I’m still reading!
I’m still reading!
I read pretty much everything but I really liked this: Flow Magazine, from the Netherlands.
“A magazine that takes it’s time. Celebrating creativity, imperfection, and life’s little pleasures.”
It’s a recent find of mine during my last trip to Japan. The cover got my attention because I love quotes so much. Also, my current lessons in impermanence have me swayed between emotions of attachment and detachment. Not gonna lie. It’s been difficult to learn. (Ironic when you consider the fact that I’ve been whole-heartedly living by the ideals of transience the past few years.) I suppose Flow provided a good reminder for me to stay present. Everything comes and goes. Everything well, flows.
Finished… Contagious by Jonah Berger was something I picked up at the airport. (Yes, I’ve said it before, airport bookstores always point me to the right material.) This book was especially helpful in providing insight on how to craft messages better and more effectively. Because, in this day and age, we can say a lot of things, but not everything is remembered.
Do you remember the time when you discovered and fell in love with the culture of streetwear? I’m a bit vague with mine. Maybe it was ’05, or ’06 or ’07. The details escape me. But I remember the feeling was real. It could have been that slow type of love. The type that seeps into your being as you watch it grow and evolve over time.
A few weeks ago, I found this book, Streetwear by Steven Vogel, in Amanda and Messie’s house, and it brought back an incredible feeling of nostalgia. I mean, remember those brands with all those different personalities? It was such a time when strong individual identities were coming out through clothing.
Can this just be the bible for every start-up? Ever since I started my own thing this year (plus working with several other start-ups) I’ve been looking for guidance. Diving deep into the world of hustle, I find myself pivoting from one strategy to the other, figuring out what to do through a mix of instinct, trial and error, and the ever-so-reliable Google. In addition, asking other entrepreneurs how they do what they do, and why they do what they do is something that keeps me learning.
Although there is no one size fits all solution for business, I still feel like reading other entrepreneur’s advice is integral to my own decision-making process. Zero to One by Peter Thiel is something that really made me highlight the **** out of this book. I just really love the core message of creating something new, and not copying what everyone else is doing. I would highly recommend you read this, unless you’re like my sister (ahem, @rosarioherrera), who wants to know the summary right away, then click this YouTube video that cleverly draws out the key insights.