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
This is a list of what I’ve been reading lately. Generally, the list is in chronological order.
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Measure What Matters
The Blue Zones
Cultural Literacy for Religion
The TB12 Method
The Catholic Church: A History
12 Rules for Life
Emotional Intelligence 2.0
Principles: Life and Work
Smarter Faster Better
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.
CliffsNotes | Four Minute Books | Flashbooks | The Mindset Warrior | ZIP Reads | Concise Reading | Soundview | Blinkist | Sam T. Davies | Actionable Books | Paul Minors | getAbstract | GetFlashNotes | Reading Graphics | SUMOREADS |
I have had the following experiences:
getAbstract: I found their abstracts to be far too short for my taste. You would be better off going to Amazon and reading some of the reviews of the book.
GetFlashNotes: I thought there was way-too-much emphasis on signing-up for the $29 a month membership on this website. However, if you start digging around you’ll find that there is a lot of free stuff there as well that looks really promising.
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
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.
Lists: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Self-Help/zgbs/books/4736#5 | https://www.bookbub.com/blog/2017/12/07/best-self-help-books | http://www.bestcounselingschools.org/best-self-help-books/ | https://corymiller.com/my-reading-list/ | https://blog.johnspence.com/category/book-reviews/ |
Canfield, Jack; The Success Principles; 4.8 of 5 stars; 1,385 reviews; 624 pages; 2015; ISBN-10: 0062364286. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Carol S. Dweck; Mindset: The New Psychology of Success; 4.5 of 5 stars; 2,353 reviews; 320 pages; 2007; ISBN-10: 0345472322. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Malcolm Gladwell; Outliers: The Story of Success; 4.6 of 5 stars; 4,569 reviews; 236 pages; 2011; ISBN-10: 0316017930. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Napoleon Hill; Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude; 4.6 of 5 stars; 203 reviews; 384 pages; 2007; ISBN-10: 1416541594. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Ray Dalio; Principles: Life and Work; 4.4 of 5 stars; 527 reviews; 529 pages; 2017; ISBN-10: 1501124021. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Norman Vincent Peale; Discovering the Power of Positive Thinking; 4.2.of 5 stars; 1,470 reviews; 160 pages; 2006; ISBN-10: 8122204120. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Dale Carnegie; How to Win Friends & Influence People; 4.7 of 5 stars; 7,023 reviews; 288 pages; 1998; ISBN-10: 0671027034. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Stephen R. Covey; The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People; 4.5 of 5 stars; 5,064 reviews; 432 pages; 2013; ISBN-10: 1451639619. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Jordan B. Peterson; 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos; 4.7 of 5 stars; 2,379 reviews; 448 pages; 2018; ISBN-10: 0241351642. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Charles Duhigg; The Power of Habit; 4.5 of 5 stars; 4,599 reviews; 416 pages; 2016; ISBN-10: 081298160X. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Gary Vaynerchuk; Crushing It!; 4.8 of 5 stars; 501 reviews; 288 pages; 2018; ISBN-10: 0062845020. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Joshua Foer; Atlas Obscura; 4.7 of 5 stars; 802 reviews; 481 pages; 2016; ASIN: B01E4OMK46. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Charles Duhigg; Smarter Faster Better; 4.3 of 5 stars; 507 reviews; 400 pages; 2017; ISBN-10: 0812983599. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Mel Robbins; The 5 Second Rule; 4.4 of 5 stars; 870 reviews; 240 pages; 2017; ISBN-10: 1682612384. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Jon Gordon; The Energy Bus; 4.7 of 5 stars; 1,470 reviews; 197 pages; 2007; ISBN-10: 0470100281. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Daniel H. Pink; Drive: The Surprising Truth About What; 4.4 of 5 stars; 1,098 reviews; 288 pages; 2011; ISBN-10: 1594484805. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Daniel H. Pink; Motivates Us; 4.4 of 5 stars; 1,098 reviews; 288 pages; 2011; ISBN-10: 1594484805. Google. Audible. Google Books. Napoleon Hill; Think and Grow Rich; 4.5 of 5 stars; 6,147 reviews; 104 pages; 2014; ISBN-10: 1503081036. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Kiyosaki, Robert T.; Rich Dad Poor Dad; 4.6 of 5 stars; 6,760 reviews; 178 pages; 2011; ISBN-10: 1612680003. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Ryan Holiday; The Obstacle Is the Way; 4.6 of 5 stars; 1,224 reviews; 202 pages; 2014; ASIN: B00G3L1B8K. Google. Audible. Google Books.
David Allen; Getting Things Done; 4.4 of 5 stars; 615 reviews; 352 pages; 2015; ISBN-10: 0143126563. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Mark Manson; The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck; 4.4 of 5 stars; 3,552 reviews; 224 pages; 2017; ISBN-10: 0062837508. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Jen Sincero; You Are a Badass; 4.6 of 5 stars; 3,509 reviews; 256 pages; 2013; ISBN-10: 0762447699. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Eric Barker; Barking up the Wrong Tree; 4.8 of 5 stars; 502 reviews; 2017; ISBN-10: 0062852205. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Timothy Ferriss; The 4-Hour Workweek; 4.4 of 5 stars; 5,173 reviews; 416 pages; 2009; ISBN-10: 9780307465351. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Viktor E. Frankl; Man’s Search for Meaning; 4.7 of 5 stars; 4,150 reviews; 184 pages; 2006; ISBN-10: 080701429X. Google. Audible. Google Books.
Grant Cardone; The 10X Rule; 4.6 of 5 stars; 1,154 reviews; 261 pages; 2011; ASIN: B004X75OES. Google. Audible. Google Books.
David J. Schwartz; The Magic of Thinking Big; 4.7 of 5 stars; 1,094 reviews; 238 pages; 1987; ISBN-10: 0671646788. Google. Audible. Google Books.
It’s my current read. What’s it about? Let me give you an example. Suppose on Monday I went to the store. On Tuesday I went to work. The next day I thought … WTF? If you think WTF is an acronym for a very popular, but a little off-color, exclamation of surprise, then you may have been thinking a little too quickly (fast). Sometimes you think so fast that you hardly think at all. If you wondered what WTF meant then you were thinking a bit slower. If you came up with more than one meaning or an alternative for WTF, like Wednesday, Thursday, Friday for example, you were thinking a bit more slowly. Kahneman spends about 400 pages talking about stuff like that. He gets me thinking very slowly. Maybe a little too slowly, but the book is worth a read if learning, as opposed to pure enjoyment, is your bag.
I need to research this. http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/
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