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    The Miracle Morning: 6 Habits to Elevate Yourself

    This book was recommended to be by a coach as an approach that I might benefit from. I have never been a morning person and, in the restaurant business, am seldom up before 10AM at the best of times (often finishing work around 10PM to midnight). I was sceptical as I have heard of many ‘get up early, do great things because this works for other great people you might admire’ systems. However, I listened to it as I know every self-help or self-improvement book has something inside its covers that I can learn and apply. And if there is more than one (ideally at least three) then the time…

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    The 10 Human Drives

    I have read a number of Brendon Burchard’s books (Motivation Manifesto, High Performance Habits and Life’s Golden Ticket), have taken his Transformation Week and am studying his Productivity Masterclass also. As many of you will know from the contents of this site, personal improvement is something I take seriously and am always ready to look at new and related materials. So, when an invite came into my inbox to look at unreleased footage of Brendon discussing the 10 Human Drives, I accepted. The course is delivered via growth.com using the Kajabi platform, but you cannot access it unless you’re part of Brendon’s HPX world in some form. You have to…

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    The Five Levels of Attachment

    Five Levels of Attachment reminded me of a satirical piece I wrote in 2016 called Religion because the five levels of attachment range from being essentially detached at the first level through to fanatical attachment at the fifth level and I had also structured the 5 levels from essentially detached to fanatical from my own observation. However, Don Miguel Ruiz explains each level of attachment with clarity and examples we can relate to. This is no satire and contains valuable Toltec knowledge. The early part of the book is a recap of some key points from The Four Agreements and follow-up book, The Fifth Agreement and there is a good…

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    WTF?! (Willing to Fail)

    Short and to the point. This reads more like a list of required attributes that the author learned by going from college to a successful entrepreneur over the course of his journey so far. The shopping list of skills and qualities appear in other business and spiritual books along with explanations of why they work or how to apply them, but Brian just lays them out and advises you embrace them. Topics include recruitment, culture, the law of attraction, ego, mindset, values, and more all with his occasional failures and missteps documented along the way as signposts to success. The early chapters chart Brian’s younger years with a few lessons…

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    Meditation with Mei-lan Maurits

    Would you spend 30 minutes a day to sleep better, feel refreshed and invigorated the next day? Yes, please! Before I tel you about Mei-lan Maurits and her angelic style of meditation music, I think we should cover the bases of what meditation is (and is not) as well as some of the other benefits. What is Meditation? There is a great introduction on Headspace which states: Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without…

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    My Journey,  App Reviews

    What is Your Real Personality Type (According to Social Media)?

    Personality Types & Magic Sauce I have just finished reading the book Platform by Cynthia Johnson which I found excellent. It’s not a book about personality types but addresses this topic early on because your social media profiles tell a lot more about you than you might expect. This post looks at one in-depth tool called Apply Magic Sauce (from Cambridge University) and how you can use it to analyse your own social media profiles across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and your blogs. I discuss my personal findings below to demonstrate how the tool is spookily accurate in most respects. You can then take the insights and use them to adjust…

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    What It Takes to Be Free

    The book popped up as a recommendation and I had not come across Darius before taking a chance on this book. What I discovered was a succinct journey into yourself to help you achieve your own personal freedom, however you may define it. The book is in three parts: Awareness, The Price, and The Plan. The third part is the magic ingredient in this book. Awareness The first part talks about what happiness is and what it takes of ourselves to be able to set out on the road to personal freedom. Each chapter is short and to the point. The first question is simply “What is freedom?” and the…

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    Platform (The Art and Science of Personal Branding)

    Platform is a book about personal branding and how Cynthia created her own platform to represent herself across the social channels, how she ‘growth hacked’ her profiles to connect to the right people, and the strategies she employed (which you can use too) to accurately position and define how she wanted to be seen online. The book contains a number of easily actionable ‘quick-wins’ in the early stages then delves deeper into game theory and the need to consider the algorithms the social media platforms use when connecting with others; which Cynthia calls the invisible third-party in the connection. The book also contains a lot of other interesting information outside…

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    The Motivation Manifesto: 9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power

    Narrated by Brendon, this audiobook is akin to having a pep-talk from the author himself. He encourages you to rise above mediocrity and reclaim your personal power and strive to make a difference in the world, at whatever level this means for you. He covers similar ground to other books of this ilk, so you will find some of it familiar territory if you read in this genre, but his choice of language and delivery in the audiobook is inspiring and a very deliberate ‘manifesto’ in the real sense that you can use as the template for your amazing life. Having listened to it twice now (and I will again…

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    Book Reviews

    You Can Thrive After Narcissistic Abuse: The #1 System for Recovering from Toxic Relationships

    Having read two other books on narcissism (Narcissist: A Complete Guide to Dealing with a Range of Narcissistic Personalities and The Covert Passive-Aggressive Narcissist: Recognizing the Traits and Finding Healing After Hidden Emotional and Psychological Abuse) I discovered Melania Tonia Evans on YouTube as I was continuing my research into this topic. Melania goes further in this book discussing the various forms of narcissism but takes a different view about how to heal. While Melania recognises that Narcissistic Personality Disorder is very real and very harmful, she puts forward a powerful healing methodology that is based on healing your own wounds and not laying all the blame at the feet…