I hope you had an amazing 2012—I certainly did—and both Yaron and I wish you an even better 2013.
One of the keys to a good year is some good reading, so here are a few books I think will help you get the most out of the coming year. Most of these I have minor quibbles with, but overall they are outstanding. In no particular order:
1. Mastery - by Robert Greene. I’ve always been fascinating by the process people go through to rise from beginner to great achiever. This book is hands down the best thing I’ve ever read on that process.
2. No B.S. Guide to Time Management for Entrepreneurs - by Dan Kennedy. This book has completely changed the way I work, with incredible results. For instance, Dan finally convinced me to limit my email intake from all the time to once a day.
3. The Power of Habit - by Charles Duhigg. Being able to form and change habits is a crucially important skill in life. Here is some of the latest findings on how to develop that skill.
4. Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond - by Judith S. Beck. If you want to better understand your subconscious, read this book.
5. Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government - by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins. I’m a bit biased, so if you want to know why you should read this book, read the Amazon reviews.
And here’s the first thing I read every new year: “The Meaning of New Year’s Resolutions” by Alex Epstein
Every New Year’s Eve millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Whether the resolution is to get out of debt, to spend more time with loved ones, or to quit smoking, these resolutions have one thing in common: they are goals to make our lives better.
Unfortunately, this ritual commitment to self-improvement is widely viewed as something of a joke—in part because New Year’s resolutions go so notoriously unmet. After years of watching others—or themselves—excitedly commit to a new goal, only to abandon the quest by March, many come to conclude that New Year’s resolutions are an exercise in futility that should not be taken seriously. “The silly season is upon us,” writes a columnist for the Washington Post, “when people feel compelled to remake themselves with new year’s resolutions.”
But such a cynical attitude is false and self-destructive. Making New Year’s resolutions does not have to be futile—and to make them is not silly; done seriously, it is an act of profound moral significance that embodies the essence of a life well-lived.
Whole thing here.
See you next year!