Tag: motivation

Books I’ve Read in the last 12 months

This is NOT a book review- whew, maybe I’ll launch into something like that eventually.

This is simply a list of most of the books I’ve read in the last year, give or take. I’m sure there are some I’ll forget and add later.

Supposedly, Make Twain said something like this:

The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.

And, I also like this one:

If you don’t read good books, you’re simply rearranging your prejudices

So, here’s my list in no particular order. Let me know if you’ve also read and enjoyed (or hated!!) any of the books below.

  1. The Culture Map, by Erin Meyer
  2. Napoleon, by Andrew Roberts
  3. 1984, by George Orwell (ok, read 1st in high school)
  4. Antifragile, by Nassim Taleb
  5. Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek
  6. Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh
  7. How the Irish Saved Civilization, by Thomas Cahill
  8. A Game of Thrones, by George RR Martin
  9. The Woodlanders, by Thomas Hardy
  10. A History of Western Philosophy, by Bertrand Russell
  11. The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Clayton M. Christensen
  12. Many Lives, Many Masters, by Brian L. Weiss
  13. Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferrazzi
  14. Bloodlands, by Timothy Snyder
  15. The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
  16. Naked Economics, by Charles Wheelan
  17. Reality is Broken, by Jane McGonigal
  18. A Clash of Kings, by George RR Martin
  19. Built to Sell, by John Warrillow
  20. The Prince, by Machiavelli
  21. A Storm of Swords, by George RR Martin
  22. Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  23. The Icarus Deception, by Seth Godin
old books
You HAVE to read good books!

The 25 things you should do before you…..

The heck I should!

You’ve seen those lists before too, right?

“100 things to do before you die, 25 exercises you should try today, the top-50 places to visit on your next long weekend, etc etc…”

Now, they can be motivating can’t they? If you’re at all like me you see those lists and your think “hot dang, I’m gonna do that NEXT year! Yeah, that’s going to be great!” Shiny objects or not, I’m.All.Over.That. Next year. (haha)

You know what I dislike most about those lists? I’ll tell you, it is that they are so appealing. I know I can’t hit the whole list any time soon, but I just can’t take a look and not google/wiki/map/research all of them anywaysss. You think DOING all of those things takes time? Try researching them. THAT takes time.

With all these things that seem to be demands on our time, we need to realize:

1) they are not demands, only suggestions – really nice suggestions – so don’t feel negative pressure.

2) they are someone else’s ideas – not yours – so keep in mind they may be wrong.

3) there are actually a million and one things to do – no such thing as a top-10, 50, or 100 – so feel free to write your own list.


Here are a few interesting list in the meantime:

  1. Top 10 things to do in 2012 (They say it’s ever too late lol)
  2. 22 Unbelievable places (Have to admit this is more than pretty cool)
  3. 35 Books you must read (Happy to report I’ve read 12 of them)
  4. Top Crossfit workout (I believe my score last year was 421)

Send me your lists!!

when someone tells you

“I can’t”

What he really means is:

I’m afraid

I don’t know how

I don’t know why

I have other priorities

I don’t give a rip

I’m unmotivated to start

I can’t risk losing right now

I have something better

So… either help him work through those reasons, or find someone else to ask.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”

– Henry Ford


what’s my motivation?

What motivates me? hmmm…. is it money, power, image, happiness, opportunity, anger, curiosity, desire for laziness, choices, fun, respect, money (yeah in there twice) sex, love, revenge, joy, legacy?

Name a reason, and anyone can pick it apart. There are many good motivators, but regardless of what motivates YOU, just know that it won’t jive with everyone you share it with, good or bad.


Intimidation is Good

…when you push through it, it’s good.

Yesterday I joined a new gym. We’re not talking new treadmills, a pool, some cybex machines kinda-gym… we’re talking a weights in a big warehouse, loud music, chin up bars, chalk everywhere kinda-gym.

I’ve been training hard for years and am in “great shape” according to 99.9% of the gym-going population. Trouble is, I want to be more like the .01% of the gym-going population.

So I walked in and felt a bit intimidated. It was a great feeling. It was scary. It was powerful. It motivated me to not fall flat on my face. It worked. 

What was the last time you put yourself in that situation? Image


(PS – as it turns out, it was just my perception of “new and different” that was intimidating. The others there looked intimidating, but were some of the nicest, most supportive people I’ve worked out with!)