The highlight of being self employed and having a large amount of “free” time is the ability to read.
I love reading.
A lot of very successful people recommending reading too, so I’m sticking to it, and would highly recommend you to do so!
But if you don’t currently have a reading habit… Here are a few recommendations I would give myself
Don’t force yourself to read “smart” books
Read to enjoy yourself, don’t force it, you’ll get to a point where picking up a book becomes a habit and you’ll want to learn something new!
Start reading for the fun of it – don’t start reading complicated investment / psychology books if that’s not your cup to tea.
You’ll get to a point where that’s what you want to do,
don’t force it!
However, if you like reading here are a few of my favorite books as a trader
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Mental Game of Poker (1&2) by Jared Tendler
The way to Love by Anthony de Mello
Seeking Wisdom from Munger to Darwin by Peter Bevelin
Inside the House of Money / The Alpha Masters / Market Wizards (great collection about hedge fund managers)
There’s no need to read thousands of books
Instead find books that open your mind and read them, make sure you assimilate, take notes, go back, re-read them etc
Don’t rush the process
Don’t read to show off and be the smart ass that tells everyone he speeds read a book a day but doesn’t apply shit
You don’t even need to read books, there’s loads of great blogs
A few blogs I like to follow:
Does twitter count? There’s a few amazing accounts there!
P.S. Currently reading: The Invisible Hands top hedge fund traders… Steven Drobny