Read to go beyond trivia. Read the great books because the wisdom from the great books was hard fought. Read so that you can embody the lessons not by memorization but though action.
These are my most read books of 2019.
Viktor Frankl survived three concentration camps. What he brought out of that experience is a gift to us: A book that will change the way you think about what the meaning of your life is.
The Dip – Seth Godin (Twice)
What should you do when you’re in a slump? What should you do when you’re putting in the hours but not getting the results? More importantly, how can you tell if you’re putting the hours into the right places?
You read The Dip.
Are there obstacles in your life? Good. Obstacles are proof that you’re alive. Are there obstacles in the way of your goals? Good. Obstacles mean your work is worth doing. This book is a guide for living in a world where obstacles will face us no matter how much we improve in any area of our lives.
Meditations – Marcus Aurelius (Twice)
I started reading from the beginning again immediately after reading the final page.
Requests, demands, betrayal, threats. Chaos surrounded the life of this Roman emperor. His escape? Writing. Marcus Aurelius wrote reminders for himself – often taken from other thinkers that influenced him – of how not to behave and how not to react.
This could not have been easy writing for the emperor. Because it’s difficult to set ourselves down, to carve out time for thinking. Real thinking. Not thinking about philosophical theories or if we’re living in a simulation. But thinking as a tool of probing ourselves. Thinking to better understand why it is that we react the way we do.
This self-probing way of thinking is the practice that Marcus Aurelius disciplined himself to each night. Amidst the chaos of his busy life, he found the time to reflect and question himself. Amidst the chaos of our lives (a chaos far less chaotic than his), we too can find the time for this self-probing. It isn’t easy, but what isn’t easy is often worth doing.
Books that I read once in 2019, but would read again:
Linchpin– Seth Godin
The War Of Art – Steven Pressfield
Ego Is The Enemy – Ryan Holiday