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Must-Read's For Creative Builders: 10 Books That'll Change Your Life

I read an asininely large number of books. I probably open or start 300 to 500 books a year, finish 50, read substantial parts of 50 more, and listen to another 30 to 70 on audio. I tend to "fast read" books - which is where I skim until I hit a particularly good part, and then slow down for comprehension. When I read a book that's highly tactical, I try to go through it slowly over a couple months while implementing and testing the tactics.

The following isn't my list of favorite books, nor the best books written, nor even the most important to me. Instead, it's my picks of "must reads" if you're doing "creative building."

That's where you're simultaneously trying to invent/innovate while growing and diffusing your inventions and innovations. It's what entrepreneurs do, but not entrepreneurs only. The following list would be useful to someone trying to proliferate their writing, become prominent in fields ranging from music or journalism, and possibly even governance and politics.

There'll be a mix of philosophical, strategic, and tactical books on the list. Let's begin:

1. Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa - If you're talented and get frustrated with stupid people, you have to read "Musashi" by Eiji Yoshikawa. I mean, you have to. Musashi was one of the greatest swordsmen in Japanese history, invented a new Japanese longblade/shortblade mixed style of swordsmanship, and at one point fought himself out of an ambush when he was attacked by over 30 men. He was undefeated in over 60 duels, including defeating arguably the second best swordsman in Japan at the time while fighting with a wooden oar he carved into a rough swordlike shape. Yoshikawa writes his story about getting into conflict with mainstream society and all of the friction before finally finding a way to hone his craft without unnecessary conflict - and thus reach an even higher level of perfection. A brilliant philosophical read, but also a hell of a swashbuckling story. If you only read one book on this list, read this one.

Bones

On Natural Health Hack

“Going Paleo” is not something I think we’ll incorporate into our family protocol anytime soon. Nor is being a vegetarian. Both of these lifestyle choices could easily take several blog posts all on their own and yet as if they were politics, I may stay away from them in their entirety….we’ll see.

However, both of these relatively drastic dietary choices have merits, and for the topic of this blog I want to talk about bones. Bones...as in using the complete carcass in the case of poultry. The nutrient dense stock you get from them when properly preparing at home makes it not even a comparable product to anything you buy in the store. If you look at the ingredient list in anything store bought there is no indication of bones or how the stock is made. The bones are the key, and usually the difference in terminology. Chicken broth is usually made when cooking the meat with some vegetables and seasonings. Chicken stock is what we’re talking about here….made with the bones.

When cooked at the lowest simmer possible, for the longest amount of time….as much as 24 hours or so, the minerals that leech from the bones are second to none. When I drink it, I seriously feel nourished deep down….it’s hard to describe.

Here are some of the reasons why:

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