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.

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What I’m Reading – Week of March 1st

By Damon D'Amore | March 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

* Structured Procrastination: “One needs to be able to recognize and commit oneself to tasks with inflated importance and unreal deadlines, while making oneself feel that they are important and urgent.”

* The Curse of Ambition: Steven Pressfield and Ryan Holiday (video): “On Kobe Bryant, Alexander The Great and Ambition.”

* How To Be More Optimistic: “Optimism can be learned.”

* The Power Of Great Feedback (video): “How to give clear feedback to others in order to unleash their potential.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of February 23rd

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

* Self-Competition: Only Compete With Your Past Self: “When you try to compete with others, you are following rules instead of creating your own game.”

* Financial Advice For My New Daughter: “Her only job now is eating and sleeping. But, one day, when she needs financial advice, here’s what I’ll tell her.”

* I Don’t Know: “The pursuit of ignorance will help you grow. Next time you don’t know the answer, see if you can will yourself to tell the other person ‘I don’t know.'”

* What To Do When It All Goes Wrong: “One of the hardest things to do is to get out of a rut. When things are going poorly, and you know you can do better. And you’re helpless.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of February 16th

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

* It’s Better To Focus On Where You Are Going Than How You Are Feeling: “Think of valued living as going about your daily life in the service of values that you find important, whereby engaging in these actions creates a sense of meaning and purpose.”

* The Illusory Truth Effect: “Truth is a precarious thing, not because it doesn’t objectively exist, but because the incentives to warp it can be so strong.”

* How to Create Gratitude: “It’s important that it’s an ordinary moment, because those are the kinds of moments that often seem neutral in value. Abundant and unremarkable.”

* Emotionally Intelligent People Insert a Pause Between Action And Reaction: “Understanding your emotions is great, but what’s even more useful for you is making use of that knowledge.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of February 9th

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

* Even The Best Are Really Bad At Part Of Their Job: “Olympians who participate in some of the hardest endurance races there are finishing in the BOTTOM 20% of the Grit Scale.”

* The Difference Between Getting By and Getting Better: “When you’re a kid learning to navigate life, you inevitably find certain things particularly challenging. So you figure out a way to get by.”

* Seth Godin / Brian Koppelman Interview on Professionals versus Hacks

* The Narrative Fallacy: “The deep structure of the mind is such that stories, reasons, and causes, things that points an arrow in the direction of Why, are the ones that stick most deeply.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of February 2nd

By Damon D'Amore | February 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

* Why Trying Too Hard Can Be Counterproductive: “If we can overcome the instinct to get in our own way and be more comfortable trusting in our innate abilities, the results may well be surprising.”

*Time Anxiety: “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”

* Lessons from Roger Federer on Emotional Intelligence and Mental Toughness: “It is through modeling our behavior, in replication of transcendent people of high achievement that practice and preach time-tested values, that motivates us to high-levels of accomplishment.”

*11 Reasons Not to Become Famous: “If you’re interested in building a large audience to become rich and famous, some warnings and recommendations are in order. If you’re interested in building a large audience you also truly care about and with whom you are vulnerable, even more precautionary tales are in order.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of January 26th

By Damon D'Amore | January 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

* Be Better At Life By Thinking About Yourself Less: “The more motivated we are, the greater the perception of effort we are willing to tolerate.”

* The Subtle Art of Minimizing Your “Ideal Self” Regrets: “Making a decision can be painful — not because you might get it wrong, but because it forces you to sacrifice all but one of your possible futures.”

* Risk Is What You Don’t See: “It’s impossible to plan for what you can’t imagine, and the more you think you’ve imagined everything the more shocked you’ll be when something happens that you hadn’t considered.”

* My Legacy: “I want to share my experiences as a female leader and as an entrepreneur. I want women to feel inspired that they can close the gender gap too! I want to have a tangible impact on the world.”

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What I’m Reading -The Week of January 19th

By Damon D'Amore | January 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

* Is Vulnerability a Choice?: “It’s a reality of living. What we do with that vulnerability can either open doors to deeper connection, or throw up walls that stifle growth and fulfillment.”

* How to Write a Book in Your Spare Time – On Time Management: “Time management is often more about the things you avoid as opposed to the things you do.”

* Why Developing Serious Relationships in Your 20s Matters: “As with coding and management and matters of finance and marketing, relationships have a learning curve.”

* Exercise Officially Makes You Happier Than Money: “You’d have to earn quite a lot more for your earnings to give you the same happiness-boosting effect any sport has.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of January 12th

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

* Your Hero’s Journey and Mine: “Listen: no matter how crazy or down or preposterous your current state, it remains a passage toward the light. If it wasn’t, it wouldn’t feel crazy.”

* 2020: What a Time To Be Alive: “A common theme in history is that progress happens too slowly to notice while setbacks happen too quickly to overlook. It’s a shame, because the amount of progress we’ve made during most of our lifetimes is both astounding and overlooked.”

* Decade Lessons From Zen Habits: “Here’s to another decade of growth, learning, transformation and love.”

* Hiking For Mental Health: “Hitting the trail has been a lifeline for the record-setting thru-hiker’s ongoing battle with depression.”

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What I’m Reading – Week of January 5th

By Damon D'Amore | January 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

Below are some of the most intriguing, thought-provoking and actionable performance-related content pieces I read, watched or listened to this week. How To Go Deeper in 2020 “New worlds you will one day consider a part of yourself might lie only inches deeper than places you’ve been many times.” https://www.raptitude.com/2019/12/how-to-go-deeper-in-2020/ A Better Way To Think … Read more

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My End of Year Review and Goal Setting Process

By Damon D'Amore | December 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

I just returned from my annual retreat in Joshua Tree, CA. For all my pals who geek out on this stuff here’s a peek at my year end review/goal-setting retreat this year.

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