The Life of Books
May 10 2010
I’ve been asked several times by people what business books I read, and honestly I don’t read too many of them. This could partly explain why I’m not a millionaire yet. Maybe I have ADD (which many entrepreneurs purport to having in some form or fashion), but a book really has to get my attention and ones presented in fable or story form seem much easier for me to read. I used to devour books (mostly fiction), but with all I have going on, I’m lucky if I can get through one book every few months. However, as things have started to settle down a little bit in my life (knock on wood), I’m trying to read more books.
Fred Wilson did a post a while back listing the books he recommends for entrepreneurs (e.g., Atlas Shrugged, Shakespeare) which resulted in a guy named Zachary Burt creating a wiki for people to list recommended books for entrepreneurs. Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse, is on this list and one of my favorites. I used to give all my Intro to Entrepreneurship students a copy of Siddhartha as a good-bye gift. It’s one of the few books I’ve re-read at different times during my life and each time I take away something slightly different and more.
I wrote a post a few weeks ago about a book I read during a much needed break called The Happiness Hypothesis and I just finished Outliers by Malcom Gladwell. I plan to write about books more often on this blog and highlight any connections I see between the content of the book to entrepreneurship and parenting. The books will range from business related, to fiction, to classics, to possibly space exploration but I believe you can learn something from one book that later can help you assimilate (consciously or un) something you experience in the real world or read in another book. I also plan to update the design of this blog and add a page listing book recommendations.
If you have any books you think I should add to my pile, please let me know in the comments or by emailing me. I will be linking to Amazon for books I read and for full disclosure, if you happen to buy a book from that link, I will eventually get a small dollar % of that purchase. To date in the three plus years I’ve been blogging, I have yet to receive a check from Amazon so I don’t anticipate writing about books will be a lucrative endeavor!Author: Aruni | Filed under: book review, entrepreneurship, Just For Fun | Tags: books | 1 Comment »