“With mindfulness, we can be with the experience in more immediate way. When we find ourselves flooded with an emotion that’s come after the judgement, we’ve often missed the very judgment that triggered the emotion.” Mark Coleman
More mindfulness anyone? It plagues books these days and for that I am a big fan. I don’t think we can get enough. Either we control the mind or it controls us. The one place we have full control yet I wonder how well do we exercise that control. The mind becomes what it sees and believes. The mind sets our reality. An unobserved mind that runs wild and free may be less conducive to creating the reality we truly desire.
Mark Coleman is a mindfulness teacher and wilderness guide. In an interview I did with him he shared a practice that he calls the meandering meditation. (more…)
“The fact that one can lose one’s sense of self in an ocean of tranquility does not mean that one’s consciousness is immaterial or that it presided over the birth of the universe.” Sam Harris
Another fascinating and insightful read of the year. Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times best sellers including this one and writes on the topics of neuroscience, religion, meditation, politics and philosophy. He also has a kick-ass podcast that was introduced to me by a friend that has become a bit of a favourite.
Sam Harris is deep and very knowledgeable. If I am honest much of what he talks about is over and beyond my simplistic mind but when I do manage to handle his language and thoughts I am inspired beyond which words can’t describe – speechless!
‘The desire to win and passion for what you’re doing. Nothing happens without passion and desire.” Malcolm Gladwell
An inspiring and insightful read about what makes success. Malcolm Gladwell wrote this book out of his own personal frustrations. He was tired of the overly simple explanation of what makes someone or something a success. In his words the successful are noted as being so because, “they’re really smart,” or “they’re really ambitious.” The desire was to search deeper for the real truth.
An outlier is a person or thing that is detached from the main body or system. A movie that is incredibly successful despite a low budget and unknown director. (more…)
“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.” Richard Branson
This book is about the exciting opportunity of tapping into and profiting from the online educational space. For entrepreneurs or even existing educators that would like to take their courses offline and transform them into online courses you may find value within.
The first half of the book is insightfully about education in general and the changing nature of this space. It views the pros and cons of traditional education versus online education. I found some of the perspectives and facts fascinating. While I am very pro education in general I feel there are vast improvements that can be made in both.
Here was one interesting insight Danny shared about college education.
“The Golden Rule of Habit Change: You can’t extinguish bad a habit, you can only change it.”
This is such a well-researched read. Insights that will be sure to inspire. Charles Duhigg is an award winning reporter for the New York Times and author of Smarter Faster Better, a book about productivity which now I must also read.
Duhigg has helped me understand habits. Why they exist and how I can go about changing them. What’s more is that in understanding habits I not only get insight into my behaviours but also why others behave in certain way. This is good for leadership, influence, and business.
If you want to know why you are not getting the desired results in what you pursue understanding behaviours and habits may give you some great clues.
The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff by Andy Andrews
“Perspective is the only thing that can dramatically change the results without changing any of the facts.” Andy Andrews
What a surprisingly great little read. Packed with such purposeful insight and perspectives. What is life but an accumulation of the little things. We hear it often enough but do we really consider the little things we do and how they have impact on not only our lives but all those around us?
Andy Andrews is a New York Times reporter, speaker and author and is all about awakening and empowering the human spirit and mind to live more inspired lives. This book is a little dose of that.
Essential: Essays by The Minimalistsby Ryan Nicodemus Joshua Fields Millburn
“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” Chuck Palahniuk
Have you heard about the minimalist lifestyle? These guys live it, breathe it and share it. Having chased through the corporate life they found themselves less satisfied and began asking questions about what it’s all for. At least as far as I can tell. This book is not a coordinated journey of how to live a minimalist life but as the tittle suggestions a series of essays that they have written on living a minimalist life. Inspiration to take action towards a minimalist lifestyle of your own.
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The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. Thomas Berger
Frank Sesno is an award winning American journalist. As a former CNN correspondent, anchor and Washington bureau chief, and currently a Director at George Washington University, Frank has learnt the knack of asking powerful questions. In this book he shares his knowledge by grouping the types and styles of questions that one may ask into 11 succinct categories.
Questions are enquiry that require answers and it is the insight of questions that bring the magic. It is thought by many, and I believe Frank agrees, that the human population in large part has lost the ability of asking well thought and structured questions. Perhaps we have stopped asking questions period. (more…)
You Are Your Full Potential – What Is It? Go Beyond This!
We are our full potential. We are everything that we have become. We are an accumulation of our past. We are who we are today and this is our potential. This is our full potential. If you are not happy with how you exist today then you need to move beyond it.
No matter what we do from here we will develop into new potential into the future. The potential you become is entirely a choice that you can make today. If you want more freedom, fulfilment and happiness then you must seek the practices and do the work that will help you reach that.
Enjoy my 7 minutes of wisdom in this episode.
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Samantha Bennett is very much a creative type. She is the founder of The Organised Artist Company that is aimed to assisting other creatives to get untuck so that they can progress forward towards their goals and dreams. As an artist she understands the challenges that people face and with a very creative approach successfully teaches others the keys to greater success.
I interviewed Sam in episode 266 on The Hidden Why Podcast – a very creative and inspiring chat.
As the title suggests Sam offers thoughts, ideas and practices that are small changes that make big differences. When it comes to living the life you desire it’s the accumulation of your daily habits and behaviours that bring the greatest gain. The benefits are not always readily noticed. Persistence and consistency are two very important factors contributing to one’s success.