I recently read that Warren Buffett spends 80% of his workday reading and reads up to 500 pages a day. It’s a trait he shares with many other successful people. The article went on to talk about the importance of taking time to reflect on the reading. There is not much in the news lately that makes me happy, but that certainly did.
I may not start each day with five newspapers, but reading is an important part of each day. Below are some of my favorite recent reads and recommendations:
Atomic Habits – James Clear outlines some really great tips for building good habits and breaking bad habits. We’ve been incorporating his “Habit Stacking” approach in coaching calls recently to help busy lawyers create daily business development habits.
Lincoln Highway – Amor Towles’ Gentleman in Moscow was my favorite COVID lockdown read, and I couldn’t wait for this new release. It did not disappoint. It is great adventure story with a relatable and likeable cast of characters who are highly adaptable when nothing goes as planned.
The Splendid and the Vile – Winston Churchill brought the calm to some of the worst chaos the world has ever seen. Erik Larson paints a vivid picture and story of Churchill, his family and world leaders from their letters, memos and diaries. It’s a great lesson in leadership and how Churchill cultivated the talents of some unlikely and unproven leaders when it mattered the most.
Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman – Sam Wasson’s account of the making of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” made me love the movie and its star even more. From the agonizing process of adapting Truman Capote’s book and the tricks used to pass the “morality tests” of the day to the risky casting and attention to every detail, it makes reading a book about a great movie almost as entertaining as the movie. Read the book. Then go back and watch the movie again!