Day: May 12, 2018

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - A True Story

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Nightline anchor Dan harris takes on a unexpected and critical journey into self help as well as spirituality. Dan takes on the voice in his head still not convinced that it is possible to calm it. After fixating on the miracle cures peddled by the self help gurus he figures out how to tame his inner voice. Through meditation although really sceptical at first sees how high ranking CEO’s, scientists, and marines are taking this on to endure stressful times whilst increasing calmness and focus. Dan tries with success after learning that meditation can help rewire his brain and make him more calm as time goes by.

If you'd told me when I first arrived in New York City, to start working in network news, that I'd be using meditation to defang the voice in my head or that I'd ever write a whole book about it. I would have laughed at you!

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When I started on this book I had not read any reviews or had any previous suggestions on the book. With that in mind I was in a mindset of self help, and personal development. This book is more a story and a perspective from Dan Harris than actionable steps or advice. It was hard for me to extract a golden nugget from this book. Overall it seems like a great book, there is story telling and Dan gets to a point were he finds meditation without being woosy about it. I find that Dan is an ass which he also states himself, this I find funny but it is for sure a taste thing. He becomes more self aware and this process is interesting but the book is to long in my opinion. Overall not my cup of tea. This book I rate a 2,5/5.

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Daniel B “Dan” Harris born july 26 1971 is a ABC News correspondent, anchor for nightline, and co anchor for Good morning America. Dan states that his self-examination, which led him to write the book, was an on-air panic attack on June 7, 2004

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Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

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I really enjoyed this book it gives you a really good insight on Arnolds, rags to riches. Its a story and biography by a man who has reached far beyond the average man’s potential. He has been a 7 time Mr Olympia champion, Leading man in a dozen big movies, build a real estate empire, several businesses, got with Maria Kennedy and became governor of California. He has done more in a lifetime than most do in one. 

This book really motivates me and it is always great to get a point of view from successful people and see their struggles. It is not a recipe near applicable for most people probably not even half but still a good story and read none the less. 

The golden nugget for this book is definitely that he has a savage work ethic and has laser like focus on his goals. More people need this,  it is one of the reasons people fail. Arnold takes action, and goes through with his actions. He does not accept a no for an answer. Things to take away from this book is also how good Arnold is with people. He seems like a open and like able person that goes his own way with integrity. He has his flaws we all do but one thing that beats all advice is to be a good salesperson, do the work, have unprecedented charisma and drive for success. 

The first part of the book is my favorite and is, i feel at this point the most relevant for me, as a young man. The second part is harder to relate to although it is a really great peek into a different and richer world where money is not a problem and the only limit is the sky. The Kennedy family, the bushes and other political relations.

This book  belong amongst my top favorite biographies. I would rate this book a 4.5/5 in the light of the second part being a little long. I ussually find biographies hard to judge given that it is a persons life that is being judged and the focus should rather be on wich parts are exaggerated or marginalized by the authors aswell as how well written the story is. It is worth noteing that i think this book is heavily influenced by the political route in Arnolds life.

These are the rules Arnold has distilled from his experiences and want to pass on to others:

    1. Never let pride get in your way

    2. Don’t overthink

    3. Forget plan B [Test yourself and grow]

    4. Use outrageous humor to settle a score

    5. The day has 24 hours

    6. Reps, Reps, Reps

    7. Don’t blame your parents

    8. Change takes big balls

    9. Take care of your body and your mind

    10. Stay Hungry

Here are Arnolds golden nuggets:

  • Turn your liabilities into assets
  • When someone tells you no you should hear yes
  • Never follow the crowd. Go where it’s empty
  • No matter what you do in life, selling is part of it

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is born in Austria in 1947 and moved to Los Angeles at the age of twenty-one. Within ten years he was a millionaire businessman. After twenty years he was the world’s biggest movie star and after 2003 he became the governor of California and a universally recognized face the world over.

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The 12 Principles for Winning The Mind Game

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The 12 Principles are motivational and mindset oriented. This one Is really interesting. You have to really have a open mind. I heard the audio “tapes” as bob refers to. The audiobook is one of those where you need to bear with the music in it. This personally for me, can turn me of a book real fast, but i thought that Bob Proctor was a motivational speaker and probably had some gems hidden in there. Sure enough after hearing the whole book I went back to it once in awhile these following days. 

The book is made in chapters over every power principal. This made it easy to jump right into the subject that I really felt could improve on. To be honest the music really sucks because of the intervening in the chapters. Some chapters the music is only at the start and end. There is a idea that the music should help ease one into the type of message you are about to receive. Sometimes i just let it flow but did not really feel the author’s intention.

I really like the idea that everything is a mindset from your attitude, what you do and how you communicate to others. For me specially the Attitude, confidence and action chapters really spoke to me. This book really is a pick and chose when it comes to material. I mean, I listened to the whole book to be able to review and to get a glimpse of something I could work on.

I would rate this book at a 3.5/5. I give it this score because of the constant music and that I sometimes feelt a certain ‘fakeness’ when trying to interact with the reader/listeners. The book is rather old so there aren’t many reviews for this particular piece of material.

The 12 Chapters for success!

   1Success                  7. Action
 

    2Decision                 8. Money

    3. Risk                         9. Goals

    4. Persistence         10. Attitude

    5. Responsibility     11. Creativity

    6. Confidence         12. Communication

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Bob Proctor is an internationally sought after motivational speaker and became a self made millionaire after he dropedout of high-shcool. Bob has traveled the globe and spoken to thousands of people on how to believe, act and succeed. He is a canadian and has made several books on motivational topics.

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Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

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I think that Phil is a badass and I really love to dive into action takers and look at the lives of successful people. In this book Phil strikes me as a human being and a guy who tries his best with what hes got. I often stumble upon people who think that you need to be an ass or a psychopath to be a great leader. I think Phil is a good example of this. 

He tries to make the best out of things and take action while using peoples strengths to improve his business. The thing about this memoir, is you get it from Phil’s perspective and it can be hard to gauge how others have seen him as a leader. Although there is no denying the major success Nike has had with Phil as the leader and CEO.

I really think this book is a great motivational book for people in any business. Se the opportunity around you and go for it. This book belongs in my top five biographies of all time, I really enjoyed every last minute of the book. I give it a 5/5 score. It is a great view into a real risk takers life.

Lessons from this book can be broken down to 10 rules for success!

    1Have a crazy idea
 

    2. Get the right people and have a good team knowing the individual

    3. Build a great product, be innovative

    4. Have a reason to succeed, have passion, there will be dark moments and you really need to be ready to face them

    5. Have Perseverance

    6. Define your values

    7. Get Help, It is hard enough out there, get as much help you can

    8. Stand for something, be a postive brand and create a emotional connection

    9. Compete, be a worrier

    10. Know your mission, understand the roots and tap into the passion. It is more than just business

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Philip Hamson Knight born in 1938 is a buisness magnate and philanthropist, co-founder and chairman of Nike. Also called Phil is ranked by forbes as the 28th richest people in the world with an estimated networth of 30 billion USD. Phil Is a graduate of University of Oregon and Stanford Graduate of Buisness. He co-founded Nike with his track coach Bill Bowerman at the Universaty of Oregon. Over the years Phil has donated in total over 2 billion USD.

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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

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I really like 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, because it aligns with alot of my views on self help. You need to do before you can reap. When that’s being said I think it is a little long and I am happy to have heard it as an audiobook. The book overall has some great stories to reflect upon the steps laid out. 

I would not call it merely a checklist as it is not a how to per say. I have personally picked and chosen which things I found relevant for me personally and I would recommend you to if you would like to read this book. This book is good to take a little personal notes once in awhile, to reflect about what is important for you. Just so that you can work on your own path.

I found this book motivational and it gave me another perspective on my inner voice. This is a book I would buy to have small notes inside so that i could go back and read the small golden nuggets for later and se where I have been and eventually follow up on my progress.

I give this book a score of 3,8/5 because I really enjoyed to listen to the speaker and like when the author is the one reading the audio-book out loud. It is both more authentic and the right voice for the main character or the way it is written. When that has been said after reading the book and figuring out that the book is based on an article the author wrote I felt that the book was a little extra in regards to text and fleshing out the topics.

Success doesn't make you immune to mental health issues, relationship troubles or parenting problems!

The 13 things mentally strong people don't do

        1. They Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves

        2. They Don’t Give Away Their Power
 
        3. They Don’t Shy Away from Change
 
        4. They Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control
 
        5. They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone
 
        6. They Don’t Fear Taking Calculated Risks
 
        7. They Don’t Dwell on the Past
 
        8. They Don’t Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over
 
        9. They Don’t Resent Other People’s Success
 
      10. They Don’t Give Up After the First Failure
 
      11. They Don’t Fear Alone Time
 
      12. They Don’t Feel the World Owes Them Anything
 
      13. They Don’t Expect Immediate Results 

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The Author is Amy Morin a licensed clinical social worker,  collage psychology instructor and psychotherapist. Her wall street journal and USA today bestselling book started as a article and went viral after 50 million people read it. Amy has also made a TEDx talk Link is in the description below, about The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong, witch i also highly recommend watching.

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