10 books that made my year

10 books that made my year

Reading as a child was a beautiful thing. I would take adventures to other worlds through The Magic Treehouse, nod off with my friend Artemis Fowl  and cozy up before bed with my brothers, listening to the tales of a certain famous wizard who need not be named.

In my university years, reading became more of a chore than an adventure. I read to get readings done, to analyze peer reviewed text and to find sources for term papers. I was reading what I had to, not what I wanted to.

I decided to make 2016 different.

I had found ideas and authors outside of the collegiate reading realm who fascinated me, I found fiction I could enjoy and Non-Fiction I truly wanted to read. It is amazing what can happen when a life finds inspiration and passion and love.

Here is my year in review through the most important books and ideas I have bathed my brain in over the past 12 months.

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the way of the warrior

the way of the warrior

Bushido – the way of the warrior.

In the film The Last Samurai, there is a scene, more specifically a quote that has stuck with me since first watching this film as a teenager. Teacher and student are in a courtyard surrounded by beautiful cherry blossom trees and filled with the presence of their ancestors past. Teacher says to student:

“The perfect blossom is a rare thing, you could spend your life looking for one and it would not be a wasted life…”

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readers are leaders

readers are leaders

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.

–Neil Gaiman

Each of us has a different relationship with reading. For some it conjures a romantic past of cuddling up in your bed listening to mom or dad narrate your favourite story. Others, it is trudging through english class staples like Silas Marner and To Kill a Mockingbird (which are fantastic reads).

One thing I have come to realize more and more is this: readers are leaders.

In high school and university, reading was a chore for me. A necessary evil to get to a desired grade and desired outcome (my degree). I had lost touch with the great stories of my childhood and hadn’t read a book for “fun” in years.

Then, things changed. I read a book and my world opened the door to the thoughts and ideas that had been waiting outside knocking to be let in for so long.

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.

–Vera Nazarian

I had found my tribe. Entrepreneurs, philosophers, leaders and poets. Once I found my tribe, groups of people who thought like I did and were experts at what interested me, reading became the way.

Are you stuck in a rut? Have you found your tribe? What are your true interests? For me, the answer to my questions was to read. To open my world to the great ideas and thoughts of those who came before me.

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thanks so much for stopping by, if you are wondering what books got me started on my journey to success and mindfulness I have shared a few of them below.

Meditations – by Marcus Aurelius

Rich Dad, Poor Dad – by Robert T. Kiyosaki

The 4-Hour Workweek – by Tim Ferris

Psycho-Cybernetics – by Maxwell Maltz

Stay Golden.

on purpose, what’s yours?

on purpose, what’s yours?

When you awake each day, what is the first thought that crosses your mind? What is the first thing you do? Why are you doing what you are doing?

If you do not think about these questions, you will never have the answers. The problem I have found, is that not asking these tough questions is equally as bad as not asking them enough. 

We are creatures of habit. Our habits define who we are and who we become.

Trying to reach the tipping point between action that is keeping you stalled (or even in recession) and action that will take you towards your goals and greater purpose is the essential missing link in many of our lives.

I ask myself this question each day, “why are you doing what you are doing?”. Until you answer this question, until you realize what it is you truly want and admit it with honesty to yourself, it is almost impossible to achieve.

If you really want freedom and financial wealth, or to become an expert in your field of study or to live in nature or be a school teacher, you need to realize this within yourself, be honest with yourself and embrace it.

I was recently moved by an article by Derek Sivers, “Why are you doing”, which inspired me to write this post (read it, you will be thankful). Instead of trying to regurgitate his ideas in my own words, I will leave you with them:

Maybe the most important thing to you is learning, or creating, or giving. Maybe it’s how many people’s lives you can influence. Maybe it’s how deeply you can influence just a few people’s lives.

Once you realize it and admit it, you need to pursue it.

Like if you want freedom, then you own a business but delegate all the work. You won’t be learning or creating or giving as much as you could with a different strategy, but that’s OK. You know freedom is what you’re after.

Sometimes your best strategy is counter-intuitive.


Seriously, read the full post from Derek here. Stay golden.