Born to Win

Born to Win
Find Your Success Code by Zig Ziglar Read:  2017-11-27, Rating:  7/10. Three Repeated Sentences: You are born to win, but to be the winner you were born to be, you have to plan to win and prepare to win; then and only then can you expect to win. You can change who you are, and what you are, by changing what goes into your mind. You can have everything in life you want, if you just help enough other people get what they want. My Notes: Winning doesnt come without work, but focusing on the proven steps and processes to winning will allow the journey to be faster and a ton more fun. Two works and a phrase Identity and…

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What should I do before moving into a new house?

Purge Take inventory of belongings Schedule MoveMoving VanMoving Elevators Change Addresses Driver's License Health Card Banks Credit cards Professional agencies Subscriptions Vehicle Registration Set up cable TV Set up internet service Transfer Utilities Cancel old utilities Electricity aka Hydro Water Gas Change locks Install new smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors Clean the house before unpacking

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Made to Stick

made to stick
Made to Stick Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath Read:  2017-10-15, Rating:  6/10. Urban Legends are: Simple Unexpected Concrete Credible Emotional Stories My Notes: The Curse of Knowledge. Once we know something, we find it hard to imagine what it was like not to know it. SIMPLE What we mean by “simple” is finding the core of the idea. We know that sentences are better than paragraphs. Two bullet points are better than five. Easy words are better than hard words. It’s a bandwidth issue: The more we reduce the amount of information in an idea, the stickier it will be. Proverbs are the Holy Grail of simplicity. Finding the core and expressing it…

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Mindset

Mindset Book
Mindset The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck Read:  2017-8-3, Rating:  8/10. Plenty of stories demonstrating growth mindset and fixed mindsets, with main points summarised at the end of the chapter. Many suggestions on how to recognize and show interest in efforts and choices. CHAPTER 1: THE MINDSETS Whether human qualities are things that can be cultivated or things that are carved in stone is an old issue. Believing that your qualities are carved in stone—the fixed mindset—creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over. This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts, your strategies, and help from others. The passion for stretching yourself and sticking…

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Trump: The Art of the Deal

Trump The Art of the Deal
Trump: The Art of the Deal by Donald J. Trump with Tony Schwartz Read:  2017-07-10, Rating:  6/10. My Notes: Listen to your gut, no matter how somethings sounds on paper You're generally better off sticking with what you know Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make Trump Cards: The Elements of the Deal Think Big Protect the downside and the upside will take care of itself Maximize your options Know your market Use your leverage Enhance your location Get the word out Fight back Deliver the goods Contain the costs Have fun Much more often than you think, sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure Good publicity is preferable to bad. But from a bottom line…

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The Way of Zen

The Way of Zen
The Way of Zen Discover how the understanding and practice of Zen can bring peace and enlightenment into your daily life by Alan W. Watts Read:  2017-05-16, Rating:  7/10. Part One:  Background and History 1. The Philosophy of the Tao Taoism Difference between western and eastern thought Intro to self You are who you are now But we define self on past Concrete past Intro to Taoism "Superior work has the quality of an accident" 2. The Origins of Buddhism "Knowing what is not so is often as important as what is." "The function of negative knowledge is not unlike the uses of space" "The value of emptiness lies in the movements it permits or in the substance which it mediates and contains. But…

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Finding Flow

finding flow
Finding Flow The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life by Csikszentmihalyi Mihaly Read:  2017-05-16, Rating:  9/10. Three Sentences from Finding Flow It is the full involvement of flow, rather than happiness, that makes for excellence in life. The happiness that follows flow is our own making and it leads to increasing complexity and growth in consciousness. The first step in improving the quality of life, consists of engineering daily activities so that one gets the most rewarding experiences from them. (This sounds simple but...) My Notes What makes a life serene, useful and worth living? The only path to finding out what life is about is a patient, slow attempt, to make sense of the reality of the past and the possibilities of…

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo Read:  2017-05-04, Rating:  9/10. My Takeaways This long-winded, repetitive, poetic cult classic (audiobook read by Emily Woo Zeller) could be condensed into a short list. However, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up offers much more than tips for organizing and purging items. Entertaining anecdotes help the reader learn how to let go and appreciate the things we already have. I recommend this enjoyable light read for anyone interested in lifestyle design. Thoroughly donate and discard before organizing. Lay out all items, touch each individual item and ask "does this spark joy?" Tidy up, one category at a time, in sequence:  Clothing, Books, Papers, Komono (miscellaneous) and finally, Momentos Fold, don't…

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The Obstacle is the Way

The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
The Obstacle is the Way The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph by Ryan Holiday Read:  2017-04-26, Rating:  8/10. My Notes Obstacles are not only to be expected but embraced. Our actions may be impeded... but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle of our acting.  The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. Are you worthy? Can you get past the things that inevitably fall in your way? Will you stand up and show us what you're made of? Most of us are paralyzed. Whatever our individual goals, most of us sit frozen before the many…

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The Fault in Our Stars

TFIOS
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Read:  2017-04-02, Rating:  9/10. My Favourite Quotes Depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying. (Cancer is also a side effect of dying. Almost everything is, really.) There will come a time, when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that's what everyone else does. Hamartia - a fatal flaw Without pain, how could we know joy? This is an old argument in…

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