Readings for Personal Mission Statments

Like the Ted Talks, this is by no means an exhaustive list of all the best things that I think you should read to help you learn about your values! However, I think this is a good place to start and I will continue to update and add items to this list as I find them. Here is a brief description of the readings as well as links to follow. I will write longer posts on each of these readings and how they have impacted my understanding of the world. Those will be added to the descriptions as they are written!

First, Seneca: on the Shortness of Life then read: Brain Pickings On Seneca

  • Seneca is a Stoic philosopher whose letters talk about the same issues of wealth, distraction, and happiness that we face today.

Daili Lama: Hold Others Superior

  • This is one part of a series of letters that the Dali Lama wrote on living life in a Buddhist way.

What Do We Mean by The Meaning of Life???

  • This is a Nihilist interpretation about how to measure your meaning in life.  It provides a good framework to think about the choices you make in terms of the connections that those decisions have to others.

Retire By Age 30 (It is possible just think differently)

  • This is the starting post for one of my favorite blogs, Mr. Money Mustache. He explores the value of financial independence and maximizing your happiness for every dollar that you spend and save.

80,000 Hours: Make Your Work Count

  • Started by a Cambridge professor, 80,000 hours was the first nonprofit to enter into Y-Combinator. It looks at how a person can use the time that they have for a typical life of a person working a 40 hour work week in a way that will help a problem the world is facing the most.

Become an Effective CEO: Chief Emotions Officer

  • Tim Ferriss runs a popular podcast and blog. This post is about managing your emotions in the face of stressful situations.

Happy, Smart and Useful

  • This short post from Derek Sivers gives a simple checklist to ask yourself if what you are doing makes you feel happy, if it has a smart long-term goal and if it is useful to others.

How To Do What You Love and Make Money

  • Another post from Derek Sivers which gives a different way of thinking about doing what you love which is just find a job and then do something else on the side.

How Much Money Do You Really Need?

  • This is a google spreadsheet that asks you to write down your expenses in a way that promotes understanding of the things that actually make you happy.

How To Find Your Purpose

  • Brain Pickings is a wonderful blog run by Maria Papova that explores old literature and letters in a refreshing and modern way.