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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.

Mar 29, 2017 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 17 - Books to read in 2017

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.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This is a nice started book for the year because it’s short and simple. I find the author is sometimes a bit too cynical about our world and current situation but the solutions he proposes are simple and will without a doubt improve your life.

This book will lay a great foundation for you in 2017. These four agreements will relieve you loads of stress and give you a better appreciation of your life as a whole.

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Introducing to NLP by Joseph O’Connor & John Seymour

Now that you have a great foundation lets not stop there. NLP, neuro-linguistic programming, is a study of the functioning of the brain put into applicable form. There are dozens of tools to help you not just understand but change and improve yourself within this book. The mind is a fascinating thing, understanding how it works and how to improve it is a tremendous life asset everyone should own.

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Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

First, this book IS A BRICK! But every time I pick it up I’m amazed at how light it is. It’s a weird feeling.

Ok back to the content of the book. The full title reads Tools of Titans - The tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers.

After you’ve laid down a good philosophical foundation with The Four Agreements and a good understanding of the mind with Introducing to NLP, lets get to the good stuff.

I haven’t read this whole brick yet. It just came out earlier this month and remember it IS A BRICK! But Tim took a lot of the content in this book from hundreds of interviews he did for his podcast, which I listened to regularly. There’s not one interview I listened to that I didn’t find absolutely awesome. You’ll get wicked advices from billionaires, icons, and world-class performers. I’m so excited about this book I’ll use bullets to highlight why everyone, who wants to grow in life, should get this…

  • This book covers a whole array of disciplines from health to wealth. Definitely something for everyone in there.
  • If you want hear more from a certain person, you can go listen to the podcast.
  • You don’t need to read this book from cover to cover, simply jump to the parts which interests you.
  • You’ll feel strong lifting it, this BRICK is easy to lift.
  • You’ll get hundreds of other books or material suggestions within the pages of this book. What book Arnold Schwarzenegger gifted the most? It’s in there, The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History.
  • Many people have sleep problems, Tim struggles with sleep and packed a gazillion hacks for better sleep in there.

I could go on but that’s enough.

[To Tony Robbins] Is there a quote that guides your life? “It’s a belief: Life is always happening for us, not to us. It’s our job to find out where the benefit is. If we do, life is magnificent.”

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All this said, MERRY CHRISTMAS to all. Take time with your families and rest if needed. See you all next week!

In the meantime let me know which books you'd recommend in the comments below!


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Thank you for reading! Have a fantastic weekend,

Mathieu

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Dec 23, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 3 - Courage - Ego - Steve Harvey - Human Resources

This week is all about you, change, success, soaring and human resources. Yes, you read that right. I DARE talk about human resources on a Friday... I apologize for my evilness but read through and you'll see it's not all that bad.

Quote I’m pondering

“It’s not that some people have willpower and others don’t… It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” - James Gordon

Interesting Podcast I listened to this week

What's Important to You

This short Podcast is worth listening to. It's a chapter from the Ryan Holiday book Ego is the Enemy. It's a great reflection of our priorities, why we pursue things that often don't matter. Great food for thoughts. It's like broccoli and lean chicken for your mind!

Video I enjoyed this week

You Gotta Jump to be Successful

Steve Harvey (the Family Feud guy) nails this success analogy. You got to jump to open you parachute and soar. But that’s not all there is to it… watch the video for the complete story.

Book I recommend reading

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

I admit I wasn’t sure about this book. But it was in my library for over a year, that’s long enough, I had to have a look at it. I read the first chapter and I was hooked. Amy Morin lays out 13 things not to do (which I’m sure everyone does to a certain point) and structures every chapter with a real life example, a checklist of things to look for, an explanation of why this behaviour is bad and ways to improve each areas of your life. Some times it was an eye opener and others a great reminder of things to not fall back into doing. I highly recommend for everyone who has a brain!

Mobile game I’m playing

Human Resource Machine

I’m a programmer and I always like seeing games or program which tries to bring programming to everyday people. This game is beautifully made, funny and will challenge you to build “little programs” to help this business’ human resource department. Go on this career journey!


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Thank you for reading! Have a fantastic weekend,

Mathieu

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Sep 16, 2016 | comment Comment