I read 45 books this year. This blew away my previous record of 26 from a couple of years ago, and I absolutely loved (almost) every minute of it.
Some people have asked me how I read so much (while still maintaining the rest of life). The primary reason is that I listen to most of these books, so “reading” is actually a bit of a misnomer.
The Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH) claims that if an investor wants higher rewards they must take greater risk. This belief in the symmetry of the public market is one of the pillars of EMH. The idea that you can find an investment that is low-risk and high-reward, on the other hand, would be asymmetrical.
If you look over my blog posts you’ll see they have giant multi-year gaps between them. The main reason is simply my changing interests, and/or cynicism, at a given moment, and how I get caught up with other activities. I’ve repeated one reason to explain this to myself for years, “someone has already said this, and has said it better.
Most Americans condemn censorship unconditionally, regardless of their political party. We are patriotically proud of our freedom. We have access to just about any book that has ever been on a “banned” list, and generally maintain a belief of superiority over other countries, such as China, due to their censorship.
The importance of culture has been becoming more evident as more and more workplaces strive to redefine what it means to work and be happy. Books like Delivering Happiness and The Culture Code are becoming required reading for early-stage startups to unicorns like AirBnB.
Bottom line: a good culture is important.