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The Revel Reading List for Homebound Entrepreneurs
May 7, 2020 at 6:15 PM
by Chris Young

5 Must-Reads for Founders and Entrepreneurs During the COVID-19 Isolation

While some states are now just starting to reopen most of us are still officially in some form of quarantine or self-isolation. As busy as many of us still are — or, at least, try to be — it looks as if we are going to have more free time than usual on our hands for the foreseeable future. It’s really a question of putting that free time to good use. As a founder or entrepreneur, there is always something else out there to help you increase your knowledge or give you a fresh perspective on how to approach your life and business. So, if you want to stay motivated, enrich your business knowledge, or simply get your mind elsewhere and away from the onslaught of coronavirus news, stop watching the Tiger King for the third time and dig into these 5 books that the team at Revel recommend.


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck (Recommended by Gayle Myers)

With our world transforming seemingly every few days it pays to have a flexible mindset. This book helps unpack why — perhaps, now more than ever — adopting the right mindset is vital to success. Stanford University psychologist Dr Carol S. Dweck shows how achievement in business, work, sports, the arts and almost every other area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. It demonstrates how people with a fixed mindset are less likely to succeed whereas those with a growth mindset tend to flourish. Guy Kawasaki, the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, said, “If you manage people or are a parent (which is a form of managing people), drop everything and read Mindset.” It’s a great book for the times we live in and will help entrepreneurs tremendously as they navigate the new normal and attempt to lead their companies forward.


King of Oil By Daniel Ammann (Recommended by Thomas Falk)

At Revel, we are always looking for ways to use big data and advanced technologies to create new marketplaces. Diving into how billionaire oil trader Marc Rich invented the spot oil market and changed the world economy is the perfect illustration of not only the pure potential of new marketplaces but also why we love companies that are trying to create new ones! It doesn’t hurt that this book is also a fascinating page-turner. It reads like a thriller as it touches upon his private life, his dealings with Ayatollah Khomeini, Fidel Castro, war-ravaged Angola and apartheid South Africa. His behind-the-scenes cooperation with Israeli and the U.S.- despite being indicted for tax fraud and the subject of multiple attempted kidnappings by the U.S. government — is also fascinating.

The Library Journal calls it a “cross between a rags-to-riches saga and a cloak-and-dagger thriller, but also an excellent and timely primer on the world of commodities trading within a global economy.” This portrait of one of the most successful and controversial commodities traders in recent history comes highly recommended and is the perfect antidote to quarantine induced boredom.