5 Books to Keep You Busy During a Category 5 Hurricane

5 books

Well, I’m utterly exhausted.

A few days ago, I mentioned that my mom and I booked a last minute flight directly into Hurricane Irma, a dangerous Category 5 storm that was quite literally five hundred miles across. We attempted to evacuate my great-grandparents (both in their 90’s), but as the weather got increasingly worse and people started freaking out, travel became impossible.

So we hunkered down.

“Hunkered.” Yes, that’s a word. According to The Weather Channel.

As you can see, I’m alive. The rest of the details are quite interesting, but they deserve a more detailed story. I’ll leave that for an upcoming podcast.

In the meantime, I’d like to note two things that are remarkable to me:

1. I still sent out an email to the tribe every day without interruption, even though I didn’t have electricity for several days.

How? Before things got really bad, I was able to schedule multiple newsletters in advance so that even if I went “dark,” I was still showing up for you every day as promised. More than just patting myself on the back, I’m in awe at my own level of commitment.

Even in the face of a natural disaster, I am ready to go. I am mastering my craft. I am fully enrolled. Although this is a lifetime pursuit, I truly feel like I’ve leveled to “professional” at this point.

I believe Steven Pressfield would be proud. I’m doing the work. 

I’m grateful to have found something I enjoy doing so much that I’m willing to go to extreme lengths to make it happen. I couldn’t have anticipated feeling so strongly about a “silly little blog” back in October 2012 when Rich20Something.com was an infant.

I’m actually practicing what I preach and leading by example. This isn’t something that I’ve always done. I’ve had to learn how to keep my word to others and myself.

It feels really good.

2. I had the opportunity to read 5 good books over the last 2-3 days. Yes, paper books. 

I’ll never let go of my good ol’ analog books. Flipping through pages with a flashlight or a candle during a storm is the height of romanticised reading. I love it!

Here’s what I read as Hurricane Irma bore down upon us:

  1. The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke — better than the move. And the movie was superb.
  2. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance — not enough can be said about this one. Everyone needs to read it.
  3. The Consulting Bible by Alan Weiss — Bible is the only way I’d describe it. Covers everything.
  4. Silent Power by Stuart Wilde — very good. I love Wilde. Advanced. Best for experienced psychedelic practitioners.
  5. The Instant Economist by Timothy Taylor — short, sweet and to the point.

Five very different books. All wonderful. I’ll do more in-depth reviews of each in an upcoming podcast.

For now, I need to get my life together. I’m flying back to Los Angeles tomorrow.

On Friday, I leave for Bali.

Love you guys,



Daniel DiPiazza

Daniel is the founder and CEO of Rich20Something. A millennial business mastermind, he has successfully started three consecutive freelance businesses and scaled them to over $100K in revenue with zero startup capital. His work is regularly featured in Time Magazine, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Fox News, and Yahoo! Business. His debut book, Rich20Something, publishes on May 2, 2017.

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