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March Book Reviews

This month, I finished:

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Bob Iger

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber

None of these books were life changing, but they passed the time.

The Ride of a Lifetime similar to Jobs and Shoe Dog, two other CEO books I loved. This one was not as fun as those, but still fun.

It revived a thought in me that, woah, would it be cool to be an executive or a CEO?

The E-Myth Revisited, I had read the book summary. I understood the concept of working on your business”, not in it”, already.

I didn’t gain too much more from the book. There were a few minor takeaways on management for me (management by delegation not abdication, and making sure to explain the why/vision of your business to hires), but that was it.

Siddhartha, @naval recommended it, and well, I take his recommendations quite seriously :)

My takeaway was that enlightenment has as much to do with compassion and love as with meditation. This wasn’t explicitly stated, but I felt this.

What else did I read this month…

I put together a better reading system this month. Basically, Instapaper highlights + Kindle highlights => note taking app, then bold, highlight, summarize.

I don’t bold or highlight or summarize right now, actually. But I think I’ll do it if I start blogging again.

I’ve successfully established a free recall practice in my journal, where I put down whatever I remember from what I read that day. I’m very pleased with it, and the note taking does not replace that at all.

I’m using Roam now, which I freaking adore. Working well for me, the bidirectional linking is fantastic for me.

I started reading Kindle free samples. That was a good thing to start.

The Sovereign Individual (free sample is longer than some books lol) The Way of Zen Antifragile

Oh, I also read The Lessons of History, at least half of it. I thought the conclusion that ppl born with unequal ability (I presume the ability to earn money) and over time it is natural for wealth to be concentrated in the hands of the few. When this happens, you need a correction/redistribution of wealth, hopefully peaceful, sometimes violent.

I’m also re-reading The Untethered Soul. That was a p profound book. I want to do more re-reading tbh.

I realize online pieces I naturally re-read w/o trying but books for some reason I never do. Wanna change that.

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