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Currently Reading:
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.
Michael Lewis's The Undoing Project
Moneyball, The Great Short, Michael Lewis has outdone himself with each book he writes. I am excited about this book which talks about the science and scientists behind the Moneyball. Brilliant writing. And it starts off with a basketball anecdote. The entire first couple chapters are dedicated to explaining the problem of cognitive bias in sports analysis. Hooked me right there!
http://amzn.to/2ukgRE4
Tim Ferriss's Tools of Titans
So, a thousand recommendations from top performers. Has me hooked right there. I am doing what the book says to do and reading it by skipping around. I read an entry or two every day and put the book down to mull. And like cinnamon sticks in wine mulling on a stove, this book has flavour! I am already recommending this book and will probably be doing so when I am further through the book.
http://amzn.to/2uKe0FE
Queued:
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.
Coming Soon:
Admiral William H. McRaven's Make Your Bed
Tim Ferris put me onto this little gem, which was mentioned in connection with Tools of Titans, which I am reading and loving. It is not on the list yet, because I am just skimming. So this little book got picked-up. I am hoping to put a copy the hands of my eldest son. There is always hope.
http://amzn.to/2gStIc2
Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow
Okay, this book was brought to my attention by my reading of How to Have a Good Day and The Undoing Project. Daniel Kahneman is the scientist behind many of the recommendations within the former book and is one of the subjects of the latter book. A definite must-read for me.
http://amzn.to/2gSwMop
Enjoyed and Shelved:
Caroline Webb's How to Have a Good Day
Alright... I was really worried that this was going to be a self-help book in the truest sense of the word. Instead, it is a manual for life. Scripts for dealing with difficulties abound in this book. Aim. Attitude. Attention. Three AAAs that will make all the difference in how you go about having a good day. I dog-eared so many pages that this book is definitely on my review again very shortly list in order to carry-away the details with which this book abounds.
★★★★ ☚ A Brilliant HOW-TO Manual for living a great day!
Mark Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
I really enjoyed this book. You are not special. Stop trying to be special and just be. Essential take-away. Although the title suggest that we should not care, really the message is be careful what you care about, because it is those things that you care about that will cause you the most grief (or happiness) in your life. Be sure you care about the right stuff and leave superficiality behind. A timeless message.
★★★★ ☚ Truly and undoubtedly a great book!
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. Essentially, a reminder to see the child first. This second edition expands on the first edition slightly, as Ellen's experience has deepened with the aging of her own son. I read this book, again, while working through my son's separation anxiety from his mother. Behaviour is communication and is serving a function and when you look through the right lens, the incomprehensible becomes much more understandable. ★★★★ ☚ love this expanded second edition!
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!