Lessons I Learned Reading Over 200 Books

Julien Smith read one book per week for five years and shared his 140-character CliffsNotes. Here’s just a few examples:

  • How To Succeed in Anything by Really Trying by Lyman MacInnis: The three A’s of careers are Ability, Ambition, and Attitude. If you have those three down, you’re good.
  • The Dip by Seth Godin: The real rewards come to those who can outlast the competition. If you can do that while staying unique, you win.
  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser: Simplicity matters. Clarity matters. “Writing improves in direct ratio to the number of things we can keep out of it.”
  • What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson: Follow your passion or you’ll regret it. Speaking from experience, this is true.

Good stuff.