Doing holiday reading???

Until I had kids, I didn’t do much reading since I was a kid. It’s a terrific habit though.

Now, I tell my kids, reading is THE #1 thing they can do. It also doesn’t matter what type of books they read, genres are unlimited! Just read SOMETHING!

I’ve gravitated toward emotionally powerful books, stories can be a great motivator and inspiration. I understand it’s an echo chamber. I also enjoy learning new things to question bias and beliefs, so do read to other type of books.

Some from 2023:

  • The Resilience Project: The philosophy that, in order to live a happier more fulfilling life, we need to regularly practice Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. GEM. Simple. Tissues ready! Read this maybe 8 times now.
  • Zero Negativity: Similar to how I’ve used mistakes in my past to create my future. If someone’s not lifting you up, they’re bringing you down. Move on.
  • The Infinite Game: There is no winner of life, right? So how do we work together toward achieving all our goals together?
  • Talking to Strangers: We truly have no idea at all about other people. We each have different experiences and perspectives. How can we think about this?
  • The Power Of Regret: I connect with this book because I have done so many bad things in my life but try to use them to make better decisions.
  • Give and Take: Is it more beneficial to be a “giver, a taker or a matcher” when it comes to our relationships and our work? (I try to behave in a giving way).
  • The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A summary of Naval’s tweets and lessons about long term happiness and a good life. Lots of awesome little insights and quotes.
  • Option B: Get the tissues out. Dealing with terrible tragedy, can there be post-traumatic growth? If our Option A is no longer available, Option B itis.
  • Willful blindness: Doesn’t matter how smart we are, or we think we are, our minds will intentionally ignore important information without intent or notice.
  • The Happiest Man On Earth (thanks Cath!): If we think we have a hard time, think again. Takeaway – make the most of what we have, where we are, when we have it.

Did you notice none of these books are related to Finance?