Celebrity picks: Simon Sinek's favorite reads of 2019

Adrian Liang on May 01, 2019
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Simon Sinek’s Start with Why has helped thousands of readers to tap into their personal motivations and live a more rewarding life since the book hit shelves in 2009.

Sinek’s own passion for encouraging others led him to recently launch his own publishing imprint named Optimism Press. “The optimists and authors come from all walks of life with all kinds of ideas. The one thing they all have in common is that their ideas can help us advance the greater good — to build a world in which people feel inspired, safe and fulfilled,” says Optimism Press about its publishing goals.

A busy guy, Sinek also published this fall The Infinite Game, his manifesto about how we need to develop an infinite mindset, instead of concentrating on short-term payoffs, to build true success.

We asked Simon Sinek what he’d been reading and loving lately, and here are his picks.


Simon Sinek’s favorite reads of 2019


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Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse

This book challenged me to see the world completely differently and inspired me to pursue what it means to have an infinite mindset.


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Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper

I love words and the English language. I love finding out where words come from and, in this case, why the dictionary is the way it is.


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Trust First: A True Story About the Power of Giving People Second Chances by Bruce Deel

When I first met Bruce Deel I was blown away by his story. He is one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met and it was an honor to be able to publish his book so that other people could enjoy his story as much as I did.


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How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in Your Home and Heart by Summer Rayne Oakes

Inspiration exists in unlikely places. Like with Bruce Deel, it was an honor to publish Summer’s book. Who knew that by learning how to take care of plants better, we could learn to take care of each other better?


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Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow
David Baldacci
David Baldacci
Mark Bittman
Mark Bittman
Karamo Brown
Karamo Brown

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Eva Chen
Eva Chen
Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco
Ree Drummond
Ree Drummond

Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich
Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
Flea
Flea
Tan France
Tan France

Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert
Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler
Rachel Hollis
Rachel Hollis
Bob Iger
Robert Iger

Elton John
Elton John
Stephen King
Stephen King
Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney
Hoda Kotb
Hoda Kotb

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber
Admiral McRaven
Admiral McRaven
Erin Morgenstern
Erin Morgenstern
Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o

Delia Owens
Delia Owens
James Patterson
James Patterson
Louise Penny
Louise Penny
Dav Pilkey
Dav Pilkey

Antoni Porowski
Antoni Porowski
Rachel Ray
Rachael Ray
Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds
Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan

Adam Rippon
Adam Rippon
Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
Drew Scott
Drew Scott
Jonathan Scott
Jonathan Scott

Ryan Serhant
Ryan Serhant
Carly Simon
Carly Simon
Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek
Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem

John Waters
John Waters
Lindy West
Lindy West
Ali Wong
Ali Wong


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