The Best of Farnam Street 2013

What better way to send off 2013 than a look back on the best reads? Here are the most read and shared articles on Farnam Street in 2013.

1. The Buffett Formula — How To Get Smarter
Most people go though life not really getting any smarter. Why? They simply won’t do the work required.

2. Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport With Anyone
Robin is the lead instructor at the FBI’s Counterintelligence Training Center in all behavioral and interpersonal skills training. And he wrote an awesome book on how to master the skills of communication.

3. The Path of Amateurs
Robert Greene talks about what separates amateurs and masters.

4. Learn Anything Faster With The Feynman Technique
An incredibly simple and effective way to learn new things and identify holes in your knowledge.

5. Warren Buffett: The three things I look for in a person
“You’re looking for three things, generally, in a person,” says Buffett. “Intelligence, energy, and integrity. And if they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two. I tell them, ‘Everyone here has the intelligence and energy—you wouldn’t be here otherwise. But the integrity is up to you. You weren’t born with it, you can’t learn it in school.”

6. The Single Most Important Change You Can Make In Your Working Habits
The single most important change you can make in your working habits is to switch to creative work first, reactive work second.

7. What I’m reading
A list of almost everything I’ve read since May. This does not include books started and stopped.

8. How to Read A Book
If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t given much thought to how you read.

9. Finding Time to Read
There is no question I’m asked more than some variant of “how do you find the time to read so much?”

10. Steve Jobs: The Most Important Thing
In this video clip, from a 1995 interview while he was still at NeXT, Steve Jobs captures a lot about life.

Happy New Year!