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Educational Summer Reading for College Students

Add more books to your summer reading list. For the college student in your life, maybe your son, daughter, niece or nephew, here are a few educational and entertaining reads to keep their minds working during the last remaining days of summer:

Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers: The Story of Success

Gladwell’s writing style is entertaining and educational, proving he is incredibly adept at anecdotal story telling.  He explores the elements that contribute to a person’s success by examining external factors instead of internal factors.  From Bill Gates to the Beatles, Gladwell’s unique perspective on what leads to success makes for a great read. It will make you think, “Hmm…interesting!”

Daniel H. Pink – To Sell Is Human

Pink argues, like it or not, we are all in sales.  Whether making a sales pitch or persuading others in our day to day lives, we are all selling. His book illustrates that successful sales tactics are both an art and a science. I strongly recommend this book to those who are in sales or like the idea of selling, but don’t feel that the skillset comes naturally. Pink logically and plausibly proves that there’s no such thing as “naturals”. We all are capable of learning to sell effectively and comfortably, within our personal value system.  A #1 New York Times Business bestseller, this book is a quick read that could change your outlook on selling. 

John M. Capozzi – Why Climb the Corporate Ladder When You Can Take the Elevator?

As a follow-up read for “To Sell Is Human,” John Capozzi’s book is filled with quirky anecdotes from his career in business.  A book written by a man who clearly can sell, you’ll get a laugh or two out of this one. It sounds like common sense but you would be surprised by how many valuable truths you can squeeze out of this book. I’ve passed this book along to many of my friends and colleagues. It’s appropriate for all ages and I say read it sooner rather than later.

To all you grads and college students out there; find some time to pick up any or all three of these books and start reading. They are all quick and entertaining reads before the summer ends.


Here at Wealth Legacy Institute, we encourage education and lifelong learning. What books would you add to this list? 

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