I'm participating in the #Aprilblogaday challenge courtesy of @the_explicator. Today's topic is "What Are You Reading Professionally or Personally? Why?"
I'm reading "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell. Malcolm is a great economist and his books (The Tipping Point, Blink) are always filled with personal anecdotes that shed some light on inter-personal relationships. I think it's great reading material because in this book he studies the habits of the super-successful and he wants to find similar patterns of behavior amongst the incredibly successful. Gladwell studies those incredible success stories (The Outliers) and writes down the patterns he notices among the people at the top. The result is a very revealing glimpse into the lives of those celebrities. Personally, I think it's a great read.
Best Quote of the book: Chapter Two, Page 67:
"We pretend that success is exclusively a matter of individual merit. But there's nothing in any of the histories we've looked at so far to suggest things are that simple. These are stories, instead, about people who were given a special opportunity to work really hard and seized it, and who happened to come of age at a time when that extraordinary effort was rewarded by the rest of society. Their success was not just of their own making. It was a product of the world in which they grew up."
I'm also reading the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. I'm getting married soon, so I've got to get my marriage toolbox together.