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An unabashed look at what I am reading.

Currently Reading:
Caroline Webb's How to Have a Good Day
Recommended to me for the brain science that is behind the recommendations in the book.
Mark Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Recommended to me for its irreverant, no-holds-barred approach to synicism and stoicism.
Queued:
Ellen Notbohm's Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew
If you work with kiddos with autism this is a must-read book. If you just want to the brass tacks of the message: the essay is available here: http://www.ellennotbohm.com/book-summary-ten-things-every-child-with-autism/
Coming Soon:
Jocko Willink's Extreme Ownership
Recommended to me because I believe in taking ownership of things in my life and have been working hard to do so for the past number of years.
Carol S. Dweck's mindset
I have been patiently building the mindset to read this book: the message is that it is all about a can-do attitude.
Jaron Lanier's You are not a Gadget
I like to think that I believe in humanism; as a result, I think it is important to recognize what is important in life. I look forward to crunching and parsing the manifesto that is this book.
Jonathan Fields's How to Live a Good Life
I want to see the stance that Fields takes in stating what and how one goes about a good life.
Enjoyed and Shelved:
Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit
I carefully select books. AND I cannot for the life of me remember how I came to order this book, except that I really enjoyed David Usher's Let the Elephants RUN. This book really delves into the passion of creation. At the heart of that passion is a desire to do the work. In doing the exercises, I was astonished by one thing: that, in my own life, I have the passion to actually work on very few things; I am motivated by the new and novel and the problem is that true creativity is about reiteration over a broad-span of time. I have done a lot in my life, but always in terms of short-term gains. It then dawned on me that the one thing I DO work on consistently is my own learning. There is a truth to this book that darkens a lot of my dreams and aspirations. I long to be a writer, yet I do not write (except to dabble, which only makes me a dilettante). The only thing that happens over and over is that I keep learning new stuff. This more than anything motivates me. I am still digesting the message of the book and am currently reading my notes over from reading it and I think I am not finished with the book. It is shelved, but, like Ryan Holiday's book below, I am not finished digesting the message. I am returning to this book, soon.
★★★★ ☚ scalded me with its message!
Ryan Holiday's Ego is the Enemy
So I have read the first section of the this book, including the forward. My reaction is complex: I want to believe that I have already sublimely transcended ego and yet it roars to life as I read Ryan's words. I loved his other book, The Obstacle is the Way, and sought this book on the premise that it would be an epiphany like his last work. In a round-about-way, I was not wrong... except it was not an overwhelming epiphany; instead it hit like the drip of a million billion trillion raindrops on the edge of a precipice. When the rock fell, I came to realize just how involved I am in my identities as a teacher and a father and others. I have come to realize that the message of Ego is the Enemy resonates very deeply within me, especially in the humble message of service to the identities that you wish to cultivate. And cultivate is a great metaphor for how you must deal with both ego and the quest to be a better human. I set the book down because I feel that before I can read the second section (which deals with success), I must first work on some of my egotism prior to engaging with more of the book. I heartily recommend this book. Careful, though, for you may not like the self-portrait that you are left with!
★★★★ ☚ this last star was a hard-won, slow-burn four-star generalissimo!