I just graduated! Which means, I get some time off for relaxation before the real world begins. Since time is the most valuable resource you have, there is no better time to relax in Bali (or a travel destination of your choice) and read some business books that are easy to read.
1. How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
Recommended by Bill Gates, I enjoyed this book since it's an easy read. We are often fooled by statistics, and this book tells us how statisticians could easily fool people by "cherry-picking" samples, averages, and graphs. In this world where data is king, having a knowledge of which data is significant to our use could be the difference between success and failure. Also, it helps that it has cute graphics!
2. Business Adventures by John Brooks
12 short stories from Wall Street's beloved writer, which is an absolutely phenomenal read. I first caught this book from Warren Buffett's list of recommended books, and ended up reading this on a 27-hour plane ride from JFK to Jakarta. I really enjoyed the chapter about the Ford car, as it tells us the folly of having too many people involved in a project. If you enjoy anecdotes, you'll enjoy this book!
3. What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 by Tina Seelig
Short read, but incredibly insightful. Tina Seelig teaches creativity and innovation at Stanford, and in this book, she tells us many things from career, entrepreneurship, risk-taking, and creativity. Spoiler alert: the biggest takeaway is to be brave and pursue things you are passionate about. I love how Tina backs it up with studies from the fields of psychology and sociology, in comparison to many other self-help books that only focuses on the advice portion.
4. Barbarians At The Gate by John Helyar and Bryan Burrough
An awesome, exciting introduction to the world of private equity, peppered with crazy characters. The book feels like an episode of Suits meet Mad Men, only it tells about the tale of the takeover of RJR Nabisco by KKR. If you love corporate politics and strategic thinking, this is the book for you.
5. A Short History of Financial Euphoria by John Kenneth Galbraith
We all know about financial bubbles: the tulip, the dotcom, the residential property and whatnots. But do we really know what patterns to look for to see if something is in a bubble? The famed economist, Galbraith, dissects the recent crises in an easy manner to understand.