I read a lot. I try to read at least 2 books a month and last year read 26 books, not including summaries and audio books.

I will be sharing my favorite reads both related to my mentoring and coaching business and my personal life.  While my reviews may not be FT quality they will be brief, efficient and note any relevant themes discussed on this blog.

For a list of my Five All-Time Favorite personal development books click THIS LINK.

Book reviews of what I have read that is worth sharing can be viewed at THIS LINK.


What I’m Reading – Week of September 25th

By Damon D'Amore | September 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

* 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.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of September 5th

By Damon D'Amore | September 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

* 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”

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What I’m Reading – Week of August 29th

By Damon D'Amore | August 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

* 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.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of August 22nd

By Damon D'Amore | August 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

* 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.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of August 14th

By Damon D'Amore | August 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

* 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.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of August 8th

By Damon D'Amore | August 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

* How to Get out of Your Own Head: “The thinking mind has no master plan, just ideas.”

* How to Think: “Poor thinking has a cost. When it comes to thinking the mind has an optimal way to be operated. When operated correctly you’ll find yourself with plenty of free time. When operated incorrectly, most of your time will be consumed correcting mistakes.”

* Casualties of Perfection: “There is no perfect species, one adapted to everything at all times. The best any species can do is to be good at some things until the things it’s not good at suddenly matter more.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of June 27

By Damon D'Amore | June 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

* How to Remember You’re Alive: “When you view life as something you’re returning to — rather than something that has never not been happening — it feels like the gift it perhaps always should.”

* Harder Than It Looks, Not As Fun as It Seems: “Everyone’s human, everyone’s flawed, nobody knows everything. So it’s easiest to convince people that you’re special if they don’t know you well enough to see all the ways you’re not.”

* Set Yourself Free – A Growth Mindset Toward Anxiety: “Persistence can also help you unlearn any unhelpful thoughts you might have around your abilities and the consequences of getting things wrong.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of June 20th

By Damon D'Amore | June 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

* Getting the Goalpost to Stop Moving: “There are two ways to debate a position: Asking whether it’s true and asking whether it’s contextually complete.”

* How To Stop Overthinking: “When we spend too much time analyzing our problems and dilemmas, we often end up more at a loss than we were to begin with.”

* Why Your Inner Circle Should Stay Small, and How to Shrink It: “You need to be ruthlessly selective, because everyone in your core group also has an inner circle with which you will ultimately be connected, and those people will have an inner circle, and so on.”

* Seizing The Middle: “To control the game, one tries to control as much of the board as possible. At the outset, using your pieces to seize the middle of the playing field is a great strategy, because it gives you the widest possible vantage point from which to control the movement of the other pieces.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of June 13th

By Damon D'Amore | June 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

* The Optimal Amount of Hassle: “If you recognize that BS is ubiquitous, then the question is not ‘How can I avoid all of it?’ but, ‘What is the optimal amount to put up with so I can still function in a messy and imperfect world?'”

* Better Thinking & Incentives: Lessons From Shakespeare: “Before we reinvent the wheel, it’s worth looking back to leverage what we’ve already figured out.”

* Self-knowledge Is A Super Power – If It’s Not An Illusion: “It would be impossible for poker players to bluff if they didn’t have control over facts about their own mind.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of May 23rd

By Damon D'Amore | May 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

* Play Your Own Game: “Your family’s different from mine. Your job’s different from mine. You have different life experiences than I do, different role models, different risk tolerances and goals and social ambitions, work-life balance targets, career incentives, on and on.”

* When All Moments Have Equal Value: “All moments can be appreciated, on a basic level at least, when you value the two opportunities each one offers – to respond skillfully to what’s happening, and to experience being alive for another moment.”

* Decision Fatigue: “How a burden of choices leads to irrational trade-offs.”

* Deliberate Practice Guide: How to Be the Best: “The key distinction between doing and practicing is that we’re only practicing something when we do it in a way that makes us better at it—or at least with that intention.”

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