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If you found Man's Search for Meaning impactful, you need to read this, too.
 

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What’s your takeaways so far @MTF?

Just finished reading it (it's a short book).

In general, a powerful reminder to be appreciative of a world (relatively) free of crazy, evil cruelty. An appreciation for the strength of the human spirit. A lesson that kindness and morals can help you survive the worst period in human history and help you thrive later. That having many skills can literally save your life (one of the main reasons why he survived was because his father had insisted, before Nazism was a thing, that he learned engineering).
 

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By the way, what autobiographies have most impacted your life? Doesn't have to be business.
 

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Back in July, I had the goal of reading a book a month! (One of those being The Great Rat Race Escape ) I'm currently reading Atomic Habits by James Clear. The book hasn't lost me yet. There is a lot of power behind habits. Clear really emphasizes choosing your habits carefully because without your goals in mind your habits can drive you off the path you really want to be on.
 

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Currently reading - Succeed on Your Own Terms - by Herb Greenberg and Patrick Sweeney - only 50 pages into it but finding this book very inspiring and motivational.

Recently finished The Science of Getting Rich - by Wallace D. Wattles (2nd or 3rd read), The Millionaire Maker - by Loral Langemeier and, of course, Harry Potter! :)

Next in line.... Grow Rich with the Property Cycle - by Kieran Trass (have read this one before but time for a refresh - great perspective and would have good insight on the changes going on in today's market)
This is so much FUN allready! I just arrived at these forums, and have not stopped smiling since I arrived. I happened to stumble over the science of getting rich myself this year, and I too, read it like, 3-4 times XD. And I happened to read the game of life, and how to play it by florence shovel shinn - and found it to be such a wonderful complementary book to wallace's. So if you've never heard of it before - well you have now XD
 

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Continuing my new interest in reading autobiographies of people who have lived through hell:

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Continuing my new interest in reading autobiographies of people who have lived through hell:

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If you are into 3 hour podcasts. She was phenomenal on Joe Rogan.

 

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I am currently reading Atlas Shrugged and holy cow it is a spot-on commentary on our current capitalist vs. socialist environment.
 

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Continuing my new interest in reading autobiographies of people who have lived through hell:

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This looks phenomenal, did you get print or audiobook? Please let us know how it is.
 

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This looks phenomenal, did you get print or audiobook? Please let us know how it is.

I'm reading on Kindle. Currently at 23% and it's pretty good. I find myself very eager to keep reading. There are some boring parts in the beginning (like talking about the background of her family, including short life stories of her grandparents) but overall it shows how horrible and different life in North Korea is on pretty much every page. Just a couple of examples:

I was taught never to express my opinion, never to question anything. I was taught to simply follow what the government told me to do or say or think. I actually believed that our Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il, could read my mind, and I would be punished for my bad thoughts. And if he didn’t hear me, spies were everywhere, listening at the windows and watching in the school yard. We all belonged to inminban, or neighborhood “people’s units,” and we were ordered to inform on anyone who said the wrong thing. We lived in fear, and almost everyone—my mother included—had a personal experience that demonstrated the dangers of talking.

This (particularly the first two sentences) sounds scarily familiar...

In most countries, a mother encourages her children to ask about everything, but not in North Korea. As soon as I was old enough to understand, my mother warned me that I should be careful about what I was saying. “Remember, Yeonmi-ya,” she said gently, “even when you think you’re alone, the birds and mice can hear you whisper.” She didn’t mean to scare me, but I felt a deep darkness and horror inside me.

When Kim Il Sung came to power after World War II, he upended the traditional feudal system that divided the people into landlords and peasants, nobility and commoners, priests and scholars. He ordered background checks on every citizen to find out everything about them and their families, going back generations. In the songbun system, everyone is ranked among three main groups, based on their supposed loyalty to the regime.

It was unusual for a North Korean woman of her status to get a higher education. But my mother was such a good scholar that she was accepted at a college in the nearby city of Hamhung. If given a choice, she would have liked to have become a doctor. But only students from better families are allowed a say in what they will study. The school administration decided she would major in inorganic chemistry, and that’s what she did. When she graduated, party officials sent her back to Kowon to work in a chemical factory there.

There was a huge demand for foreign movies and South Korean television shows, even though you never knew when the police might raid your house searching for smuggled media. First they would shut off the electricity (if the power was on in the first place) so that the videocassette or DVD would be trapped in the machine when they came through the door. But people learned to get around this by owning two video players and quickly switching them out if they heard a police team coming. If you were caught smuggling or distributing illegal videos, the punishment could be severe. Some people have even been executed by firing squad—just to set an example for the rest of us.
 

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Went to the library for the first time in years and stumbled upon Ann Handley's Everybody Writes.

It's a nice book to have around and reference from time to time. Think I might buy it.
 

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Just finished

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning​

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Amazing book. Highly recommend.​


 

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