A question I often like to ask myself is:
How did I get here?
This is the growing list of influences that led to this moment…
In no particular order, here are some of the books I’m either reading or have read.
- Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
- Bhagavad Gita by H.D. Goswami
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Edwin Bryant
- Zero to One by Blake Masters and Peter Thiel
- A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs by Tren Griffin
- Anthem by Ayn Rand
- make it stick, The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel
- The Tell-Tale Brain by V.S. Ramachandran
- An Anthropologist On Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales by Oliver Sacks
- Howard’s Gift by Eric Sinoway
- The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
- Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
- Rebirth by Kamal Ravikant
- Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It by Kamal Ravikant
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida
- Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harrari
- The Wisdom of Life by Arthur Schopenhauer
- High Output Management by Andy Grove
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- Antifragile by Nicholas Nassim Taleb
- Skin in the Game by Nicholas Nassim Taleb
- The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley
- The Elephant in the Brain by Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson
- Sweating Bullets by Robert Gaskins
- The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
- Charlie Munger, The Complete Investor by Tren Griffin
- The Essays of Warren Buffet by Lawrence A. Cunningham
- The Mythical Man Month by Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.
- The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steven Blank
- From Impossible to Inevitable by Aaron Ross and Jason Lemkin
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
- The Venture Hacks Bible
- Pioneering Portfolio Management by David F. Swensen
- The One Device by Brian Merchant
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- The Wisdom of Finance by Mihir A. Desai
- Do The Work by Steven Pressfield
- A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley, Ph. D.
- Draft No. 4 by John McPhee
- Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan
Reading lists I reference:
- Patrick Collison
- Patrick O’ Shaughnessy
- Jack Dorsey
- Naval Ravikant
- Keith Rabois
- Mine Safety Disclosures
Why I read
One of my favorite quotes is, “If I have seen farther than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” by Sir Issac Newton.
Books allow me to stand “on the shoulders of giants.”
How I read
I learned to love reading once I found what I enjoy reading.
My goal is not to finish a book, it is to simply read.
I’ve also learned that some books should be blog posts and that some blog posts should be tweets.
Instead of dreading the act of reading a particular book, I simply pick up the next.
The following blogs produce the highest quality content consistently.
Some of the articles on these blogs should be books.
- Farnam Street
- Investor’s Field Guide
- Collaborative Fund
- Wait But Why
- Melting Asphalt
- Mine Safety Disclosures
The following podcasts produce the highest quality content consistently.
I learn best by listening, connecting ideas, then teaching.
- The Knowledge Project – Farnam Street
- Invest Like the Best – Patrick O’ Shaughnessy
- The Tim Ferriss Show – Tim Ferriss
I don’t believe in ‘mentors’ or ‘looking up to someone.’ Everyone is a peer.
Here are some people I learn a lot from:
Questions I like to ask myself
I ask myself these questions to recalibrate in times of high or low emotion.
- “If I love myself truly and deeply, would I let myself experience this?” – From Love Yourself by Kamal Ravikant
- Will I care about this tomorrow? in 5 years? in 10 years?
- What am I not seeing? Why can’t I see it?
Note to self
The guiding principles for a better version of myself.
- Happiness is the moment when you feel nothing is missing.
- Creating this moment is a choice you have in every moment.
- Be present.
- Life is a single player game.
- Fulfillment comes from doing the things I love with people I’d work with for the rest of my life.
- Communication is hard.
- Do things with less emotion.
- Independent thinking starts with independent learning.
- Being busy isn’t the same as being productive.
- All conflict is internal conflict.
- Be grateful.
“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his commitment to excellence regardless of what he is doing and leaves it to others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
These videos impacted me.
The first Gary Vee video I ever saw.
A reminder to think for myself.
Not doing what I ‘love,’ with the people I’d work with for the rest of my life, is the equivalent of not breathing.
Just do it.