What I Read Last Week

At any point in time, I’m typically reading 3 or 4 books:

  1. Some work related non-fiction
  2. Other non-fiction
  3. A novel
  4. An audiobook, usually fiction

I generally avoid the news, but I read a number of online essays and other journals as well.

Here’s what I recommend from last week:

Managing Oneself - This is one of Peter Drucker’s famous essays, and a piece I would consider a must read. He lays out the the important questions that any successful individual must be able to answer in order to live a fulfilling life, including “What are my strengths?”, “How do I work?”, and “What are my values?”. Knowing how you operate is key to succeeding in any aspect of life, and Drucker does a fantastic job explaining the importance of answering these questions and, more importantly, how you use the answers to guide your life.

Tuesday’s with Morrie - Many people had that one teacher or professor who changed their life. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie, his college sociology professor. When Morrie gets diagnosed with ALS, Albom reconnects with Morrie and the two spend the Tuesdays leading up to Morrie’s death discussing life and death. With such lessons as “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live,” and “Love each other or perish,” this book is filled with nuggets that may even reshape the way you view your life.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - I listened to this, which may not have been the best idea because it is terribly long. It’s an entertaining story of magic and war that follows the lives of the two magicians named in the title. It received substantial critical acclaim, and is even considered to be some of the best fiction written in the early 2000s by some lists, and is definitely well written and interesting, but there are a lot of other books I would recommend above it.

Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem and The Brutal Ageism of Tech - Both of these articles highlight many of the problems associated with Silicon Valley’s trend towards only funding and hiring younger and younger talent, while older founders and engineers get left by the wayside or ignored altogether. The article from the Times is definitely the better of the two, but both are worth the read.