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CZ’s 10-Book Reading List for the Holidays

Even blockchain BUIDLers and crypto traders need to take a break once in a while. In this blog, CZ reveals some of the books in his reading list, and why you should read them too. 

The holiday season is fast approaching. As the end of the year approaches, a lot of people are going to be off to vacation soon. This is a chance for everyone to take a rest. Even people who work in blockchain and trade in crypto need a day or two to relax or at least pretend to do so.

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But regardless of what you plan to do (or not do) during the holiday season, it’s always a good idea to read a book. A lot of people in the Binance team, including Binance CEO CZ (Changpeng Zhao), are avid book consumers. Some take the time to read a dozen pages at a time, while others, like CZ, go for audiobooks to absorb knowledge while on the go or in a hectic work schedule.

We’ve asked CZ about what books he can recommend to everyone. Here’s his list of books you might want to consider to pick up and read (or listen to) during the holiday season.

1. Blitzscaling by Reid Hoffman. "In addition to discussing scaling and growing in great detail, this book goes into detail on how organizations of different sizes work, as well as some of the implications when teams grow to different sizes. This has been very helpful to Binance as we chart our growth as an organization. It’s a fairly up-to-date book, which even talks about recent topics like cryptocurrencies."

2. Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore. "In the context of Binance and many other blockchain or high-tech companies, there’s an ongoing challenge to market our products and services in a way that the general public will care about it. This book has helped me hone my message with regard to talking about Binance to the world."

3. Team Topologies by Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais. "I think this is a must-read for team players, team leaders, and aspiring leaders. This book, which provides tips on “organizing business and technology for fast flow,” can help you understand what you need to do to progress your career and company."

4. The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni. "The book’s subtitle (and focus) is 'why organizational health trumps everything else in business.' I agree with the book’s assertion that the competitive advantage of successful companies lies more on how healthy and well a company’s organization behaves and operates."

5. The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle. "At Binance, we constantly strive to build a great culture, so that we are more motivated to deliver better services to everyone. There are lessons that we constantly draw from this book’s case studies of admirable organizations."

6. Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock. "This book talks about work-related insights derived from the author’s time at Google. No matter what your opinion is about Google, there are lessons in this book that are good to know, especially at Binance as we also release product after product at a fast pace."

7. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. "While I read a lot of work-related books, I also draw inspiration from books like this, which gives me a greater perspective about how humans emerged and why we behave the way we do."

8. The Law by Frédéric Bastiat. "This short (only 60+ pages) but timeless book by French essayist Bastiat is pretty advanced for its time, and it aligns with a lot of my personal philosophy."

9. Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt. "More than 60 years have passed since this book was first published, but there are few books that better encapsulate the inner workings of economics than this one. If you want to account for more modern economic trends, you can opt for the anniversary editions that add some new material."

10. Fallen Dragon by Peter Hamilton. "Every once in a while, I enjoy science fiction novels like this one.  Fallen Dragon is about someone who sought out a treasure and ended up finding something more significant, as well as a variety of characters with compelling quests as well. I wouldn’t divulge too much, as I want you to enjoy the journey yourself."

How about you, what books do you recommend for a holiday reading list? Let us know on Twitter and tag @Binance and @cz_binance