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.