Things that inspired us this year

David Dickson
Head of SuperscriptQ
21 December 2020
2 minute read

2020 has been a challenging year for each and every one of us. So, as we prepare for 2021, it feels only natural to reflect, sharing with you the advised team's most insightful listens, reads, or watches this year. Here they are:

Ben Davis, Insurance Lead

I’ve been reading 'Meditations' by Marcus Aurelius which is about stoic philosophy. It’s incredibly helpful as it puts things into perspective and has been very insightful in a year where things have seemed very uncertain. It helped motivate me at work and helped me unwind after the day as I was able to unplug from the computer.

David Dickson, Head of SuperscriptQ

I’ve found the Faces of the Pandemic a really fascinating and quite inspiring project. It’s a moving, eye-opening, biographical account of so many peoples’ lockdown experiences - both photos and interviews. I can’t help but be inspired by peoples’ resilience and determination to overcome all sorts of adversity. It’s not yet out to the public, but make sure you register your interest!

Ella Henderson, Assistant Account Executive

I only ever read on my commute, or on holiday, so I found it really hard to get back into reading when in lockdown. I picked up a few books but none that really blew me away until a friend recommended me 'A Little Life' , with the warning label “it's an emotional one”.

The lengthy book was very daunting but it has easily slipped into number one place for the best book I have ever read. It goes into the lives of four men in New York, and their friendship from school to adulthood whilst going into the backgrounds of each. It is a challenging and an upsetting book but one you cannot put down and need to discuss it with others.

George Bryant, Solutions Executive

Would have to be the Jonny Wilkinson episode of the High Performance podcast for me - an incredible dive into how obsession with perfection and goal setting can allow you to reach everything you’ve set out for but also leave you feeling directionless and empty when you achieve it!

Luke Chesworth, Senior Account Manager

Mine would have to be 'Atomic Habits' by James Clear. Without the usual routine of commuting into the office it was tempting to let bad habits take hold. The book gives some practical tips to hack your brain, create good habits and get rid of bad ones.

Nic Muturniuc, Account Executive

For me, it was this book I read at the beginning of the year called 'The War on Normal People' by Andrew Yang. It's basically a book about universal basic income (UBI), an idea I've been curious about for a while but never really found a satisfactory explanation about how that can be implemented. This book makes a good argument for this and I'd thoroughly recommend it.

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