This past month I seriously procrastinated when it came to reading. I tried to play catch up, but I dug way too deep of a hole. Because of that I only knocked out 2 books, but both were awesome books. That makes my lack of reading entirely okay with me.
Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin.
I’ve been listening to Gretchen’s podcast she does with her sister a little bit, and I’ve enjoyed a lot of what she has to say. I’ve also been an on/off reader of her blog.
Gretchen is someone who is super interested in habits, and using habits to cultivate a better life.
Better Than Before is basically her exploring various habits she’s adopted, and also explaining why some people adopt habits differently than others.
Gretchen lays out 4 distinct personality types that we all more or less fall into. Those include: upholders, obligers, rebels, questioners.
Where you fall into that spectrum helps determine the best ways to get yourself to adopt a habit you want.
- Questioners want to know the why to everything, so explaining to the benefit to a questioner is probably a good idea.
- Obligers need external accountability, because they generally don’t do things on their own.
- Rebels will actually decide not to do something or a habit when other people tell them to, they have to reach that conclusion on their own, and pursue it themselves.
- Upholders are very driven by achievement and are very self motivated. They like to see the gold star of achievement, and they can be task masters.
We can be a mix of the 4 types, but for the most part we are one type. I think the more I learn about myself, the more I realize I’ve got some serious upholder tendencies (I LOVE getting gold stars for achievement, that sort of thing), and a bit of an obliger. I do far better with external accountability.
If you want, you can take a quiz and find out what you are at Gretchen’s site.
I really enjoyed Gretchen’s book, and I highly suggest you read it if you’re interested in adopting habits, or learning a good bit about yourself.
When To Rob A Bank, Freakonomics.
I absolutely love the guys from Freakonomics. Levitt and Dubner take such an interesting look at the world, ask questions that provoke some seriously deep thought, and challenge all sorts of preconceived notions.
If you’re ever curious about economics, and how it applies to virtually everything we do in life, the Freakonomics guys are necessary reading.
In their most recent book, they’ve actually collected a ton of blog posts and sold it back to us. It’s everything we could get for free of their site, in the form of a book.
Oh well, it was $26 that was well worth spending, and the title alone is what made me want to buy it.
In the book they take a look at hundreds of interesting questions like:
- When is the best day to rob a bank?
- Why don’t flight attendants get tipped?
- What would be the most effective terrorist attack?
And they even get my guy Mark Cuban and Nassim Taleb, along with others, to answer a deeply philosphical question:
Say you’re walking down a street. You have $10 of disposable income in your pocket. On one side of the street is a homeless man, and on the other is a hot dog vendor. Who do you give the money to?
Curious what people would say? You’ll have to get to the book to find out. You can grab it off of Amazon here.