There have been countless features on successful CEOs, entrepreneurs, and world leaders and their reading habits. It’s surprising to picture Warren Buffett or Mark Zuckerberg curled up on their couch with a good book but some statistics show that company bosses read four to five books per month — which is four to five times higher the number of books an average person reads in a year, according to Refresh Leadership.
We’ve compiled a number of the recommended readings from our mentor networks for you to add to your fall reading list:
Sports & Business
1. Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
The story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal.
2. A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring
From the legendary basketball coach who inspired generations of athletes and businesspeople, an inspiring book about the power of mentoring and being mentored.
3. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
A book that aims to shatter myths, provide new insights, and give practical guidance to those who would like to build landmark companies that stand the test of time.
4. 4 Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5
A guide to learning the secrets of the “New Rich,” a fast-growing subculture who has abandoned the “deferred-life plan” and instead mastered the new currencies - time and mobility - to create your own luxury lifestyles.
5. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.
6. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them
Meg Jay focuses on providing you with tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, showing how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even your brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood, if we use the time wisely.
Let us know what you think about our recommended list of Mentor Reads and what books you have on your reading list this fall.