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 Sept. 27th

By Damon D'Amore | September 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

* The Spiral of Silence: “Our desire to fit in with others means we don’t always say what we think. We only express opinions that seem safe.”

* Negativity Bias: “While the negativity bias used to be a useful survival mechanism, it has a powerful—and often unconscious—impact on the way we behave, think, and build relationships.”

* A Few Rules To Live By: “The only thing worse than thinking everyone who disagrees with you is wrong is the opposite.”

* Understanding Others’ Emotions (short video): “Do you want empathy or do you want a solution?”

* Nothing is “Beyond” Self-Improvement: ” Choices about what to do are really choices about who to be. Navigating this never-ending parade of options is part and parcel of the self-improvement enterprise, and the self-improvement enterprise never meaningfully ends.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of September 13th

By Damon D'Amore | September 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

* The Inner Superpower That Makes Us Human: “We can learn what our impulses are, reflect on whether they’re helpful, and practice not always acting on them.”

* The Observer Effect: Seeing Is Changing: “In general, we change our behavior when we expect to be seen. We never know when we’re being watched, so we act as if it’s all the time.”

The Never-Ending Now: “All media works us over completely… and leaves no part of us untouched, unaffected, and unaltered. The medium is the message.”

*Dan Gilbert Interview (Video): “Great short video on business, life, revitalizing your community, entrepreneurship and leadership.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of September 6th

By Damon D'Amore | September 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

* Thinking For Oneself: “Wisdom is earned, not given. When other people give us the answer, it belongs to them and not us.”

* How Smart People Make Better Decisions: “Every decision has a consequence, and that consequence has another consequence you are probably not aware of.”

* Time Anxiety: “We limit ourselves by always calculating the best potential outcome through our personal perception of possible. Beating time anxiety means shifting our focus from outcomes to output so we can spend our energy on things we can actually control.”

* What Visual Illusions Can Teach Us About Our Polarized World: “We’re not seeing reality. Our vision runs 100 milliseconds behind the real world.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of August 30th

By Damon D'Amore | August 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

* The Difference Between Amateurs and Professionals: “The answer is complicated and likely multifaceted. Most of us are just amateurs.”

* When The Magic Happens: “We know that creativity and discovery surge when people are forced to find, rather than just want, new solutions.”

* How to Live Without Regret (5 min. video): “8x Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno discusses internal battles and focusing on the process instead of the outcome.”

* Structured Distraction: How To Make The Most Of Breaks: “Knowing that being distracted is a natural state for our brain, how can we bring some structure to this natural rhythm?”

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What I’m Reading – Week of Aug 23rd

By Damon D'Amore | August 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

* How To Restore High-Level Thinking: “The right mental breaks can replenish brain energy, increase productivity and improve your performance.”

* Learn Faster and Remember More: “The greatest enemy of learning is what you think you know. Overcoming our egos can be one of the big challenges of learning.”

* You Can Get There From Here: “Time functions as a kind of true alchemy — it can dissolve any experience, no matter how permanent it seems as it’s happening, and replace it with another. It can turn lead into gold.”

* Mike Wallace Interview featuring Rod Serling: “The creator of The Twilight Zone television series talks about censorship, keeping artistic integrity when working with commerce and corporate sponsors, and a range of other topics that true artists will appreciate”

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What I’m Reading – Week of August 16th

By Damon D'Amore | August 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

* The Ugly Scramble: “There is no topic in business and investing that gets more attention than risk. But risk has little to do with what’s going to happen next and a lot to do with how much you can endure, and how calmly you can react to, whatever happens next.”

* Finding A Mindfulness Practice That Works For You: “Mindfulness practice is more than just sitting still or slowing down our actions.  Knowing your reasons for engaging with a mindfulness practice will steer you towards something that works for you.”

* The Power Of Thinking Inside The Box: “Thinking inside the box necessitates a shift in mindset: one that states that all the building blocks for innovation are right there in front of you, and that the solution only requires the reorganization of existing elements.”

* How To Think: “No skill is more valuable and harder to come by than the ability to critically think through problems.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of August 9th

By Damon D'Amore | August 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

* The Myth of Grit and Determination: “Behavioral goals are difficult because they tend to revolve around conflicting desires.”

* Appearances vs Experiences: What Really Makes Us Happy: “In the search for happiness, we often confuse how something looks with how it’s likely to make us feel.”

* How Smart People Make Better Decisions: “Thinking about your thinking — most decisions require a deeper level of exploration.”

* Willpower And Self-Control: “Self-control and discipline operate the same. Just because you may get briefly distracted by the urge to stay in bed or binge on Netflix instead of getting in your workout doesn’t mean you actually have to do it. “

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What I’m Reading – Week of July 26th

By Damon D'Amore | July 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

* Don’t Try – Intend: “Why try when you can intend? Well, tries are much cheaper than intentions, and they do accomplish things — just not usually the task itself.”

* Improve Your Memory And Maintain a Healthy Brain: “Life-long learning is a journey, not a destination — there’s never a shortage of new things to learn.”

* It’s OK to Be Good and Not Great: “Trust comes from vulnerability.’ Recent experimental data suggests that this is because deep down inside, most everyone dislikes having to pretend they’ve got all their shit together. When you let your guard down and get real, others feel relieved and gain the confidence to do the same.”

* Focus On Your Legacy Now – There Is No Later: “If you were to ‘depart’ tomorrow, when your peers and loved ones gather to discuss what is your lasting contribution, what you are to be remembered for, what will they say?”

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What I’m Reading – Week of July 19th

By Damon D'Amore | July 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

* On Loneliness: “We must be aware and see the difference between loneliness and aloneness. Loneliness is the result of influence and oneself being so malleable, easily shaped. Aloneness is complete freedom from the known.”

* Decision Making Lessons From Great Tennis Players: “A wise decision requires reflection, and reflection requires a pause.”

* 50 Lessons Learned Writing 50 Newsletters: “Whether you currently run a newsletter or are thinking of starting one, I hope you find these thoughts helpful.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of July 12th

By Damon D'Amore | July 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

* Changing Perspective: “Who you are versus what you’ve done.”

* Regrets: “There is a chance the world might be a slightly, ever so slightly, different place today had I said yes.”

* One Way to Stay Centered in a Divided World: “Because existing beliefs feel so much better than ideas we don’t yet believe, we all drift naturally toward the comforts of the echo chamber.”

* Lots Of Things Happening At Once: “Stories are more powerful than statistics because they’re memorable and easy to contextualize.”

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