I’m a hater of time wasting. It bugs me. At the end of the day my sense of self satisfaction seems inextricably linked to how well I use my time. I’m also a bibliophile with an ever growing library. Given my penchant for investing, my bookshelf naturally consists of trading and psychology related material. You can read some of my recent book reviews here.
In an attempt to use my time to the fullest as well as curb my inner reading desire I carry a book with me wherever I go. I never really know when an extra ten minutes will present themselves. In Louis L’Amour’s personal memoir Education of a Wandering Man he habitually compiled a list of every book he read throughout the year. I’ve since adopted his approach and began to compile my own list. In doing so I’ve noticed how easy it is to focus on quantity over quality. That is, instead of focusing on how each individual book can help me become a better trader, all too often my objective seems to be to finish it as quickly as possible so I can move on to another.
To improve the reading experience I now attempt to identify at least three adjustments I can make to my trading or behavior as a result of the book’s content. Such an exercise promises me some type of progression or growth over time.
Don’t be a reading enthusiast but an improvement lackey.