Christopher Murphy · 4 November, 2020
Asked about the key to his success, Warren Buffett gestured towards a pile of nearby books and observed:
Read 500 pages like this every day. That's how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.
Reading is low barrier to entry.
All most of us can do it, but – as Buffet points out – not many do. If you want to progress, read more.
Books That Multiply Your Knowledge
There’s a convention in academia that reading lists are broken down into two categories: Recommended Reading and Required Reading. The latter are essential reading: the books you must read.
Think of this as a required reading list from an MFA × MBA programme. This is the source of everything I've learned and I'll be your navigator.
The following books will improve your thinking. In each category I’ve ordered the books according to my personal preference. It’s always a challenge to introduce an order when you believe every book has value.
It goes without saying that, if money were no object, I’d recommend buying them all, or at least a couple from each list.
These books are more or less reviewed. I suspect these reviews will never be finished as I have a tendency to reread books and make additional notes, so you may wish to check back often.
These are books I'm currently reading or re-reading, adding notes as I go.
These are books I’ll be adding over the summer. The pages below are empty for now. I’ve added them to establish placeholders.
- Deep Work
- Creative Confidence