I’ve always read books slowly. I digest them, research as I read, and take notes along the way. They are my mentors. I enjoy slow and deliberate thinking. A few thoughts on reading:
You may notice the 👓 Blinkist link below. This allows me to get a good summary of a book, picks out action items from the read, and allow me to more flexibly choose which books to do a deep dive into. A review of this service is forthcoming. Update 8/1: I’ve decided to quit using Blinkest. I found that I missed the author’s tone, stories, and detailed intent of their work.
These are the books I’ve completed reading so far this year.
This book is a great resource for marketing your new product, software, idea, book, or any project that you want to promote. It teaches you to, “Be different, break out of the mold, and surprise folks”. Definitely gave me a Jolt of Inspiration.
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The value of reputation, quality of content, and a good user experience as factors to good SEO. Keyword tools that go beyond Google Adwords. The value of video, and YouTube in particular in boosting your search results online. The impact on social media in terms of an extra boost to rankings.
Covers financial goals to push yourself towards Financial Freedom and guides along setting up a “freedom fund”.
🔑 “If you don’t have a plan, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or get lost in the details. When you know what you’re aiming for, it’s much easier to get there.”
Instead of running away from conflict, learn how to embrace life’s challenges. Choose what to give a fuck about. Ignore the rest. Realize that yep, not everything in life is perfect nor should we expect it to be. Don’t lie to yourself, be bluntly honest. Embrace truth. Escape the delusions we put in place to insulate ourselves. Great and honest read. Loved it.
Great new book from Dave. Talks about how our environment and the food we eat affect our mitochondria. It goes on to explain how mitochondria affects almost every aspect of our body and brain. Introduces the Bullet Proof Diet plus his supplements to help fight mitochondrial damage.
I stumbled across this book a few times. Finally after seeing it on the Most Read section of Amazon Charts for Non-fiction, I decided to go for it and read it. Honestly, without knowing the premise of the book. I’m very glad that I did. Ties into other research I’ve done. It gives a strategy for dealing with the lizard brain. The stories and examples in the book are encouraging, hit home, and touch the heart.
Definitely a modern classic. Fantastic story and a journey in which the main character learns to listen to his heart, recognize opportunity, and follow his path. It illustrates the value of living out our Personal Legend. Loved it.
At first this was hard to read. It brought back a lot of emotions relating to my Dad’s death. The memory of which still feels recent yet this October will be 2 years. I almost quit reading it.
I’m glad that I pushed through and finished the book. It’s somehow comforting to know others have been through what you have. This was an honest, open guide for dealing with death and facing adversity. It was an insightful view of Post Traumatic Growth and how to be resilient and bounce forward instead of bouncing back. Highly recommended.
Great straight forward approach to pricing design. Covers three models: time-based rates, fixed prices, and value based pricing. It hones on the benefits of value based pricing from there.
I would recommend reading this before Option B. She references Lean In as you’re reading Option B. Having that context helps to get a sense of how the author really feels.
Gave me a lot to think about. She gives great examples of her past experiences on everything from mentors to pushing for more equality in the workforce. Encouraging read to lean in 100% and push aside self-doubt. Loved it.
Enjoyed this read which shows us how we have a sub-process that we use to think without thinking about it. Insightful and very useful. The way Gladwell ties each story together to support each point or theme was so fluid.
Excited to dig further into the works of Paul Ekman, who analyzed micro-facial expressions and has done consulting work for Pixar.
Great perspective on the underestimated and the misunderstood. Weaving in multiple stories to illustrate his point, this was an insightful look into various ways we think something will happen logically, however, the results prove to be different. It depicts the reasoning behind those that are often-looked over at first, can be remarkable at what they do.
This book is a deep dive into imposter syndrome, how to identify it, and how to combat it when it shows up. Reading Sheryl Sandberg’s work led me to this author. While the content was a bit slanted to the perspective of a woman in the workforce, there were great nuggets of insight throughout.
Couldn’t put this book down. Enjoyed it so much. Jeff Goins lays out 12 principles that define a thriving artist. Putting to bed many of the preconceived notions that we have about the “starving artist”, the work gives a clear strategy for overcoming that mindset.
I’m not sure how this hit my radar, I think it was mentioned in a previous book. ( And this book mentions others I’ve read! Shout out to Gary Taubes. ) Learned a ton about setting habits. One aspect that really hit a chord with me, she pointed out that different personality types can affect habit change. She sheds light on methods for habit change based off of that concept. This book came at just the right time. Loved it.
Indeed a timely book.