The Psychology of Money

This book is really, really good and also I feel timely. It talks about how one of the most important components of money growth is not betting the farm and simply staying in the game. It talks about how what got you money in risk taking and stuff is not at all what is going to keep you having money.

The Paradox of Choice

I like the paradox of choice because I realize I’m pretty crappy at making decisions. I put too many things on the table and basically just procrastinate. The most meaningful takeaways for me around that were the idea of picking the two best options to choose from and the importance of being a satisficer versus a maximizer.

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

One of my all time favorite books was about Teddy Roosevelt and his adventures. In many ways, this book reminds me of the adventures of Teddy. A great book on leadership and what you are capable of when push comes to shove (also makes me want to get out of my comfort zone).

Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life

Reading this book about mimetic desire is an interesting take on why we want the things we want. It’s mostly due to models and seeing other people want them. A lot of the time we are okay with having models like Teddy Roosevelt or Obama or something but just as much of an influence is the people in our daily lives who we don’t really want to admit that we model but do so silently.

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The Happiest Man on Earth

A book that will help you gain perspective and encourage you to see the world in a brighter light.

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How Will You Measure Your Life?

One takeaway for me from this book was how author talks about a common mistake people make in regard to relationships. Most people make the mistake of focusing too late on relationships that should be the most meaningful for them. Instead, people often put relationships with their kids or spouse on autopilot. They think they can wait until the kids go to school or grow up, but data shows in the first 2.5 years of a kids life is some of the greatest opportunity to help them get ahead cognitively.

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Are You Fully Charged?

I love this quote from the author of this book. “Meaning does not happen to you — you create it. One of the most important elements of building a great career and life is attaching what you do each day to a broader mission. Until you understand how your efforts contribute to the world, you are simply going through the motions each day.”

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