SIX BOOKS ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS
A presentation by Praveen
1. GIVE AND TAKE | ADAM GRANT
For those who have heart the phrase “assholes finish
first”, Give and Take might just convince you otherwise.
The author proposes that there are three different
kinds of individuals in the world: Givers, Takers and
Matchers. Through various studies, stories and research,
he presents evidence that suggests givers are neither
the most or least successful individuals in the world. In
fact, givers happen to be both, it all depends on what
type of giver an individual is.
Learn to be a giver the right way, and you might begin
to find that not only yourself but those around you
become more successful.
2. THE DEFINING DECADE| MEG JAY
Ever wondered where you are heading in life? Ever
been sitting in your dorm and thought “I have the rest
of my life to get my life in order?”
According to Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist
specializing in twenty-something’s, you may be
underestimating the most important 10 years of your
life. Furthermore, the twenties are not only pivotal
decade of a person’s life, but claiming your 20’s “is
one of the simplest, yet most transformative, things you
can do for work, for love, for your happiness, maybe
even for the world”
3. THE GO-GETTER | PETER B. KYNE
Have you ever wondered what a go-getter really is?
We have all heard the phrase, but what does a go-
getter actually look like?
In less than 50 pages, this easy read tells you of a story
of a young war veteran that is faced with an
opportunity to become successful, but not without a
This book was first published back in 1921, it is
anything but dated and its lessons teach you how to get
a little extra hop in your step.
4. THE PROMISE OF A PENCIL | ADAM BRAUN
Have you ever considered starting your own non-profit?
Or at least working for one?
Adam tells the story of how he went to Brown University
(as a triple major AND a member of the basketball
team, no big deal) graduating magna cum laude and
subsequently obtained a job at Bain & Company as a
Consultant. Despite his bright future in the for-profit
world, I Semester at Sea and other international
encounters ultimately provoked him to quit his job and
start the non-profit.
5. START WITH WHY| SIMON SINEK
Why some companies have good relationships with
customers while others suffer? Why some wonderful
products receive a cult-like adoption while others do
Reading this book, one will realize that it is not what an
individual or company does that matters but WHY they
do it that makes the real difference. Simon presents
wonderful examples of this principle in action, examples
that made me subsequently begin to question whether
or not my life and organizations start by asking why.
6. GOOD TO GREAT| JIM COLLINS
A classic and a cornerstone book to many. Jim Collins
ignites your passion for business.
It is not easy to create a good organization, but even
harder to create a great one. This book helps you
understand what to look for in an organization as you
being your job search.