About 15 months ago while on a work assignment I picked up Simon Sinek’s book “Start with Why”. I had watched Mr. Sinek’s TED talk and referenced him during our annual refresher training. At the time I remember being quite in love with my job and having a fierce ambition to succeed as a leader, so I finished “Start with Why” and began a deep dive into other leadership texts. That led me to an introspective phase where I dove deep into who I am and why I am the way I am. So…personal development books took over.
Over the course of winter 2017-18 I fell (definitely) OUT of love with my job. Introspection led to near-misanthropy and the amount of time I spent reading diminished. That unhappy phase lasted until June 2018 and ended with a spiritual haymaker.
I was reinvigorated, not with my job and being a leader but just simply finding joy and fun in life (kinda why I started this blog in the first place, to keep me motivated to do the things I find fun and stir my soul rather than punch a clock and go comatose as soon as the kids go to bed). I started practicing speed reading a la Tim Ferriss’ method and I am curating a reading list that spans as many topics as I can discover.
Here is a shot of what I have read in the past 15 months:
Some of these titles are absolutely outstanding. Some I was not ready for, others I couldn’t comprehend (“A Brief History of Time” or “How Proust Can Change Your Life” to name two). I like looking back on them all and remembering where I was geographically (I travel a lot for work) and mentally/emotionally. Sadly, I had to pull them all out of their boxes in the garage to take the photo but holding them all again and reminiscing, I think I’m going to find a place for my beloved library to live in our new house.
Anyway, if you happen upon this blog read this far and would like to banter about any of the titles I WOULD LOVE THAT!