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SUCCESS LIBRARY: All the books you need to read to build wealth, get ahead in work, and live life to its fullest

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  • Reading books and listening to podcasts can help form productive habits. 
  • According to career expert Michael Simmons, some of the richest people in the world embrace the "five-hour rule," where they spend at least a couple hours during their day reading. 
  • Business Insider has highlighted some examples of books and podcasts that will help you learn new skills for your career. You can find more book lists by subscribing to BI Prime

Books are more valuable than ever for people seeking success.  

Career expert Michael Simmons said that many of the world's top leaders like Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffet use books for what he calls the "five-hour rule," or a habit of spending a couple of hours each day learning. This habit can help business owners adopt new skills and build upon the strengths they already have. 

Several entrepreneurs claim reading is part of their formula of success.

Interviews with more than 1,200 wealthy people in the book "How Rich People Think" reveals that the wealthy have one thing in common — they love to read. For example, cofounder and CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates said he reads 50 books per year or about one book per week, Business Insider previously reported

"Walk into a wealthy person's home and one of the first things you'll see is an extensive library of books they've used to educate themselves on how to become more successful," writes Steve Siebold, author of "How Rich People Think."

Whether you are studying for a master's degree in business administration or a venture capitalist, reading can bolster your business's success. To help you find the right book, we've rounded up a list based on dozens of interviews from today's top leaders. 

Billionaires' book recommendations 

Ray Dalio's reading list: 14 books billionaire investor Ray Dalio says you should read to understand today's world and lead a fulfilling life

Ray Dalio's book recs for new college grads: Billionaire Ray Dalio thinks every new college grad should read these 3 books — and they have nothing to do with finance

Ray Dalio's favorites: Ray Dalio says anyone who wants to understand today's world should read a 32-year-old book about empires

Steve Case's favorite book: Billionaire investor Steve Case said a book about a digital revolution he read in 1980 set him on the path to founding AOL, and it still influences him today

Mark Zuckerberg's reading list: 24 books Mark Zuckerberg thinks everyone should read to understand today's world

Book recommendations from Melinda Gates:Melinda Gates recommends these 3 books on mindfulness — and the surprising ways to achieve it. Stillness, vulnerability, and practice go into engaging with the present moment.

Bill Gates book recommendations: 30 books Bill Gates thinks everyone should read

Books Steve Jobs used for inspiration: 15 books Steve Jobs always turned to for inspiration

Best books by billionaires: 27 books by billionaires to read in 2020 that will teach you how to build a fortune and run the world

Elon Musk's book recommendations: The 12 books Elon Musk says shaped his worldview and led him to business and personal success

Books for entrepreneurs 

If you want to be your own boss: 10 books to read if you want to quit your job and become your own boss, according to people who did it — and also wrote about it

Venture capital: The 14 best books to read to break into venture capital, according to successful investors, founders, and professors in the VC space

Innovator's dilemma recap: 22 years after its publication, 'The Innovator's Dilemma' is still the best book on disruption ever written. Here are 5 key takeaways you may have missed on your first read.

Amazon best small business winners picks: 13 inspiring books chosen by the best small business owners on Amazon, from 'The Art of War' to 'Company of One'

Books for founders, recommended by founders: 15 business books successful entrepreneurs read religiously — and that they'd recommend to every first-time founder in 2020

Books for becoming an expert 

Becoming an expert on better capitalism: The best books of 2019 on how we can rethink today's capitalism and improve the economy

Becoming an expert on the US economy: 10 books to read if you want to become the ultimate authority on the American economy

Becoming an expert on race relations: 21 books Barack Obama says you should read if you want to become an authority on race relations in the US

Becoming an AI expert: 7 books to read right now if you want to become the ultimate authority on artificial intelligence

Leadership books 

If you want an MBA: 9 business books picked by founders, CEOs, and industry leaders for people who don't want to go back to school to get an MBA

Dealing with imposter syndrome: 9 books you should read right now if you're struggling with imposter syndrome at work and need a confidence boost

Building diversity and inclusion at work: 12 books of 2020 all managers who want to build diverse and happy teams should order right now

Lessons from Stacey Cunningham's favorite leadership book: 4 key lessons from the book that the head of the New York Stock Exchange says has made her a better leader

Building wealth: 11 books to read this year if you want to take charge of your finances, learn how to budget, and build your net worth

Books MBA students read: Required reading: These are the books top professors at the best business schools in the country are having their MBA students read

Books for managers: 12 books of 2020 all managers who want to build diverse and happy teams should preorder right now

Books for new managers: 10 management books that will help you lead in 2020

Lessons from "How to Win Friends and Influence People": 12 timeless lessons from the 1937 classic 'How to Win Friends and Influence People,' the book Warren Buffett says transformed his life

Books for business leaders: 20 books that will set apart future business leaders

SEE ALSO: The 6 best books on success and self-improvement to turn you into the highest performer at your company

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