A year ago, I admitted to myself that sitting down and reading a book had taken a back seat to the daily activities of life. I wanted to read more, and so I committed to reading at least 10 minutes a day, which after 12 months, has now settled out at 20 minutes a day – and I love it.
Is it time for you to take ten?
The following are a few books that especially captured my attention this past year. I hope you enjoy them as well.
Silence – In the Age of Noise
Norwegian explorer Elring Kagge was the first person to reach the North Pole, South Pole, and the summit of Mt. Everest. In this book, he shares his life-changing journey to embrace the power of silence. This book invites us to uncover precious moments of silence in the chaos of our everyday lives.
With wit and clarity, Robin Wigglesworth brings to life the evolution of the index fund. Coffeehouse Investors have a special affection for Vanguard’s founder, John Bogle, who introduced index funds to the retail investor. In his entertaining and educational work, Wigglesworth reveals the large lineup of characters and their role in laying the groundwork for index funds in the quarter century before Vanguard appeared on the investment scene.
Seattle author Terry Hershey invites us to savor the power of the present moment. It can be lovely to experience the mountain tops of life, whether a grand vacation, a promotion at work, or the birth of a new child, but it is in the valleys of our everyday life that Hershey encourages us to honor the most.
Oh, and one more . . .
The Coffeehouse Investor’s Ground Rules
In a 2005 TIME magazine article, John Bogle highlighted my first book as his top choice for basic investors. In my most recent book, I present our straightforward approach to building wealth with the same Coffeehouse clarity, and the impact it has had on investors intent on building wealth and getting on with their lives.
Do You Have Ten Minutes?
I hope you take ten for yourself this holiday season, ignore Wall Street, and turn your creative energy towards activities like reading and savoring life's slower moments. Building a financial plan that allows for this creative energy is the first step to freedom. Let’s strategize together and build your plan for the new year.