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“Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown: Part One

This book really made an impact on me. Distilling the minutiae out of our lives and focusing on the few things that are really important can have a tremendous effect on our well-being. We all get caught up in trying to do to much and in doing so, fail to dedicate ourselves to just a […]

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“Real Happiness” by Sharon Salzberg: Part One

“Just get out and do it.” That’s usually what I have to tell myself to take even 20 minutes of time to practice meditating. Like this book says, it can and will change your life. If you want another look … Continue reading

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“How Successful People Think” by John Maxwell: Part One

Honestly, I was skeptical about John Maxwell before I read this book. A person who knows how may always have a job, but the person who knows why will always be his boss. “Thinking is hard work; that’s why so … Continue reading

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“Mindset” by Carol Dweck

Honestly, this book disappointed me. I don’t know if it’s the author’s writing style, but in the end I felt that from beginning to end each chapter was just a repeat of the one before it. Predictable sums it up. … Continue reading

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“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo: Part Two

Mementos are reminders of a time when these items gave us joy. Truly precious memories will never vanish even if you discard the objects associated with them. When you think about your future, is it worth keeping mementos of things … Continue reading

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“The Positive Dog” by Jon Gordon Part One

The lessons in this book are simple yet powerful. The author’s own motto is “Simple if Powerful”. This falls in line with the idea of asking yourself “Is this useful?” as in “10% Happier.” You could easily read this book … Continue reading

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Sharing Books

I share a lot of books with people for two reasons. 1) I genuinely think they will enjoy it. 2) It gives me something to talk about with them. “My Best Friend is a person who will give me a … Continue reading

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“Talk like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds” by Carmine Gallo: Part Three

Secret #7: Stick to the 18-Minute Rule: Eighteen minutes is the ideal length of time for a presentation. If you must create one that’s longer, build in soft breaks (stories, videos, demonstrations) every 10 minutes. Researchers have discovered that “cognitive … Continue reading

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“Moonwalking With Einstein” by Joshua Foer

This book was just plain entertaining. Being able to memorize a deck of playing cards, or thousands of numbers of pi is arcane in our world of externalized memory. Other works, namely “The Organized Mind,” preach off-loading memories to external … Continue reading

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“Make It Stick” by Peter C. Brown: Part Two

Interleaving is unpopular and seldom used. Teachers dislike it because it feel sluggish. Students find it confusing: they’re just starting to get a handle on new material and don’t feel on top o fit yet when they are forced to … Continue reading

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