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Why read a book that can be summarized in a few paragraphs?
This is a very good question considering we all have a very limited amount of time. Why read a book when you can...
- Read an article
- Read a top 12 list
- Read a top 5 list
- Read a blog post
- Read an Amazon review
I recently read The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin. No kidding, I could summarize the idea behind the book in a few paragraphs.
Would you get the point? Yes.
Would it change you? No.
The power of a book is its ability (if it's well written) to take you into someone else's mind and make you see though their eyes. You gain a new perspective on a subject. That's how you evolve and gain new powerful ideas.
When you read a top list, you get the points but in your own point of view. What are you learning? nothing. How can you get better if all you read is translated into your own point of view? You can't.
There are great minds out there with powerful messages and views on things which you only have a fraction of the experience they've got. How powerful is it to see something from the point of view of an expert or visionary? It's powerful enough to change your life forever.
In the case of The Icarus Deception I was aware of the general idea within the book. If you would have asked me before I read the book my thoughts on the subject, I would have agreed. And most probably would have responded with a quick "I already know all this." Was this true? Yes. Did reading the book change me? Yes.
But beware... not all books are worth your time. Some are poorly written. Some have values that contradict yours. But do not stop at the first sign of disagreement, great minds are often hard to understand or follow but are worth the journey.
A philosophy of excellence is when a person seeks excellence in themselves and their environment.
Seeking excellence is to consciously be aware of the small details which makes everything a little better.
Seeking excellence is to be willing to pay a little more for training by an expert or a master because you know the extra value won't be in the content but in the small details and philosophy only a master can convey.
Seeking excellence is choosing the right words to uplift others rather than bring them down.
Seeking excellence is the ability to manage your time so that those you love can benefit the most while those who have ordinary philosophies won't lower your standard of living.
Seeking excellence is also knowing how to deal with the things which have the potential to hinder your life and progress towards your goals and happiness.
Seeking excellence is living you own life, at the best of your ability while constantly growing and learning.
Stay away from anything that tries to impose their life on you, prevents you from growing and don't give you the opportunity to learn.
Twenty people on the field and eighty thousand in the stands. The spectators are the ones who paid to watch, but it's the players on the field who are truly alive.
-Seth Godin, Icarus Deception
At what point have we decided it's more interesting and worthwhile to watch the game than to play it?
Why arn't we playing? Are we afraid to lose? Or is it because we're afraid of not being the best? Afraid to look like a fool?
A lot to ponder about.
I'm standing and watching a lot of things in life. But it really is the times when I participate which makes me feel the most alive. I can't dance and probably never will be able to dance with grace and coordination... definitely never with flexibility. But it does feel good when I do.
Why not do it more often then?
A small reflection... yesterday (a.k.a. Thursday) morning, I came across a co-worker and we started the usual chatter but he goes on saying- I'm good but I just found out we're not Friday, that kidda killed my good mood. Like I said, just a reflection. How happy can you be when you're disappointed to find out you have one more day to live than you thought?
I bet you can find a common theme in this week’s post. In fact I know you’re that smart since you’re reading what I have to say! Kidding aside, positive change is something we should all continually seek, see Darren’s video to find out why. But positive change isn’t always easy to achieve on our own and that’s why learning to take advice, which often may seem irrational or strange, is critical to healthy positive growth as you’ll read in Neil’s article.
Last Monday was blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year. You know what else it was? Another day in your wonderful life. No matter the day of the week, of the month, of the year. We should always strive to make it the best day we can. Don't wish you were in the future or dream you could go back to the past. Today is where things are happening for you, make the most of it.
Last fall I’ve set this article aside to read later. I only read it this week and loved the content so much that I’m focusing all this week’s newsletter on it. It goes perfectly hand-in-hand with this week’s quote from former US President Obama.
You’ll see references to the US election. Now knowing the result of the election, the article is that much more valuable.
One week into the new year. I hope you still haven't dropped your resolutions, if you made any. If you didn't, now wouldn't be too late. As you'll see in Tony Robbins' video, making big improvements in your life doesn't necessarily requires big changes. Small habit changes over time will compound into massive improvements. The key here is consistency. I'm also sharing a great app to help with the consistency part. On that, great weekend to all. 2017 will be a great year!
It's the last day of 2016. Do you have your plan ready for 2017? Last week I've shared books I find helpful and today I'm sharing one tool to help you get the most of your new year resolutions. Plus the Canvas Strategy to help you get the right mindset for years to come. Enjoy, and see you next year!
We’re only a few days before Christmas and New Year just around the corner. What does that mean? First, use this time to spend quality time with your family and friends. Second, this is the time to reflect on what happened this year and to plan out next year.
Yesterday, I re-arranged my whole office library. So I decided to pick 3 books I’d recommend you read. All 3 books serve a different purpose so I’d recommend you read them in the order they’re presented.
It's been a very busy week for me, I admit the tricks in the double your productivity video helped me to not become overwhelmed. I found some neat health tricks from Dr. Mehmet Oz in my journal. And I'm loving the little bit of info I found on Instagram, I think I'm going to print it and display it somewhere.
All gems from this week can be used in many ways to make 2017 a better year. With 2016 coming to an end soon, it's time to start pondering on how we want to shape our next year. It's important to start thinking about that and not let another year to simply pass by.
This morning I was pondering over the process of life improvement. When I look back at my life (years and years back), I can see how far I've traveled. Not a round the world but within myself. How much I've improved. I thought about all that I've done to change so much over the years. It's simpler than you think.
As usual, here's a few gems of positive information I've found this week. Or in the case of the catcher's mitt metaphor a gem that I rediscovered. Great weekend to all!
Hall of fame coach, John Wooden, is front page of the Success magazine for the month of November, his life philosophy is one of the best you'll find based on passion, harmony, wisdom and love. I've seen a lot on him in the past weeks and like what I'm hearing. I particularly love his definition of success, which you can read below, because it's personal to each individual and doesn't include any reference to wealth or status. His definition of success is applicable to anyone, no matter the circumstance.
Sometimes I get articles and videos from what people share on social media. But this week all people shared were comments on the US election. Nevertheless, within all the generalization, amateur analysis and political venting one thing stood out for me.
This week, I’m focusing on a single theme. Climbing. I’m no climber and when asked if I’d ever set climbing the Everest as a goal my response was “Hell no! I’m way too chicken for that!”
But I love climbing stories. There are many lessons to learn from mountain climbing and those who attempts to conquer the highest peaks on earth.
"Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design." - Jim Rohn
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much” - Oscar Wilde