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#21 danduerksen

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 06:44 PM

I'm skeptical of anything by anyone. Ultimately the game is to convince enough people to give you a little bit of money, and the easiest way to do that is to sell a "secret" that no one else has access to. If these guys had the secret keys to success they would only ever need to write one book and then everyone would be multi-millionaires. I might write a book one of these days. I actually bought the subtle art of not giving a fuck because that's probably what I would have called my book. Now I'm stuck for a title.


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Posted 26 July 2017 - 08:40 PM

I will echo everything already said.  I too am working my way through the AoM 100 list - I only made it through half of The Federalist Papers though, for no other reason than a Jack Reacher novel came along.

 

Extreme Ownership is on the list, I listen to Jocko's podcast occasionally.

 

48 laws of power was an interesting read although I found it pretty dark sometimes.  The outright manipulation for personal gain can be a slippery slope

 

Book of 5 Rings is good - then listen to Jocko's podcast where he dissects it very interesting.   That might be the podcast were when asked if the Grim Reaper showed up on his door step what would he do, he responds with "I'd shoot a double leg and choke him out"...

 

I'm currently working through "Thinking Fast and Slow"


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Posted 26 July 2017 - 10:16 PM

I loved Extreme Ownership. Jocko is the man in my book though, I will watch or listen to anything he is on. Read the book right after I first learned about him watching his interview on London Real.

I've also got the Book of 5 Rings but haven't read it yet. I will get to it soon and and then watch the podcast.

Yes, the 48 Laws of Power is very dark. Definitely not a how-to book unless you're a complete narcissist/sociopath/sadist. Honestly I probably wouldn't finish it if it wasn't for the historical content.

What do you think of Thinking Fast and Slow? I read the first chapter of it in the library not long after it came out. Don't really remember anything except it didn't really grab me at the time.

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 04:06 PM

I loved Extreme Ownership. Jocko is the man in my book though, I will watch or listen to anything he is on. Read the book right after I first learned about him watching his interview on London Real.
I've also got the Book of 5 Rings but haven't read it yet. I will get to it soon and and then watch the podcast.
Yes, the 48 Laws of Power is very dark. Definitely not a how-to book unless you're a complete narcissist/sociopath/sadist. Honestly I probably wouldn't finish it if it wasn't for the historical content.
What do you think of Thinking Fast and Slow? I read the first chapter of it in the library not long after it came out. Don't really remember anything except it didn't really grab me at the time.

Got to be honest V every thing you just posted above leads me to believe your talking about porno mags matey..
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Posted 27 July 2017 - 05:01 PM

Got to be honest V every thing you just posted above leads me to believe your talking about porno mags matey..


I think you need to find some new nudey mags.... But to each their own.

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 05:46 PM

Does anyone have any recommendations for motivational books that are not fitness or diet-centric. Anything about overcoming obstacles, leadership, or just general self-improvement/motivation to get after it. I realized a few weeks back that I was wasting too much of my down time with social media and TV so I'm setting aside time every morning and night to read. 

 

Here are a few of my recent reads that I enjoyed:

 

Extreme Ownership

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Obstacle is the Way

The Power of Habit

Man's Search for Meaning

 

Currently reading Robert Greene's 'The 48 Laws of Power'. Not really motivational or a how-to manual for anyone but the most shrewd; but it's an interesting look at the power dynamic and it has some great historical anecdotes.

Great post V! Reminds me of a thought my sister put into my head a few weeks, may be months, ago. She said (I paraphrase)," the bullshit we eat fucks up our brains just like it does our bodies, whats so difficult to understand here, wtf?" I dont need a scientific break down on the effects of over indulging in processed grains and sugars etc... or do I ? Anyhoo, I'm committed to read this beautiful hardback that She bought me called, "Grain Brain" by David Perlmutter.

 

The point to all of my rambling mambo-jahambo here is this...I applaud anyone that fights to make the time to read a book about anything!  


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 01:28 PM

I loved Extreme Ownership. Jocko is the man in my book though, I will watch or listen to anything he is on. Read the book right after I first learned about him watching his interview on London Real.

I've also got the Book of 5 Rings but haven't read it yet. I will get to it soon and and then watch the podcast.

Yes, the 48 Laws of Power is very dark. Definitely not a how-to book unless you're a complete narcissist/sociopath/sadist. Honestly I probably wouldn't finish it if it wasn't for the historical content.

What do you think of Thinking Fast and Slow? I read the first chapter of it in the library not long after it came out. Don't really remember anything except it didn't really grab me at the time.

This is my second attempt - the first time I got bored and found something else.  This time around I'm approaching it differently and it's keeping my attention.  The difference is I can relate better after some education on positive vocabulary (from Barbell Shrugged) and environmental influence (Planet Money Podcast).  It's amazing to me how easily we can be influenced by speech and surroundings


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 04:51 PM

Does anyone have any recommendations for motivational books that are not fitness or diet-centric. Anything about overcoming obstacles, leadership, or just general self-improvement/motivation to get after it. I realized a few weeks back that I was wasting too much of my down time with social media and TV so I'm setting aside time every morning and night to read. 

 

Here are a few of my recent reads that I enjoyed:

 

Extreme Ownership

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Obstacle is the Way

The Power of Habit

Man's Search for Meaning

 

Currently reading Robert Greene's 'The 48 Laws of Power'. Not really motivational or a how-to manual for anyone but the most shrewd; but it's an interesting look at the power dynamic and it has some great historical anecdotes.

 

 

Sorry Virtus - very late to this party but try...

 

Marcus Aurelius 'Meditations' 

 

Some of it is a bit, 'yeah whatever' but there are some great quotes in there.... It seems to be utilised a lot by life coaches etc. 

 

There is something about passage 49, in book 4, that is awesome. Whenever i get that feeling of being ground down, it comes to mind and helps re-establish my shore line. 

 

Also, Ego is the enemy by Ryan Holiday. 

 

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 01:01 PM

I'm going to revive an old post as one of my goals for 2019 is to read more consistently (I'm sensing a theme here; I just need to do everything more consistently). During my Xmas vacation I went on a reading spree that reminded me how much I enjoy it and question why I don't do it more.

 

Recent books I've read/listened to:

Living with a SEAL (audio)

Moneyball

The Blind Side

Shadow Divers

Shoe Dog

Atomic Habits

Brain Rules for Baby

 

Currently reading/listening to:

Super Freakonomics

Never Quit: From Alaskan Wilderness Rescues to Afghanistan Firefights as an Elite Special Ops PJ (audio)

Never Split the Difference (audio)

Can't Hurt Me

 

I just recently started audio books during the rare times I drive or when I go on walks; I must say I'm not a huge fan. If it's more of an informal story being told I can follow along decently but anything that requires a lot of concentration or thought I struggle. I have no problem physically reading stuff like that but my mind wanders too much with audio books to make it worthwhile. 

 

I've also just recently started reading multiple books simultaneously. I used to never do that but finds it works well because I can pick up whatever I'm in the mood for at the time. I'm hoping this will help me to read more historical biographies that have been sitting on my bookshelves for way too long.

Anyone have any recent good reads or recommendations? Also curious if anyone here uses Goodreads?


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Posted 03 January 2019 - 08:58 PM

I'm going to revive an old post as one of my goals for 2019 is to read more consistently (I'm sensing a theme here; I just need to do everything more consistently). During my Xmas vacation I went on a reading spree that reminded me how much I enjoy it and question why I don't do it more.

 

 I must say I'm not a huge fan. If it's more of an informal story being told I can follow along decently but anything that requires a lot of concentration or thought I struggle. I have no problem physically reading stuff like that but my mind wanders too much with audio books to make it worthwhile. 

 

+1 on the goal of reading books again and +1 on audio books. It just has never been a viable solution for me anytime that I've tried it.

 

My daughter just gifted me a couple for Christmas...one by Chip Gaines (should be an easy reader to get me back in the habit) and one by Scott Harrison, the founder of Charity Water.

Once I get through that, I think revisiting the AoM top 100 booklist for men is the best place to start.

Lonesome Dove may have been the best book that I've ever read and I'd like to go back and hit the rest of the series.

Cormac McCarthy's No Country For Old Men...

The Gay Place by Billy Lee Brammar is supposed to be super interesting as the main character is said to be based on Lyndon Johnson


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 01:21 PM

+1 on the goal of reading books again and +1 on audio books. It just has never been a viable solution for me anytime that I've tried it.

 

My daughter just gifted me a couple for Christmas...one by Chip Gaines (should be an easy reader to get me back in the habit) and one by Scott Harrison, the founder of Charity Water.

Once I get through that, I think revisiting the AoM top 100 booklist for men is the best place to start.

Lonesome Dove may have been the best book that I've ever read and I'd like to go back and hit the rest of the series.

Cormac McCarthy's No Country For Old Men...

The Gay Place by Billy Lee Brammar is supposed to be super interesting as the main character is said to be based on Lyndon Johnson

 

Did you get Capital Gaines? My wife was reading The Magnolia Story a while back; she said Chip wasn't as likable in the book as he is on the show. I'd be curious of your opinion.

 

I think I need to read more of the classic fiction listed on the AoM lists; most of the fiction I've read has been Dirk Pitt, Mitch Rapp, Jack Reacher, etc type series which are good reads but still. I added Lonesome Dove and about 15 other books to my to-read list which was already 50+ books deep. 

 

I've heard The Road and Blood Meridian are also great from Cormac McCarthy.

 

I've been buying used books a lot over the last year or so; the idea of having a study full of great books appeals to me. I've only read about half of the books I own so I definitely need to start knocking those out first but maybe I'll buy and read a fiction every 5th book or so.

 

I finished Super Freakonomics, Never Quit, and Can't Hurt Me; started The Pursuit of Happyness.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 05:48 PM

BK (before kids) I used to devour books. Usually got caught up in series. Stephen King was always a favourite. If you like historical fiction you should try the Wilbur Smith novels. Ken Follett is really good too. Did all the Jack Reacher books because they were easy reads and fairly repetitive. The Stieg Larsson books (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series) were very good. Right now I'm stuck mid-way through the Game of Thrones series.

 

This goes against the collecting books for the study idea, but I really liked having the e-reader. Especially for downloading series, or larger collections.


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