5 more top takeaways from my 2018 reading list

In follow up to previous post here 5 more insights that struck me as unique from this year’s reading list.

1. Seven brief science lessons by Carlo Rovelli

“Past and future are indistinguishable as far as physics is concerned. For example the motion of planets in the past and future is identical. The only thing that distinguishes future from the past is heat caused by friction. And that is because heat is irreversible”. I would add entropy as well always increasing following the same line of thought really – but entropy was not mentioned in the book so take it with a grain of salt.

2. Mindfulness by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

“Thinking a thought and being aware of a thought is different. The difference is mindfulness.”
Another gem i enjoyed for its simplicity: three levels of morality: “lowest is where somebody tells you what to do and you do it so that this somebody does not punish you. Middle level of morality is the same but you impose moral behaviour on yourself. The highest level of morality is to understand the rules for yourself. This requires conquering your fears & desires and the only way to achieve it is through meditation.”

3. Rich dad poor dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

“Get money working for you instead of you working for money.” Once one starts saving, which is really the first step for this method to work, then this advise can make a big difference in the long-term. To always think of the return you are getting for your assets.

4. Learn or die by Edward Hess

The concept of “pre-mortem” as part of project management, where a pre-mortem “is a meeting just before launch, with the project team to discuss al the ways that the project could fail”. Simple and brilliant way to be proactive.

5. The right and wrong stuff by Carter Cast

This book suggests we all “split our time 40-60 rule between learning & performing.” By learning it is meant Reading, Online courses, Out of comfort zone tasks, etc. Also to keep a list of things learnt & make an effort to define how to apply them.
I also appreciated the following feedback method which is made up of these 2 questions and 2 statements.
  • what’s one thing you did you are happy about?
  • Here is one thing I think you did well: xxx
  • What’s one thing you would do differently?
  • Here is one thing i think you should do differently: xxx


That’s it. Please be sure to comment in case you have also read the same books and would like to add more key takeaways that made an impression on you. Or share more insights from other books.

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