Recommended Reading and Stuff – Oct 2017

Recommended Reading and StuffWe gotta stay smart.

Fortunately, there’s a lot of great stuff out there.

Now, more than ever, you can learn from a wide-variety of people about all sorts of things.

And this is crucial to growth.

We need new information. We need new ideas. We need new perspectives.

We need to learn from others experiences. To consider their insights. And to continually upgrade the way we think about the world and all the challenges we face all the time.

Today, I’m sharing some of my recent favorites. Maybe you will find some to be interesting or useful. And maybe they’ll prompt you to explore more.

Here goes…


Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport. This book came out early last year and is a resounding reminder that we need focus in this increasingly distracting world. The first part of the book convinces you of this idea. The second part shows you how to put the idea into practice. Lots of good stories and compelling arguments. Great motivation and advice to bring your best self to your biggest challenges.

Mastery, by Robert Greene. This book came out a few years ago but I just got to it now. A good compliment to Deep Work as it delves into what it takes to become a master at your craft.


Keynote Fireside Chat with Marcus Lemonis at Crowd Invest Summit last month. You can see it on YouTube  or listen to it on Jame’s Altucher’s podcast.

I learn a lot about business from watching Marcus on CNBC’s The Profit but really enjoyed this honest, direct, and personal discussion. I think you might enjoy it too, and find some insights useful.

Also last month, I found the Tim Ferris interview of Ray Dalio fascinating. I never heard of Ray before this, but he’s a super successful founder of investment company Bridgewater Associates. Most fascinating was the discussion about how he thinks, what he reads, and how he manages and grows people on his team. There are many ideas to get excited about in this conversation.


I’m just going to share one short one here that I think can be really useful. We stress out about a lot of stuff, needlessly. This idea helps put it in better perspective.

Will this matter in 10 years?

I hope you find some of this useful.

What are you reading/watching/listening to?

I’d love to hear about it!