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    Top 6 Novels Billionaires Say Shaped Their Views

    Reading the encyclopedia and textbooks on physics and rocket propulsion helped Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk develop the skills he'd use to build multiple industry-transforming companies.

    But it wasn't just technical reading that shaped him. It was reading fiction that encouraged Musk's desire to impact the world.

    Musk isn't the only visionary to say fiction helped him find himself. Billionaire Mark Cuban says a novel helped him define his work ethic. According to a biography on Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the tech leader learns more from novels than any other type of book.

    Besides providing a great mental escape and having stress-reducing effects, reading literary fiction helps your brain in a few specific ways.

    People who read literary fiction show higher levels of empathy and emotional intelligence, according to multiple studies. These social skills can make you a better communicator as well as a better team-player, personal traits many employers are looking for right now. Reading fiction also boosts your vocabulary, reasoning skills and language comprehension.
    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/14/6-novels-that-changed-how-elon-musk-jeff-bezos-and-mark-cuban.html

    So, exactly what books are these people reading?

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    Not I; this is a title I am unfamiliar with.
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    I have heard of it, of course. Never read it.

    Are the authors of this article including Oprah in this survey?

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    Exceptional. Brilliant. Should end forever any debate on the outcome of a male-dominated, violent society -- it is a bad idea.
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    How old is this book? Isn't it rather modern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    I have heard of it, of course. Never read it.

    Are the authors of this article including Oprah in this survey?
    The answer is 42. I never travel without my towel.
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    I never even heard of this book. Looks good, though.

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    Yes, read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    So, what exactly does being a billionaire mean, with regard to why anyone should care what they are or are not reading, compared to one's next door neighbor.....

    Just curious Madeline. My only thought being, I see these sorts of things all the time, yet billionaires, just as millionaires, middle class and poor people, come in all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and motivations, but they all share one thing.....they are human beings.

    My first thought in reading your OP title was.......Bernie Madoff was a billionaire, Donald Trump is a billionaire.........so are Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.......While they all might have (or had) billions...and some seem to share some traits, while others do not, I don't know if their reading choices signals something specific to their being billionaires.

    Again, just curious and commenting, not criticizing you, if I might be being critical of what sometimes seems a proliferation of "association" things........Trump, it is said.....is not much of a reader, if a reader, at all, aside from news feeds and his own tweets and that which we all need to do to run a household.

    It is interesting to contemplate......does the reading make the reader or the reader choose the reading.....based on who the reader, already is, billionaire or not? I don't know...


    If you have not already read the following, you might find some of them interesting....










    None are super recent, but all represent situations that require one to think and put one's self in the position of others, perhaps the main spark for empathy and consideration of others, discovered from reading, if not innate in one's soul
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    Is this a billionaire-only bookstore? Does it have a golden toilet?

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