Book 3 of 36.
When I first set my goal of reading 5 books a month, I wanted to strike a balance between reading for pleasure and reading to learn. Reading for pleasure often meant fiction that I could escape to while reading to learn equated to non-fiction that seemed to be a chore to get through. Nonetheless, I knew I needed to push myself to really reap the benefits of this reading goal.
I came across an article about the book that Bill Gates was giving to 2018 college grads and decided to kick off my first non-fiction book with Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think. I didn’t realize that by starting with this book, I’d be setting the bar pretty high for all other non-fiction to follow.
Factfulness is about the silent progress the world has made and how to see it more clearly.
Using the tips and tools provided to look at the world factfully, we’re better equipped to make investment decisions that have the greatest impact; whether it’s making a business investment in a growing market, investing medical resources to help fight spread of disease, or investing time and effort behind a cause such as global warming.
Definitely an inspiring read. If there is only one non-fiction book you read this year, make this one it. Factfulness is a book that I will keep on my bookshelf to revisit year after year.