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Miracle Morning sounds a good read. I think I'l give it a read, it might help. I feel like a busy fool at the moment>
Miracle morning is a good/fast read, especially if you do not see the why or the how of having a morning routine to boost your day.
 

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Currently reading Total Recall by The Governator and Bruce Lee by Matthew Polly. Ahnold is truly a story of the American Dream being an Immigrant from Austria to the US under the mentorship of Joe Weider. Bodybuilding champion, Entrpreneur, Real Estate mogul, Actor, Married into American royalty, became Governor of California.

Bruce Lee on the other hand is a very unique individual. Also an immigrant to the US. Got into gang fights as a kid. Started washing dishes to pay his way through UW in Seattle. Really tried to bridge the gap between East and West. Had to deal racism, failure, rejection and people trying to steal credit from him. Not done with this one yet.

Just read Extreme Ownership and Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink. Badass Ex-Navy SEAL.
 

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I just read Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers. He created CD Baby.

Interesting book - I would recommend if anyone is looking for a short 1 hour book for a plane-ride or whatever. The advice is a bit spotty but some good stuff in there.

Anyone else read this?
 

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Currently going through Storynomics.
I read "sell with a story" - probably along the same premise and I really enjoyed it. You don't realize how much of an impact stories have on customer's memory.
 

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On track for one book a month in 2018. Not much for some, but epic for someone with kids.

About to finish 'The Hundred-Year Marathon' (Michael Pillsbury) which is good because 'Relentless' by Tim Grover just arrived.
 

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Currently reading 'Unscripted'..

but on my commutes to work, I play "How to win friends and influence people".. although commuting in the bay area (especially once i reach the city) makes it hard to pay attention. sigh..
 

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Yeh I think you just listen to to much tv and believe what they say, nothing misogynist about it and PUA is cringey as f*ck. it's much like what MJ touches on with DOGMA thinking.
What is it about? Pros/Cons? Highlights?
 

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What is it about? Pros/Cons? Highlights?

It's simply just about intergender relations, advice for men not pick up advice and stuff just more about focusing on your goals and building a life for yourself taking care of yourself.

Pros. it's the truth.
You will see it in everyday life so you know it's not bullshit but fact.
Tells you to take control of your life.
Increased society awareness.
Enlightenment.
Alot of advice relevant to business.

Cons. Might make you depressed for a bit the truth hurts as they say.
Depression possibly anger.
You'll prob wish you didn't know the truth.
Will Question your world views much like MJ books can be both good and bad.
 

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I just read Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers. He created CD Baby.

Interesting book - I would recommend if anyone is looking for a short 1 hour book for a plane-ride or whatever. The advice is a bit spotty but some good stuff in there.

Anyone else read this?
Brilliant book, I really like the audibook version of it.
 

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Reading Unscripted again and also The Rationale Male.
I really liked The Rational Male, although is a dangerous book because it is frame shifting in many ways. For some people the information can make them depressed since it lays off many of the theories behind relationships between man and woman.

Terms like Oneitis and hypergamy stook in my mind until today and probably will pick up his other 2 books this year.
 

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The Hurt Artist: My Life From Suicidal Junkie to Ironman

If you want to read about someone who completely reworked themselves from a heroin addict and alcoholic to a professional athlete, then The Hurt Artist is a fantastic choice. It's also a pretty easy and (relatively) light read.



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Average is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of The Great Stagnation.
The Two Towers
FU Money


My Recent Recommendation
Atlas Shrugged

The thing is a damn behemoth and is probably the longest book I've ever read. Tolkien is nothing compared to Rand.

In my opinion, there are problems with Atlas Shrugged, most notably its length (about halfway through it starts to feel a bit repetitive).

However, I really cannot recommend it enough. Especially to my fellow millennials who have been raised in a society that now upholds victimization and self-sacrifice as our highest values.

And, unlike what some people may think, you don't need to agree with everything Rand says to find value in her work.

In fact, one of the most striking themes that I found in the book? The one that no one mentions?

The way we look at love.

Probably because of our current media, we are often expected to 'give' love to someone who does not deserve it. We are expected to love someone because of their flaws or our own. Either because they overlooked our problems or we 'love' theirs.

We should love someone as a 'person'. Their everything. Not the things they do or the ways they make our lives better. But for 'themselves'. Whatever the hell that means.

"I don't want to be loved for anything. I want to be loved for myself - not for anything I do or have or say or think. For myself - not for my body or mind or words or works or actions."

Does that sound like our society?

No. We should love someone because of their strengths. Because they are funny, sexy, or intelligent. They can also be angry, broken, or depressed, but that is not what defines them.

Love should not be freely given. Because we *all* have known people who simply take and take and take. Love should be earned. On both sides.

Do you want someone to love you because of your flaws? Or because of the way you fight those flaws? The way you make that person laugh?

Someone should earn your love and you should earn theirs.


A few quotes that the Fastlane might enjoy:

"That I happen to suffer, doesn't give me a claim on you."

"To the last minute, everyone had hoped that someone would save them from it."

"I don't gamble on incompetents."

"They'd never try to reach what they had felt. I wouldn't want to seek it from a painting. I'd want it real. I'd take no pride in any hopeless longing. I wouldn't hold a stillborn aspiration. I'd want to have it, to make it, to live it."
 
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I really liked The Rational Male, although is a dangerous book because it is frame shifting in many ways. For some people the information can make them depressed since it lays off many of the theories behind relationships between man and woman.

Terms like Oneitis and hypergamy stook in my mind until today and probably will pick up his other 2 books this year.
I wouldn't say dangerous but I get what you mean haha. The book itself I guess you could say is also UNSCRIPTED.
 

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The 7 Day Start-up.
The Ultimate Vegan Guide
Yes I often have a few going at once, Unscripted is there for reference when I read other business advice.
 

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I just read Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers. He created CD Baby.

Interesting book - I would recommend if anyone is looking for a short 1 hour book for a plane-ride or whatever. The advice is a bit spotty but some good stuff in there.

Anyone else read this?
I love the Audible version. I bought the paperback too but it’s so damn small I can’t find it!

Which bits were spotty? I loved the whole thing.



Currently reading no books. I have the scent and am burrowing fast (down a rabbit-hole).
 

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I love the Audible version. I bought the paperback too but it’s so damn small I can’t find it!
Which bits were spotty? I loved the whole thing.
Currently reading no books. I have the scent and am burrowing fast (down a rabbit-hole).
Funny you say that because I lost my copy and it was wedged into our bookshelf, so small it couldn't be seen! I loved his story but I think if people read too much into the advice of how he did it, it might not work for everyone.- IE: actively trying to not grow, having one programmer developing a product for such a big company, letting basically anyone work for him without any processes - it all seemed very non-conventional to me lol.
 

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Just read, “LLC: Step-by-Step Guide to Incorporating” don’t read it, it’s just a super brief overview. Does not go into details
 

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Zero to One Peter Thiel
Anyone else reading Zero to One by Peter Thiel? What do you like and/or disagree with? I'm listening to the audiobook as we speak actually and love it so far.

I'm not sure if I'm just getting the wrong context, but I often feel these insanely rich investors write about entrepreneurship in a way that isn't useful for new entrepreneurs. Sure - easy for these guys to say it's better to make money long-term rather than short-term, take huge chances, and not "compete" when they've made their fortunes already.

Just an example - I have a few entrepreneur friends who are much more into these ideologies They've been spinning their wheels trying to create whole new markets and they haven't made a dollar, a couple still live with their parents and TBH seem sort of depressed. Yes - my first company wasn't anything ground-breaking but now that I have money to spend, I can invest in innovating and still have enough to enjoy life.

Maybe these books are more about "creating" than making money
 

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Anyone else reading Zero to One by Peter Thiel? What do you like and/or disagree with? I'm listening to the audiobook as we speak actually and love it so far.

I'm not sure if I'm just getting the wrong context, but I often feel these insanely rich investors write about entrepreneurship in a way that isn't useful for new entrepreneurs. Sure - easy for these guys to say it's better to make money long-term rather than short-term, take huge chances, and not "compete" when they've made their fortunes already.

Just an example - I have a few entrepreneur friends who are much more into these ideologies They've been spinning their wheels trying to create whole new markets and they haven't made a dollar, a couple still live with their parents and TBH seem sort of depressed. Yes - my first company wasn't anything ground-breaking but now that I have money to spend, I can invest in innovating and still have enough to enjoy life.

Maybe these books are more about "creating" than making money
The things about the book you've highlighted that you don't care for are precisely why I like the book.

Your thinking that it may not be the best for a new entrepreneur is ironic given the "Zero to One" title. I think it is fantastic for an truly sold out entrepreneur. Now maybe the "I'll just set myself up for 80k per year in passive income" crowd need not read it. But are people like that truly entrepreneurs? That thinking doesn't come from someone who eats, sleeps and breathes building exciting and amazing businesses. It comes from folks that want to retire.

Entrepreneurship isn't a corporate ladder and a lot of folks sometimes are a bit rooted in that thinking even after they make the switch to self employment. No one says you have to build something "small" or "manageable" first.

I think the entire point of the book was START big. Don't just think big or dream big. You don't get to where Thiel is without setting out to build something with some real horsepower.
 

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Sure - easy for these guys to say it's better to make money long-term rather than short-term, take huge chances, and not "compete" when they've made their fortunes already.
That is HOW these people make their money. You don't make vast sums of money and earn a voice that people the world over listen to by swimming with the fishes. No one would read a book written by someone like that. In order to make it big you have to swing for the fences, that is the only way to do it and get the kind of returns that the champions of the world get.

Currently reading Atlas Shrugged. @Kak recommended me this one and I feel like an a**hole it is taking me so long to finish. There is some world changing stuff in here though. I wish a book like this would be required reading for the young ones who are stuck in school
 

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Currently reading Atlas Shrugged. @Kak recommended me this one and I feel like an a**hole it is taking me so long to finish. There is some world changing stuff in here though. I wish a book like this would be required reading for the young ones who are stuck in school
Don't feel bad. Like I said in my post, that thing is a behemoth.

I'm a fast reader. Literally, I'm the fastest reader I know (I should befriend more readers, really).

It took me quite some time to get through the book. It's actually a bit easier if you think of it more as a trilogy (because it's got the length to be one) and take the "Book 1, Book 2, Book 3" literally. Read the first book and take a break.


I'm down for a book club for Atlas Shrugged if you ever want to discuss it.
 

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