With a year to live, you probably wouldn't do this

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Hey there,

I'm hitting send early on today’s email as we’re in Winter Park (with the munchkins in ski school for the first time ever). This week I went deeper on a memento-mori with a little bit of “kick” to it:

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If you had a year to live (would you read any business books)?

I recently shared Memento Mori with a little zing to it. I asked my Twitter followers:

If you had a year to live, would you read any business books?

Let's just say, the responses were... animated.

Here's a visual describing the conundrum:

But before we go any further, you're probably wondering: What's a business book?

As a starting point, we can use these four that I grabbed off my bookshelf. (TBH, as someone who rarely reads non-fiction, they've all been a slog.)

But let's extrapolate more broadly.

A business book could be a memoir (Shoe Dog), a leadership classic (High Output Management), a self-improvement staple (Atomic Habits), a finance how-to (The Little Book that Beats the Market) or a productivity bible (Getting Things Done).

All these books have a simple promise: They'll make you better tomorrow.

They'll either teach you a skill, make you a better investor or improve your odds of succeeding in life.

So let's return to our illustration.

So with a year to live, would you ready any of these books?

The answers were a resounding "Hell No." (It turns out, many just hate the genre of business books.)

But roughly 30% said yes.

A few folks said they'd read books on estate planning.

One person said they'd read Essentialism, to focus on what could be pared down.

Others just loved the genre for its intrinsic value.

(And a bunch of people said they'd be too stoned to read.)

But this question wasn't actually about books. It was a question about striving.

Which brings up a much meatier question: If you had a year to live, would you still strive?


Here are this week's top reads:

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I Thought I Was Prepared for Grief. Then I Lost My Dad

7 minutes | The Non-Linear Life

A deeply moving article on losing a parent. Knocking on wood, I haven't experienced a loss of this magnitude (but know many of our readers have). What really struck me was the "myth of invisibility" - and that grief can be tangible and physical. (As someone who fears death in all of its forms, these stories bring me a lot of peace.)

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// two

You're not successful

4 minutes | Jared Dillian

Can you be professionally successful and have six-pack abs? I have mixed feelings about this post, but it did make me think. It's about career trade-offs - hobbies, family, the gym and making money. We all have the same 24 hours and are each faced with our prioritization challenges. My issue with this post is that it assumes all trade-offs are zero-sum and it assumes success is monetary. (Here's a personal counter-argument 😉)

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// three

The rise of the everyday creator

16 minutes | Shopify


There's a new cohort of creators. They have 9-to-5 jobs and "spend early mornings, evenings, and weekends as influencers on TikTok, personalities on YouTube, streamers on Twitch, writers on Substack, and podcasters broadcasting to your favorite audio feeds." (They probably also don't have kids!) These side projects can expand your relationships, bring in extra income and help make you anti-fragile.

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// four

The time hack everyone should know

8 minutes | MIT Press

This article introduces the concept of Social Economizing to make intentional choices (i.e. how much time we spend on our phones). It argues that if we want to change our behavior, we have two choices: omission (carving out "no-phone time" during dinner) or substitution (replacing screen time with an alternative activity like calling a friend).

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// five

A tragic life

1 minutes | Twitter

No description required, just a brief video:

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