For avid-readers and non-readers alike, here are some book recommendations based on what I read in 2018.

To avoid overloading you with numerous recommendations, I’ve whittled down the 70+ books I read in 2018 to the three most important ones (the ones that had the greatest impact on me). At the bottom of this piece, you’ll find some honourable mentions; great books that I enjoyed and you might too. Over the last few years, I’ve read an average of 75 books per year including some re-reads and tend to read almost exclusively nonfiction. 2018 was no different. …


It’s difficult not to appreciate how amazing this building is

Luckily for me, my day job has temporarily moved my office next to this place(above), the Central Library in Edinburgh. Built with funds from none other than Andrew Carnegie in 1890 the Edinburgh Central Library is not only an incredibly impressive building but houses a huge collection. I have spent the past month or so picking up books I’ve wanted to read for a while as well as some that have caught my eye.

‘The Power of Habit’ — Charles Duhigg

There are any number of books you can choose that cover this topic and if you’re anything like me…


One book changed the way I think. One altered how I manage money. Another focussed on improving a skill I use every day. April was a good month for learning and improving.

‘The Consolations of Philosophy’ — Alain de Botton

When reading the kind of material that I do, it is likely that I will stumble across a quote from philosophy, one that so succinctly illustrates the author’s point of view. If you are like me, you probably want to learn more about what Kirkegaard, Nietzsche or Montaigne had to say. …


Making a commitment to yourself and really keeping your promise can be difficult but it can truly be worthwhile too. At this point in time, I have read for 90 consecutive days (I have yet to read today, but I will) and now it is no longer a question of if I will read, the question is more like how much or what will I read today.

Reading every day now feels truly automatic. Regardless of what else is going on, I make the time.

The beauty of this habit is it is the most relaxing activity I enjoy. It’s…


Today is World Book Day so it’s fitting that I share what I read throughout the month of February. Admittedly I had no clue what day today was until I went online to write this.

Before we get into it, I would like to take the time to recognise a few excellent pieces I have read here on Medium too.

Thank you Nick deWilde for this excellent resource: https://medium.com/tradecraft-traction/required-reading-for-early-business-hires-c14cd9b55579#.p1u3hun8q

Thank you Ayodeji Awosika. Having enjoyed and recommended around a quarter of this list myself, I know there are some great books in here that I should read:

Thank you Jimi…


For someone who routinely skipped required reading through school and never picked up a book for leisure, reading every single day seemed like it would be a massive challenge. The truth is, I have read fairly regularly now for 5 years or so and managed to work through 50 books in 2016 (a goal I had set myself before the year began). The key is, I only read books I believe will interest, challenge me or help me grow and if something isn’t working for me I close the book and find something new to read.

This year I have…


I closed out 2016 having read 50 books after having set myself the challenge earlier in the year. When I was younger, you couldn’t pay me to read a book (required reading meant a look at the blurb and a quick Google for me). Things have really changed. In 2017 I decided to up the goal to 55 new books (re-reads of my favourites won’t count). As of 11th January 2017 I have read five (on pace to smash my goal by a huge margin).

I took a moment to figure out what has led to this increased pace and…


Write one word at a time.

Run one step at a time.

Lift one repetition at a time.

Paint one stroke at a time.

Every word, step, rep and stroke builds towards something huge.

The Greats

Paulo Coelho wrote The Alchemist one word at a time.

Roger Bannister ran a four-minute mile one step at a time.

Dwayne Johnson built a career one repetition at a time.

Da Vinci painted The Last Supper one stroke at a time.

All of the greats did something each of us have the ability to do right now.

Now

As in this very moment, we can take…


Casey Neistat said the following in his Vlog episode ‘What’s The Secret’:

“What do I have to show for today? Without my Vlog the answer is nothing.”

He recently took a week long break to enjoy a holiday with his wife. He said he struggled with doing nothing and questioned himself constantly. He went on to say that putting a video out every day is his purpose and it has come to define him.

But back to the question.

What do I have to show for today?

It’s something I used to circle back to regularly. Some days would pass…


“Time is money”

We spend both, doesn’t mean they are the same. It’s not really an accurate metaphor either.

In business, we understand the leveraging of assets is the way to succeed. These assets do include your time and the time of others in the organisation. But when did success equate to money?

Surely impact is a greater measure of success or perhaps happiness is the better yardstick for that matter. Contentment with what we have created and achieved.

Our time is best spent on the things we can change for the better. The impact we can have, the joy we can create.

Time is finite. Spend it wisely.

This piece originally appeared on justfraserg.com as part of a daily writing challenge I started upon turning 26.

Fraser Grant

Digital Marketer by day, Music Producer by night. Follow for: stories, marketing ideas and book recommendations. http://justfraserg.com

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