“This is boring. I’m bored now.”

Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy.

As an avid reader, I was moderately excited to get an email from LinkedIn on my favorite influencer’s favorite books (moderately because email from LinkedIn is never that exciting, but I was excited that it didn’t include a pitch for their paid service).

Anywho, I bit and clicked through to see what these folks are reading. Unfortch, they’re reading not-so-exciting things. I love when people discover books for themselves and find and attribute personalized meaning, but…really?

  • The Emperor of Maladies has been out for a few years and mixes sentimentality with observations on culture…this has been done time and time and time and time and time again.
  • Same goes for The Fountainhead and A Christmas Carol. Great stories, but done. Oh. So. Done. How are we still discussing Objectivism, aren’t the flaws and inconsistencies played out yet?  And while I concede that Dickens created an enduring classic, it really strikes me as kind of funny that it’s being pushed as having implications on business. Scrooge‘d indeed.
  • And Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Inspiration for the Jack Donaghy meme.

If these are the highlights, I’m not interested. So lets be real. What books are influential to you, personally, and why?



  1. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Okay, I know. I KNOW. But hear me out. In the book, Gretchen hits on what she calls a Splendid Truth: “being happier requires you to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth”. What makes this stick with me is the atmosphere of growth. We’re not meant to be stagnate. We need to be striving for something. And I think this is what makes so many people unhappy in their jobs. They’ve stopped growing. So when I’m feeling lousy about work/life, I now stop and ask myself “Am I growing?”.


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