A Go-To TBR List For Every Future Disruptor

A Go-To TBR List For Every Future Disruptor   2 minute read  Creating your own TBR list might seem like a herculean task: there are millions of reccos in the world, thousands are bestsellers and another hundreds recommended by the leading thought leaders. The gnawing question remains the same though: which one to pick?  Taking cues from Bill Gates’ and Tony Fadell’s 2015 TedX talk, we will help you with recommendations that focus on conquering the fine balance between business and modernity along with the bounds of creativity.   1. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks   The book that topped Bill Gates’ list had him share some potent insights, “Warren Buffett recommended this book to me in 1991, and it’s still the best business book I’ve ever read. Brooks offers sharp insights into the timeless fundamentals of business — like the challenge of building a large organization, hiring people with the right skills and listening to customers’ feedback.”    2.  Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman   Kahneman, a renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, in his latest book provides a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. In short, he charts out the way to use your cognitive intelligence to influence each and every decision in life: from business to personal - at the same time warning us against damaging effects of the same.    3.  Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull   From the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, Catmull’s masterpiece is a manual for anyone who strives for originality and provides an insider’s perspective in to how a phenomenally successful, brilliant and experienced leader has guided a team of creative, dedicated people to create what the world holds in awe.  4.  The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz   ‘Simple & profane’, Bill Gates on why this book is an essential read, “Starting a company is never easy — even when you’ve done it before. Ben’s advice is useful, honest, profane and essential for understanding why some companies fail and others succeed.”  5.  The Art of War by Sun Tzu   Tony Fadell surmises the importance of this ancient text for contemporary business dynamics, “It’s hard to believe that a 2,000-year-old book could still be relevant for businesses today, but Sun Tzu’s masterpiece is as applicable to the world we live in as ever.”  The key takeaway is to focus on quality over quantity. While reading books is important, what’s also important is what books you read. If you have limited time, make sure you utilise it best and dedicate to books that will fundamentally inspire you to realise a scalable growth.  Did we miss any important title? Share in the comments below and we shall add it to our next ‘Booked’ blog.

A Go-To TBR List For Every Future Disruptor

2 minute read

Creating your own TBR list might seem like a herculean task: there are millions of reccos in the world, thousands are bestsellers and another hundreds recommended by the leading thought leaders. The gnawing question remains the same though: which one to pick?

Taking cues from Bill Gates’ and Tony Fadell’s 2015 TedX talk, we will help you with recommendations that focus on conquering the fine balance between business and modernity along with the bounds of creativity.

1. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks

The book that topped Bill Gates’ list had him share some potent insights, “Warren Buffett recommended this book to me in 1991, and it’s still the best business book I’ve ever read. Brooks offers sharp insights into the timeless fundamentals of business — like the challenge of building a large organization, hiring people with the right skills and listening to customers’ feedback.”

2. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Kahneman, a renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, in his latest book provides a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. In short, he charts out the way to use your cognitive intelligence to influence each and every decision in life: from business to personal - at the same time warning us against damaging effects of the same.


3. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

From the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, Catmull’s masterpiece is a manual for anyone who strives for originality and provides an insider’s perspective in to how a phenomenally successful, brilliant and experienced leader has guided a team of creative, dedicated people to create what the world holds in awe.

4. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz

‘Simple & profane’, Bill Gates on why this book is an essential read, “Starting a company is never easy — even when you’ve done it before. Ben’s advice is useful, honest, profane and essential for understanding why some companies fail and others succeed.”

5. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Tony Fadell surmises the importance of this ancient text for contemporary business dynamics, “It’s hard to believe that a 2,000-year-old book could still be relevant for businesses today, but Sun Tzu’s masterpiece is as applicable to the world we live in as ever.”

The key takeaway is to focus on quality over quantity. While reading books is important, what’s also important is what books you read. If you have limited time, make sure you utilise it best and dedicate to books that will fundamentally inspire you to realise a scalable growth.

Did we miss any important title? Share in the comments below and we shall add it to our next ‘Booked’ blog.


Nayan Khemani