As you know, part of what I like to do on this solopreneur blog is share info on recent books I’ve read – to share key takeaways and make recommendations (or save you from reading crap).
Anyway, while I was away on my trip over the holidays, I read 4 books.
4 books in 10 days, not bad eh?
Here they are:
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
- Tribes, by Seth Godin
- Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, by Duncan Clark
- ‘Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King
3 about business, 2 biographies about entrepreneurs, and 1 fiction.
Have you read any of them? Any thoughts?
I thought they were all great reads, so good that the first 3 on that list were actually re-reads.
I usually re-read most of the business books that I like every 2-4 years, because I find I forget half of the books I read within a month or two, and I also find that I usually have different takeaways or lessons when I re-read a book at a different time in my life or solopreneur business.
I’m not going to do a full review of each here because I don’t want these solopreneur blogs getting too long, but if you want to read a short summary and my verdict on each of them, check out my LinkedIn article here.
Overall, I think my favorite of the 4 was Alibaba, for a few reasons:
- Jack Ma is an interesting character, and came from a pretty non-privileged childhood to become one of the richest men in the world
- learning about how he started the company, and the way China and the internet was evolving during that time, was very interesting
- lots of great little stories from every phase of the company – Jack growing up, founding the company, growth, expansion, etc.
- I think he has a great mindset and approach to business, a lot of which is probably worth mimicing
If you’re interested in Tribes, I also did a full review and summary of the book years ago here.
That’s it for me today, would love to hear if you’ve read any of the 4 books, any feedback, and/or any book recommendations I might like.
Have a great day and keep grinding.