September 2, 2020
Not really a review, just some notes on a few of my favorite parts of the book The Algebra of Happiness by Scott Galloway (aka Prof G)
“Your metrics, and the numbers that loom large for you, say a lot about who you are.” This got me thinking about what metrics I use. Like Galloway, I religiously track net worth (can’t help it - accountant and all). I like to see the progress we’re making. Other metrics I more loosely track:
The story about his mom’s “irrational passion about his well-being” made me tear up. I want to be that parent for my kids. To not only make sure they know I love them deeply, but that I have their back and hopefully give them the confidence to know they have value and deserve love.
Just remember to be more in the moment. I am getting better at this, but as a planner sometimes I can’t help but think ahead. This passage especially spoke to me:
“Why am I so fucking stressed today, trying to build a better tomorrow, when I’m equally stressed the next day? When does tomorrow, the reward, become today?”
So simple, but profound.
I highly recommend the book. It is a short, easy read. I finished it in a couple days. My only quibble was with the book itself. It is so small, I found it hard to hold in my hand too long before cramping up.