The Continued Quest For Knowledge in 2016


“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”
Benjamin Franklin

This post was born out of recent posts I read by Jens Pillgram-Larsen on his quest to read more in 2016 and Digg founder Kevin Rose’s new years resolutions. Jens is the Director of Engineering for Developer Tools at LinkedIn, and if you are not already frequenting his posts you can view them here. I also am apart of Kevin Rose’s monthly newsletter for the curious, The Journal. They are both great reads!

Much like Jens, one of my personal goals for 2016 is to read more. I used to be a voracious reader when I was younger. However, being a recent graduate it’s been tough trying to fit in all of my aspirations (health optimization, reading, side projects, etc.) on top of a 40+ hour work week. Currently, I read articles from outlets like HackerNews, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, The Economist, Wired, TechCrunch and blog posts from informative leaders. One thing that the great innovators and leaders I look up to all have in common is that they are all constantly reading. To attain my goals I am going to set forth actionable items this year to keep track of my progress in three areas I want to improve upon. I figured I’d share them with you, so here it goes!

Reading

Like Jens, I will also be taking on the personal goal of reading 50 new books this year. This will not be easy but I will simply have to cut down on TV and listening to music or podcasts on the way to work and instead reading, and listening to audio-books in place of these. Some of the books on my list:

So far I’ve read…

  • Ben Franklin an American Life by Walter Isaacson
  • The Magic of Big Thinking by David Schwartz
  • Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten The World Economy by Raghuram Rajan

Currently…

  • The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking, and the Future of the Global Economy by Mervyn King

Some in the pipeline…

  • Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
  • The Software Paradox by Stephen O’Grady

Side Projects

My goal is to develop a new software product(s) in 2016. I am currently working on a mobile iOS app with some friends and would like to continue working with them on future projects. My current fascination is in virtual reality, and also in leveraging data that is already out there in the ethos. With the myriad of open source code, APIs, and data at our fingertips there are perpetual permutations of this data that can unveil fascinating insights and as such can create innovative products that enhance peoples lives without having to reinvent the wheel.

Tracking My Progress

Further goals will be to experiment with different health optimization methods. I just started a Ketogenic Diet today (more on that later). I also plan to watch a TED Talk a day. This list may continue to grow and I will track my progress in each area using the iOS App, “Way of Life”.

What are your goals for 2016?