The end of the year is upon us, which means it will soon be time for new year’s resolutions. Between your fitness, family and financial goals, take some time to review your personal book list. The average person reads approximately 4 books a year, but I think we both know you can beat that stat to a pulp. So aim for at least six. Here are my personal favorites from 2018, which you should include in your book list for 2019.
The War of Art
The majority know Steven Pressfield as the guy who writes awesome history books. But the one that created a cult around him is his short guide on how to work as a creative. He introduces concepts that is not normally associated with creativity and artist, like the resistance, discipline and grind. Page 142 is my personal favorite and I have ripped it out and framed it in my room to read whenever I can.
The Four by Scott Galloway didn’t make too much of an impression on me as I was reading it. But in the aftermath of it, I find myself mysteriously coming back to this book. It has great lessons from the best in class companies (even though he tries to paint a picture of evil on them).
When you first enter the office space as a young aspiring white collar worker, you are puzzled by the many meetings, abbreviations and customs of the peculiar world of business. But soon you find yourself adapt to them, and maybe you even comfort in the habits and traditions. Reworks blows this comfort out of the water with a canon and question everything you didn’t know you had come accustomed to.
The Richest Man in Babylon
Personal Finance is not the most exciting topic. But what if you put it into a compelling narrative, that will simultaneously teach you how to save and become financially independent. This book actually started series of separate informational pamphlets distributed by banks and insurance companies to customers. They became so popular that they were later made into a book.
Ego is the Enemy
Not a lot of fiction on this list, I am aware. I prefer to read books that gives me tools to grow, and this book was one that had a great impact on me. Ego is the Enemy is by young philosopher and former VP of marketing from American Apparel, Ryan Holiday. The subject is stoic philosophy and it’s practice in modern day, filled with examples of great people who have shown character. Great book.
How to die
Or rather, how to die well. Again, this is a stoic philosophy reflecting on Seneca’s opinion on death. He wrote many letter on the matter, to friends and family who had suffered losses, always from a perspective of how to use one’s own mortality to live well, and how to accept it when it is time. This is a common belief within the practitioner circles of Stoics. If you need a counter argument, CGP Grey made a great video called The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant. If nothing else, get this book for the expressions you will get from reading it on the bus.