You shouldn’t treat reading books like a sport.
Saying you read 100 books in a year doesn’t mean anything.
Saying you learned something that gave you a crucial insight, altered the way you think about the world, or made you better at your business or profession means everything.
I read because there’s a lot to know. Once you get into the habit of reading you’ll realize you’ll never learn everything you want to learn or read everything you want to read.
The point of reading — for me at least — is to absorb the energy of the authors and use it to make my life better.
I found reading at a point where my life wasn’t going well. In either a direct or indirect way, books helped lift me out of depression and laziness, gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams, and helped me reach more people with my work.
Out of all the books I’ve read, these are the ones that stuck with me or benefited my life most. If you have any recommendations please send them my way, because I believe in buying any book worth buying.
Antifragile by Nicholas Nassim Taleb
Top lesson learned: Set your life up in a way that benefits from the world’s ever-changing nature, instead of trying to fit an imperfect world into your cookie-cutter of belief.
“The irony of the process of thought control: the more energy you put into trying to control your ideas and what you think about, the more your ideas end up controlling you.”
Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Charlie Munger & edited by Peter Kauffman
Top lesson learned: Learn your way to the top. You can overcompensate for being less talented than others by becoming a learning machine. Learn from multiple disciplines to avoid “domain dependence,” which is the inability to recognize the way different disciplines are woven into one another, e.g.,sexual relationships and economics.
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