Seneca The Shortness of Life



In this book, Seneca talks about the shortness of life. My favorite quote of all time comes from this book when Seneca states:

“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted on heedless luxury and no good activity ,we are forced at last by deaths final constraint to realize that it has passed before we even knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life, but we make it short, and we are not ill supplied, but wasteful of it”

Read and reread that quote and let it sink it. So much is to be learned, but one who masters their time is the master of their fate. Its not what you do 20% of the time that matters, its what you do 80%. Remember that Pareto Principle we talked about?

If applied to your life, this book can get you off your ass and inspire you to do something meaningful (it has for me). I will leave you with one last quote from the text:

“You will find no one willing to share out his money; but to how many does each of us divide up his life! People are frugal in guarding their property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time, they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy”






Books this Week

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  • A new methodology to fuel innovation and maximization of our most limited resource, time.
  •  The entrepreneurship courses I’m taking at Purdue University teach mostly from this awesome nonfiction book.


lean Startup

The Decision Book by Mikael Krogerus
  •  Provides countless models for strategic thinking. Includes sections on how to better understand oneself, how to improve onself, how to understand others, and how to improve others.
  •  This book emphasizes many models we have talked about in the business courses I am currently taking. The Pareto Principle, The BCG model (Growth) , SWOT analysis and many more.


The Decision Book


Profit First by Roman Tschappeler
  •  This book has a revolutionary way to look at turning a profit in business. Who would have guessed that such a simple concept could change everything.
  • For anyone in business, planning on going into business, or interested in business, this book is vital. It takes the accounting principle Revenue-Expenses = Profit and rearranges it so that Revenue-Profit = Expenses. This suttle change can be the difference between beautiful success and utter defeat.
  • It is human tendency to spend more as we make more. As the revenue of a company increases the expenses almost identically increase, leaving the profit as the scraps we walk away with. If implemented correctly, this new equation will provide a safeguard against our predispositions.


Profit First