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Reading, Listening, Watching Vol. 2

Volume 2 in the “Reading, Listening, Watching” series inspired by the NYT Sunday Feature Download articles.

Reading

Poor Charlie's Almanack

the legend himself

Charlie Munger is Warren Buffet’s right hand man. If you haven’t heard of Charlie it’s because he deliberately takes a low profile while Warren is the face of Berkshire Hathaway (aka the most successful holding company in the history of the world). As a nod to Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanack”, Charlie’s “Poor Charlie’s Almanack” is a collection of wisdom, quotes, essays, cartoons, and speeches. Charlie lays out the principles that have guided him through live and a wildly successful business career. Some “Munger-isms” that stuck with me:

“Continually challenge and willingly amend your ‘best-loved ideas'”

“Opportunity comes to the prepared mind.”

“And it makes sense to load up on the very few good insights you have instead of pretending to know everything about everything at all times.”

 

Listening

Brain.fm

what’s not to love?

Brain.fm is a music streaming service I’ve been using to help concentrate and “get in the zone”. I use music to drown out distractions but sometimes the music itself is a distraction. Brain.fm isn’t music as much as it’s….sound. In Brain.fm’s words: “each brainwave session is designed using specific, high frequency protocols that have been found to be highly effective in a clinical setting”. Translation: they use science to help you focus, relax, and sleep better. Count me in! Give it a shot for yourself.

 

Watching

Master of None

look deep into Aziz’s eyes

Aziz Ansari’s Master of None. As a long time fan of Aziz’s standup, it’s exciting to see him jump into a new medium. Aziz co-wrote the Netflix series and also stars as a 30-something actor in NYC navigating through life. It’s a funny take on modern romance, city living, and finding your true calling. I watched the entire 10-episode series in one weekend.

As a bonus, this old video of Aziz is incredible.

 

What are you reading, listening, and watching?

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Reading, Listening, Watching Vol. 1

The New York Times has a weekly “Download” feature where influencers share what they’re reading, listening, and watching.  It’s cool to see the different types of media that successful people consume and a good way to learn new things.

I’m probably a couple hundred thousand twitter followers away from reaching NYT influencer status, so I’ll be putting out my own “Reading, Listening, Watching” list every few weeks.

Reading

I like to alternate between non-fiction and fiction books to keep things interesting. The most recent fiction book I read was Echo Burning, the 5th installment from Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. These books are an action packed, quick read.  Don’t let Tom Cruise’s mediocre depiction of Jack Reacher on the big screen fool you…Jack Reacher is a bad ass. Picture Sherlock Holmes crossed with Robin Hood crossed with Jason Bourne.

Listening

I’m not a huge podcast person (I know, I know…I need to listen to Serial) but I find myself coming back to the Tim Ferriss Podcast. I’m a big fan of Tim’s blog & books so I thought I’d give the podcast a shot. Tim is a human guinea pig, angel investor, and relentless questioner of norms. His podcast guest list is impressive and the conversations find a good balance of interesting and entertaining. Some of my favorites are the Rick Rubin (producer extraordinaire), Arnold Shwarzenegger (no intro needed), and Samy Kamkar (hacker, company founder) episodes.

Watching

I just finished watching the documentary Maidentrip, a film about Laura Dekker, a 15 year-old who filmed herself sailing around the world. In the process she became the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the earth solo on a sailboat. The journey took two years so you end up watching her grow up on screen and it’s amazing how mature she is for only 15 years of age. It’s inspiring to witness her courage as she tackles such an expedition.

What are you reading, listening, and watching?

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