Change can take years before it happens all at once.
I stopped by the local bookstore to pick up my next read. The entrance display showcased this recently released book. The mental warfare against myself that week drew my attention to the title. I picked it up, read the cover-slip, and put it back with a smirk – “I don’t need this self-help crap.”
From there, I headed to the business section where true intellectual entrepreneurs seek knowledge and sharpen their edge. To my surprise, the book was also showcased here. My suppressed superstitions were awakened as my mind whispered, “It must be a sign.” I purchased the book and made my way to the airport. Continue reading “Thoughts and Quotes from “Atomic Habits” by James Clear”
I had never read a Jane Austen book; so, I picked this one up. I did not care for it. Best described as an early 1800’s soap opera.
I picked this up as part of my desire to understand more about the history of socialism. I fully expected to find everything written repugnant, but found this was not the case. The core ideology, however misguided, is simply the outcry of the less fortunate, oppressed class (proletariat) against the ruling class (bourgeoisie). While the terms have changed, the opposition between the haves and have nots continues today.
I find of utmost interest that the earliest movements of socialism were based on a fully nationalistic mindset whereas today’s socialist are very anti-nationalism. Continue reading “The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels”
This book contains much information and insight into the role of bank Director.
The subtitle to this book is “The Quest for a Moral Life”. Based on that alone, I would have never planned to read this book. I am a fan of David Brooks, but I am not an advocate of performance based spirituality. This book cover leads me to believe that the book falls squarely into that exact category of religious literature. No thanks!
So, why did I read the book?
I have a great friend and mentor in my life. He brilliantly guides me and causes me to think through a calculated process of questions and conversation. If my recollection is correct, he has never given me a directive. Yet, at the end of a recent lunch, he closed with, “What are you reading?” … “Read The Second Mountain by David Brooks next.” That was it. No explanation. No conversation. Just instruction.
I heeded. I am glad I did. Continue reading “Thoughts and Quotes from “The Second Mountain” by David Brooks”