What I’m Reading – Week of November 21st

* When a Stress Expert Battles Mental Illness: “It’s hard to reconcile being an ‘expert’ on performance and experiencing what I’m experiencing. At times, I feel like a fraud and an impostor, fragile and scared.”

* Why We Often Remember The Bad Better Than The Good: “Memories are fallible. Long-term memories are nearly always wrong.”

* How To Do Things: “People don’t want a ten-hour-long stream of how-to information they then have to organize in their heads. They want a hammer put into their hand.”

* Experts From A World That No Longer Exists: “The more evolution you have, the more you should expect that expertise has a shelf life.”

What I’m Reading – Week of November 14th

* Avoiding Stupidity: “The point is that most of us are amateurs but we refuse to believe it. This is a problem because we’re often playing the game of the professionals.”

* How to Level Up: “New tracks of capability await us everywhere, often just beyond a waist-high hedge of awkwardness. Once you level up, you never go back down, and struggles that seemed eternal can disappear for good.”

* The Pain Zone: “Every one of us hits that wall. Every one feels our lungs burning, our heart about to explode out of our chest. Every one of us wants to quit. Every one wants to back off, just a little, so this damn struggle will stop hurting so much.”

* The Same Stories, Again and Again: “Innovation is hard to predict and easy to underestimate because so much occurs by accident, when several boring discoveries compound into something extraordinary.”

What I’m Reading – Week of October 24th

* On the Illusion of Choice (YouTube video): “Young people have the illusion of choices. But if you want to be good, you have no choices.”

*On Creating Good Stories: “We are vehemently faithful to our own view of the world, our story. We want to know what new story we’re stepping into before we exit the old one. We don’t want an exit if we don’t know exactly where it is going to take us, even—or perhaps especially—in an emergency.“

* Your Whole Life Is Borrowed Time: “The universe is not at all sentimental—aliveness is always going to be an arbitrary status that can be revoked at any time. No recourse, no due process.”

* It Sounds Crazy: “It’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear.”

What I’m Reading – Week of October 10th

* Nature Shows How This All Works: “The only thing that matters is where you are in the long run.”

* How To Take Notes While Reading: “While reading, I take notes. I circle words I need to look up. I star points that I think are critical to the argument. I underline anything that strikes me as interesting. I comment like a madman in the margins. I try to tease out assumptions, etc.”

* Why Your Inner Circle Should Stay Small: “Carefully curate your most trusted, inner circle and you’ll be surprised at how much more valuable you’ll become to the larger community of people in the world who care about the same things you do.”

What I’m Reading – Week of September 25th

* The Last Time Always Happens Now: “The point isn’t to make life into a series of desperate goodbyes. You can go ahead and do the thing more or less normally. You might find, though, that when you frame it as a potential last time, you pay more attention to it, and you appreciate it for what it is in a way you normally don’t.”

* How to Make Smart Decisions Without Getting Lucky: “Few things will change your trajectory in life or business as much as learning to make effective decisions. Yet no one really teaches us what it means to make consistently high-quality decisions.”

* Why People Feel Like Victims: “You only need to spend only a few minutes watching or reading the news, in any country, to hear and see victimhood raging.”

* History’s Seductive Beliefs: “The biggest takeaway from history is that the characters change but their behaviors don’t. They’re the same today as they were 100 years ago and will be 100 years from now.”

Two New Podcast Interviews

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jess Larsen for his podcast which is consistently ranked #1 or #2 in the world for innovation and leadership according to Apple’s iTunes.

What I’m Reading – Week of September 5th

* A Lesson in Friendship: “For the longest time I thought that avoiding vulnerability was strength. It’s not.”

* Rules, Truths and Beliefs (1 of 2)

* Little Flaws (2 of 2)

* The Messy Middle: “Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture”

What I’m Reading – Week of August 29th

* How To Recover from Pandemic-Induced Mind Fog: “It’s a house of cards really, and the breeze gets stronger every year, as technology draws us further from what’s optimal for our well-being.”

* Advice for Curious People: “If you want to make progress in any area, you need to be willing to give up your best ideas from time to time.”

* The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship: “People who are on the energetic, motivated, and creative side are both more likely to be entrepreneurial and more likely to have strong emotional states. Those states may include depression, despair, hopelessness, worthlessness, loss of motivation, and suicidal thinking.”

* The Importance of Knowing Yourself: “Don’t let anyone decide who you are.”

What I’m Reading – Week of August 22nd

* How to Remember What You Read: “What you read can give you access to untold knowledge. But how you read changes the trajectory of your life.”

* You Must Be The Master Of Your Own Kingdom (video): Guy Ritchie on the Joe Rogan show (12 mins)

* The Philosophy of Self Improvement: “There’s humility in determining what it is you can actually manage that is why you aim low.”

What I’m Reading – Week of August 14th

* Become an Uncertainty Killer: “You have to make sure that information is flowing in a way so that you become a trusted resource wherever you go.”

* How the End-of-History Illusion Prevents You From Shaping Your Future Self: “If we make decisions without thinking about our future selves, we may end up living life in a reactive way, without proper planning or opportunities for personal growth. ”

* The Highest Forms of Wealth: “Money buys happiness in the same way drugs bring pleasure: Incredible if done right, dangerous if used to mask a weakness, and disastrous when no amount is enough.”

* Nothing Really Has a Name: “Looking at the world like that comes with a certain kind of relief to the compulsive mapper, because what’s right in front of you is never as busy as the map.”