What are your five favorite books

5 books you should read according to Bill Gates

As a consultant, you decipher partner notes, read decks and countless emails every day. But hand on heart: When was the last time you read a whole book? Busy Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates reads around 50 books every year (No pressure! 😉). As one of the greatest technologists in history, Gates still uses one of the oldest information technologies - the written word - to advance his understanding of the world.

We'll tell you why, even as a stressed consultant, you should take the time to read a book. And if you still the right reading material is missing, Be inspired by Bill Gates' list of his 5 favorite books today!

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Why you should read books as a consultant too

Stress relief

It has been scientifically proven that reading books can reduce stress. According to a study by neuropsychologist Dr. David Lewis reduces the stress level even more than with other relaxing activities such as listening to music or going for a walk. As you read, you are immersed in a story, leaving your difficult projects and stressful clients behind. Six minutes a day are enough and serve as a kind of short vacation for your brain!


As a consultant, you are probably specialized in a certain area and always move within the boundaries of business terminology. That's why you should every now and then Broaden your horizons and look completely beyond your consultant horizons.

A whole universe of knowledge awaits you there! You can over philosophical subjectsread or about people who lead a completely different life than you. You never know when this might come in handy. Bill Gates himself says:

Stronger analytical thinking skills

Have you ever read a crime thriller and solved the crime yourself before you finished reading the book? You also use the same ability to analyze details, when you criticize actions.

For example, you automatically worry about whether it's a well-written piece, whether the characters developed properly, or whether the plot went smoothly. Without even realizing it you train So you use your analytical skills while reading - the perfect opportunity to train yourself as a (freelance) consultant!

More focus and concentration

Especially as a consultant you have to do several tasks at the same time in your fast-paced everyday life. In a period of just five minutes you can continue working on your project, check your e-mails, keep an eye on your smartphone and interact with colleagues. This type of ADHD-like behavior leads to an increase in stress levels and lowers your productivity.

If you are reading a book, on the other hand, you need to pay full attention to the story. Otherwise you cannot follow the action. By doing this regularly Your brain doesn't forget how to focus on just one thing. So the next time you have a short break, it's better to pick up a book! You have more of this than if you let your smartphone in hand shower you in front of Netflix while you scroll through social networks.

5 book recommendations from Bill Gates

Bill Gates' list this year is pretty versatile: From a how-to guide to meditation, an examination of autonomous weapons and the story of the case of a Silicon Valley startup. There is sure to be a suitable book for you and if not, then maybe a last-minute gift idea for friends or family!

1. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Do you know the History of the Silicon Valley start-up Theranos? The business idea was to draw up a holistic blood count in just a few seconds based on a small blood sample. Elizabeth Holmes, who founded the start-up when she was only 19, quickly became the rising star of Silicon Valley. The problem: the technology never worked - not even close.

It was journalist John Carreyrou who uncovered the fraud in 2015 - twelve years after it was founded. In his captivating book gives Carreyrou the ultimate inside look at the history and case of the company that was once valued at nearly $ 10 billion. He describes the complex scams, company intrigues, headlines and broken family relationships in an exciting way. Bill Gates couldn't put the book down!

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2. 21 lessons for the 21stst Century by Yuval Noah Harari

What are the biggest challenges and most important changes right now? What should we look out for? What should we teach our children? These profound questions answers Yuval Noah Harari and offers a framework for anyone concerned about the current state of the world.

Work, war, nationalism, religion, immigration, education and 15 other important topics are covered. The book is solution-oriented. The author gives some practical advicehow we can deal with the challenges we face. These include, for example, his three-point strategy for combating terrorism and tips on how to deal with fake news.

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3. Army of None by Paul Scharre

Digitization of the consulting industry is on everyone's lips, but have you ever thought about it, what weapons and wars will look like in the future with digital change could? Paul Scharre devotes himself to the presentation of this complex topic in his book and stimulates thought. He understandably shares his expertise as a veteran who helped shape US government legislation on autonomous weapons. His book takes a holistic and critical look at artificial intelligence in warfare.

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4. Educated by Tara Westover

With the New York Times bestseller, Tara Westover wrote down her memories of an extreme childhood. Westover had never attended school until she was 17. Growing up in a Mormon survival household, the young girl had to teach herself everything. Gates is inspired and impressed by the young woman, whose urge to learn was so strongthat she eventually made it to a PhD from Cambridge University.

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5. The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe

As a consultant in particular, you should deal with the subject of stress management sooner or later. This not only helps you for your personal well-being, but also to deal with the stressful everyday working life. Meditation is even better than reading books. Bill Gates and his wife recently got excited and recommend Andy Puddicombe's book as a perfect introduction to the subject.

The story begins with Puddicombe's personal story from a university student to a Buddhist monk. Then later she becomes one entertaining guide of meditation. If you want to try out meditation right away, you can also download his app for guided meditations.

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Admittedly, in our team, too, we often resort to the lazy method of audio books or other media. But we have book recommendations from Bill Gates really feel like reading a book again. And if not, then one or the other copy is at least an inspiration for a last-minute Christmas present! What do you mean?

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