Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Author: Simon Sinek

"START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY." -




Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Author: Robert K. Massie

"The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars, and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution. Catherine’s family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers, and enemies—all are here, vividly brought to life. History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great. In this book, an eternally fascinating woman is returned to life."




Four Seasons                                                     

Author: Isadore Sharp

Tells the memoir of a Canadian child of Polish immigrants

who envisioned and created the Four Seasons hotel chain,

a world leader in luxury and comfort.




The Wisdom of Finance

Author: Mihir A. Desai

"Entertaining and informative.  Desai takes us on a journey through

the fundamentals of finance, from asset pricing and risk management,

via options, mergers, debt, and bankruptcy."

- John Lanchester, The New Yorker




Beyond Wealth: a road map to a rich life

Author: Alexander Green

From New York Times bestselling author Alexander Green,

Beyond Wealth, provides insightful guidance and wisdom on

how to achieve maximum success in both your career and personal life.





Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives--How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do 

Author(s): Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler

Christakis and Fowler delve into social networks

and how they operate.  Predominantly, how they influence

our tastes, wealth, happiness etc...




Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

"Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century – from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus."



Homo Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

"In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical -- and sometimes devastating -- breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?" -





Capital will always go where it's welcome and stay where it's well-treated...

Capital is not just money.  It's also talent and ideas.

They, too, will go where they're welcome

and stay where they are well-treated.

-Walter Wriston, American banker

(Wriston was the J.P. Morgan of his day, overseeing a global financial empire 

as chairman and CEO of Citicorp.)




"To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty;

To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch

or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

That is to have succeeded."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson




"Wherever you go, go with all your heart"





"The height of your accomplishments will equal

the depth of your convictions"

-William F. Scolavino




"Success usually comes to those

who are too busy looking for it"

-Rob Pike




"We are continually faced with a 

a series of great opportunities

brilliantly disguised as insoluble


-John W. Gardner




"Do not go where the path may lead; go

instead where there is no path and

leave a trail"

-Ralph Waldo Emerson



"Imagination is the beginning of creation.  You

imagine what you desire, you will what you 

imagine, and at last, you create what you will"

-George Bernard Shaw




"The person who reads too much and uses his

brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking"

-Albert Einstein




"Nothing is predestined.  The obstacles

of your past can become the gateways

that lead to new beginnings"

-Ralph Blum



“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation

with the bricks others have thrown at him.”

-David Brinkley