"I have known no wise person who didn't read all the time – none, zero."

Below is a list of my personal book recommendations, books that profoundly helped me in my career and expanded my horizons. I don't want you to judge a book by its cover, so I redesigned & simplified each one and added a short description.

Another gem from Malcolm. Backed by a lot of research (as always), Malcolm studies what makes the best, the brightest, the most famous and the most successful people different. Is it genes, maybe hard work?

Is there a pattern? This book will change your perspective on success.

If you are a tech-geek you need to read this. Beautifully written by Walter Isaacson, this biography confirms my favorite Jobs quote: "Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use."  Steve definitely changed our world.

This classic was published in 1937 and became the most successful and famous personal development book of all-time. Actually, it became a blueprint for a totally new genre of books. I've read it 3x and it’s still my favorite book. Please, don't let the cheesy title turn you away. After you read this, you will never be the same (for the better).


A dream job on Wall Street and more money he ever imagined he would earn. But there was something missing for Adam. He left his job and founded an organization called Pencils of Promise, which built more than 350 schools in Asia and Africa over the course of 7 years. This amazing book is a story about giving back and finding your passion. The site you are currently on was inspired by this book :)

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, takes us on a journey through his life, which started in the projects in Brooklyn. You will find a powerful lesson about doing what you love and trusting your principles no matter what. The story about how Starbucks came to be is probably one of the most amazing business stories of all time.

This book should be the Bible for every aspiring leader. Simon eloquently explains the difference between being a boss and being a leader. Please read it - the future needs leaders with a different mindset. :)