It’s not often that we do book reviews but there are definitely a number of them devoted to business and tech. Our Let’s Go Invent Tomorrow review takes a look at a book filled with an entire year’s worth of quotes from some of the world’s most successful business leaders.
We actually reviewed another book in the In Their Own Words series earlier this year, Rocket Man: Elon Musk In His Own Words, and found it pretty full of insight and quotes from Elon Musk himself. Let’s Go Invent Tomorrow takes it one step further and is a curated collection of 365 “thought-provoking and inspiring” quotes from that and other books in the series. In fact, the title of the book is taken from a Steve Jobs quote:
“Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.”
—Steve Jobs, D5 Conference, 2007
Given the nature of the book, it’s definitely a very easy read with its quote-a-day/page-per-day format. The pages aren’t dated at all so you can, of course, feel free to start on day one at your leisure. Even though Let’s Go Invent Tomorrow includes 365 “daily” quotes from the likes of Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Ma, and more, it’s pretty easy to get sucked in and read and digest 30 or 40 different quotes at once.
Some example, and noteworthy quotes from entrepreneurs who helm, or have helmed, companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Tesla, Alibaba, and more include:
“It’s not about the money, it’s about the dreams. It’s not only about the technology that will change the world. It’s about the dreams you believe that change the world.”
—Jack Ma, Economic Club of New York, 2015
“As you get older, your obligations change. And once you have a family, you start taking risks not just for yourself but for your family as well. It gets much harder to do things that might not work out. So now is the time to do that—before you have those obligations. I would encourage you to take risks now; do something bold. You won’t regret it.”
—Elon Musk, commencement address at the University of Southern California, 2014
“I think at some point it is appropriate to stand up for your principles, and if more companies, governments, [and] individuals did that, I do think the world would be a better place.”
—Sergey Brin, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, 2010
“We tell people that if no one laughs at at least one of their ideas, they’re probably not being creative enough.”
—Bill Gates, New York Times, 1996
“Your best investment is yourself. There is nothing that compares to it.”
—Warren Buffet, Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine, 2003
“Our goal is never to build something cool; it’s to build something useful. Something that’s cool is not going to be around for a long time. Something that’s useful is around for a very long time potentially, if it continues to be useful.”
—Mark Zuckerberg, Computer History Museum, 2010
“I am not the most talented person. My appearance, abilities, and education are far from society’s best. But I understand human nature. You must control the negative and build up the positive to attain success. I try to do this through team spirit and shared missions.”
—Jack Ma, dialogue with Kazuo Inamori, 2008
As you can see from just the few quotes above, there are not only some fantastic business insight but also some life lessons to learn as well from some of the top business and tech leaders over the past couple of decades.
With the holiday season fast approaching, Let’s Go Invent Tomorrow is definitely a gift-worthy collection of quotes for the business leader, entrepreneur, or future leader on your shopping lists. With an MSRP of $19.99 USD for the hardcover version, the book is currently on sale for just over $15 on Amazon for the hardcover version and $11.14 for a Kindle eBook version.
Quotes Reprinted with permission from Let’s Go Invent Tomorrow edited by Jessica Easto, B2 Books, 2017.
Last Updated on November 3, 2017.