Category Archives: PM

This is about Personal Management.

Feeling Good

Feelin’ good, feelin’ good
All the money in the world spent on feelin’ good

The above are a part of the chorus of the song Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin’ Good which was written by Sidney Bailey, a Memphis cab driver/songwriter and performed by Ry Cooder. I’m a fan of Cooder’s music. I first heard the song in 1974. When I first heard it I related to it right away. The song really is all about the phrase above. All the money in the world really is spent on feeling good. For years I’ve racked my brain trying to figure out what people spend money on other than something which makes them feel good and I haven’t had a lot of sucess coming up with alternatives. [MORE]




Reading List to Absorption

I like reading lists. Especially reading lists from creative, thoughtful people. Especially successful,  creative, thoughtful people. I was looking at a recent post from Matt Mullenweg. I started going down the list and seeing if any of the the books made sense for me. I ran across one title, Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, that might be for me. I looked in my local library online catalog and noticed that there were 45 people waiting on 6 copies. A light went off. Maybe I should read this book. I checked Audible. Yep, they had it and I have credits. However, I use my credits sparingly. I only get two a month. I now go to Amazon to see if they have a summary of the book on Kindle Unlimited. They did. Three of them. So Kindle Unlimited it will be.

There are actually several takeaways from the above segment of this post. I list them because that’s really what this post is all about.

  • Reading lists are good. They help me find books that I might like. They’re like a filter. They give you more choices and save you time. If you find reading lists from other people that seem to make sense for you consult them periodically like you would the more popular lists such as the NY Times Bestsellers list.
  • You need a variety of resources. I went to my public library first. It’s free. That’s always my first choice. When I saw overwhelming demand, I then went to Audible to see if they carry the book. It’s almost certain they would. Audible tends to be my last choice as I only get two books a month. Not all great reads come in audio format. A high percentage do, however. I went to Amazon to see if they had the summary in Kindle Unlimited as the above book is more of an educational as opposed to a purely entertainment choice. Summaries are great and Kindle Unlimited makes them a very, very viable choice for me.
  • You do not have to pay a lot of money for books every month. My Audible and Kindle Unlimited subscriptions set me back about $33 a month, but I get the ability to consume an enormous amount of material when you combine that with my public library access. Hoopla and Overdrive are Godsends.
  • Summaries work. The concept works for some books better than others but, essentially, it works for all books. Think Cliff’s Notes. Sometimes I check out the summaries before I actually get the book to see if I really want to invest the time into the material. Sometimes I get the summary after I listen to the book to see if the book was as good as I thought it was.

Hoopla Basics

Hoopla gave me a lot of trouble in the beginning. The primary reason was that I had originally thought that I could download books off of Hoopla. I tried and tried. Well, I tried a few times. I even talked to my local librarian about it. No luck. Eventually, primarily because of the fact that Hoopla kept turning up all the time, I came to realize that the way to download Hoopla books was to download them on my cell phone. It was really easy. Perseverance – I love that word. Hope is the reason to keep trying. My next step for Hoopla is to use it more often. The books loan for 21 days and I can borrow as many as 6 at a time. Very nice. My next move is to read (listen to) some books that fall under the category of “Market Economics” or one of its may cousin terms.

Reflections 20181102

Today I needed some space on my MP3 player to download some new books that I got from the library. Now my MP3 player only holds about 8 Gigs total. Only??? Right, I absolutely do have some issues that I need to work out. But… Continue reading

Great Quotes

The more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe that’s enlightenment enough — to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go. Anthony Bourdain

Book Summaries

This is a list of book summary publishers. These are the shorter versions of longer works. They are much smaller and less expensive. Book summaries can be great way to find books that might interest you. Generally, books are not summarized by people or companies unless they are popular books. Summaries can also be a good way to find out whether the book is a book you might want to read. The best ways to find book summaries of a particular book is to Google the author or book title along with the terms “key takeaways”, “analysis” or something along that line. Note: These are not recommendations. It is simply a list of resources. Where I have some experience (good or bad) I document my personal experience below the list. Note that the experience is personal, which means you may or may not have the same opinion as I do after working with the site. Continue reading

Success Concepts – Discipline

More specifically, self-discipline. Some thoughts (rewrite): Remove Distractions; Work Inside Your Passion – When you are doing something you love, discipline comes naturally; Reward Progress; They do the Hardest Thing First; Decide; Work Within Your Biological Clock; Action – Sometimes, you’ve just got to do it; Remove temptations; Eat regularly and healthily – Studies have shown that low blood sugar often weakens a person’s resolve; Schedule breaks, treats, and rewards for yourself; Forgive yourself and move forward; Don’t wait for it to “feel right.”; Self-discipline is more specifically about your ability to control your desires and impulses in an attempt to stay focused (for long enough) on what needs to get done to successfully achieve that goal; You Need to Have a Reason WHY!; Self-Discipline Requires Penalties and Rewards; It All Comes Down to Your Personal Standards; compete against your best self;Define What You Want; Know your weaknesses; Build your self-discipline; What is self-discipline? – It is the ability to control one’s impulses, emotions, desires and behavior. It is being able to turn down immediate pleasure and instant gratification in favor of gaining the long-term satisfaction and fulfillment from achieving higher and more meaningful goals; Practice self-denial; avoiding short-term discomfort often leads to long-term problems; Visualize the rewards;

Another discovery Roy F. Baumeister PhD made during his research is that we only have a finite amount of willpower each day.

My ideas: define what constitutes wasted time and eliminate it; limit your addictions (solitaire); Practice habit formation (write every day); Set a timer for a certain period of time for a task;

Quotes: Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu
Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Jim Rohn

The Complete Guide on How to Develop Focused Self-Discipline

Dear Children 001

Books. I’d like to say I love them but I don’t. What I love about them is the content – the ideas, the concepts , the lessons, the philosophy and all the other constructs within them that help me to think, learn and grow mentally, spiritually and socially. I like books. Kinda like I like money. Not for what it is in and of itself, but for what it can do for me, or, more precisely, what it can help me to become and experience. Books, like education, open doors. They are a path.

One of you asked me about which books I think they should read. The following are some of the ones I think are important. Just remember these are my opinions and my favorite observation about opinions is that they are like elbows – almost everyone has one and they often need cleaning up a bit.

The Bible: It’s a great piece of literature. It has influenced the world in inconceivable, as well as very explainable ways. It’s a history. It’s an ethical and moral guidebook. The New Testament is a great story. I think my two favorite works to help you to understand how I personally feel about Christianity are The Catholic Church: A History and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. I don’t necessarily think you should read these two works now. But, if you ever get an itch to explore some concepts of religion, and in particular Christianity, these are two media that I feel do an excellent job of helping you to understand that religion isn’t simply blind dogma. Just don’t forget that I’m a practicing Catholic although not a dogmatic one. I have this book in my Audible library.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind: I have a university degree in the field of history for a reason. It’s a passion of mine. While I do not agree with all of the concepts in this book, I think everyone in the world should read it. When I’m in one of those dazed and confused, bored out of my mind moods and I’m driving down the road with the Mind Monkey driving me crazy I pull out my MP3 player and this is the book I listen to for the ?? time. Why? Because I need to understand the world I live in to help me understand myself and this book goes a long way to help me with that. I do not know what happened 100,000 years ago. I wasn’t there. No one alive today was. It’s all speculation. No one really knows what life was like eons ago. No one. Never forget that. But, I feel we have a pretty good idea based on our ability to decipher reality. Just remember, Sapiens, from an absolute time perspective (theoretically) are probably still in the “shitting in their diapers” stage of existence. Hopefully they’ll get better and stop shitting all over themselves. I have this book in my Audible library.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change: There are some great concepts in this book. It is one of the classics in personal development. It’s a book about having great character. It’s sold 30 million copies over 25 years. I have this book in my Audible library.

50 Self-Help Classics: While we are on the subject of character building let me throw this one out at you. My reasoning for doing so is that this book does a short synopsis of 50 of the world’s best self-help classics. A very short synopsis. You get the meat of the book and the direction of the author in terms of subject matter. You get exposure to a lot of great concepts all in one place without a lot of fluff to go along with the concepts. It’s a great place to find more books that might interest you. I have this book in my Audible library.