Category: Books

The Magic of Thinking Big


The Magic of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz

My Highlights

success is determined not so much by the size of one’s brain as it is by the size of one’s thinking.

Belief, the “I’m-positive-I-can” attitude, generates the power, skill, and energy needed to do. When you believe I-can-do-it, the how-to-do-it develops.

Belief, strong belief, triggers the mind to figure ways and means and how-to. And believing you can succeed makes others place confidence in you.

The “Okay-I’ll-give-it-a-try-but-I-don’t-think-it-will-work” attitude produces failures.

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Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead by Example by Steve McClatchy

My Highlights

Leadership and progress take time, energy, and commitment. But time continues to pass, whether you use it to accomplish something worthwhile or not.

If your decisions about life and how you use your time do not reflect an effort to make the future better than it is today, then it won’t be.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. —Mark Twain

No matter how many “have to” tasks are on your plate, you can always fill your day with them. There’s always something to repair, maintain, clean, feed, keep up with, pay for, or care for. The reason that Prevent Pain tasks go on and on is that they never actually go away; they just eventually repeat. For example, you don’t really cross doing dishes off your to-do list; you just move it to the bottom because by the next night, you will have to wash them again. The same is true with checking e-mail or stocking inventory. You don’t cross it off; you move it down the list, because it’s coming back again at some point. Tasks such as putting gas in your car, doing laundry, and going grocery shopping all have to be done over and over again because the things necessary to maintain your life are never finished. By always focusing on getting them done and preventing pain, you don’t end up with Gain; you end up with no pain and unfortunately no progress.

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Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

My Highlights

Their research suggests that once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That’s it. And what’s more, the people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.

The idea that excellence at performing a complex task requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces again and again in studies of expertise. In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.

Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.

Those three things—autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward—are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.

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Sometimes I prefer to listen instead of read. Here’s a list of the most recent Audiobooks that I’ve listened to:

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D.
  • Daily Rituals by Mason Currey
  • We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider
  • Finding Ultra by Rich Roll
  • The Power of Ambition by Jim Rohn
  • The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
  • The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
  • Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  • Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
  • Mind Over Medicine by Lisa Rankin

A Better Way to Live


A Better Way to Live: Og Mandino’s Own Personal Story of Success Featuring 17 Rules to Live By by Og Mandino

My Highlights

Fate, coincidence, luck, chance … ? I don’t think so. I am convinced that many times, in the course of our lives, God challenges us with a golden opportunity, a seemingly impossible hurdle, or a terrible tragedy … and how we react—or fail to react—determines the course of our future, almost as if we were involved in some sort of heavenly chess game … with our destiny always in the balance

You might be surprised when you discover how close help is if you just ask for it.

Stone and Hill’s message was loud and clear: You can accomplish anything you wish that is not contradictory to the laws of God or man, providing you are willing to pay a price.

RULE ONE … for a Better Way to Live Count your blessings.

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The Promise of a Pencil


The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change
by Adam Braun

My Highlights

regardless of age, status, or location, every person has the capacity to change the world.

I believe that where you start in life should not dictate where you finish.

The biggest difference between the person who lives his or her dreams and the person who aspires is the decision to convert that first spark of motivation into immediate action.

Take the first small step, then chase the footprints you aspire to leave behind.

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The Dip


The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin

My Highlights

People settle. They settle for less than they are capable of. Organizations settle too. For good enough instead of best in the world.

The reason that big companies almost always fail when they try to enter new markets is their willingness to compromise. They figure that because they are big and powerful, they can settle, do less, stop improving something before it is truly remarkable.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Successful people don’t just ride out the Dip. They don’t just buckle down and survive it. No, they lean into the Dip. They push harder, changing the rules as they go. Just because you know you’re in the Dip doesn’t mean you have to live happily with it. Dips don’t last quite as long when you whittle at them.

There’s not a lot to say about the Cul-de-Sac except to realize that it exists and to embrace the fact that when you find one, you need to get off it, fast. That’s because a dead end is keeping you from doing something else. The opportunity cost of investing your life in something that’s not going to get better is just too high.

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The Boron Letters


The Boron Letters by Gary Halbert, Bond Halbert

My Highlights

How You Feel Affects How You Think

Try Things At Least Twice  Just the second attempt at anything hard will be much easier. Not a little bit but by A LOT. It is true of almost everything, not just sports.

My dad’s favorite saying was “nothing is impossible for a man who refuses to listen to reason” and it served him well his whole life.

No, sometimes there is no use wasting time and energy fighting established beliefs by arguing and it is better to just silently go about proving or accomplishing your goal.

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