The First Billion Is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America’s Energy Future was the sixty sixth book of 2015, which I enjoyed.

Study those that you aspire to be.  T. Boone Pickens has an impressive record which probably anyone on the planet would like to emulate or recreate. Very happy to have grabbed a copy of First Billion is the Hardest.  Pickens reviews his entire history of where he came from, where he found success, the failures he learned from, and explains what motivates his decisions along the way.  He has an exceptionally impressive story; what he has done in the area of big oil, energy, water, and even his massive investments in Oklahoma State University’s athletics are reviewed.

This was a great book. I think what I really enjoyed from First Billion is the Hardest, was his discussions of his failures, especially what he learned from them and what he did after them.  This solidifies in my mind the rapidly learning leader which I’ve worked toward developing into.

The First Billion is the Hardest was a fantastic book!  Read it!

Make sure to check out all the books I’ve enjoyed in 2015.


Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else was the sixty fifth book of 2015, which I enjoyed.

Talent is Overrated focused on exactly what the title advertises, hard work or rather deliberate practice is what truly matters.  This book reenforced my knowledge of practicing something you’re focusing your efforts on.  But it took it slightly in a different direction.  It really made sure the reader understood to race through or skip over the items that they were already great at doing.  This then allows the person trying to accomplish deliberate practice to focus on the things they do poorly in order to drastically improve upon them.  Then doing something end to end with the same easy across the board.

I enjoyed this book, if you don’t know anything about what I’m talking about when I say deliberate practice, read this book!  I had some reference to it but still found value in reviewing Talent is Overrated!

Make sure to check out all the books I’ve enjoyed in 2015.


Managing Oneself was the sixty fourth book of 2015, which I enjoyed.

Managing Oneself is a Harvard Thoughts piece about how to manage your own career.  It reviews how the changes of work from labor to knowledge has progressed and what today’s knowledge workers are faced with compared to their labor working predecessors.  The interesting thing that is occurring to the knowledge workforce is that around middle age they are becoming bored and the challenge has gone stale; they have become the expert at that knowledge work.  The options that are discussed and offered in the development of a second career are that the person: 1) starts one; 2) develops another career in parallel; or 3) goes the social entrepreneur route.

The book is a speed read and definitely serves to broaden your perspective.  I found Managing Oneself to be extremely eye opening as I’ve started to approach the frustration points and lack of improvement/change in my current knowledge workforce environment.

Make sure to check out all the books I’ve enjoyed in 2015.

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