Make Your Bed

Book #12: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life …And Maybe the World, William McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired)

It is commencement season.  And on campuses nationwide, thousands of speeches are given to countless graduates seeking to impart pearls of wisdom for the new post-scholastic life to come.  On May 17, 2014 Admiral William McRaven addressed the graduating students at the University of Texas.  In his speech he drew 10 life lessons from his experience in SEAL training.  This book is based on that speech.  It is full lessons that will change your life… and maybe the world.  It is a short but excellent read.

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Red Platoon

41fd-gh6mzlBook #11: Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor, Clinton Romesha

Charged with dismantling a strategically indefensible outpost in Nuristan province in Afghanistan, the members of Black Knight Troop found themselves in a fight for their lives against 300 Taliban fighters.  Beginning in the early morning hours, the men in Command Outpost Keating found themselves surrounded, under attack and overrun by the enemy.  Over the ensuing dozen hours, the men of Black Knight Troop fought to regain control of their base and repel the Taliban.  In this memoir, Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha tells the story of the events of October 3, 2009.  It is a testament to the heroism of the 8 soldiers killed and a tribute to everybody on the ground and in the air that contributed to bringing the rest of the company home alive.  It is a moving book honoring the heroes that gave their lives in the service of their country.

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Dodge City

61h2bd0vaa3lBook #10: Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West, Tom Clavin

Wyatt Earp is perhaps one of the most storied and well known lawmen on the western frontier in the late 1800’s.  Cattle driving combined with the presence of the railroad made cities across the western frontier bustling towns full of crime, corruption and carousing.  And of all cities that needed taming, Dodge City, KS was perhaps the most notorious.  This town of cowboys, gamblers, drunks and prostitutes had a reputation for wild and loose living.  This is the story of how Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and a posse of other lawmen tamed the Wild West.

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The White Coat Investor

b00icxcuj6-01-lBook #9: White Coat Investor: A Doctor’s Guide to Personal Finance and Investing, James M Dahle

I have spent in total 25 years of my life in school and in training for the job that I now do.  From kindergarten through high school, college through fellowship, I have spent countless hours learning and training.  Doctors when they graduate from residency or fellowship are well versed in human anatomy, physiology and the latest evidence based strategies for patient evaluation and treatment.  But in these 25 years of training, the one area that received the least amount of training was personal finance.  Excluding an hour long seminar in Medical School and courses in Macro and Microeconomics, all of my training in personal finance was handed down from my Dad or self sought.  Doctors (and most people in general) receive little formal training on the one aspect that will have the biggest impact on their personal lives, career and standard of living in retirement: money management.  Choices made over a career can be the difference between retiring in comfort or with very little.  While there are general principles of money management and investing that are universally applicable, there are aspects of financial planning for physicians that are unique to this cohort.  This book, written by an Emergency Physician, is a primer on investing geared specifically for doctors.  It is a must read for physicians especially those early in their career.

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