Charlie Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, once commented – “In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time – none, zero.”
I came across this comment in mid 30’s and it made me to read a book every week. If I had a time machine then I would go back to my teenage and read the following books from multiple disciplines before I turned 20.
First I will learn how to read, write, and think so that I can read, write, and think to learn better.
If superior creatures from space ever visit earth, the first question they will ask, in order to assess the level of our civilization, is: ‘Have they discovered evolution yet?‘
Terribly smart people make totally bonkers mistakes by not knowing basic human psychology. Without a basic understanding of human psychology we will fail in our life.
If you don’t get elementary mathematics into your repertoire, then you go through a long life like a one legged man in an ass kicking contest. You’re giving a huge advantage to everybody else.
Habits of the mind formed from science are very valuable. Physics is the queen of all sciences and it explains how everything in this world works with absolute precision.
Directly or Indirectly we all do business. Hence it is very important to learn the basics of business.
7. Randomness and Luck
A small number of black swans explain almost everything in our world, from the success of ideas and religions, to the dynamics of historical events, to elements of our own personal lives. But these are predictable only in hindsight and luck plays a huge role in all these outcomes.
It costs only $516.12 to read these 20 books. The value that one gets out of these books are huge compared to the price paid. I am happy that I read these books in mid 30’s. Better late than never. I hope my kids who are yet to enter their teenage reads these books before they turn 20.