Hello, and welcome to Pursuit of Impact.
My name is David, and I like to read. A lot. In fact, books have changed my life, and I think that books can have the same impact on anyone willing to put in the work.
As it turns out, I’m not the only one to be so profoundly impacted by a book; George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte, Warren Buffett, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Andrew Carnegie, all were made in part into the game-changers they became through deep, critical reading of books.
And so I read as well, a decent amount if I do say so myself, around 20-30 books a year. Through reading, my eyes have been opened to so much more of life that I did not even know existed before. A life beyond fleeting pleasures and forgotten dreams. What I read is how to create a life of fulfillment, that through a life of discipline and critical thinking, I could actually build myself into the person that I want to be, a person that makes use of the opportunity their life presents and leaves a mark in this world, so that I can look back on my life at the end of it all and be proud of what I did and what I embodied.
This is something that people don’t seem to talk about a lot, which I find extremely baffling and frustrating. I wish I would have realized the power of reading so much earlier in my life, but I simply didn’t know. Really, I didn’t even know that I didn’t know. No one where I came from talked about it or read meaningfully themselves.
This is my attempt to put a dent in that problem, and to share the books that I find impactful and what exactly made them so. This page exists to take all the points that I find meaningful in the books I read and pass them along to you; how the book affected me and what I found meaningful for my own life situation based on how I approached it.
What this means is that these notes are not a synopsis of the key points of each book, nor a critique of the author, writing style, or subject matter. Just what struck me as important, though I try my best to keep things as impersonal as possible so that the notes can be internalized by anyone who reads them. But these are not a Cliff-notes of each book, and I strongly urge you to go out and read any book that strikes you on here for yourself, as nothing can replace the insights and impacts that can come from reading a book deeply for yourself.
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 is fine by me. Not all books are meaningful for all people. It all depends on where you are in life, and hey, it still helped you right? I’ll chalk that up as a win.
But regardless, it’s my hope that the insights here will help you realize the power of books, and will resonate with at least one other person who reads these lines, generating conversation and promoting critical, strategic thinking regarding the world around us and our place in it.
Lastly, I’m just a guy who likes to read, and there is a lot I just 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 that have been most impactful in shaping the way I view myself and the world around me.