I never provided an October update so I will combine the October and November update into one post.
I completed 8 more books in October and November bringing the total to 48 books this year. This number is right in line with my goal of reaching 52 books by the end of the year.
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
- Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential and Endangered by Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz
- The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness by Oren Harman
- Toxic Charity: How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It by Robert D. Lupton
- Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles #4) by Kevin Hearne
- Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhigit Banerjee and Duflo Esther
- Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Master
- The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
I chose many of the books in an effort to understand effective charity. These books introduced the many intricacies for giving time and money effectively. Ironically, the books suppressed my initial enthusiasm for pursuing more selfless acts. Giving money directly can lead to dependency. Some of the books describe studies showing that the poor of the third world will often direct the money for useless items like cigarettes and alcohol rather than education for their children. The books didn’t provide any insight on what direction to take but at least gave me a much better understanding of many pitfalls and limitations associated with charities. Of all the books, I liked Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton the best.
2. 365 Opportunities
I added a few ideas but no significant progress on this list the past two months. At this point, I’m not actively pursing this goal anymore although I do plan to jot additional ideas into this list.
3. Exercise More Consistently
I really fell behind on my running in October and November. I believe the colder temperatures were mostly to blame. In December, I will try to be more active either by doing some runs (when temperatures permit) or working my scrawny muscles with the dumbbells.
I finished the Introduction to Computational Finance and Financial Econometrics from the University of Washington. I ended up dropping the Giving 2.0 class and taking a class on Data Management for Clinical Research from Vanderbilt University. It was a perfect time to take this class as many of my tasks at work are related to clinical research. I am a week or two away from completing this class, which will fulfill my New Year’s Resolution of completing 5 courses in 2014.
5. Build Something
I fail at this one every month. At least my failure is consistent! That counts for something… maybe?