Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrowby Yuval Noah Harari
“This is the best reason to learn history: not in order to predict the future but to free yourself from the past and imagine alternative destinies. Of course, this is not total freedom – we cannot avoid being shaped by the past. But some freedom is better than none.”
This is Yuval’s sequel to his New York Times bestseller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. In this book, he brilliantly assembled Human kinds brief history in an attempt to highlight how the current socio-cultural climate of modern day life came to be. (more…)
“Two Core Abilities for Thriving in the New Economy 1. The ability to quickly master hard things. 2. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed.” Cal Newport
Anything that can assist us improving our skill in effectiveness is of value. Even though I consider myself a bit of an effectiveness guru there is always plenty of opportunities to learn more and I welcome it. In whatever paths we pursue, being effective will result in greater success and a happier pursuit in life.
This book not only gave me new thoughts, ideas, practices, and perspectives on how I can sharpen my effectiveness but gave me a friendly jab. A reminder as to where I’ve let things slip and inspiration to further improve my game. (more…)
The Rich Roll podcast began in 2013, founded by Rich Roll himself. So who is this guy? Well, the best place to answer that question is by heading over to iTunes and subscribing to his podcast, The Rich Roll Podcast, and having a listen. Alternatively, you could head to his website and read more of his story. For what it’s worth here is my take.
Rich Roll, podcaster, author, speaker, father of four, is a 50 something year old who, having transformed his own life, has gone on to become an inspiration for people around the world in regards to personal transformation, health, and well-being. (more…)
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw
In this book Adam Grant explores what it takes to be original. It’s a compelling read that disrupts the conventional thinking as it relates to what makes anything unique and original. Adam’s research highlights how we can break conformity to generate new ideas. (more…)
Tim Sanders is all about doing business with love or as he would call it “bizlove.” He’s a lovecat and wished to teach others how to become a lovecat. Now that might be sounding a bit weird but don’t be deterred. This book is a little book of gold with surprising practical value to be had.
It’s not all about free love nor will the value benefit those only looking to improve in business. It is a book about relationships, compassion and personal growth. It is a book that will help improve the success you wish to achieve and a book that will raise your levels of happiness. And it starts with love. (more…)
Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity By Charles Duhigg
“The choices that are most powerful in generating motivation, in other words, are decisions that do two things: They convince us we’re in control and they endow our actions with larger meaning.”
In Charles Duhigg’s previous book, The Power of Habit, he researched into the reasons why we do what we do through the study of habits. It is brilliantly insightful and provides a framework to better understanding habits and how to form habits in life that are more purposeful.
I believe this book has set the benchmark for his work including his newest book Smarter Faster Better. His approach this time was to research the universal concepts that can help us improve our effectiveness, and in the process becoming smarter, faster and better and everything we do. (more…)
“Fundamentally, your brain doesn’t like or want to believe in randomness. It always believes you have some control, even when you don’t. It may be delusional but we’re happier deluded. And delusion ironically makes us perform better on average.” Eric Barker
Eric Barker is an interesting dude. Why? It’s because of his fascination and curiosity for learning and teaching others how to create and live an awesome life. He asks questions that relate to success that many of us don’t. He seeks to find insight to the flip side of everything we’ve been told and everything most of us believe about what determines success. (more…)
A Thought On Writting
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou
In this episode I discuss my thoughts on writing. Writing is just one format of self-expression and this is in my opinion critical to living with greater fulfilment and happiness. I share tips that have help me in my practice of writing that may also benefit you. If you are looking to start writing whether that is a book or blog I hope you can get some value from this show. Enjoy!
Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal
“The foolish man conceives the idea of ‘self.’ The wise man sees there is no ground on which to build the idea of ‘self;’ thus, he has a right conception of the world and well concludes that all compounds amassed by sorrow will be dissolved again, but the truth will remain.” Buddha
This is a very fascinating read about the art and science behind humans chase for creating higher levels of consciousness, not only to achieve more but to live richer lives.
Ecstasis is what the Greeks defined as the act of stepping beyond oneself. It is the state of consciousness above what is normal in daily life that allows us to move into a state of flow. A state that is characterised by Selflessness, Timelessness, Effortlessness and Information Richness (STER). In this book the authors Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal expose the principles behind Ecstasis and the practices and techniques people are using to reach such states. (more…)
Ambition: Leading with Gratitude by Seth Buechley
“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.” Napoleon Bonaparte
Seth Buechley is a serial entrepreneur and found ambition very early in life, in his own unique way. Having grown up in a commune he learnt the art of work early on in life. While there are certain negatives of such an upbringing, as he explains, life in the commune developed within him a strong work ethic.
When it comes to ambition and self-motivation I believe that those who are grow up with a solid work ethic benefit greatly. When the reward of the work we do does not directly benefit us it can sometimes be more difficult to take action. (more…)