If you read all of these, you will not come out the same person you came in (and I mean in a good way).
Here is a list of all the books written by Billionaires.
I have looked all over the Internet for a list and I have yet to find a list that even comes close to what I’ve compiled here. The reason is simply because no one seems to be as plugged into the billionaire universe and the books out there as me. Nor have many people set out a goal to read most or any of them.
Note: Richard Branson made a good point in his book that news and internet estimates of net worth are usually wildly off in both directions. I tried my best with this list by giving more weight to people many magnitudes over a billion and people who are obvious (Bill Gates or Phil Knight, founder of Nike). Finally, I also put more weight on the only two net worth sources I trust: Forbes Net Worth Billionaire List and Fortune.
If you know of a book by a billionaire not on this list, leave a comment. I will keep updating this page.
I’m a big fan of the billionaire, S. Truett Cathy. But most people don’t even know who he is (He’s the founder of Chick Fil A). I’ve loved going to his stores for over a decade. Truett’s book It’s Easier to Succeed Than To Fail, where a billionaire lays down his secrets to successis one of those rare gems. It’s a must-read and huge opportunity that most people are missing out on.
Outside of his wealth, Chick Fil A still has one of the best customer experiences out of all the fast food places I’ve visited. They still carry out the food to your table when you dine in. On top of all of this, they still remain closed on Sundays for religious reasons, which turns away millions of dollars in sales and lets their competitors get ahead. I think this is admirable because it shows that money isn’t everything and you have to commit your values straight.
When I dove into this book, I was amazed at how humble and simple of a man he was. His lessons on gratitude and living life go far beyond just making money; they touch on something even more important.
Watch this video and discover three big lessons I learned from the book. You will learn:
why “easier” is not the same as “easy.”
a secret to making billions of dollars.
why time and life are more precious than money through a deeply personal story.
Once you had a chance to watch, I’d love to hear from you. In the comments below, let me know what’s the most useful insight you took away from the video and what is one specific action you can take now to put it into practice?
Please share as much detail as possible in your reply. Tons of people come here everyday for help and your story may be just what they need to have a breakthrough.
Thanks again for sharing your positive vibes and making this tiny hangout one of the coolest, most game-changing places out there.
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P.P.S. there are some cool facts about Chick Fil A I learned from the book that I have to share with you…
How did Chick Fil A get its name? The sandwich. It wasn’t anything innovative. He named it after the Chicken Fillet sandwich he invented; it’s as simple as that and he’s never changed it.
Where did Chick Fil A’s logo come from? That red chicken logo has been there since the start. Similar to what Phil Knight did with Nike, that logo was bought for pennies on the dollar from a random graphic designer. He never ended up changing it. It just goes to show you that the logo doesn’t matter nearly as much as people think. I think it’s retarded when people start a company and waste thousands of dollars trying to get the right logo; you can figure that out later (or it may be good enough already and never worth changing). For Phil, he didn’t even like the checkmark logo. But it stuck!
Have you ever wondered what the #1 key to success is?
I was reading the book 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management and I think it finally clicked.
The book interviewed a billionaire who said that what set him apart from others wasn’t his intelligence, but his willpower. It was his willpower to commit and do the things he set out to do.
Why Willpower Matters
So why else is willpower (also known as self-control) important, other than just because a billionaire said it helped him earn more money?
Two Australian psychologists, Meg Oaten and Ken Cheng, have your answer. They found that exercising self-control in one area of life helps improve all areas of life that require willpower. They found this by having numerous test groups who all had different willpower-themed exercises:
money-management and budgeting.
studying and concentration.
exercise and fitness.
Afterwards, they tested the students and found that they performed better on all the willpower tests in each of the areas even though they only worked on one of them. They worked out more, studied more diligently, and spent less impulsively.
How do you overcome procrastination? We all have it. We all want to fix it. We all hate it. Yet we still find ourselves putting off what we know we should be doing to do something more fun (but less productive).
I’ve poured over advice from the world’s most successful people on this topic, like Brian Tracy. And want to provide you with some tips.
We all procrastinate, even multi-millionaires and billionaires have admitted to procrastinating. Matt Lloyd of MOBE, a mult-millionaire, admitted he still catches himself on Facebook from time to time. Warren Buffett admitted in the 2016 Annual Shareholders Meeting that he put off firing someone with Alzheimers for too long because he liked him.
Whenever you start to do something in a field (that you love), you feel interested initially and you put in all your effort. But after some time, you lose interest and stop doing it although you still love it.
Today, I want to share with you:
how to solve the dilemma of “multiple passions” and find your calling.
why there’s massive, disproportionate reward with being the best in the world.
how to get there without burning out because you can even if you’re passionate about it.
The Dilemma of Multiple Interests and How To Tackle It
Ever since I found about the “Follow Your Passion” movement a few years ago, I struggled because I thought I had multiple interests and believed it was a bad thing. It seemed like successful people only had one interest and focused on that interest for decades until they got rich. I was told that you have to focus on one interest because no one has ever become successful at multiple skills except for once-in-a-millenium freaks like Leonardo DaVinci, Ben Franklin, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
But it was so hard to restrain myself. I had dozens of interests, like video games, YouTube, manga, anime, personal development, business economics, music, and so on.
Now, there are a couple of TED Talks that argue that people like us have their own label. We are called “multipotentialites” or “polymaths.” They argue we should be proud of who we are and the world needs us.
“You control your time. Sitting and thinking may be a much higher priority than a normal CEO, who has all this demand and feels like they have to see all these people, [thinks]. It’s not a proxy of your seriousness that you fill every minute of your schedule.” –Bill Gates on what Warren Buffett taught him about productivity.
Today, I want to share with you how to improve personal productivity without burning out. As hinted at by the quote, I’ve spent a few years studying the best in the world when it comes to time management.
It turns out there are different paths to success. And some let you feel more relaxed and at peace. Bill Gates fills out every minute of his calendar. He even budgets a specific time for showering.
Warren Buffett, on the other hand, has three or four tasks per month on the calendar he carries around. And it’s not because he’s light on tasks he could be doing. It just goes to show you the importance and value of focus and prioritization.
In this podcast episode, be prepared to learn some interesting productivity habits and techniques you can test out immediately at work or at home. Listen below:
A more advanced but highly useful productivity tip I want to emphasize is the act of cutting down the time it takes to do daily or weekly activities you do every day. If you’re going to be doing the same task over and over for most or all of your life, it adds up. 15 minutes may not seem like a lot but it can add up to thousands of hours of wasted time.
Here are a few examples of activities like this:
Computer related tasks, like checking your email and typing on your keyboard.
Chores, like washing your clothes or dishes and taking out the garbage.
Driving to work, the groceries, the mall, or anywhere else.
Choosing and preparing your clothes for the next day.
Waiting in line to buy food or anything else.
Reading books or articles online.
Listening to audiobooks.
Mowing your lawn.
There are plenty more out there. Be creative and find ways to get the same task done in less time, so you can use it for more profitable or valuable activities. If you still can’t, find ways of multi-tasking and killing two birds with one stone.
Here are examples:
Listen to audiobooks and podcasts at double or triple speed.
Listen to audiobooks and podcasts while you’re waiting in line.
Take a speed reading course to read faster. Warren Buffett said in a Q&A with Bill Gates with students that he probably wasted ten years of his life reading slowly.
Decide what you will buy before buying food or clothes so you don’t waste time wandering around when you get there.
Master keyboard shortcuts, take a typing class to type faster, and get a DVORAK keyboard (which is proven to let you type much faster).
Outsource lawn mowing, cleaning your room, and washing your clothes. If you can make $100 per hour, why are you spending your time on a $15 per hour task? Hire someone else and you have just bought back your time.
Here’s a question for you. Leave your answer in the comments. If you could wave a magic wand and fix one issue related to productivity what would it be? Did this podcast episode help you solve it? If not, how could it be better?
And by definition, they’re some of the best at time management. They’re bombarded with thousands of emails. They have a thousand things they could do: meet with an employee, schedule a meeting, find a new marketing strategy, work on a product design, etc.
How do they choose what’s most important and still effectively build their wealth to $10,000 per day or more?
It’s not a “myth” that people succeed because they’re more productive.
The female billionaire Sheryl Sandberg has stated in her books that she made sure to leave work at 5:30 every day because her children were a priority.
Richard Branson has over 400 companies to run but he still has time to kite-surf because he puts his fitness as a priority.
President Bush has a million things to do: foreign leaders to call, CIA briefings to read, voters to please, and so on. Yet he was able to still read 95 books in a year: more than most people ever read.
Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell Soup, sent 20 handwritten thank you notes a day while running a Fortune 500 company.
I stumbled across a book called 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management: The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs.
It has the longest title I’ve seen in a while. And I think it’ll help you uncover some secrets of time management.
Here are the top tips on billionaire productivity tips I know (which I learned from this book and all the other videos and podcasts I consumed):
Social media is an incredible way of marketing and making more money for your business. If you do it right.
After spending thousands of hours on social media content across very old (MySpace) and very new (Musically, Snapchat, Vine, Peach, etc.) platforms, I want to share with you what you need to know on social media to succeed in business and more importantly prevent failure.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the results social media can bring for a business. But when you simplify it, there’s only four.
1. Social Media Amplifies How You Treat Your Customers
If you treat a customer horribly or delight them, their experience will be amplified and spread much further thanks to social media. It’s the biggest revolution in the century for businesses.
In the old days, if a business pissed you off, you might might tell a couple friends or family. Now, that customer can tell 500 friends on Facebook, 5,000 on Twitter, or 100,000 on YouTube. You don’t know who’s walking into your store; it could be an influencer.
Notice how I didn’t say “millions of people.” While there are social media influencers who can do this, don’t believe the people who hype it up. It’s possible for posts to hit a viral reach that large, but it’s rare. Those events usually can’t be manufactured and numerous factors have to align. A YouTuber or Instagram influencer can have millions of followers but only maybe tens of thousands engage with an average post they release.
Here is an example of amplification in a good way:
Karim took a joke about his last name by the receptionist at the Hyatt the wrong way. He tweeted about his frustration, and the Hyatt responded with a handwritten letter and complimentary food and beverage.
Let’s put aside whether or not he should have been offended. The point is that he shared his story and how great he felt at their response. It quickly went viral and 13,580 people commented, 61,438 liked it, and many more probably saw this. Now, that’s incredible, free, positive PR that couldn’t have happened any time before in history because it was started completely by a consumer.
Here are examples of amplification in a bad way:
United Airlines offered money for passengers to get off an overbooked flight. When everyone refused, they had security guards forcibly drag a passenger off. Another passenger immediately caught the experience on his smartphone and shared it online. The video got millions of views.
Thousands of people reacted in outrage to the incident. PewDiePie, the most subscriber Youtuber with 55 million+ subscribers, parodied the video. It got over 3 million views. If you look at the video, there are plenty of Tweets bashing he shows in it bashing United that got thousands of likes. Plenty of other influencers like Ellen, Joe Rogan, and Jimmy Kimmel covered the topic, attracting millions of views.
Another parody on Facebook got over a hundred thousand likes. Just one comment expressing their disgust towards United got thousands of upvotes.
A day after the incident Emirates Airlines released their own video addressing (and maybe even poking fun) at the CEO of United Airlines and explaining why they’re better, which got over a million views. Emirates is known for its premium flying experience. Many of the comments praised Emirates and got hundreds of upvotes.
Thanks to the mass market of smart phones and 4G, any customer can capture a customer experience and upload it to social media or the Internet in a matter of seconds. That is huge for businesses. It essentially punishes horrible businesses more and rewards good businesses more.