Hello, I’m Joshua Best

I live in Omaha, Nebraska and have been working on SAP Payroll/Employee Central Payroll for the last 10 years or so. I’m currently a Senior Consultant for AspireHR.

This website is where I’ll keep a few thoughts I have, as they come up and also a few book notes as I read. I’m also trying to publish monthly updates on what I’ve been up to. If you’d like to get these monthly updates delivered by e-mail, consider subscribing to my newsletter.

😀 Updates since last month

Updated: December 1, 2022

  • It’s been 2 months since my last update, it’s been a very busy season for me and my family
  • I’ve always liked the idea of the Light Phone, but don’t think I’d ever actually be able to make the switch – but I am trying out the Olauncher for Android, which is a little bit of a halfway point.
  • I’ve decided I’m going to spend next year re-reading books I’ve already read – which I think will be an interesting exercise.

📗 Book I’m currently reading

📕 Books I finished reading last month

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    • A classic that seemed interesting since it’s about that time of year again… and now that I’ve read it, would say that it doesn’t necessarily 
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
    • I read this as a kid and remember liking it.  This time we read it as a family and discussed it as we read.  It was still good the second time.
  • One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch
    • I rated this one a rare 5 stars. This talked about basic methods for analyzing companies to determine if they might be a good investment and it was written in a way in which a beginner could understand.  It was exactly what I was looking for.
  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
    • It’s been a few weeks since I finished this one, the quote that keeps popping in my head from it is that humans are a “weedy species” – I thought that was an interesting way to describe us.

🎸 Music I’ve been listening to

  • Only the Strong Survive, Bruce Springsteen
    • I didn’t think I’d like this album, and like most albums, I didn’t until I listened to it at least 3 times. Now I’m enjoying it – and it’s made me appreciate some of the original Soul music as well.
  • Year Of The Dark horse, The White Buffalo
    • Still trying to get into this one, totally.  The White Buffalo’s last album, On The Widow’s Walk I liked immediately – but that has not been the case with this album. But, I’ll give it a few more listens.

🎧 Podcast episodes I thought were interesting

  • 001. Rules of the game, Bedros Keuilian
    • This podcast is new to me, but I really enjoyed this one where he goes through 6 “rules of the game”, or rather 6 rules to live by.

🎥 Videos I thought were worth watching

  • Philadelphia, Neil Young
    • A great performance of a great song.
  • Father and Son, Yusuf / Cat Stevens
    • A great performance of a great song

Quote I’ve been thinking about

“You get more out of reading 1 book that’s great 5 times than out of reading 5 mediocre books.

Books that are older, in general, tend to be better because the reason the reason the person wrote it was a different intention. They wrote it because they wanted to transmit knowledge to the next generation. Whereas the people who write books are now are writing for money, writing for notoriety, or writing to sell other shit.

If I read something once, I still don’t know it yet. I will read a book 2 times, 3 times, 4 times, 5 times – until I can teach the book.

If your behavior doesn’t change as a result of reading a book then it means you’ve learned nothing which means it was a waste of time. Many people that read books are just wasting their time, because their behavior doesn’t change

– Alex Hormozi, 14 Life Lessons I Wish I Knew Earlier,

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