Vladimir Prelovac is the CEO of Devana Technologies, an entrepreneur and product strategists. We are happy to share his suggested reading list.
Why reading rocks: I believe that having the opportunity to learn from one’s entire career or life’s worth of experience condensed into couple of hundred of pages must be the best value you can get on this planet.
Reading tip: My favorite time for reading books is while on the airplane, disconnected from the Internet and other distractions. Public transport is also a great time to read.
1. “Rich dad poor dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
This is arguably the most influential book I’ve ever read. The basic premise is simple: learn to differentiate assets from liabilities, active from passive income.
This book easily changed the path of my life, and probably made me the entrepreneur I am today.
2. “The Billionaire Who Wasn’t” by Conrad O’Clery
This is an amazing story of how one of the world’s first billionaires came to be (hint: relentlessly taking opportunities). When you compare this to Richard Branson’s success story in “Loosing my virginity”you will see a matching pattern.
This book also introduced me to the world of philanthropy.
3. “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh
Describes the making of the company to be one of the quickest to ever reach billion dollar in revenue.
This is the book on customer service.
4. “Made in America” by Sam Walton
What did it take to build the biggest retail business in the world. Amazing journey by Walmart’s founder.
What is interesting to see is what happened to Walmart today, when the successors strayed away from Sam Walton’s path.
5. “A Business and Its Beliefs” by Thomas Watson Jr.
How IBM was build on three basic principles: respect for all employees, exceptional service for all customers, and the pursuit of perfection at every level.
Written in 1963, it is a timeless piece.