With spring finally here, I think many of us feel a renewed energy and once again a fresh start is needed. I started thinking this past week why do so many “successful” people read?
We hear it all the time how business leaders, authors, other artists are avid readers. The one simple explanation is reading makes us learn and lifelong learning is the true key to success. So for this Creative Weekender post, I thought why not keep it simple and get out a list of books!
Creativity doesn’t exist in a vacuum and neither do ideas and thoughts we can learn from. I’ll put a different spin on this list and dive into nothing but history. So here is a short list of some great reads you can start this weekend!
I’m a lifelong student of history. I think if more people learned from the past, our future will be bright. With that, let’s get into these five reads:
- The First World War by John Keegan. This is a detailed account of the true first modern war. The conflict served as a turning point in human history and we still feel the repercussions to this day. Although I studied this period in college, I still gain valuable insight from Keegan’s work. A true master of military history.
- American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, by Joseph J. Ellis. All I have to say is learn about Jefferson. A quiet man who preferred speaking through his writing rather than his speech. Ellis gives us insight into the mind of the author of the Constitution. I think this book is even more relevant today.
- Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend by James S. Hirsch. I love baseball, especially the history of baseball. While it’s hard to argue against Babe Ruth being the best ever, Willie Mays makes a damn good case. Even if you’re not a baseball or sports fan, I think you will find the story of Mays’ inspiring and insightful.
- The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam. This book is one of the best pieces of military history I’ve read. What’s more, the history of the Korean War is more relevant today than ever before. This is a thick one, but well worth the time.
- Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King. I was skeptical of reading this at first as I’m not really interested in architecture. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised. King eloquently intertwines social and political fact of Renaissance Florence into a story of one man’s work. An inspirational account of how sheer ambition and belief in one’s abilities overcomes seemingly impossible challenges.
A Weekend of Reading Is Good For You. Seriously.
When I was a kid, the thought of sitting around reading was not appealing. In fact, I dreaded it. As I’ve matured…(chuckle)…I’ve realized the benefit of reading. There is nothing like it.
In fact, it’s a healthy, educational, inspirational creative habit. What could be better?
So sit back, pick up a book or Kindle and get your read on this weekend! Have a great weekend!