Choose a few good books.
Last year, I read 55 books and this year – this year, I will read less. I read mostly non-fiction, and in this space, every author deems their book to be life-changing – well, some do.
Many books in the personal development space repeat the same concepts with writers adding their spin based on their education or whims.
Outstanding leaders and thinkers often get their best insights by reading outside their primary field. For example, Abraham Lincoln forged his thinking on the slavery question by reading Euclid’s ancient treatise on geometry and then applying the concept of logical proof to the great issue of the day. Charles Darwin read about Adam Smith’s economic concept of the “invisible hand” while struggling to formulate his biological concept of natural selection (which, of course, became the invisible hand in the theory of evolution). Peter Drucker told me that the most influential author in his intellectual development was the Danish existentialist philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. The great entrepreneur Henry Ford avidly read essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson and applied Emerson’s ideas to his company.
This is the year; I’ll focus on quality and not quantity when it comes to books. I will focus on classics that have resisted human evolution and a few modern ones that don’t alternate but offer something new. I will add more fiction and books outside of my interest to widen my understanding of the world.
The plan: Savour a few high-quality ones
A good list that I am looking to pick from is this