I took some time off over Christmas to do nothing but unplug, hangout with my family, and not think about anything.
I also read two amazing books. (Seriously, these are great.)
“Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight
This is the story of Nike from its first day to the day it went public in the 80’s, written by the founder Phil Knight.
I love books like this because it reminds me that big companies like Nike weren’t instant successes. We see the big company but miss the years of hard work, doubt, failure and in some cases dumb luck that lead to breakthroughs.
Something I did not expect from this book was how honest Phil Knight was on how empty and frustrating parts of his success has been, and what he lost along the way. (His oldest son died in a diving accident and he is really open about how he dealt with it.) I really loved this book.
“Stuff Matters” by Mark Miodownik
Everything we use and rely on is made of something, and that something is made of something else. The screen you are reading right now is made of glass or crystal and that glass or crystal is made of other elements that is made of a combination of other elements (and so on and so on). The author, Mark Miodownik, is a material scientist and is able to explain what “stuff” like glass, paper, or concrete is made of in a very scientific yet simple way that anyone can understand and be completely fascinated by.
I literally read this book in a couple hours. It was that interesting and understandable.
So, there you go. Add these books to your 2017 reading list. (You have already started writing your reading list right?)