The Best Books I’ve Read in 2019

by Juvoni Beckford@juvoni
April 26th, 2020 2 min readAnnual Updates,Best Books

Children of Time

“That is the problem with ignorance. You can never truly know the extent of what you are ignorant about.”

― Adrian Tchaikovsky, Children of Time

The State of Affairs

"Our partners do not belong to us; they are only on loan, with an option to renew - or not. Knowing that we can lose them does not have to undermine commitment; rather, it mandates an active engagement that long-term couples often lose. The realization that our loved ones are forever elusive should jolt us out of complacency, in the most positive sense.”

― Esther Perel, The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity

How to Change Your Mind

“You go deep enough or far out enough in consciousness and you will bump into the sacred. It’s not something we generate; it’s something out there waiting to be discovered. And this reliably happens to nonbelievers as well as believers.” Second, that, whether occasioned by drugs or other means, these experiences of mystical consciousness are in all likelihood the primal basis of religion.”

― Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind

The Dichotomy of Leadership

“If mistakes happen, effective leaders don’t place blame on others. They take ownership of the mistakes, determine what went wrong, develop solutions to correct those mistakes and prevent them from happening again as they move forward.”

Mastery

“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.”

― Robert Greene, Mastery

Finite and Infinite Games

“A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”

― James P. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility

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