Influential Reads – July 2019

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I continue to be shut out on books.  I’m reading Principles by Ray Dalio which I’m enjoying – just not moving through it very quickly.

Updated stats through July:

New feature – in order to add perspective to each article, I’m adding a quote for context.

Here are my most influential reads – in no particular order:

  1. Sunday Firesides: I Have Kids – “The commute to work kind of sucks . . . but how awesome that you have a job.”
  2. A Decade of Low Interest Rates Is Changing Everything ( – “The 30-year Treasury bond, a favored debt security, yields about 2.5%—compared with an average 6.5% since the 1970s.”
  3. I Tried Emailing Like A CEO And Quite Frankly, It Made My Life Better – “So is the boss email also a power move, a way of asserting dominance? I doubt many bosses sit staring at their employees’ emails trying to figure out what “ok” really meant.”
  4. Want to cut your work hours in half? Create an A/B schedule – “So I tell my clients, they need to put on one hat–one role–at a time, and adopt an A/B schedule.”
  5. One Thing That Great Leaders Understand – “Leadership is about assembling a group of talented people who all want to work for your team and are motivated to work together.”
  6. Your First Thought Is Rarely Your Best Thought: Lessons on Thinking – “Shane, most people don’t actually think. They just take their first thought and go.”
  7. Smarter, Not Harder: How to Succeed at Work – “Incredibly successful people focus their time on just a few priorities and obsess over doing things right. This is simple but not easy.”
  8. Why We Struggle to Make Time for Solitude – “To do this, we have to stop letting the uncertainty rule our lives. It can be with us, a constant companion, and we can learn to be comfortable with it and even love it as it is. But it doesn’t have to drive us.”
  9. This Is How To Have A Long Awesome Life: 7 Secrets From Research – “All of the old folks say it before they eat. It means ‘Eat until you are 80 percent full.’”
  10. How to Do Great Things – “You need to strive for excellence. This isn’t as easy as it sounds but it as an essential feature of doing great work.”

Note: This is based on when I read the article, not necessarily when it was first published.  Unfortunately, my backlog of things I would like to read always seems to dwarf the amount of time I can devote to reading.

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