books, reading, big books, articles

Weekend Reads: Oct 22

Some old, some new, all good. If you’ve a little time, enjoy a little reading. And if you have a lot of time, perhaps you’ll pick up a new book or two!

Quartz: I spent 15 year confusing money with happiness. Here’s how I learned to stopKhe Hy.
+ The fallacy of “the number” (i.e. the amount you need to have in the bank to walk away from working for good)
+ “The number” being a replacement for really thinking about and being present in your life: what you want, what you like, what makes you happy, what fulfills you

Happy Ambition: Striving for Success, Avoiding Status Cocaine, and Prioritizing HappinessBen Casnocha.
+ Money is often a proxy for status which is why many people chase it
+ There is a difference between a leaderboard-led life and a dashboard-led one
+ Fall in love with the journey (i.e. the process) and not the destinations (goals)

Brainpickings: How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You LoveMaria Popova.
+ “Prestige is especially dangerous to the ambitious. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, the way to do it is to bait the hook with prestige.” P.G.
+ “A lot of the time our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own. They’re sucked in from other people.” A.dB.

Status Anxiety. Alain de Botton. 2008.
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work. Alain de Botton. 2009.

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