Influential Reads – May 2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Crushing my book reading goal!  Also a high number of read monthly articles as I made a concerted effort to read some older stuff I had saved.

Updated stats through May:

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

  1. Getting Rich vs. Staying Rich – “Scrappiness and the ability to think differently turns into complacency and the desire to keep things the same.”
  2. Death of the office – “Offices have always been profoundly flawed spaces.”
  3. No Inflation For Years to Come – “In the meantime, Unemployment, food, and lack of rent payments are a much, much bigger issue than fear of inflation from the same people who have been fearing inflation for 3 decades.”
  4. Inflation Shocks, Inflation Vol Shocks, and 60-40 Returns – “the potential results are so asymmetrical”
  5. The Economic Recovery Rests on Getting Consumers to Spend. It Won’t Be Easy. – “The $22 trillion U.S. economy rests on people buying stuff; consumer spending accounts for 70% of total economic output.”
  6. Americans Didn’t Wait For Their Governors To Tell Them To Stay Home Because Of COVID-19 – “The Cuebiq data suggests that behavioral changes were largely driven by people making a voluntary choice to stay home rather than being forced to do so by a state-sanctioned stay-at-home order.”
  7. The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them – “It serves to highlight that being in an enclosed space, sharing the same air for a prolonged period increases your chances of exposure and infection” Stephen here: a glaring omission is airplanes?
  8. Work and the Deep Life – “If you subscribe to deep career thinking, by contrast, you focus intensely on training high-value skills, like an athlete looking to maintain an edge.”
  9. How I learned to be better at active listening as a manager – “Conversations are a tricky thing—especially when it comes to difficult topics, like receiving/giving feedback, or talking about a very personal topic. As a manager, this is the real work.”
  10. Nobody Knows What Is Going On – “If there’s one thing we know for certain about this pandemic, it’s that we know almost nothing for certain about this pandemic.”

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.