• Ferris Wheel
    Book Reviews,  Life Vision

    Life’s Golden Ticket – A Story About Second Chances

    I have followed the work of Brendon Burchard since the beginning of 2019 when I joined his transformation week and started learning more about myself and his high-performance methodology. I have taken a few of his courses and watched his YouTube videos, read his High-Performance Habits book and bought the planner of the same name. But none of it really stuck until I stumbled upon this parable – a fictionalized account of one man’s journey through a “theme park of life” after being implored by his dying fiancée to go and discover it for himself. So why was this book so different? It’s a story, and I like stories. I…

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    My Approach

    Self-Help Books – Further Thoughts on the Journey

    A short while ago I wrote a post titled Why Self-Help Books Don’t Work. I have been reflecting on this and found an alternative angle to better understand it. The human experience is complex. We each have different life events and each affects us individually. This map of experience is often uncharted and key points along the timeline have a significant impact on us. These can be positive or negative and I discuss the concept of reviewing your life story further in Finding My Authenticity: Breaking My Chains. I have always had an interest in astronomy, even from a young age at school, and went on to work on cosmology…

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    Book Reviews,  Life Vision

    Think & Grow Rich

    In this video summary from the 2000 Books channel on YouTube, Mani Vaya presents a great overview and distillation of the book. The main points are presented succinctly and with enough depth to understand the key elements that yield success – and this is not just financial, but also personal. Think & Grow Rich is one of the foundation books in this genre that has been recommended over and over again, and much of what is presented today by the many modern coaches, speakers and trainers are essentially different versions of the contents of this book with their own angles and nuances. This video summary talks about how we can…

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    Emotional Life

    Emotions are like clothes: We can choose the ones we wear.

    If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgement of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgement now. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations I’ve been doing a lot of internal work this year, to understand myself at a deep level; my drives, my limiting beliefs, my conditioned framework, or as @Vishen says, the #Brules. You may have seen some of my book reviews on Twitter (or on this site) so have an idea of the breadth of material I have been absorbing. One thing I have understood is that our reaction to external events is our choice. I…

  • Book Reviews,  Career

    eSCAPE: The 4 Stages of Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur

    I came across this book in Dan Lok’s forum as it was being recommended there. It’s essentially a manual for being an entrepreneur, breaking down each of the key areas you need to gain skills in – Self, Catapult, Authority and People – into further sub-categories such as time, money, struggle, paradigms, accountability and focus. This is ideally used in parallel with the free assessment you can take at lurn.com which assesses each of the sub-categories and gives you a score of how likely you are to be an entrepreneur, thus providing you with a template showing where you need to put in more effort if you want success. The…

  • Book Reviews,  Emotional Life,  Character

    Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

    Another personal development book … but this one comes at you like a freight train in the night (as a Navy Seal would do, I guess). It’s uncomfortable to listen to in places as Goggins goes into excruciating details of how he basically pushed himself beyond his limits to overcome his limitations and crush his goals. It’s a fascinating life story, and the 10 challenges laid out in the book help steer you through your own awakening, identify your own limitations and crush your own life goals. Your goals don’t have to be physical, and they can be small or large, but the process works. The more you read personal…

  • Book Reviews,  Emotional Life,  Character

    Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One

    This is the book that bridges the gap between the spiritual practices in books like The Secret, Feeling Is The Secret 1944, The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith, et al, and the more practical approaches in books like High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way via psychology, meditation and proven principles. Having read these related books and a number of other books on the spectrum from spiritual to scientific, including others that delve into specific aspects of spirit, psyche, mind, habits and psychology, this book is a like a key that joins both the spiritual and physical worlds and helps open a gateway to improving yourself. As a (pseudo) scientist,…

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    Book Reviews,  Emotional Life,  Character

    Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living A Better Life

    Tricky one this … I listened to the audiobook via Audible. The content of Gabby’s book is, as usual, excellent. The messages are succinct and actionable. However, as the book goes on there are a number of daily meditations. These are great in that they are guided, but you really need to bookmark them to be able to jump in and out later. This is a bit of a challenge to do if you are driving! The format of the book would be better restructured for the medium so that you have the text to listen to with an accompanying audio download for the guided meditations. I believe this exists…

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    Book Reviews,  Character,  Career

    Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped

    Russell Brand has a way of writing things in a way that sounds like it is something you’d expect at a Poetry Slam. It is insightful and visual, poignant and eloquent, humorous and heartfelt. Not like Chewbacca in a taxi. You get the idea? However, most of this book is the journey through Russell’s life and the key people who have and still do influence and help him on the path to being a better person. It’s another book in my canon of ‘success’ stories and what it takes to be better at being human. Russell takes us through his addiction, his showbiz life, and parenthood, plus all the cracks…

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    Book Reviews,  Life Vision

    The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny

    Another excellent book. The more I read books designed to help us lead a better, more fulfilled and thus successful life, the more I see the same patterns emerging. The patterns (or tenets) are at the core of 99% of all the personal development courses and underly everything that the majority of high profile (et al) trainers deliver. However, if you’re like me, you won’t get it all from a single book. You might not get it from 100 books. But, if you’re like me, reading different perspectives on the same fundamental principles helps cement the truth of those core building blocks. Each of the stories in this book (and…