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.

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What I’m Reading – The Week of March 17th

By Damon D'Amore | March 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

* The Passion Paradox: “Intensity and drive can be great. It is often the gateway to flow states, or those times when you are completely in the zone, fully absorbed in what you are doing. Intensity and drive can also lead to anxiety, burnout, and even cheating and fraud.”

* Not Caring Is A Powerful Skill: “Figure out what you can control and obsess over it. Identify what doesn’t matter and ignore it. Determine what you’re incapable of and stay away from it.”

* Defining Your Values (NSFW): “We are defined by what we choose to find important in our lives. We are defined by our prioritizations.”

* The Art of Repetition: “If you want to create lasting habits you must develop a high tolerance for repetition.”

* “Discovering The Benefits Of An Unbalanced Life.” Podcast Interview with Brad Stulberg (co-author, The Passion Paradox): A great interview on self-compassion, mindfulness and personal performance.

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What I’m Reading – The Week of March 10th

By Damon D'Amore | March 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

* How Our Reaction To Failure Influences Future Performance: “As human beings, we are inherently lazy creatures. Couple this with our need to protect our ego, and you get a dangerous combination of a tendency to want to assign blame to recent external items.”

* Have We Reached Peak Big?: “No one can know what will happen on the other side of the peak, but eventually we might all in fact be going over the bar backward.”

* Pure Downside, No Silver Lining: “Pessimism is usually just extrapolating bad events without considering the offsetting reactions that push things in the other direction. That’s why it’s often wrong.”

* Life Lessons By Daniel Kahneman: “After a crisis we tell ourselves we understand why it happened and maintain the illusion that the world is understandable. In fact, we should accept the world is incomprehensible much of the time.”

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What I’m Reading – The Week of March 3rd

By Damon D'Amore | March 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

* Workism Is Making People Miserable: “For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising identity, transcendence, and community, but failing to deliver.”

* Different Kinds of Stupid: “Smart is the ability to solve hard problems, which can be done many ways. Stupid is a tendency to not comprehend easy problems. It’s also is a diversified trait.”

* Wise People Have Rules For Themselves: “Self-imposed rules aren’t constraints, they’re good decisions made in batches—they’re behavioral boundary markers you get to position yourself, through your own experience and wisdom. A good personal standard clarifies and simplifies, eliminating what would be countless painful decision points. ”

* Why Are People Miserable At Work?: “For years young people have been advised to “follow your passion.” When that advice proved fruitless (and for the majority of people it truly is), people began to benchmark themselves against others. Everything becomes a game of relativity.”

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What I’m Reading – The Week of February 24th

By Damon D'Amore | February 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

* On Honest Self-Assessment: “Am I slipping? I don’t think so. I think I’m still what I set out to be.”

* An EPIC Tweet Storm About New Years Resolutions: “I told some co-workers at my ex-employer about the blog and they mostly mocked it. There was even a betting pool for how many weeks before I gave up.”

* How To Be  A Calmer Person: “Knowing that you can’t force unpleasant emotions away, try being aware of them instead of fighting with them.”

* You Can’t Meditate Wrong: “It’s just being yourself, being your experience of this moment, over and over. It’s simple but, if we’re honest, not always easy.”

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What I’m Reading – The Week of February 17th

By Damon D'Amore | February 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

* What If Someone Copies Your Business Idea?: “Anything that can be copied will be copied. Anything you read on popular blogs is also read by everyone else. You don’t have an “edge” just because you’re passionate, hard-working, or “lean.””

* The Best Way To Learn Anything: “The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.”

* How To Improve Your Speech: “We teach children how to write, but not how to speak.”

* The KonMari Method to Tidy Your Mind: “You live simple, you train hard, and live an honest life. Then you are free.”

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What I’m Reading – The Week of February 10th

By Damon D'Amore | February 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

* How To Maximize Serendipity: “Serendipity is a state of mind. Serendipity births unexpected opportunities which fuel progress and push us in fruitful directions. Serendipity is a skill, which means it can be learned.”

* On Defending Your Time: “One thing at a time doesn’t mean one thing, then another thing, then another thing in quick succession.”

* Thinking Around Human Bling Spots: “We can take some idea and spin a complete and compelling story around it…and it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s right.”

* The Argument For Spending More Time Outdoors: “We think shopping makes us happy, or streaming Netflix, eating ice cream—and those things do make us happy, but we get a tremendous boost from being outside in a natural.”

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What I’m Reading – The Week of February 3rd

By Damon D'Amore | February 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

* The Origins of Greed and Fear: “The two traits evolve from something innocent: the amount of confidence we have that our actions influence our outcomes.”

* How To Do Great Things: “Moving forward requires change but change does not mean that you are moving forward.”

* Maximizing Creativity: “We don’t see the universe as it is; we see it as we are.”

* Mindless Resolutions: “Resolutions don’t stick because they’re tactics, not systems. They’re strategies, not philosophies.”

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New Podcast Interview and What I’m Reading – The Week of Jan 27th

By Damon D'Amore | January 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

* My appearance on Ima Sumac Watkins’ podcast SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE

* On Control and Letting Go: “The more we try to control things the less we are open to what is actually happening.”

* The Great Paradox of Peak Performance: “Peak performance happens as a result of trying really hard, and then not trying at all.”

* The Lifecycle of Greed and Fear: “You deserve to be right. Isn’t that an innocent idea?”

* On Strategy and Entrepreneurship: “We call all companies started by entrepreneurs “startups”, but the kind that is started as a job replacement and the kind that is started to create entrepreneurial profit are different animals altogether.”

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What I’m Reading – The Week of January 20th

By Damon D'Amore | January 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

* Life and Business Lessons from Morgan Housel: “Part of the reason pessimism is more seductive than optimism is because it’s easy to underestimate our ability to change in the future.”

* Why Delayed Gratification Works: “You can create a masterpiece in two days – after years of effort.”

* Why Insecure People Buy More Things: Why Insecure People Buy More Things: “Money may not buy you love, but it won’t break your heart either.”

* Less Focus on Specific Goals and More Focus On Practicing Life: “Life satisfaction is a byproduct of transitioning from being a seeker, or someone who wants a certain lifestyle, to a practitioner, or someone who lives that lifestyle day in and day out.”

* On Going Deep Versus Going Broad: “Depth wasn’t so much a game of persistently striving to top myself, it was more like a new lens for looking at the tools and opportunities that had always been there.”

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What I’m Reading – The Week of January 13th

By Damon D'Amore | January 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

* What Holds Us Back from Performing to Our Capabilities? Our Self.: “Trying to do anything well exposes your ego and self-esteem. It makes you vulnerable, open to seeing where your skill set truly lies. You have to confront reality, something that as humans, we actively avoid.”

* Coolest Things I Learned in 2018: “Fun factoids and interesting stats.”

* The Rise After the Fall: Post-Traumatic Growth in Life and Markets: “Of course there is no silver bullet to life. There is no fool-proof way to guarantee success and recovery through trauma.”

* Thoughts for the Year Ahead: “The end of December is a time for resolutions for many but more important than any resolution is to take time to reflect on the life you’re living.”

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