“Thus you see I am in a fair way of having no other tasks, than such as I shall like to give myself, and of enjoying what I look upon as a great happiness, leisure to read, study, make experiments, and converse at large with such ingenious and worthy men, as are pleased to honor me with their friendship or acquaintance, on such points as may produce something for the common benefit of mankind, uninterrupted by the little cares and fatigues of business.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Prestige is especially dangerous to the ambitious. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, the way to do it is to bait the hook with prestige. That’s the recipe for getting people to give talks, write forewords, serve on committees, be department heads, and so on. It might be a good rule simply to avoid any prestigious task. If it didn’t suck, they wouldn’t have had to make it prestigious.” -Paul Graham

Books worth reading:
– “Getting Things Done” by David Allen
– “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
– “The 4-Hour Workweek”, “The 4-Hour Body”, and “Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferriss
– “Stumbling on Happiness” by Dan Gilbert
– “The Intelligent Investor” by Benjamin Graham
– “Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success” by Adam Grant
– “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” and “Homo Deus” by Yuval Harari
– “A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy” by William Irvine
– “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman
– “So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love” by Cal Newport
– “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown
– “Drive” by Daniel Pink
– “The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature” by Steven Pinker
– “Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb