The Creative Habit

About half way through reading The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp, I turned to my cat, Maxie, and said, “I am reading a great book.” If you are in any way creative (music, art, writing, dance) this is a must read. If you’re not artistic at all, this is a must read. Twyla gives us a peak inside her profound mind.

The Economic Naturalist – In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas (Basic Books, 2007)

  • Why do men’s shirts have buttons on the right side and women’s shirts have buttons on the left side?
  • Why do the keypads on drive-up cash machines have Braille dots?
  • Why are round-trip fares from Orlando to Kansas City higher than those from Kansas City to Orlando?

For decades, Robert Frank has been asking his economics students to pose and answer questions like these as a way of learning how economic principles operate in the real world–which they do everywhere, all the time. This book takes a fresh and practical approach to topics like supply and demand, opportunity cost, cost-benefit and marginal cost.

This book is entertaining and instructive.

On Becoming A Leader

I enjoy learning timeless principles – concepts that stay relevant for centuries.

This book discusses enduring and classic leadership principles. No intellectual junk food is served. Just consider some of the chapter headings: Mastering the Context, Knowing the World, Getting People on Your Side.

Bennis thinks deeply and writes well. He makes every word count so there’s no wasted effort on the part of the reader.

This book is a must-read for those who lead and will even benefit those who don’t.

There are few books that I have read more than once. I’ve read this book three times.

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else (Portfolio Hardcover, 2008)

Why do some people excel in life? Conventional wisdom offers two answers: they are gifted (they have a special gene that the rest of us don’t have) or they work really hard.

But according to scientific research neither of these answers is correct. The key, Colvin suggests, is “deliberate practice” which is a discipline anyone can develop.

Colvin is an engaging writer so your concentration will not wane.

There are few books that I have read more than once. This is one of them.