – in a few cases – the way they think:
1. Mark Zuckerberg
In 2015, Zuckerberg read “Creativity, Inc .: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration,” by Alice Wallace and Edwin Catmull, co-founder of Pixar. It tells the story of how the animation studio became a titan of entertainment innovation.
Zuckerberg seems to have taken at least one lesson from the book: “Do not wait for things to be before sharing them with others,” Catmull wrote in the book. “Show early and show often. It’s going to be beautiful when we get there, but it’s not going to be pretty along the way.”
“Done is better than perfect” was painted at Meta headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
Zuckerberg wrote that he was also struck by Jon Gertner’s “The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation”, which tells the story of Bell Labs – which was founded by Alexander Graham Bell and is now owned by Nokia.
2. Daymond John (and other sharks Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjavec)
“Shark Tank” investor Daymond John told CNBC Make It in 2018 that a handful of books changed his life. Some of these titles include “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey and “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter.
But John – and other sharks Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjavec – have also recommended Napoleon Hills’ “Think and Grow Rich”. The 1937 Business Book contains interviews with Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and Charles M. Schwab, and it dissects the psychology behind why people earn fortunes – or why not.
“The book teaches you: If you can imagine it, you can achieve it,” Corcoran said in a 2017 documentary based on the book, called “Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy.” She also said the book taught her that she “could always employ the qualities in the next guy that you don’t even have.”
3. Warren Buffett
Buffett also learned that the best business advice comes from people who know the industry. In the documentary “Becoming Warren Buffet”, the billionaire investor said at the age of 7 that he already had “virtually by heart” FC Minakers “One Thousand Ways to Make $ 1,000”. The book – now sold out – contains anecdotes about the dealer James Cash Penney, of JC Penney’s fame, and other successful entrepreneurs.
In 1988, Buffett told Fortune magazine that the book – which reveals practical business lessons on interest rates, sales and investment – inspired him to start selling Coca-Cola, newspapers and chewing gum door-to-door.
To develop the business sense, prominent businessmen Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have also recommended “Business Adventures”, journalist John Brooks’ division of notable moments in the history of iconic American companies such as Ford and General Electric. Buffett borrowed Gates’ book in 1991, and Gates noted that he still had it in a 2014 blog post.