Whenever I reflect on my life – on the person I’ve been in the past, the one I am today and who I want to become in the future – I always find that reading more ends up near the top of my goals list.
It seems silly to me that many people choose not to read. Do they not want to learn? To better themselves? To pick up the wisdom left in plain sight by people smarter than themselves, who have been through their struggles?
One of my biggest fears is to end up an immature young man in an old man’s body. Meaning, I don’t want to have a 25-year-old mind when I’m 65. I don’t want to reach adulthood, leave formal education, and freeze my personality and my mind in time. I don’t want to be the same person next year as I am today.
I want to be wiser. More experienced. Constantly growing my body of knowledge. I want to be better.
Charlie Munger sums it up well:
“I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up and boy does that help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you.”
Reading isn’t the only way to learn, to be sure. But success leaves clues, and most everyone I admire in some way or another seem to enjoy (and make time for) reading.
This page will house book reviews and a list of the books I’m currently reading. I try to track all my reading on Goodreads, and I do an annual reading review here on my blog: