Over the years I’ve come to respect Bill Gates more and more, because of the causes he supports and his generosity with his wealth. Though this guy seems to often be thought of as Steve Jobs less cool rival, I think the guy actually has more than a few cool bones in his body.
One of my favorite Bill Gates moments is when he released a colony of mosquitoes into the audience during a TED Talks on malaria, while saying “there’s no reason only poor people should have to have the experience.” Only after a moment did he assure the audience that none of these mosquitoes contained malaria.
He really won me over with his sarcastic sense of humor in calling us out for spending more money on our first world problems than on a disease that is killing so many people and creating so much suffering in less developed countries.
Here’s the full TED Talk if you’re interested:
Anyways I came across a recent article listing all of the books Bill Gates has recommended over the past 8 years and thought this might be a goldmine. To check out the full list, you can click here, but I’ve included a list of the ones that pertain to personal growth and self-development below:
Leadership and management
- The Myth of the Strong Leader, by Archie Brown
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck
- How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, by Paul Tough
- The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking, by Eli Broad
- Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World With OKRs, by John Doerr
- Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation, by Tim Brown
Happiness, psychology, and purpose
- The Road to Character, by David Brooks
- Where Good Ideas Come from, by Steven Johnson
- Awakening Joy, by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander
- Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, by Claude Steele
- Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
- Showing up for Life, by Bill Gates Sr.
- Life Is What You Make It, by Peter Buffett
I’d be interested to hear if anyone has read any of these books and what they thought of it. If you have leave a comment below and let us know which ones YOU recommend!