On January 1, 2015, I posted a challenge calling for folks to join me in reading more in 2015. I’m still working on getting a link for Audible.com that will allow you to consume books in a different way and allow you to maximize your otherwise unproductive times (i.e. commuting).
That notwithstanding, though, and in the interest of remaining accountable to you, I wanted to give you an update on what I’ve read in the first month of 2015.
I like to keep things interesting, so I tend to read different books during different parts of my day. The first on this list is by Brad Thor called Path of the Assassin: A Thriller (Scot Harvath Book 2). It’s the second in the series about a retired Navy Seal, now a Secret Service Agent.
It’s total brain candy.
I loved it.
Fiction takes me places I’ve never been and allows my mind’s eye to visually create what the author is writing about. I know a lot of über-productive people may decry fiction as a waste of time, but I could not disagree more. I need that escape.
The second was by Todd Burpo called Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back. As soon as I finished it, I handed it off to the Wife with the instruction, “Read this immediately.” She hasn’t finished, so I won’t get into why I said that to her, but I am looking forward to her experience. It was phenomenal.
The third book was Stephen King’s latest, Revival: A Novel. Honestly, I kinda felt like he phoned this one in. I’ve read some genius King in my time (the The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger and the follow ups come to mind). This wasn’t his best.
Finally, a book I’ve been referencing for weeks now. Tony Robbins’ MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom. This was a 600+ page behemoth, but it was time well spent. The first part of the book is full of Tony’s usual motivation stuff (if you know Tony, you’ll know what I mean), but the meat of the book hits in Chapter 5 when he interviews Ray Dalio, founder of the largest hedge fund on the Earth, with $160 billion in assets. Dalio specifically lays out the asset allocation that is usually reserved for those with a minimum $100 million to invest.
When this guy talks, I am willing to listen. And highlight. And write notes in the margin. And connect with my investment friends to get their opinions.
Honestly, though, it was the final two chapters in the book that made it worthwhile. In those two chapters, Tony talks about the secret to wealth and it’s this:
Giving in any form builds wealth faster than getting ever will.
I absolutely love that and it’s one of the core components that I talk about when I meet with financial coaching clients. Giving does something deep and foundational in one’s spirit that defies categorization. He delves deeper with some great stories and ways to give (small or large; financial or otherwise). All in all, I enjoyed the book and plan on revisiting it in the future.
Don’t forget! You can join me at GoodReads (link is to the bookshelf I created for completed books for the Leaders are Readers challenge) and take a look at what I’m reading/have read and we can keep one another accountable and productive!