They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. This is never truer than when news websites and blogs share stories about the world’s most successful people. We want to know the workouts they do, the food they eat and what motivates them so we can do those same things. Perhaps mostly though, we want to know what they read because books have the power to do many things. They can move us, inspire us to be better people and even change how we see the world. Sometimes they can even change the course of our lives.


Recently, LinkedIn created a new channel called The Book that Changed Me where influential users can share posts about the books that helped them achieve the goals they’ve reached. These titles may have changed their daily routine, provided new angles on problem solving they hadn’t considered and even helped motivate them to create the companies they now run.

Below you will find a collection of these titles (available in Marketplace) with links to preview them through Who knows, perhaps all you need to become the next Richard Branson is a book!


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey

  • Chosen by: Denise Morrison, President & CEO of Campbell’s Soup Company

Mandela’s Way, Richard Stengel

  • Chosen by Richard Branson,  Founder at Virgin Group

How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie

  • Chosen by IIya Pozin, CEO of Open Me, Columnist for Forbes and LinkedIn; Linda Coles, Speaker, Author, Trainer

The Four Hour Work Week, Timothy Ferriss

  • Chosen by Charlene Li, Founder Partner at Altimeter Group

Motherless Daughters, Hope Edelman

  • Chosen by Kristina Salen, CFO Etsy

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain

  • Chosen by Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Twitter, Inc.

The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee

  • Chosen by Glenn Kelman, Redfin CEO

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin

  • Chosen By Phyllis Wise, Chancellor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sherlock Holmes, Michael Kurland

  • Chosen by Frank Wu, Chancellor & Dean at University of California Hastings College of the Law

The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

  • Chosen by Beth Comstock, CMO at GE

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

  • Chosen by Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer (CTSO) at Cisco Systems

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, Larry Bossidy

  • Chosen by Jeff Miller, EVP & COO at Halliburton

Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

  • Chosen by Whitney Johnson, Co-Founder Rose Park Advisors

Who Moved My Cheese, Spencer Johnson

  • Chosen by Colin Shaw, CEO, Beyond Philosophy

Stumbling on Happiness, Daniel Gilbert

  • Chosen by Tim Westergren, Founder, Pandora

Against the Gods, Peter L. Bernstein

  • Chosen by Bill Harris, CEO at Personal Capital

Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke

  • Chosen by Jeffrey Walker, Vice Chairman, United Nation’s Secretary General’s Envoy for Health Finance and Malaria

The Baroque Cycle, Neal Stephenson

  • Chosen by Craig Newmark, Founder at craigconnects



Adam Sockel is a Marketing Communications Specialist with OverDrive.


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