I love to read. The first book that I remember was Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. It was a great read and I reread it for three more times. After this book many new came. I do not remember which book affected me most when I was in elementary school, I only remember being regular library visitor.
My reading habit was strong and I continued with reading in high school as well. The real wave came in the second year of high school. Then, I remember I read more book than any year before or after. The reason was intrinsic need to find some answers. I do not have specific questions in mind, you know it is common high school what-it-is-all-about question. I remember that I was interested in what some great people are having to say about this life-question. It is that simple.
From my own experience I would recommend reading to anyone. Start reading as early as possible. It is goood for imagination. It has very inspirational effect. It helps you get ideas. It motivate you to write your own book. It expands your horizons. It gives you an idea what to do in life to name only few benefits. I will cover some of my favourite books in posts that are yet to come. In this post I would like to share the joy upon discovering that these exceptional entrepreneurs are avid readers:
1. Bill Gates
I once read that Bill Gates takes a week each year in order to read in solitude. The other source claimed that Gates takes a week to read twice a year. No matter the details it seems that the Richest man on Earth has been reading since childhood. This is one of his quotes:
“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”
2. Jack Dorsey
This speech by Jack Dorsey that he had at Startup School 2013 inspired me to write this post. In his speech he read parts from his favourites books. Here are first few sentences from his speech:
“I am going to do something a little bit different. I never really done this before which is simply read to you from some books that helped me along the way, helped me along the transition, helped me get started. But also helped me through many things. There are so many lessons from these books. And please, if you get the chance, buy them yourself and read through entire thing.
3. Elon Musk
I found out that Musk is an avid reader from Quora. I will copy few answers from Quora users that indicate my assumption:
Q: SpaceX: On 60 Minutes Elon Musk said that he was mostly self taught and learnt most of what he knows from reading books. What books do you think Elon Musk read?
A: Elon: “So I was this little bookwormy kid, and probably a little bit of a smart aleck, so, this was a recipe for disaster. So I just like, read a lot of books, and, uhh, tried to stay out of people’s way during school. I read all the comics I could buy, or that they let me read in the bookstore before chasing me away. I read everything I could get my hands on from when I woke up to when I went to sleep. At one point I ran out of books and started reading the Encyclopedia.”
Elon said “The heroes of the books I read, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and the ‘Foundation’ series, always felt a duty to save the world.”
I remember he mentioned Benjamin Franklin: An American Life* in in his with interview with Kevin Rose:
Most recently he’s spoken about how he’s currently reading about Howard Hughes.