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I’m reading the almanac of Naval Ravikant.

So far the business section has a big focus on software and writing content to make money, very millionaire fastlane style. He talks about code working for you to make money while you sleep.

As for the happiness section the one takeaway I can think off the top of my head is.

Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.

Edit: I have to add this quote from the book.

The more you judge, the more you seperate yourself. You’ll feel good for an instant, because you feel good about you’re being better than someone. Later, you’re going to feel lonely. Then, you see negativity everywhere. The world just reflects your own feelings back at you.
 
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I've been reading The 7 Habits of Higly Effective People.

I've heard of this book a lot and thought it was going to be one of those business guru books but so far it has been a good read.

He actually talks about going through the process and not looking for easy answers.
 

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To explore the minds of fighters and understand their world better, I read these four books in the last week:

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An interesting life story of one of the greatest BJJ fighters in the world who is wired so differently than me I was at times almost offended by what he did lol. Some valuable lessons how to deal with adversity and pursue excellence (the guy was completely obsessed with jiu-jitsu). Out of all the four books, this was by far the best one.

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Another jiu-jitsu fighter. A quite dark and depressing book at times with some f*cked up stories. Made me realize how terrible growing up is for some kids.

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It was interesting to see the world of fighting from the perspective of a guy who realized he was a better coach than a fighter. He himself dealt with a lot of difficulties trying to get MMA off the ground in Ireland. Also contains some interesting stories about Conor McGregor.

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I wanted to learn more about this heavyweight boxer after seeing a video in which he opened up about his mental health issues. In the book he also covers his fight against depression and how it was scarier than his toughest boxing opponents.
 

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After seeing this article about finding Shackleton's long lost ship - Endurance: Shackleton's lost ship is found in Antarctic

It reminded of this book Endurance. Probably the best book I've ever read. If you want to read about grit, leadership and enduring bad times to get through to the good times at the end, this is the book you need to read. A truly amazing story.

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I will now start: "Make It Stick The Science of Successful Learning" By Peter C. Brown.
I just finished listening to this book.

I really enjoyed listening to this book and If you want to know the techniques of what you must do then just skip to the last chapter (chapter 8 in the audiobook). But I thoroughly enjoyed going through each chapter, listening to the whys of using the technique, the research, and more in-depth about how we use the specific techniques.

I'm trying to incorporate what I learned into everything that I'm learning or will learn now.

I ask myself if this is the most efficient way to learn.

Rather than avoiding tests, I now encourage them as I see them as progress markers and not something bad if I don't do well on.

I've started using Anki Cards with spaced-repetition practice to more efficiently learn and memorize new vocabulary words in different languages.

And personally, I've already found the techniques talked gone over in this book useful in becoming more successful in my learning.

I'd recommend this book .
 

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Carl Sagan‘s „The Varieties of Scientific Experience“.

Don‘t read, if you‘re seeking distraction from the news, as the lectures for this book were given during the cold war.

Recommended read for people with power and big ego…
 

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Stolen focus covers all things we know about. Companies are attention merchants and the way they structure their products/services are detrimental to our ability to be present - if we are not intentional with how we use them. I don't agree with everything the author said, but I find it valuable to sit down and reflect on how our attention is being hacked.

The practice of Groundedness is in a way linked to Stolen Focus. Presence is one of the principles of groundedness. It is needed to reclaim your attention, which you can then use deliberately in other areas of your life. I like how he surveyed ancient wisdom and science to come up with the principles. And also that he provides steps that people can take to work on each principle.


I just finished listening to this book.

I really enjoyed listening to this book and If you want to know the techniques of what you must do then just skip to the last chapter (chapter 8 in the audiobook). But I thoroughly enjoyed going through each chapter, listening to the whys of using the technique, the research, and more in-depth about how we use the specific techniques.

I'm trying to incorporate what I learned into everything that I'm learning or will learn now.

I ask myself if this is the most efficient way to learn.

Rather than avoiding tests, I now encourage them as I see them as progress markers and not something bad if I don't do well on.

I've started using Anki Cards with spaced-repetition practice to more efficiently learn and memorize new vocabulary words in different languages.

And personally, I've already found the techniques talked gone over in this book useful in becoming more successful in my learning.

I'd recommend this book .

Check Ultralearning if you have not so far. Very good in terms of covering principles to learn fast.
 
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To explore the minds of fighters and understand their world better, I read these four books in the last week:

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An interesting life story of one of the greatest BJJ fighters in the world who is wired so differently than me I was at times almost offended by what he did lol. Some valuable lessons how to deal with adversity and pursue excellence (the guy was completely obsessed with jiu-jitsu). Out of all the four books, this was by far the best one.

What a man. I can assure you that he's considered one of the biggest legends in Jiu jitsu and martial arts. A lot of things in his book find a clearer explanation once you practice the actual discipline. I had the honour of training under one of his black belts for 3 years. It made me a better human on so many fronts. I became 10 times more focused and able to solve problems, in touch with my emotions. This man's obsession with breathing is extremely meaningful.

I'm reading this

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A lot of things in his book find a clearer explanation once you practice the actual discipline.

I meant stuff like randomly telling his wife he wants a divorce and going through with it or his thinking that it would be okay to die in some random fight (as a father with a family). He struck me as extremely egoistic at times.
 
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I’ve just started listening to Jim Rohn’s, Leading an inspired life.
 

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What a man. I can assure you that he's considered one of the biggest legends in Jiu jitsu and martial arts. A lot of things in his book find a clearer explanation once you practice the actual discipline. I had the honour of training under one of his black belts for 3 years. It made me a better human on so many fronts. I became 10 times more focused and able to solve problems, in touch with my emotions. This man's obsession with breathing is extremely meaningful.
He was on joe rogan and wow, definitely one of my favourite episodes. The way he speaks so slowly and clearly, but also so surely, he just struck me as so put together.

I love listening to guys who are in that stage of their life, they’ve gone hard and have a lot to show for it and now are backing off the gas peddle and just enjoying sharing what they know.

I’m reading Mr China.

My last book was navals almanac and it was good but I don’t remember a huge amount of it, and I definitely remember struggling to get through my 10 pages each day for 75 hard. It’s not really meant to be read cover to cover so that’s probably part of the reason.

On the other hand, I cannot put Mr China down. I’m reading a full chapter at a time and they are long chapters. I have to stop at the end of the chapter and get on with my day or I’d just read the whole thing in 1 go. It’s always temping me to pick it back up too. What a book!

This section and others like it made me laugh. They also give me hope. This communist socialist left wing agenda 2030 great reset thing is going to look exactly like this. It will not work at all.

Anyway that’s a bit of a tangent, just enjoy this page, it gave me a good laugh.
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There were some interesting stories in there but overall not a particularly cohesive book. It was weird to read what was ultimately an autobiography of two guys, each sharing his own life story (and them never meeting in these stories).

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The story follows Shackleton's and his crew of 27-men disastrous expedition to the Antarctic.

A little hard to read in the beginning due to sailing terminology but gets better with each chapter. The second half of the book, and particularly Part VI and VII, was engrossing.
 

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I'm reading Michael O'Leary, one of Ireland's best business men. He took a struggling airline over and turned it into one of Europe's most profitable airlines - Ryanair.

This proves that you don't have to reinvent the wheel. He met with Herb Kelleher who owns Southwest Airlines and took what Herb was doing in the US and brought it to Europe.
 

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The Bitcoin Standard by
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It makes a great case for sound/international/Bitcoin money vs. unsound/government issued money
Here's one quote from the book:
"The Bank of International Settlements estimates the size of the foreign exchange market to be $5.1 trillion per day for April 2016, which would come out to around $1,860 trillion per year. The World Bank estimates the GDP of all the world's countries combined at around $75 trillion for the year 2016. This means that the foreign exchange market is around 25 times as large as all the economic production that takes place in the entire planet. It's important to remember here that foreign exchange is not a productive process, which is why its volume isn't counted in GDP statistics; there is no economic value being created in transferring one currency to another; it is but a cost paid to overcome the large inconvenience of having different national currencies for different nations."
 
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James Dyson - invention, a life

So far I’m finding it incredibly difficult to read, he’s just rushing through all these different historical moment and inventions and all these people.

I just kind of have to force myself to blast through it rather than keep thinking who was that again, where did this guy suddenly appear from etc.

I hope it gets better and easier to read.

It’s almost the total opposite of Mr China which I sped through easily and could not put down.

I will say though, it is interesting, the history of these inventions and companies he’s talking about, and it is interesting to hear his experienced insight, what he learned from them and how he thinks about them.

His personality is coming through as well, he’s ripping into politicians and British people and all sorts of things which I’m enjoying.

I just really hope this is some kind of really long introduction and the rest of the book gets a lot easier to follow and read as it becomes more focused on him.
 

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Hi, I'm watching the book summary of sometimes you win and sometimes you learn. I am watching summaries of the book recommendations of Tom Bilyeu
 

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Damn, what a great autobiography. I knew nothing at all about the man before reading it so it was fascinating to learn his life story. It details his transformation from a street thug to a NAVY Seal and then actor.

For those who liked Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins, this book is very similar to it.
 
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Currently I'm reading 2 books and I'll start a 3rd one today:
  • Hamilton Edith's Mythology as a prelude to Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey.
  • Nicolas Berdyaev's The Meaning of the Creative Act.
  • Today I'm starting Vanessa Van Edwards' Cues. I loved her first book Captivate and follow her on YouTube, she definitely helped me a lot with social situations.
 

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I’m reading the almanac of Naval Ravikant.

So far the business section has a big focus on software and writing content to make money, very millionaire fastlane style. He talks about code working for you to make money while you sleep.

As for the happiness section the one takeaway I can think off the top of my head is.

Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.

Edit: I have to add this quote from the book.

The more you judge, the more you seperate yourself. You’ll feel good for an instant, because you feel good about you’re being better than someone. Later, you’re going to feel lonely. Then, you see negativity everywhere. The world just reflects your own feelings back at you.
After reading Millionaire Fastlane and then listening to The Great Rat Race Escape , I decided to switch it up.

I then purchased 'The Harvard Business Review Entrepreneur's Handbook' on Audible.

The Audible version felt like an automated customer service robot was reading a text book to me. Perfect pronunciation with no passion.

I've decided to go ahead and finish Unscripted next, which I started earlier this week. I'm looking forward to finishing out the trilogy.
 

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Someone on here mentioned Ayn Rand, and I'm embarrassed to admit I'd not heard of her before. I googled and now reading 'Atlas Shrugged'. I can see why it's become a little cult-y.
 
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I think I may be reading too many books right now and not taking enough action...in any event, this is what I have on my plate currently -

Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller; Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins; a book about the law of attraction, forget the author's name (not The Secret or the book by Wattles); and on audio I just finished listening to Culture Warrior by Bill O'reilly.

I tend to read about 150-200 pages of a book and then put it down and move onto another one, rarely finding my way back to the first. Hopefully I finish these ones.
I really wanted to like 'Millionaire Real Estate Investor' but couldn't really get into it. Might give it another go.
 

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I've been reading this book:


So far it's been a good read. And it's been helpful on the motivation and depression side of things.

I don't know, but it's like taking too many blows, too many disappointments, all caused by irresponsible and abusive people can break you on the inside. I'm broken and that's what I'm trying to solve right now.
 
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I've just finished Leading an Inspired Life by Jim Rohn. Here's my review:

As usual, I think Jim's content is good. But I feel like I've read enough books now in the self-development genre that they're now all starting to sound the same.

Don't get me wrong, Jim is great. And very helpful for mindset and belief. A good refresher. But if you've watched, read, or heard any of Jim's other content then you won't really find anything new or different in this book. A good refresher, nonetheless.

It really just boils down to taking action, observing your habits, and making good decisions every day. Breaking down your larger goals/dreams into smaller goals that you finish each and every day.

I was going to list down some of the quotes that I jotted down, but then I realized that I probably won't look at this list again.

If I think about it, the most important things to me were:
1. Observe my habits. Cut out the bad habits and add or remain steady in my good habits.
2. Continue to learn, even if I'm done with school. Even if I'm in my career already. Continue to develop my skills, attend conferences, read books, and grow as a person.
3. Character is not something you're born with. It's something you develop. Develop good character, have integrity and honor.
4. Separate your work and your personal life. When you're working, focus on doing good work. When you're spending time with your family or friends, give attention to them.
5. Nobody is going to be prioritizing your life. Even your family members. Nobody is going to worry about your retirement or health for you. Nobody is going to be investing for you. You need to be proactive instead of reactive and take action. I remember seeing some old thread here on the forum, years back, where there's a giant boulder. And to reach your goals you're going to need to push that boulder. Nobody is going to push that boulder for you.
6. A person who says they can't and somebody who says they can are both usually right.
7. Remain disciplined and discipline yourself every day.
8. It's all about staying disciplined, having resolve, accepting responsibility, and taking control of your life.
9. Being successful is easy. It's just about doing the easy things each and every day. But those easy things to do are also easy not to do.

I'm tired of reading self-help. I need to read books that'll help me level up, learn new skills, and grow my skills. And I'm not talking about books about leadership, character, etc... I'm just talking about needing to stop reading the 99% of self-help books which are basically rehashes of each other.

Time to figure out what habits I need to cut out of my life, what I should start, stop, and continue doing.
 

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Off-topic, but I recently beat this year's goal of reading three books this year. Those books are The Comfort Crisis, Make it stick, and Leading an Inspired Life. A very small amount. However, I noticed in the past few years when I set a high number like 10-15 books. I'd read 10-15 books, but only for the sake of reaching that number. I wouldn't take action after reading those books. I'd read them for the sake of... well reading.

I've since changed and am focused on reading books, applying what I'm learning when I'm in the middle of reading a book and after reading the book.

This is just one of those "small wins".

Keep learning, keep growing, and keep becoming the better versions of yourself!

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1. The great rat-race escape : my current read...i had to go back and start again from mid way....
2. a tribe of mentors.
3. 48 laws of power.
4.Failing forward.
5.Change your thinking,change your life.

numbered 2 & 3 keep coming back to read them again since they cover many scenarios in business and dealing with people.
 
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Kudos. Self help is good for when you don’t know you need it. Consider instead of re-reading same types of material in different books - use Readwise.io

I’ll keep you sharp on the material you’ve read.
 

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