30 Must-Read Books Before You Turn 30

By Wesley

Up and coming self made millionaire entrepreneurs and business people would do well to heed the words of blockbuster Hollywood actor Will Smith (whose personal net worth tops $250 million). Renowned for his charisma and work ethic, Will Smith also has a secret to his out-sized success in life: he reads!

Of reading, Will Smith says, “There have been gazillions of people that have lived before all of us. There’s no new problem you could have–with your parents, with school, with a bully. There’s no new problem that someone hasn’t already had and written about it in a book.”

Indeed the average member of the top one percent of income earners in the United States reads 60 books a year, setting a pace of slightly more than one new book every week, whereas the bottom quartile of income earners in America reads exactly zero books a year!

If you want to be Self Made, you’ve got to read!

Here’s a list to get you started:

30. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future: Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel founded PayPal in the 1990s to create a seamless form of electronic cash for online merchants to accept payments. It became a big hit with eBay power sellers, and went on to become the number one online payment processing service in the world, eventually selling for a billion and a half dollars to eBay. Thiel was also an early Facebook investor and founded Palantir Technologies, which is worth over a billion dollars.

In his 2014 #1 New York Times bestselling book, Zero to One, Peter Thiel gives a remarkably cogent overview of the evolution of the corporate cultural mindset from the mid-20th century, through the 1990s, to the present, noting the important events that shaped business, and explaining his secret to superlative success: how business startups go from “Zero to One” by going “off the map” and bringing what they find to market one step at a time.