Last year I started off the year by making Ashlee Vance’s biography of Elon Musk the first book I read all year. I wanted to start 2016 off better than 2015 and thought this book might help my thinking. The story is on Musk is quite interesting if anything to simply show how much he believes in himself even when the odds seem stacked against him and the money in the bank grows lower. I tried to use Musk’s story to improve my own self-confidence and I felt like the most concrete way I was able to do so was to reduce the amount I took on and instead focus on doing a better job of what I had in front of me.
I will be repeating this little project in 2017 by starting the year off by reading Spread Spectrum:Hedy Lamarr and the mobile phone by Rob Walters. I know very little about spread spectrum technology and Hedy Lamarr had a very interesting life and is greatly underappreciated in modern society. Hopefully this book will prove to be as motivational over the course of the year in a similar manner as Musk’s biography was.