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Here are the top articles and books I’ve read this past year. Enjoy and happy holidays!
- The Million Dollar Question (Sebastian Marshall) — If there’s one article you read today, make it this one. It will make you rethink how you live your life tomorrow. One of my favorite articles to date.
- Why Self-Help Guru James Altucher Only Owns 15 Things (New York Times) — After writing 16 books, running his podcasts that attract 2 million hits a month, investing in 30+ companies, and building multi million dollar businesses, James Altucher chooses to live the minimalistic life and get rid of almost all items, including his home. Read the article to find out why and how Altucher lives this lifestyle.
- Do You Take Yourself Too Seriously? (Medium) — “When is the last time you had an opinion but didn’t share it with anyone because you didn’t think anyone would care? When is the last time you got really excited about an idea you had but then never pursued it because you decided it wasn’t good enough? When is the last time you started to make something but gave up before you finished because you didn’t think anyone would like it?” If you’re a creative, read this.
- Transition Periods Are Tough (Medium) — I’ve been going through some major transitions in my life and this post hit home. It dives in on the mindset you should have on your transition and the more your life changes, the better you can be with these transitions.
- The Risk Not Taken (Medium) — Andy Dunn shares his story on his huge decision turning down lucrative job positions and starting Bonobos. Dun was $150,000 in debt for the first three years of his venture but this was something he had to do.
- The Top Idea In Your Mind (Paul Graham) — What are you thinking about in your shower? That’s the top idea in your mind. If you’re not working on what you’re constantly thinking about, you may want to change something in your life.
- Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn? (Both Sides Of The Table) — When you’re young, you should optimize your time for learning. Don’t worry (too much) about the money, focus on being in a position where you can learn the most from people you admire.
- The Day You Became a Better Writer (Scott Adams) — The shortest article that will teach you the most about being a better writer. Must read piece by the creator of Dilbert, Scott Adams
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson — A hilarious read on navigating life to the way you want to live it. Manson talks about how we only have a limited amount of fucks to give in life. When you spend your fucks on trivial things that don’t matter like your ex girlfriends’ photos, slow wifi, or missing out on a sale…chances are, you don’t have much going on in your life to give a legitimate f*ck about. And that’s your real problem.
- Eleven Rings: The Souls of Success by Phil Jackson — Phil Jackson is one of the NBA’s most legendary coaches, winning six championships with the Chicago Bulls and five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. As a huge fan for the game, this book gave me the insight on what coaches have to taje action on to foster a championship team. I learned how Jackson did many unorthodox things to increase team chemistry like making all his players medidate together and letting his players play on even when the other team is on a run (scoring a lot of baskets fast). What I really admired is how Jackson coached Michael Jordan, the greatest player in the world, to embrace being selfless. And the many stories of taming the rebellious teenager Kobe Bryant and morphing him into a mature leader. Even if you’re not a fan of basketball, this book is disguised to teach about leadership, vision, and building relationships.
- The Art Of Learning: An Inner Journey To Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin — This quickly became one of my favorite books with Waitzkin’s brilliant storytelling and memorable experiences. Waitzkin knows what it means to be at the top of his game, winning his first National Chess Championship at the age of nine, and later earning the title of World Champion in the martial art, Tai Chi Chuan. “I’ve come to realize that what I am best at is not Tai Chi, and it is not chess,” he says. “What I am best at is the art of learning.”