I've always enjoyed reading, but often never found the "time" to read. About 2 years ago, I made the time. Prioritizing this above other things. Again, time is your most valuable commodity. Unless you're playing offense with your time, you're going to play defense. And playing defense with your time is no fun.
My system for finding books to read is simple. I google people I admire + books they recommend, and then I read those. Then I look at who those people admire and then I google + books they recommend and I read those.
I don't have to tell you the benefits of reading but allow me to tell you the benefits of reading. I watch less TV. I drink less. I go to sleep at an earlier hour and feel more refreshed in the morning. I catch things in every day life that I wouldn't have. I argue less, and if I do argue, I don't take things as personally. Those are the actual, physical changes from dedicating time to read. Mentally, I learn an enormous amount about how wrong most people are about almost everything. In the past 8 months, I've learned about cognitive bias, dissonance, anchoring, mental models, how the world was formed, what topography has to do with how civilization grew, Churchill's private war with debt, forgotten religions, making a chicken under a brick, the Simple Theory of Relativity (kind of, not really), anti-fragility, how close we came to losing the war in the Pacific. The list goes on.
These books have made me more curious about the world, and, as a result, have made me a better lawyer. Why do clients think the way they do? Why do they hire someone else instead of me? Why doe they blame me even if I meet their expectations? Why are some clients hands off? What's the best way to reach out to them? What's the best way to frame a situation? Why am I concerned about "never enough"? This is just a sliver. I know of no greater way to grow as a person, and therefore, as a lawyer.
It can seem daunting. Professional life, family life, etc. Tough to put time aside. Setting up Mini Habits worked for me. Tell yourself you'll read 5 pages a day. That's easy. 10 minutes max. You'll almost certainly read more, but you won't feel bad even if you hit just 5 a day. 5 pages x 365 days= 1825 pages. That's about 5-8 books. A year. Not bad at all. That's if you only read 5 pages a day, and trust me you'll read more.
Below, please find three books I enjoyed most so far this year.