Monthly Bookshelf: April 2018

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” – Mortimer J. Adler

I’ve decided to make this month’s Bookshelf shorter than that of my previous versions, sticking strictly to the novel content and straying away from the time-consuming intro paragraphs. Use the time saved to dive back into whatever you happen to be reading at the moment.

My read for April:

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The World Beyond Your Head – Matthew Crawford

My book for April is less about business and more about the psychology behind success – more precisely, the psychology of how attention works and how it controls us. Crawford, a best-selling author and influential thinker, wrote this novel in an attempt to show how the “age of distraction” consumes our mental capacity and how we can work with & around it to enhance our lives.

A relatively short read (just over 250 pages), I should have it finished up in April and will post a more detailed, info-filled review in my May Bookshelf. I’m roughly 50 pages in now and can not believe how dense the book is with insight, the writing is absolutely incredible and I find myself wanting to pick it up whenever I get a free minute.

What I finished up in March:

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Principles – Ray Dalio

Principles by Ray Dalio has to be one of the best books I’ve ever read. It combines decades of experience and insight with stories that span the spectrum. Throughout the novel, Ray details his own trials & tribulations and instructs readers on how to succeed in business, life, and everything in-between. Through the combination of radical transparency, radical open-mindedness, and a devotion to being idea-meritocratic, everyone can find meaning and success in both their personal & work lives.

The layout of the book is incredibly easy to follow, and Ray even fills the centre pages with a guide – allowing you to navigate principles if a time ever arises in which you need some insight. The Life portion is centred around building great relationships and setting proper goals/plans to achieve them, whereas the work portion is centred around running an organization as efficiently and effectively as possible and creating a culture that people will fight for.

Although approximately 550 pages, Dalio does a great job of keeping things fresh, packing each chapter and subchapter with incredibly detailed information. This book is part 1 of 2 (this being Life and Work, the second edition coming out later this year being Investing and Economics) and it is a must-read for everyone – there is not a single person who can’t find value in this novel.

See you in May.

Er.

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