Hello, and welcome to Pursuit of Impact.
My name is David Howarth. I work as a financial analyst during the bulk of my days, and am also a husband, dog owner, and avid supporter of all things cleantech. But most importantly, I want to learn how to be the best person I can be, a person that makes a positive, lasting impact in the world, the type of person my future kids and their kids’ kids can be proud of; I person I can be proud of at the end of all things.
In trying to fulfill this aim, I’ve found no better resource on how to think and live that life than the pages of history, where the best ideas from all the human endeavors that have come before us, over hundreds of years, are collected and saved for us to learn from. And so I read a lot (or at least try to), and this page is my meager attempt to try and share the best ideas, virtues, and characteristics that I have come across that had an driving impact on my life.
What I read is how to create a life of fulfillment, that through a life of discipline, critical thinking, and virtue, we can build ourselves into the people that we want to be, people that makes use of the opportunities their lives present and leave a mark in this world, so that we can look back on our lives at the end of it all and be proud of what we did and embodied.
Maybe these thoughts will strike you, maybe they will make your curious enough to read the book yourself, or maybe you’ll find the takeaways meaningless and thus save yourself some time that you can dedicate to a better book, which I’ll still chalk up as a win.
But regardless, it’s my hope that the insights here will help you realize the power of books and the lessons of history, generating conversation and promoting critical, measured, and strategic thinking regarding the world around us and our place in it.
Lastly, I’m only a handful of years into this journey, and there is a lot of material I haven’t gotten to yet, so if you have any advice on particular books or articles to read, or something that has been influential in your life, please pass it on; I would love to hear your stories of what has impacted or inspired you. You can reach me anytime at email@example.com.
Thanks for dropping by, hope to see you again soon. The book that could change your life is right around the corner.
PS. – For anyone that is new, check out my Top Ten tab above for the list of books and other material that have been most impactful in shaping the way I view myself and the world around me.