Books Of Mentors

I’ve recently discovered a book genre that I love: collections of advice from a large number of mentors, experts, or people otherwise considered to be the best at what they do.

My first exposure to this format was Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal, which features essays from Warren Buffett, Anderson Cooper, Jillian Michaels, Michael Bloomberg, and dozens of other luminaries, each sharing their challenges, obstacles, and lessons learned along the way.

After that, I had to check out Tim Ferriss’s famed bestseller Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World, which, so far, does not disappoint. Ferriss takes a question-based approach to the concept, and it’s interesting to see so many varying perspectives on the same set of thoughtfully chosen questions.

Not all advice is good advice for all people—but the right advice at the right time for the right person can be life-altering.

My New Favorite Way To Read

When it comes to books, I often bounce between audiobooks and ebooks (I rarely read physical books these days). Audiobooks are great when I’m out and about and looking for passive consumption, whereas ebooks feel more appropriate when I’m sitting down and focusing on reading.

A few days ago, something compelled me to combine the two. I opened up a book in iBooks, started playing its audio counterpart in Audible, and in that moment I knew I’d just discovered my favorite way to read.

With the text in front of me and the narration chugging along (at 2x speed), I’m forced to keep up. And because I’m consuming the content in two different formats simultaneously, I’ve noticed a marked boost in comprehension—even with the increased pace.

So far, this seems like a great way to read more efficiently and attentively. I recommend giving it a try!

Reading In The Digital Age

When I was younger, I loved libraries and bookstores. So many books, so many fellow book lovers, and the wonderful, nostalgic scent of ink printed on dead trees (you know the one I’m talking about!). It was great.

Today, visiting a library or bookstore is a rare event—and the end feels imminent. When you have a portal containing the entirety of human literature in your pocket, libraries—and indeed, printed books themselves—obsolesce.

I have an entire library of books on my iPhone. Wherever I go, I always have something to read. And while I’m sad that libraries and physical bookstores will one day vanish, I’m equally grateful for the portability and ease-of-access that ebooks bring to the table. I can’t carry hundreds of paperbacks in my pants.