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10 Books By The Most Successful People In The World To Inspire Your Life

10 Books By The Most Successful People In The World To Inspire Your Life

We all admire those people who go for their dreams, create successful businesses, change the world and simply get rich. Luckily, some of them are kind enough to share the secrets of how they did all those things. Many successful people write books allowing people to read the stories of their failures and victories and to learn from their mistakes and achievements. These books inspire, fascinate, surprise and teach. Maybe, you will find something for you in these books written by incredibly successful people.

1. Business @ the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates

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    In the book, published in 1999, Gates predicted that in the next 10 years business would change more than in the last 50 years. Did this prediction come true? Well, yes, it did and that is a great reason to reread this book written by one of the biggest leaders of the information revolution. Modern business is a powerful system and being intelligent and intuitive is no longer enough to succeed. Bill Gates shares his knowledge about the principles of successful business and teaches how to use modern information technologies right. He provides personal examples from his business and that makes this book even more interesting to read.

    2. Buffett’s Bites: The Essential Investor’s Guide to Warren Buffett’s Shareholder Letters by Warren Buffet

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      Warren Buffet has made more than $50 billion due to successful investments. In this book, he shows his business correspondence with his partners and investors starting from 1957. His golden rule of communicating with investors is to provide the information you would want to receive yourself. Reading the letters and the tips from one of the richest people in the world is quite fascinating, isn’t it?

      3. Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism by George Soros

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        George Soros has made more than $19 billion so far. That makes his book really worth reading. Critics call this book the manifesto of the new capitalism. In this work, Soros criticizes different social and commercial taboos as well as revises people’s attitude towards capital that rules the countries. His thoughts and ideas are very fresh, clever and unusual. Everyone who is into politics, business and social problems need to read it.

        4. Losing My Virginity: The Autobiography by Richard Branson

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          Richard Branson is a well-known British entrepreneur who owns more than 400 companies in Great Britain and is one of the richest people in the country. “Losing My Virginity” is not just a story of success and a guide of how to do business right. It is also a fun book written be an extremely successful man who once decided to live his life in the fullest. He is truly a great example to follow and a very wise man to learn from.

          5. The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump

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            Actually, this scandalous American billionaire has written 15 books so far, but you should start with his first one. The best thing about “The art of the deal” is that Tramp describes in details the strategy of creating his business with life examples and tells how exactly he has been making deals, negotiating with his partners and making the decisions. Everyone who has something to do with business has to have this book and to learn from one of the greatest businessmen in the world.

            6. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

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              This is a legendary book written by the world-renowned politician, diplomat, inventor, scientist and author Benjamin Franklin. The book tells about the first half of the author’s life. It is especially interesting because Franklin describes the formation of his personality. Franklin was without doubt a very gifted person. All the good circumstances in his life contributed to his success and all the bad ones just trained his willpower. The events of his life show that any kind of activity and every field of knowledge can be learned by a person with an inquiring mind and active energy.

              7. How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling by Frank Bettger

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                This is a story of an extraordinary American man told by himself. Frank Bettger had come a long hard way before becoming one of the most high-paid commercial agents in the world. He shares the secrets of how he managed to achieve such a success after disappointing failures. This book is a must for everyone who has to do with sales and for those who want to learn how not to give up after failing in something.

                8. My Life & Work by Henry Ford

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                  This autobiographic book of one of the most remarkable inventors and managers of the 20 century is written in the bright, energetic and inspiring manner. It contains a lot of material that has a historical value yet it is still of current importance for modern economists, engineers, designers, sociologists and managers. This book is not just an interesting story about the “father” of the US car industry. It shows the practical experience of the foundation of the biggest car factory of that time.

                  9. Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life by Nick Vujicic

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                    This is a story of life and success of a person with no arms and legs. Despite having no limbs, Nick Vujicic has a very full life: he has two college degrees, he is happily married, he writes books and even swims. This book is an inspiring and emotional story of overcoming hardships and despair, believing in yourself and being happy. Nick speaks openly about his physical and emotional sufferings and how difficult it was to find a way to accept his condition and live a full life. In this book, Nick formulates the life rules that have helped him and shares them with his readers.

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

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                      Ed Catmull is a co-founder and president of Pixar Studios. This book is a mixture of a guide for managing business and personal memoirs of the author. The book is perfect for managers who want to push their colleagues to new achievements, who seek originality and creativity and who want to succeed no matter what. This is a great journey to the Pixar Company where art is created.

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                      What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

                      What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

                      If you’ve got a big block of free time, the best way to put that to use is to relax, have fun, decompress from a stressful day, or spend time with a loved one. But if you’ve just got a little chunk — say 5 or 10 minutes — there’s no time to do any of the fun stuff.

                      So, what to do in free time?

                      Put those little chunks of time to their most productive use.

                      Everyone works differently, so the best use of your free time really depends on you, your working style, and what’s on your to-do list. But it’s handy to have a list like this in order to quickly find a way to put that little spare time to work instantly, without any thought. Use the following list as a way to spark ideas for what you can do in a short amount of time.

                      1. Reading Files

                      Clip magazine articles or print out good articles or reports for reading later, and keep them in a folder marked “Reading File”. Take this wherever you go, and any time you have a little chunk of time, you can knock off items in your Reading File.

                      Keep a reading file on your computer (or in your bookmarks), for quick reading while at your desk (or on the road if you’ve got a laptop).

                      2. Clear out Inbox

                      Got a meeting in 5 minutes? Use it to get your physical or email inbox to empty.

                      If you’ve got a lot in your inbox, you’ll have to work quickly, and you may not get everything done; but reducing your pile can be a big help. And having an empty inbox is a wonderful feeling.

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                      3. Phone Calls

                      Keep a list of phone calls you need to make, with phone numbers, and carry it everywhere.

                      Whether you’re at your desk or on the road, you can knock a few calls off your list in a short amount of time.

                      4. Make Money

                      This is my favorite productive use of free time. I have a list of articles I need to write, and when I get some spare minutes, I’ll knock off half an article real quick.

                      If you get 5 to 10 chunks of free time a day, you can make a decent side income. Figure out how you can freelance your skills, and have work lined up that you can knock out quickly — break it up into little chunks, so those chunks can be done in short bursts.

                      5. File

                      No one likes to do this. If you’re on top of your game, you’re filing stuff immediately, so it doesn’t pile up.

                      But if you’ve just come off a really busy spurt, you may have a bunch of documents or files laying around.

                      Or maybe you have a big stack of stuff to file. Cut into that stack with every little bit of spare time you get, and soon you’ll be in filing Nirvana.

                      6. Network

                      Only have 2 minutes? Shoot off a quick email to a colleague. Even just a “touching bases” or follow-up email can do wonders for your working relationship. Or shoot off a quick question, and put it on your follow-up list for later.

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                      7. Clear out Feeds

                      If my email inbox is empty, and I have some spare time, I like to go to my Google Reader and clear out my feed inbox.

                      8. Goal Time

                      Take 10 minutes to think about your goals — personal and professional.

                      If you don’t have a list of goals, start on one. If you’ve got a list of goals, review them.

                      Write down a list of action steps you can take over the next couple of weeks to make these goals a reality. What action step can you do today? The more you focus on these goals, and review them, the more likely they will come true.

                      9. Update Finances

                      Many people fall behind with their finances, either in paying bills (they don’t have time), or entering transactions in their financial software, or clearing their checkbook, or reviewing their budget.

                      Take a few minutes to update these things. It just takes 10 to 15 minutes every now and then.

                      10. Brainstorm Ideas

                      Another favorite of mine if I just have 5 minutes — I’ll break out my pocket notebook, and start a brainstorming list for a project or article. Whatever you’ve got coming up in your work or personal life, it can benefit from a brainstorm. And that doesn’t take long.

                      11. Clear off Desk

                      Similar to the filing tip above, but this applies to whatever junk you’ve got cluttering up your desk. Or on the floor around your desk.

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                      Trash stuff, file stuff, put it in its place. A clear desk makes for a more productive you. And it’s oddly satisfying.

                      12. Exercise

                      Never have time to exercise? 10 minutes is enough to get off some pushups and crunches. Do that 2 to 3 times a day, and you’ve got a fit new you.

                      13. Take a Walk

                      This is another form of exercise that doesn’t take long, and you can do it anywhere. Even more important, it’s a good way to stretch your legs from sitting at your desk too long.

                      It also gets your creative juices flowing. If you’re ever stuck for ideas, taking a walk is a good way to get unstuck.

                      14. Follow up

                      Keep a follow-up list for everything you’re waiting on. Return calls, emails, memos — anything that someone owes you, put on the list.

                      When you’ve got a spare 10 minutes, do some follow-up calls or emails.

                      15. Meditate

                      You don’t need a yoga mat to do this. Just do it at your desk. Focus on your breathing. A quick 5 to 10 minutes of meditation (or even a nap) can be tremendously refreshing.

                      Take a look at this 5-Minute Guide to Meditation: Anywhere, Anytime

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                      16. Research

                      This is a daunting task for me. So I do it in little spurts.

                      If I’ve only got a few minutes, I’ll do some quick research and take some notes. Do this a few times, and I’m done!

                      17. Outline

                      Similar to brainstorming, but more formal. I like to do an outline of a complicated article, report or project, and it helps speed things along when I get to the actual writing. And it only takes a few minutes.

                      18. Get Prepped

                      Outlining is one way to prep for longer work, but there’s a lot of other ways you can prep for the next task on your list.

                      You may not have time to actually start on the task right now, but when you come back from your meeting or lunch, you’ll be all prepped and ready to go.

                      19. Be Early

                      Got some spare time before a meeting? Show up for the meeting early.

                      Sure, you might feel like a chump sitting there alone, but actually people respect those who show up early. It’s better than being late (unless you’re trying to play a power trip or something, but that’s not appreciated in many circles).

                      20. Log

                      If you keep a log of anything, a few spare minutes is the perfect time to update the log.

                      Actually, the perfect time to update the log is right after you do the activity (exercise, eat, crank a widget), but if you didn’t have time to do it before, your 5-minute break is as good a time as any.

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