I took an off the grid vacation last week. I needed it as I was pretty fried feeling on May 15th when I checked out.
Amy and I went … nowhere. We stayed at home. I slept late each day. I exercised. I read. I napped. We finished watching Breaking Bad. I played with my Glowforge and made a bunch of Ear Savers. I wrote a little, but not too much, on my next book (The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche: A Book for Disruptors.)
I read two great memoirs, both by women I respect a lot.
- Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir by Madeline Albright
- It’s About Damn Time: How to Turn Being Underestimated into Your Greatest Advantage by Arlan Hamilton
Madeline and Arlan are each incredible leaders, brave people, and women that I have learned a lot from. I’ve been fortunate to spend time with both of them and be involved in things that they created (in Madeline’s case, The Albright Institute; in Arlan’s case, Backstage Capital). I loved reading these books and recommend them for everyone, especially if you are interested in leadership.
I also read two books that are pertinent to this moment in time.
- The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John Barry
- The Great Crash 1929 by John Kenneth Galbraith
They were also each excellent and gave me useful perspective on our current reality, along with how our government responded during two other major crises (one health, one economic.)
It’s a beautiful day in Boulder today. I’m glad to be back from what was a much needed vacation.