Top CEOs Reveal the Books That Changed Their Lives

February 22, 2018
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Successful CEOs never stop reading. Many entrepreneurs accomplish personal growth through workshops, conferences, and even a few continuing education courses. However, for a busy entrepreneur, the best way to boost personal growth is through a good book.

Betty Liu, CEO of Radiate, asked a few experts what book changed their lives. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • In Search of Excellence, by Thomas J. Peters
    Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans: “Tom Peters was very influential on me from the late ’80s. He wrote In Search of Excellence and A Passion for Excellence … they had a big influence on me. His thought process and his thinking on culture and business.”
  • Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius 
    Arianna Huffington, founder of Thrive Global: “A book that changed my life is one by Marcus Aurelius, who was an emperor of Rome for 19 years and a stoic philosopher. He wrote a book called Meditations. This was a man who dealt with the plagues and invasions and betrayals, and yet he managed to remain in the eye of the hurricane. He managed to remain imperturbable. I love that book, I have it by my bed because I feel if the emperor of Rome can do that, surely I can.”
  • The Anarchical Society, by Hedley Bull 
    Richard Haass, president, Council on Foreign Relations: “Probably the book that made the biggest difference to me, intellectually, was a book by an Australian academic whom I got to know when I was a graduate student at Oxford. His name is Hedley Bull, and the name of the book is The Anarchical Society, and, in that title, it tells you everything I needed to know. At any moment in history, there are forces of anarchy or disorder or, to use my favorite word, disarray. At the same time, there are forces of society or order or organization, and, at any moment in history, it’s the balance, it’s the competition between forces of anarchy and forces of society that give the era its character.”
Interested in learning more? Read the original article on LinkedIn by Betty Liu by clicking here.

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