The people you meet and the books you read.

LukeMysse_booklist books

I was reminded a couple weeks ago about a great quote by the late Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones. He said “Five years from today, you will be the same person that you are today, except for the books you read and the people you meet.” .

Last night I returned from an amazing trip to San Francisco for the HOW Design Live conference. As a speaker I had opened and closed the Creative Freelance conference on Saturday / Sunday but then stayed to take in some sessions of HOW Live.

It’s crazy when I think about how I only see some of these people once a year and yet we pick up right where we left off. So much inspiration has come from this group, I can certainly say that I’m not the same person because of them.

I’m going to issue a HOW Live challenge. People and Books.
1 – Share a book that you’ve read in the last year.
(I just emailed out a my Book List to a couple people that asked for it after hearing me speak. Post what you’re reading right now twitter.)

2 – Introduce someone to someone else.
(You know when you meet someone and say “oh you need to meet blank” but then you get busy and forget? Let’s stop forgetting and actually send that intro right now.)

One Response to “The people you meet and the books you read.”

  • sarah seward says:

    Thanks for posting you terrific book list Luke! It saves me the trouble of hassling you for it too! I thought your talks at the HOW CFC were inspiring and enlightening. I for one, am taking what you said with heart, to heart.

    Right now I am reading Six Memos for the New Millennium, by Italo Calvino. Technically it is a defense of literature, but it argues for values that are critical to good design too: lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, multiplicity, and consistency.

    Onward and Upward!