“THE BEST INVESTMENT YOU CAN EVER MAKE IS IN YOURSELF.”
1. THE 5 AM CLUB
From the author of “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” comes another fable that teaches successful principles. It’s great storytelling but also too punctilious and took longer than necessary to get a point across. When the story arrives at the key point, it is nothing too profound, however, I believe this is a great entry-level book on self-development.
Great for keeping attention with teens and tweens as I think as it comes off as a story than straight up principles. Although the story can get confusing and cringy, it is enthralling.
It provides relevant info to our current day and age.
- Waking up early is an elusive club for those willing to be disciplined.
- Workout early to get the blood flowing.
- Set your alarm clock earlier than you need to be productive!
- Only drink water after 7 PM (no food).
- Heaven on Earth is a state you create (from within).
- Always set aside private time for yourself.
– Robin Sharma
[11 hrs and 4 mins]
Available in: Kindle $12.99 || Hardcover $15.90 || Paperback $7.32 || Audiobook Free with Audible
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2. The Wisdom of Your Cells
“How your beliefs control your biology.” The universe is a mental program. At a young age, we are taught (nurtured) in a society of fear which programs our subconscious at age 6.
The subconscious mind works 90 percent of the time and in order to change it, we must identify programs and change them if we do not resonate with them.
You are responsible for everything in your life. Once you become aware of that responsibility, own it. Own who you are. Once we own who we are, peace enfolds and we can begin to reprogram ourselves. But, it takes work. If you want to become a pilot, wishing and well-thinking will not get you there. We must be aware of what we want and what we must change about ourselves. Take action by doing actionable steps toward reprogramming our subconscious to be more like the person we want to be.
Although not peer-reviewed, as this is an interpretation of medical findings, Dr. Lipton is able to simplify complex, scientific ideas into understandable and relatable concepts. Highly recommend this read as it deserves a full 5/5 stars from me!
– Bruce H. Lipton PhD
[8 hrs 8 mins]
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3. Can’t Hurt Me
I’m going to go against the grain here and mention it was a tough book to get through because all I noticed was ego and military propaganda the first run through. I had to drop my own ego to listen which was a humbling process.
In the audible format, David Goggins comes in after every chapter to talk about what we just read. It becomes repetitive and counterproductive in my opinion.
Although he mentions all his military accolades, he says “this book is about you and finding who you are.” I prefer a different approach but knowing he didn’t have proper education, had a rough upbringing, and pretty much self-discovered this way of life on his own, I can understand him better.
The biggest take away: the 40% rule. When your body wants to give up, it only has given 40%. (how accurate is this? not sure as it is not scientifically backed in this book.) I do believe, however, when we want to stop or give up doing something physically, it’s true that we can push ourselves even further beyond our wildest dreams and limitations.
Although I could care less for this guy’s life and attitude toward things, I respect the f*ck out of David Goggins; I couldn’t do half the things he has done but then again, nor do I want to punish this vehicle (body) to breaking down just to prove my mental fortitude. I agree our bodies are indeed capable of things beyond our wildest thinking of which David Goggins helps emphasize.
I feel this book is more for people who are often lazy or don’t regularly have a workout regiment. Although the mindset can be implemented across any career field, he doesn’t mention this as it all relates to either pushing the body physically (which really is mental fortitude) while also heavily endorsing/promoting the military.
I feel there are better books as it didn’t resonate with me too much.
FYI: there is A LOT of (unnecessary) swearing.
– David Goggins
[13 hrs and 37 mins]
Available in: Kindle $7.99 || Hardcover $14.99 || Paperback $17.99 || Audiobook Free with Audible
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This month I bounced back to re-reading some titles mentioned in the top ten books. I also restarted the 5 am club and will listen even more carefully. I was able to finish 3 books and although I had trouble getting through it, Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins has surprisingly encouraged me to push myself harder and harder in incremental steps. I hope you enjoy these reads as I think anyone can find value in them!
“KNOWLEDGE IS POWER BUT ONLY WISDOM IS LIBERTY.”
– Will Durant
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