So are here the books that I've read and what I think about them with a small review and a rating!
So are here the books that I've read and what I think about them with a small review and a rating!
Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 20/04/2019 |
Love yourself first. That’s the idea. It’s a sort of law of attraction thing. Once you love yourself, you can take greater responsibility for yourself and can also love others better. Whatever you do in life, you've got to love yourself. Once you fully and totally love yourself, it’s like a superpower.
It seems to be working thus far. Since reading this book, I’ve been taking greater care for myself! :)
Here’s a quote from the book… “This I know: the mind, left to itself, repeats the same stories, the same loops. Mostly ones that don't serve us. So what's practical, what's transformative, is to consciously choose a thought. Then practice it again and again. With emotion, with feeling, with acceptance. Lay down the synaptic pathways until the mind starts playing it automatically. Do this with enough intensity over time and the mind will have no choice. That's how it operates. Where do you think your original loops came from?”
Short book. Should only take an hour to complete!
The Brotherhood Of The Grape by John Fante | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 11/04/2019 |
Like any Bukowski or Fante book, they’re always epic. The style. The rawness. The everything. Can’t explain. Sorry.
TRIBE On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger | Rating: 8/10 | Completed: 10/02/2019 |
Definitely an interesting book. Learned a lot! Relatively short.
The part I found most interesting was when Sebastian talked about when white people would abandon their lives with other white folk and live with the Native Americans. The funny thing was that no Native Americans ever willingly live with the whites.
What does that say about our society?
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 4/01/2019 |
The first half of the book was sort of boring in my opinion. I mean, it contained content he’d already discussed in his previous book.
Anyway, the second half of the book was amazing. I love Yuval’s perspective of the world. Great guy.
If you want to expand your mind, read Yuval! :)
Ask The Dust by John Fante | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 25/11/2018 |
Just a bit tilted about the ending. No spoilers! :)
Candide by Voltaire | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 22/11/2018 |
This book proved to be very thought provoking.
It followed the slightly stupid and trusting Candide in his adventures.
Best book I’ve read for a while!
The main idea throughout the book is the idea that all is well in the world. Everything happens for a reason, each individual’s suffering is someone else’s gain.
The end of the book states that the three great evils are: Boredom, Vice and Need. Work is what keeps these three evils at bay. So keep working! :)
Pulp by Charles Bukowski | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 9/11/2018 |
I love Charles Bukowski!
The Outsider / The Stranger by Albert Camus | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 31/10/2018 |
This was an awesome book about a man who’s mother just died and all the events leading up to his death.
I liked the way it was written. Very moving.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes by Anita Loos | Rating: 8/10 | Completed: 27/10/2018 |
There’s two books in this one book but the first one, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a diary a girl written by the character - Lorelei Lee. Quite an interesting book. :) Lorelei is THE biggest gold digger.
The second book is But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes and it’s about her friend Dorothy and her adventures through life growing up in a moving circus!
Interesting book about the past also and how it was like in 1925!
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 22/10/2018 |
I had watched the movie prior to reading this book, so I had a really good time imagining my favorite actor (DiCaprio) throughout reading this book. All I have to say, is don’t drive too fast.
It’s Kind Of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 18/10/2018 |
About a kid who’s depressed and how he overcomes it! (It’s not that simple)
A really cool story!
Follows 15 year old, Craig.
(Movie about it too, It doesn’t look as good as the book (obviously))
What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee | Rating: 7/10 | Completed: 14/10/2018 |
I feel like some cornbread now.
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 13/10/2018 |
This book is funny.
Holden, the guy talking to us during the whole book is always saying someone is a phony or how something is stupid. Mostly how movies are stupid. But anyway, Holden is this kid who flunked all his classes and doesn’t really have any plans for the future.
A funny part of the book is when he’s in a cab with a cab driver and he asks the driver what happens to the ducks by the lake in the winter time. Then the cab driver starts going crazy or whatever and then they are talking about the fish and then are saying that the fish are frozen in one place all winter. Funny part.
I think it was a good book. :) Can recommend! :)
Biocentrism by Robert Lanza | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 11/09/2018 |
I learned so much in this book, it’s crazy. But let me just give you the 7 principles of Biocentrism… Hold on tight, because there’s a lot of writing….
-TIME AND SPACE ARE BOTH ILLUSIONS!!!!!!!!!!!-
First Principle of Biocentrism: What we perceive as reality is a process that involves our consciousness. An “external” reality, if it existed, would – by definition – have to exist in space. But this is meaningless, because space and time are not absolute realities but rather tools of the human and animal mind.
Second Principle of Biocentrism: Our external and internal perceptions are inextricably intertwined. They are different sides of the same coin and cannot be divorced from one another.
Third Principle of Biocentrism: The behavior of subatomic particles –indeed all particles and
objects – is inextricably linked to the presence of an observer. Without the presence of a conscious observer, they at best exist in an undetermined state of probability waves.
Fourth Principle of Biocentrism: Without consciousness, “matter” dwells in an undetermined state of probability. Any universe that could have preceded consciousness only existed in a probability state.
Fifth Principle of Biocentrism: The structure of the universe is explainable only through biocentrism. The universe is fine-tuned for life, which makes perfect sense as life creates the universe, not the other way around. The “universe” is simply the complete spatiotemporal logic of the self.
Sixth Principle of Biocentrism: Time does not have a real existence outside of animal-sense perception. It is the process by which we perceive changes in the universe.
Seventh Principle of Biocentrism: Space, like time, is not an object or a thing. Space is another form of our animal understanding and does not have an independent reality. We carry space and time around with us like turtles with shells. Thus, there is no absolute self-existing matrix in which physical events occur independent of life.
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart by Gordon Livingston, M.D. | Rating: 8/10 | Completed: 14/08/2018 |
This was a great book and I just want to share a few of the thirty points made in this book! :)
“It is not so much what occurs, but how we define events and respond that determines how we feel.”
“The most secure prisons are those we construct for ourselves.”
“The things we are sure will make us happy seldom do. Fate, it seems, has a sense of humor.”
“Life’s two most important questions are “Why?” and “Why not?” The trick is knowing which one to ask.”
“I frequently ask people who are risk-averse, “What is the biggest chance you have ever taken?” People begin to realize what “safe” lives they have chosen to lead.”
“Any relationship is under the control of the person who cares the least.”
Some great psychological ideas in this book!
Great book! :)
The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman | Rating: 8/10 | Completed: 15/07/2018 |
The book was good but also felt very shallow at times.
The first couple hundred pages were good. Then continuing on there it just felt like a replay of "thinking, fast and slow" by Daniel Kahneman but I understand it. It's to with behavior of consumers.
It was a good book and had lots of value in it!
A BUSINESS IS A REPEATABLE PROCESS THAT:
(1) creates or provides something of value that
(2) other people want or need
(3) at a price they’re willing to pay, in a way that
(4) satisfies the purchaser’s needs and expectations and
(5) provides the business sufficient revenue to make it worthwhile for the owners to continue operation.
Get those points down and you have yourself a business! :)
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 12/07/2018 |
The book was very interesting.
I learned a lot.
First, there is validated learning. Validated learning is a unit of progress process and describes learnings generated by trying out an initial idea and then measuring it against potential customers to validate the effect.
Then, you have to test constantly that your product is what consumers truly want.
This has to be measured because you can be making progress but it's no use if you're meeting deadlines and building a product that no one wants.
You have to know when to pivot.
Many startups slowly die as they don't realize they have to pivot.
Pivoting is usually because consumers don't want a product and there isn't growing at a fast enough rate so pivoting to capitalize on a new market can be beneficial.
Then there is Batching.
There was this analogy.
Two people were putting mail together and there are many parts to preparing mail for people.
However, there are two approaches.
You can choose to do each step repeatedly. Like insert the mail into the envelope into each envelope. Then you put the stamp on each envelope. Etc etc. This is the large batch approach.
The other approach is to do each mail individually. This is where you do each step at once and complete each mail at once. This is the small batch approach.
In the mail analogy, the person with the small batch approach was actually faster. There is evidence for this. By video done with experiments!
Eric explains that the small batch approach is better when it comes to business because it's not only faster and more efficient, but also. Let's say there is a problem in the middle of the process. For example, maybe some resource is missing to complete the task. This holds up the entire production line.
Small batches allow for constant iterations of the product which sees to a higher quality product in the end as it has been test more! :)
Then there are different ways to grow.
You have to understand your method. It depends on how you get your customers and how well you retain them.
There is also a thing called the viral coefficient. If it's above 1, then your business will grow very fast. This is because for each person you reach with your business, they will refer 1 or more people (viral coefficient above 1) so therefore it will keep going until infinity! :)
That is all I want to talk about here! :)
If you're an employee, you can read this book. You don't have to be a manager or something like this striving to see more innovation in your company.
You can like suggest innovative methods used in this book to your colleagues and manager yourself! :)
I hope this was helpful! :)
Deep Work by Cal Newport | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 7/07/2018 |
The book teaches a lot in the way of deep work and why you should work deeply. But the one thing I'm going to touch on here is the social media section...
Cal describes social media as a tool. Much like a farmer uses engines to increase productivity or a hunter uses a firearm to hunt its prey. Social media is also a tool that can help people achieve success in their lives.
Social media can make for a better social life and help keep in touch with friends. It can also make it easier to ask for help from people who have it.
But tools can sometimes be less useful than we think they are.
For example, a tool - or vehicle that might seem like a useful, can have negatives such as fuel costs, repair costs, damage the vehicle has on soil, and many more flow on effects.
Cal's case is that social media can also have these negatives effects.
They drain our time and attention.
Perhaps, the use of social media might seem as a useful tool for our success professionally and socially, but it may also not and could just be an anchor in your life.
This is not going to be for everyone, but in most cases, social media is just a waste of time.
It might seem important to keep up to date with your 500 friends on Facebook, but who really cares. If these 500 people were important in your life, you'd probably know when something eventful happens in their lives.
Cal proposes that each of his readers quit social media for 30 days and see how they feel at the end of the period.
Most of the time, nobody even realizes that they stopped using social media. If this is the case, then its use in the first place is frivolous and just sucking up valuable time.
Social media is just a time wasting 'tool' that seems like everyone uses. Since everyone uses it, doesn't mean you have to. Pack mentality can be useful, it can also be restricting. If you want to break out of the pack, you have to adopt new behaviors and habits! :)
All in all, this book is really great! I really recommend it! :)
You don't have to agree on everything Cal says in his book or anyone's books for that matter, but just acknowledge other people's thoughts and be open to new ideas! :)
Factotum by Charles Bukowski | Rating: 8/10 | Completed: 5/07/2018 |
Another one of Bukowski's classics. This book is about a Henry Chinaski doing lots of odd jobs - Factotum literally - means an employee who does all kinds of work.
And that he was. He'd switch jobs all the time living the life of a loser.
That pretty much sums up this book!
Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 4/07/2018 |
Good ol' Elon Musk.
This guy is a legend.
I guess I'll just do a mini-summary of Elon Musk's life! :)
So, Elon was born in South Africa. He was bullied in school - a lot. His parents divorced also divorced around this time and he decided to live with his father while his siblings lived with his mother.
After high school, Elon moved to Canada and then moved to the USA later on in life.
He started a company called Zip2. Zip2 was a company that provided and licensed online city guide software to newspapers. Sold that. Then created a payment service called X.com then merged with a company called PayPal. Sold that to Ebay. Now he has hundreds of millions of dollars.
Then he starts Space Exploration Technologies - Space Ex. He started a f*cking rocket Company. Like, how do you even start a rocket company...
Anyway, then he becomes interested in Electric Cars and got together some people and built Tesla.
Many years later, through years of stress and almost going bankrupt many many times, Elon Musk makes it through everything and both his companies succeed.
He's now very successful and owns Solar City which installs solar panels onto people's roofs.
Elon Musk takes part of many ideas that change the world for the better!
His end goal, is to get people living on Mars.
He wants to see that happen during his lifetime. It's his mission.
That's what fuels him in everything he does.
Some people think he's crazy, and some do not. I think it's do-able.
Overall, a great book. Definitely worth the read! :)
Post Office by Charles Bukowski | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 18/06/2018 |
This is an interesting book from Charles Bukowski.
Charles had a terrible life.
This book is a book about himself.
Quite interesting and shows that Charles doesn't give a f*ck.
I like his simple - easy to read writing style!
That's what makes writing interesting. "The worst time to become famous as a writer is in youth because you haven't gone through anything."
What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 by Tina Seelig | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 08/06/2018 |
This has a lot of lessons backed up mostly by the Author's experiments she has done in her classes.
Always show appreciation for others when they do something for you. Simply sending a thank you note or an email will suffice.
Failure is a learning experience and certainly doesn't define who you are.
There are two types of people in this world, people who wait for other people to give them permission to pursue something, and there are people who go out and do whatever it is they want to without any prior permission from a higher authority.
Don't take life so seriously, it's meant to be enjoyed.
Schools teach us that we're competing with other people in the class/school. Life is quite the opposite. In almost every aspect of life, we are required to work with others in a team! A company is literally defined as a group of people working together to produce a good or service. Teamwork folks! :)
This book, was pretty solid. Not amazing, but good! Pretty good. It was good, okay? It was alright... I mean. Yeah, I'd read it again, I suppose... Yeah, it was good...
Barking Up The Wrong Tree by Eric Barker | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 04/06/2018 |
This book was very good and enlightening!
This book laid out some great real world examples of everything about success
Some topics this book covers are...
1. Should we play it safe and do what we're told if we want to succeed?
Does playing by the rules pay off? Insight from Valedictorians, people who feel no pain, and piano prodigies.
2. Do nice guys finish last?
What you can learn about trust, cooperation, and kindness... from gang members, pirates, and serial killers.
3. Do quitters never win and winners never quit?
What Navy SEALs, video games, arranged marriages, and batman can teach us about sticking it out when achieving success is hard.
4. It's not what you know, it's who you know (unless it really is what you know).
What we can learn about the power of networks from hostage negotiators, top comedians, and the smartest men who ever lived.
5. Believe in yourself... Sometimes
What we can learn about walking the tightrope between confidence and delusion from chess masters, secret military units, Kung Fu con artists, and people who cannot feel fear.
6. Work, work, work... or work-life balance?
How to find harmony between home and the office, courtesy of spider-,an, Buddhist monks, Albert Einstein, professional Wrestlers, and Genghis Khan.
This book was very funny and shows great examples. I can really recommend this book if you want to learn about being successful! :)
Start With Why by Simon Sinek | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 26/05/2018 |
why why why
You have to start with why.
This book is 100% about why you should start with why. Okay, let me explain...
Let me use the company 'Apple' as an example, as Simon does in his book. p.s: Simon Sinek's thoughts of Apple probably have changed and are less positive since Steve Job's death as the company has become less innovative since.
Apple is a company that is driven with a sense of why. Apple believes in empowering the 'individual', challenging the 'status quo'. (that's why all their products have 'i' in them).
Simon makes it clear, that companies which have a sense of why are much more successful. This is because they lead from the inside of the 'golden circle', to the outside (once a sense of why is established, the how and what will come easily).
Most companies don't have a sense of why. They start with what they do. In the case of the company 'Dell'. Dell is well known as a computer company. Nothing more. They have their what - selling computers. Their how is by getting some engineers and managers etc. together to produce a computer, and that's what they do. They just make and sell computers, and that's all they're known for.
Why do people buy Iphones even though their products are objectively worse (in a technical sense) than their competitors? It's because Apple has a sense of why. They are selling a lifestyle, a feeling of owning a product that resonates their view on the world. For example, challenging the 'status quo'. This sense of why and feeling of being part of something bigger (by owning an iphone) trumps better quality products at a lower price. This is why Apple, as a company is so profitable. Their products are heavily overpriced. (This is essential, because if their products were cheaper, everyone would own them and the people who use them wouldn't feel as special).
Anyway, Apple has a why that their customers can relate with. "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it". When a consumer believes in challenging the status quo and wants a boost of confidence, he/she will look for a product that serves as a tangible proof of what they believe. So they buy an Iphone - a what that portrays their why. Makes sense. That's the reason Dell is just a computer company. They don't position themselves as having a why, a greater purpose other than making and selling computers. Because of this, they have to use other methods to gain consumer's attention. Whether it be lowering prices, differentiating their products or manipulating their customers. Manipulative methods never pay off in the long run because you don't gain trust and loyalty from your customers. Apple has many loyal customers and this is why they thrive! :) ✌️
Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 20/05/2018 |
This book has so much value in it and creates so much inspiration!
Basically, this book is about developing your personal brand through social media - becoming an influencer!
First it talks about the values you need to have in order to succeed. Such as: working hard, being passionate in your work (otherwise you'll give up when things get tough), loving your audience and giving them your full attention, creating great content, having patience(not giving up when results don't come straight away), having speed (working fast).
There were many many real life examples of people who were in jobs they perhaps did not enjoy very much who then built a presence online and with this changed many people's lives and created lots of value and in the end made lots of money(and still do) and quit their jobs!
Gary talks about different social media platforms...
- Voice First
Facebook is great at just getting your content and great at everything, video, pictures, audio, just reaching out to people, running ads and so much more. He says you must have a Facebook page in order to succeed or else you're missing out on a lot of growth and opportunity.
Instagram is a great place to grow your personal brand by just posting great pictures (and videos) with long captions and a great place get in contact with other influencers in your niche/area!
Snapchat is a great place just let your audience into your real life without any production value. Just letting them into your raw footage which can be quite strong as there is no bullshit. Just the legit you.
Musical.ly made quite a surprising appearance into this book for me, I have heard of it and that some kids have gotten famous just by lip syncing some songs on this app. Gary says that this is a legit platform for gaining traction and not just for 9-12 year old. He has even made some videos of him lip syncing to the song work work work. No point not creating content here, maybe he can get some younger children in on his brand!
Podcasts can be a powerful medium to grow your brand if you are very passionate about any topic and you can just sit down and talk about it for an hour every week. There's a guy made an example in this book where he talks with an entrepreneur everyday and his podcasts quickly became extremely popular after 2 and a half months. I think it's called 'entrepreneurs on fire' :)
Twitter - Gary says Twitter is the place to have conversations with fans. With only 140 characters it can be hard to create quality content. Gary says this is the place to engage in discussions with people and this way gain popularity!
YouTube is a super powerful social media platform. Gary says that YouTube is replacing T.V (I can't remember the last time I watched T.V as I just watch YouTube) and that this is the new place to become famous with video. You don't need to be accepted by some T.V show to become a star or anything. You can create your own content with a phone camera.
Voice First - This is a platform very much in its infancy, but Gary believes it is bound to blow up in the future as all you have to do to access content is just to say "Alexa, how do I tie my shoelace" instead of having to google it or whatever and there will be skills pre-made by other users. Now, there aren't many skills out yet so it's a good time to poise the opportunity and take advantage of the fact that this platform is in its infancy. I don't know much about this, because I don't have an amazon assistant or a google assistant so it's hard for me to talk about this! ;)
This pretty much sums up this book, and I can really recommend reading this book! It was quite motivational and inspirational!
Lying by Sam Harris | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 12/05/2018 |
This book is pretty much summed up in one sentence: Lying is bad.
Well, there's a bit more to it than that... This book is mostly concerned with telling "white lies".
Let’s say you're shopping with your friend and she asks you if she looks fat in the dress she is trying on, (she does look fat) and you tell her she doesn't look fat. By doing this, you are taking control of your friend's life by limiting her the knowledge that she looks fat in her dress. Well, this is terrible. For one, you just told a lie, which means you need to keep track that you told a lie.
Two, let's say your friend is looking for a new boyfriend and wants to build a family etc. etc. buuuut you just told her she looks fine in her dress when in reality she doesn’t. Well, it seems fine on the surface to tell this lie, right? Wellllll, now she will have a lower chance of finding a potential partner and building a family…
So basically, by telling the seemingly harmless lie (white lie), you are jeopardizing the possibility of being happy in the future with a wonderful relationship with another man.
Another reason not to lie is, if you lie and say she looks good in the dress, yes you are winning her short-term likability as a friend. But you are sacrificing your true view of the world and how she truly looks in the dress. If you tell the truth and saying she looks fat in the dress, this shows that you actually have an opinion and she will better trust you in the future if she ever asks you for your opinion/advice. This is because you told the truth last time and you didn't say you think she looks good in every dress. For example, what if she goes to a party with her 'fat dress' and lots of people might tell her she looks fat (crazy example, I know) and then she will think back to when you said she looked fine and she will deem you as less trustworthy and possibly won’t want to be as good friends because you don’t share your real opinion.
It's sometimes hard to recognize how life-changing a white lie can be. In this case, it could mean the difference between finding a partner and being happy or being told she looks ugly at a party and constantly being rejected... I know I'm exaggerating a lot in these examples, but it’s just to show my point!
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 9/05/2018 |
This book is amazing. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING!
There are three main parts to this book...
1. Homo Sapiens conquers the World.
This is about how humans conquered the world using scientific discoveries.
2. Homo Sapiens gives meaning to the World.
This section is about how storytelling is extremely powerful in human societies and that it's easy to believe in a certain religion if everyone around you believes also. And it's about like different sects of humanistic beliefs. Most of all, that humans are individuals and that when you have a question, you should consult your inner self!
3. Homo Sapiens Loses Control
This is the best section of the book, by far. This section talks about how all these technological advancements will affect the future of our species. New technologies like immortality will be driven by the richest folk who want to live forever so scientists continue to receive funds. There's actually a sub-company of Google which has a goal for immortality. We are no doubt very very far away from this goal but I think it's possible if we somehow renew our organs by checking into the doctor and getting our organs replaced.
Another mind-blowing concept, to me, is artificial intelligence and how this will shape the future. Already, many many companies use complex algorithms to process data. There's an algorithm called Wilson made by IBM which can diagnose what sickness you currently have if you just feed it your data and previous sicknesses you have had and your DNA possibly. And gives you a result by comparing your data to other people's data and is correct most of the time! Wilson makes far less mistakes than any doctor, so why shouldn't we use Wilson, we're just limiting ourselves then...
I think eventually, we'll just consult computers and ask them what we should do. In present day, we consult our inner selves to answer questions we have like what career should one pursue, but with more and more advancements in artificial intelligence, if we just let a robot analyze all our data, let them read all our emails and everything we do, the machine can tell us what to do. So I think over generations, humans will become "slaves" or like persons that just follow the advice of machines - not consulting their inner selves because eventually, machines will know more about you than you know about you. Like Facebook and other companies already the outcome of an election before the results are in just by using the data of Facebook users and what people are talking about, liking etc. It's just mind-blowing to think about what the future holds.
So yeah, I think I summed up this book a little, I really really recommend this book because it's just amazing and really challenges you to think about future possibilities of humankind!!!! :)
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 1/05/2018 |
Here are some things that are mind-blowing to me that I learned reading this book:
-When the universe began, it was no larger than the dot at the end of this sentence. This lasted one trillionth of a second long.
-When you look out into the night sky, you are a essentially looking into the past because the time it takes for the light to reach your eyes from the star you are looking at takes time. For example, the closest star outside of the milky way - Alpha Centauri A, is 4.3 light years away. This means that it takes the light 4.3 years to travel from Alpha Centauri A to Earth and into your eyes.
-If you run your hand (if your hand was massive as in like a giant) along the earth, it would feel pretty smooth compared to other planets because earth is relatively flat if you think about it. The distance from the crust of the earth to the earth's surface is about 5000km while the tallest mountain on earth - Mount Everest is only 8.8km tall. So the earth would feel pretty smooth, with the occasional small small bump that are mountains. Our mountains on earth are much smaller than mountains on Mars for example, this has to do with less gravity constantly pushing down on the piled up rocks. It's impossible for Mount Everest to get much taller because the gravity on earth would cause it to collapse on itself. While the gravity on Mars is weaker, mountains don't have to live with this limitation. The tallest mountain on Mars, Olympus Mons is said to be 3 times as tall as Mount Everest. Cool right?
-Jupiter's gravity is so strong that it constantly attracts strong meteors that would cause massive destruction to life on earth. Luckily, Jupiter acts as a meteorite shield to protect our wonderful planet. Without Jupiter, I would not be alive :) Thank you Jupiter!
Overall, this book has got me thinking how lucky I am to be alive on earth. What are the chances that the universe unfolded exactly as it is? So mind-blowingly low. It just makes me so grateful and you should also be. Don't waste your one life here on earth! It's a true miracle!! :)
Free Will by Sam Harris | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 16/04/2018 |
We, as humans, don't have "Free Will".
Sam Harris makes a very strong argument to explain that we don't have free will.
He says that free will is an illusion and that our past shapes our future.
At the start of the book, he describes two criminals who come into a house and kill people and then burns the house down. Anyway, he says that if he switched lives with these criminals, he would do the exact same thing, he says. We like to think we're in control of ourselves, but we're not.
Like, let's say you can order beer or wine at a restaurant last night. Without thinking... You just like the taste of beer and you ordered it. Where is the free will in ordering a beer without thinking about it? It's like you automatically ordered it without giving it any thought.
Now, to say that you could've thought about ordering beer or wine and you decide to order wine. This wouldn't be free will either, because you just decided to order wine and you don't even like wine, you like beer. So where is the freedom of thought in ordering something that you don't like when you could've just ordered what you preferred? There isn't free will here, because the roots of the intention to order wine are as obscure as the automatic preference to order a beer without thinking. So either way, you're stumped. Free Will doesn't exist.
If that doesn't make sense, you should just read the book! :P
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 13/04/2018 |
This book was a strange one for me to pick up, but in all honesty, it was not bad.
It's a book about a woman's trouble in life getting divorced and feeling lost in life. She travel's to Italy, India, and Indonesia to try and mend her soul.
Italy = pursuit of pleasure
India = pursuit of devotion
Indonesia = balance between the two
My favorite section was the India part when she goes to an ashram and meditates every day, which was very eye-opening! Also, the best guy in this book was "Richard from Texas!" :)
Be Obsessed or be Average by Grant Cardone| Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 09/04/2018 |
- You have to go all in on your goals.
as the title suggests, be obsessed, or be average. If you're not going all in, you're missing out on your potential!
Be obsessed in all aspects in your life. Your relationships, your money, your health. You get the idea...
The best thing about listening to this book was listening to Grant Cardone's soothing voice. He's really energetic and fills me with motivation and positive energy that makes me want to go all in! :)
You Do You by Sarah Knight| Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 01/04/2018 |
Own yourself and who you are, and don't let anyone tell you how to live your life.
Also, it's okay to be selfish.
Not being selfish in a bad way, but being selfish in a good way. Like for example, you want to have more personal time. You are invited to a party and you gracefully decline. This is good selfishness because you want to have more alone time. So you skip out on going out with friends. Which is completely fine! :)
Sapiens (A Brief History of Humankind) by Yuval Noah Harari | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 29/03/2018 |
This book is an amazing starter to understanding how we got where we are as a species since we evolved from apes - To now.
There is so much I could write about this book here, but I won't spoil it. This book is so 'everything' It has so much value in it.
The book is separated into 3 sections - The 3 major revolutions:
1. the Cognitive Revolution (70,000 years ago)
2. the Agricultural Revolution (10,000 years ago)
3. Scientific Revolution (500 years ago)
For me, the most important part of this book was when
Yuval explains how humans were able to work together more efficiently than other animals using complex language, and the ability to collectively believe in things like gods, nations, money. Which are all stories that people invent and tell each other which actually blows my mind?
Now that I think about it, there isn't a single chapter I didn't enjoy reading this book. I can really really really recommend it! :)
The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 09/03/2018 |
This is the main thing I got from this book...
The main idea in this book is that you should seek the negative counterparts of what you want in life. You want to be successful, you must seek pain. Happiness comes through pain. Pain is inevitable and all people have pain in their life. Now that we have established that pain is eternal, you have to choose what kind of pain you want in your life. Pain is what creates successful people and happiness. What you are willing to struggle through because this is usually the determinant of success. The usual question people ask themselves is "What do you want to enjoy?" the relevant question is "What pain do you want to sustain?" pain is just an emotion after all. We are all evolved to survive in the wilderness where pain meant we are in danger and should seek safety back into our comfort zone. But this is an old emotion not evolved to modern day humans. We have no reason to feel this pain anymore (in this scenario) because pain should mean that we should keep pushing, keep going forward. Our minds are being tricked by their old wiring that doesn't apply to us anymore. In the end, you are defined by how much you're willing to struggle for. I mean, look at Elon Musk, he works crazy hours a week to keep his companies functioning to their fullest potential, he is considered a God by many people (including me) and he has endured so much pain.
The biggest get away from this book is how it ends. It ends with talking about death and everyone dies and nothing matters. You are so un-impactful to the world, 1 spec of dust compared to the universe. So why not make the most of your limited amount of time on earth? We all die in the end so who gives a f*ck! ;)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 21/02/2018 |
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
This is the main message of this book. I loved this book and everything about it. It was just awesome, awesome, awesome!
The way the story was told just made it even more awesome. This book is really really worth your time for a quick of a read it is!
The Millionaire FastLane by MJ DeMarco | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 19/10/2017 |
This book has so much content, it's crazy. I fucking loved this book.....
#1 Money = Freedom
Money allows you to have freedom, from the 9-5 job and to stop being a slave to society and trading your time for money. You can't have money depend on your time, you have to start building a machine that will give you money at some point to take over your job so you don't have to work. Also, there are no shortcuts, creating wealth isn't some simple task, you have to take action and execute properly, many people think their business idea is worth millions of dollars but in reality, no one gives a shit about your business idea, the only thing that counts is execution. For example, there were taxi's before Uber, Uber is using the same idea as Taxi's but just executing differently, and making anyone be able to be a driver instead of following the conventional style where there's just a taxi driver etc.
#2 How doing what you love, (finding your passion) could lead you to destruction.
Let me explain, you are a young man who loves fitness and wants to be rich like MjDemarco but you don't want to do something you hate, so you become a personal trainer. 1 problem, personal trainers don't get paid shit, so you'll never be rich like this. You have to think more 3D, instead, you could start a website online where you go through the same exercises you would as a personal trainer. There's nothing wrong with following your passion, but there has to be a marketable audience because without an audience (someone to sell to) you're not getting anywhere because they are what you're depending on to buy your product. This is a good example.
#3 How to get into the right mindset to become rich.
If all you're doing is consuming, you will never be rich.
You have to switch your focus from thinking like a consumer to thinking like a producer. Instead of when you're watching TV and you see a product, don't think "I want this, I'm buying it". Think, "hmm, the packaging on this product? What makes someone want to buy this? What words do they use in the ad? Could I sell something like this? How much profit do they make?" You gotta think about the process, not think about how nice this product would be when you have it because this is thinking like a consumer! When you start to gain this producer mindset and start to expose yourself into thinking like a producer, new ideas will come toward you and you will start to be full of ideas of things you can do and naturally, you will start to see the world in a different light to other people, which is good. To be different is part of the process of becoming rich. To be in the 1%, you gotta be NOT like the 99%!
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill | Rating: 8/10 | Completed: Some time during 2017 |
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
This is the main key point I got from this book.
You must have a true desire for what you are doing.
Napoleon Hill says that you should read aloud your goals when you wake, and when you retire to your bed to keep your goals in mind, always.
10 Secrets of the New Rich by Kevin J. Donaldson | Rating: 2/10 | Completed: 01/11/2017 |
This is probably the only book I regret picking up. It's knowledge I've already consumed before.
My main problem with this book is how scattered the information. I didn't get any real value out of reading this book, hence why I rated it 2/10.
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 16/01/2018 |
The rich don't work for money.
They make money work for them.
Robert says that poor people buy liabilities and rich people buy assets.
“financial struggle is often directly the result of people working all their life for someone else. Many people will have nothing at the end of their working days.”
This is because they are financially illiterate and always spend their paycheck. Stuck in the rat race, never have enough money/assets to leave the rat race because of fears of paying the bills and...
Greed. Poor people don't take control of their spending habits. They want this, they want that. You must control expenditures.
You must learn how to invest your money to make it multiply. Keeping your money in a bank is not a financial plan and is effectively losing money every year due to inflation (depending on what bank you're with and what country and the interest rate).
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: Some time after Rich dad Poor dad :) |
Change the roots, not the fruits.
Here is my favorite section of this book:
What most people never realize is that the physical realm is merely a “printout” of the other three. For example, let’s suppose you’ve just written a letter on your computer. You hit the print key and the letter comes out of your printer. You look at your hard copy, and lo and behold, you find a typo. So you take out your trusty eraser and rub out the typo. Then you hit print again and out comes the same typo. Oh my gosh, how could this be? You just erased it! So this time you get a bigger eraser and you rub even harder and longer. You even study a three-hundred-page manual called Effective Erasing. Now you’ve got all the “tools” and knowledge you need. You’re ready. You hit print and there it is again! “No way!” you cry out, stunned in amazement. “How could this be? What’s going on here? Am I in the twilight zone?” What’s going on here is that the real problem cannot be changed in the “printout,” the physical world; it can only be changed in the “program,” the mental, emotional, and spiritual worlds. Money is a result, wealth is a result, health is a result, illness is a result, your weight is a result. We live in a world of cause and effect.
Basically, you have to redecorate your wealth blueprint. Misconceptions about money you were taught by your parents at a young age which you have grown up thinking. You must delete this blueprint and adopt this blueprint that T. Harv Eker lays out beautifully in this book!
6 Months to 6 Figures by Peter Voogd | Rating: 8/10 | Completed: 28/12/2017 |
Here are the six main points:
- Absolute Clarity
This means, knowing what you want (goals) and how you will get there (process)
- Increasing Your Confidence Account
What is the point of having goals if you don't believe you will achieve them?
- Shifting Your Circle of Influence
You're the average of the 5 most people you spend your time with. If you spend your time with Elon Musk, you'll be rich! :)
- Consistent Energy and Motivation (Inner Drive)
Here's a good point: if you spend 1 hour every day working towards your goal. after 6 months, that's 180 days = 180 hours!
- Creating Intentional Result Rituals
Building the Habit of taking Action is very important, and is what leads to success
- Continually Focusing on Growth and Learning
If you're not growing, you're dying. The world is constantly changing, to keep up to speed, you must keep learning!
Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr Spencer Johnson | Rating: 10/10 | Completed: 16/01/2018 |
When a time for change comes, don't be afraid to take the opportunity, to make the change. Do not be stubborn when something changes.
This book is about a little story about 4 characters, two people (humans) and two mice. Basically, all 4 characters want and need to find the cheese, (cheese is a metaphor for things we want in life). When the cheese is moved, the two mice adapt to the situation with their simple minds and move on to find a piece of cheese in the maze (forgot the mention, this tale is set in a maze where it can sometimes be hard to find new cheese because ITS A MAZE!) However, the two townspeople are not so hasty to go to find new cheese because they thought they were entitled to have cheese because they've had it their whole life but now it has moved. (they didn't realize they finished eating all the cheese). Now that the cheese has moved, they are shocked and don't know what to do, and for a while they just waste their time being miserable because their cheese is gone which doesn't do anything, they need to go look for more cheese in the maze. Until one day, one of the townspeople realizes that he must go out and find more cheese (make a change) in the maze because sitting at the old cheese station won't do anything. So he tries to convince the other towns person to come, this towns person is too stubborn to move on with his life because he doesn't think it's fair that this happened to his life and therefore doesn't accept the change that happened in his life so he is being static and not adapting to the situation which is not what we should do in life. When the opportunity for new cheese comes along, we should take up this opportunity and take the cheese. The one towns person who goes out to the maze to seek new cheese is sometimes discouraged because it takes a very long for him to see results (not finding any cheese), but eventually he finds new cheese!
The fact that this one towns person made the change and accepted that he needs to find new cheese is all he had to do! :)
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: 01/04/2018 |
The 7 simple rules of money:
1) Start thy purse to fattening: save money.
2) Control thy expenditures: don't spend more than you need.
3) Make thy gold multiply: invest wisely.
4) Guard thy treasures from loss: avoid investments that sound too good to be true.
5) Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment: own your home.
6) Ensure a future income: protect yourself with life insurance.
7) Improve thy ability to earn: strive to become wiser and more knowledgeable.
The 10 Pillars of Wealth by Alex Becker | Rating: 9/10 | Completed: ??/10/2017 |
First of all, I want to say I love Alex Becker and his no bullshit content. He doesn't sugar coat anything. He says things as they are.
This book is a great guideline to becoming rich.
The main things this book taught me are...
-Getting rich slow (meaning working 9-5 for 40 years) is actually more risky than starting a business because of economic disruptions, outsourcing etc. Jobs aren't secure anymore like they used to be in the past. The world is constantly evolving!
-Separate your time from money. This means, don't work an hourly wage. It means that if you're not making money while you sleep, you're making a mistake. If your only source of income is through the money you make at your day job, you'll never be rich.
-Accept 100% of the responsibilities in your life. Don't play the victim.
-Find people with similar goals who push you to be the best you can be. Also, find a mentor who's 10 years ahead of you who can lead you in the right direction! :)
Overall, great book and definitely worth the read!