Sunday, November 15, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

 


What I’m ReadingTales of Power by Carlos Castaneda and The Autobiography of Malcolm X                

What I’m Listening To: Optimal Living Daily podcasts … 

What I’m Working On: Relaxing ...      

Where I’m Succeeding: My Duolingo (Spanish) lessons – 51 days straight …           

Song Stuck in My Head: “Zombie” – by The Cranberries     

Where I’m Struggling: Starting     

What I’m Grateful For: The ‘problems’ in my life … 

Quote That Has Me ThinkingComfort makes cowards of us all.” – Michael E. Gerber

What I’m Excited About: Getting uncomfortable …

What I’ve Been Pondering: A better foundation ….


Friday, November 13, 2020

Talent...

 

I’m always amazed at the talent of my close friends. Here’s a picture of a planter my friend Corrahn designed in the shape of a cassette tape, created from an old pallet.


Thursday, November 12, 2020

Mehmet Murat ildan Quote...

 

“The moment you think that there is no path before you, path disappears! The moment you think the opposite, path appears! All paths need people who see them!” - Mehmet Murat ildan

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

 

What I’m ReadingThe E Myth by Michael E. Gerber and The Autobiography of Malcolm X                

What I’m Listening To: Stacking Benjamins podcasts … 

What I’m Working On: A better version of me ...      

Where I’m Succeeding: My Duolingo (Spanish) lessons – 44 days straight …           

Song Stuck in My Head: “Until it Sleeps” – by Metallica     

Where I’m Struggling: Patience     

What I’m Grateful For: A great Saturday and new friendships … 

Quote That Has Me ThinkingDrastic change creates an estrangement from the self and generates a need for a new birth of a new identity. And it perhaps depends on the way this need is satisfied whether the process of changes runs smoothly or is attended with convulsions and explosions.” – Eric Hoffer

What I’m Excited About: A plan 

What I’ve Been Pondering: Getting there more quickly while still enjoying the journey ….

 


Thursday, November 5, 2020

October Book Review....


1.  Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday: Insightful advice on how to be fully present in our busy day-to-day lives from a true modern-day stoic.

2.    The Handbook of Epictetus: Concise advice on how to live a life of temperance, courage, wisdom and justice from one of the OGs of Stoicism.

3.   Atomic Habits by James Clear: Exceptional direction on making small, incremental improvements and gaining the compound interest over time that lead to massive improvements in all areas of your life.

4. How to Be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci: Rumination of the core tenants of Stoicism, with some nice sidebar ‘conversations’ with one of my favorites: Epictetus.


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Monk and the Minister....

 


Two close boyhood friends grow up and go their separate ways.  One becomes a humble monk, the other a rich and powerful minister to the king.

Years later they meet.  As they catch up, the minister (in his fine robes) takes pity on the thin, shabby monk.  Seeking to help, he says:

“You know, if you could learn to cater to the king you wouldn’t have to live on rice and beans.”

To which the monk replies:

“If you could learn to live on rice and beans you wouldn’t have to cater to the king.”


Monday, November 2, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

 


What I’m ReadingThe Autobiography of Malcolm X                

What I’m Listening To: Motley Fool podcasts  … 

What I’m Working On: November ...      

Where I’m Succeeding: My Duolingo (Spanish) lessons – 38 days straight …           

Song Stuck in My Head: “Yellow” – by Coldplay     

Where I’m Struggling Silence     

What I’m Grateful For: Silence … 

Quote That Has Me ThinkingLife is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

What I’m Excited About: New beginnings 

What I’ve Been Pondering: Living life fully ….


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Anais Nin Quote.....

 


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." – Anais Nin


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Aristotle Quote....

 

“We want to be with friends who are better than ourselves, so that we can learn from them. At the very least, we want our friends to be the sort of people who can hold up a mirror to our soul, so that we can look into it frankly and gain a better idea of just how much work needs to be done on it.” - Aristotle

 


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

 


What I’m ReadingHow to Be a Stoic by Pigliucci Massimo and The Autobiography of Malcolm X                

What I’m Listening To: Empire podcasts … 

What I’m Working On: Getting started ...      

Where I’m Succeeding: My Duolingo (Spanish) lessons – 30 days straight …           

Song Stuck in My Head: “Glycerine” – by Bush     

Where I’m Struggling Staying focused     

What I’m Grateful For: The ability to read … 

Quote That Has Me ThinkingAs far as the rest of us are concerned, remembering that people do bad things out of lack of wisdom is not only a reminder to be compassionate toward others, it also constantly tells us just how important it is to develop wisdom..” – Pigliucci Massimo

What I’m Excited About: Grilling chicken burgers later 

What I’ve Been Pondering: Creating the best me ….


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Lenny Kravitz Quote....

 

“It’s a beautiful thing to really realize what you don’t need.” – Lenny Kravitz


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

 

What I’m ReadingAtomic  Habits by James Clear and The Autobiography of Malcolm X                

What I’m Listening To: Stacking Benjamins podcasts … 

What I’m Working On: Getting ready ...      

Where I’m Succeeding: My Duolingo (Spanish) lessons – 22 days straight …           

Song Stuck in My Head: “Who Made Who” – by AC/DC     

Where I’m Struggling Creating my vision     

What I’m Grateful For: Firsts … 

Quote That Has Me Thinking: “True life is lived when tiny changes occur.” – Leo Tolstoy

What I’m Excited About: Today 

What I’ve Been Pondering: How to get the kind of work in everyday that I did yesterday (image above) ….


Thursday, October 15, 2020

George Orwell Quote....

 


“In real life it is always the anvil that breaks the hammer, never the other way about.” – George Orwell


Sunday, October 11, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

 



What I’m ReadingStillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday                

What I’m Listening To: Bigger Pockets Money podcasts … 

What I’m Working On: Relaxing ...      

Where I’m Succeeding: Giving …           

Song Stuck in My Head: “One Last Breath” – by Creed    

Where I’m Struggling Starting     

What I’m Grateful For: Undeserved grace … 

Quote That Has Me Thinking: “A crowded world thinks that aloneness is always aloneness and that to seek it is perversion.” – John Graves

What I’m Excited About: Opportunity 

What I’ve Been Pondering: The future ….


Saturday, October 10, 2020

John Boyd Quote....

 


“If a man can reduce his needs to zero, he is truly free: there is nothing that can be taken from him and nothing anyone can do to hurt him.” – John Boyd, Warrior-Monk who revolutionized Western military strategy in the latter half of the twentieth century


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

3rd Quarter Book Review....

 



1.     The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read by Daniel R. Solin: Solid investment advice on how to use indexing to build a nice nest egg for retirement, including arguments against stock-picking and high-fee advisors.

2.    It’s Your Ship by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff: Exactly what you would expect from a leadership book from a career military officer who turned the USS Benfold from one of the worst to the Best Damn Ship in the Navy within 2 years, while also inspiring his crew to take ownership of their performance and futures.

3.    The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss: Another life hack book from the life hack master. Ferriss lays out the secrets (hard work and discipline for the most part…surprise!) for building your best body. My son and I followed his 28-day replicate of the infamous Colorado Experiment, with my son gaining – pounds of muscle and me putting a ½ inch on my arms at my age….

4.    The History of Money in America by Alexander del Mar: Excellent book that details not just the evolution of paper, coin and other forms of money in America, but the motivations behind its coming to be and the long-term impact of those decisions.

5.    Man Up by Bedros Keuilian: Leadership book from the founder and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp. The ‘Immigrant Edge’ as he is known, cuts to the chase and provides direct, practical, and sometimes in-your-face advice about taking charge of your life in order to drive success in both your business ad personal life.

6.    Theodore Roosevelt by Theodore Roosevelt: Autobiography of a man’s man that should be required reading for any American. Too many great quotes and principles to live by to list, so continue to check my blog. I love this guy and his kind is a thing of the past. It’s sad that we don’t have someone of his ilk around today on either side of the aisle to lead this country through the multiple crises we are dealing with. I’ve said before that I cannot stand our two party system and I find it interesting to know that two men ranked at the top of the ‘All-Time Favorite Presidents’ list (Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt) were both ideologically opposed to the parties they ran and served under as president. Theodore, as a Republican broke up major trusts, created national parks and won the Noble Peace Prize for ending the war between Russia and Japan, and FDR knew that the majority of his policies as a Democrat were decimating his wealth (his biography was titled ‘A Traitor to His Class’ ) and was actually disappointed when he won a 4th term in office.

7.    Future Shock by Alvin Toffler: Written 50 years ago (1970), this books speaks to the trauma brought on by fast-paced change and suggested actions to get ahead of this issue before transience, diversity and novelty overwhelm our ability to cope with day-to-day life in the age of technology.

8. What Motivates Me by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton: Excellent book that not only helps one understand his or herself, but also those on your team. Very thought-provoking read that I will attempt to use to help motivate those around me based on their personality types.

9.  Mastering Creativity by James Clear: Short, insightful read on some best practices to increase your throughput in all areas by getting started, having a plan and not being afraid to fail.

10.  The Way of Liberation by Adyashanti: A great reminder that we create the vast majority of our problems, and, our thoughts on reality aren’t reality. We should accept life (and people) for what it/they are and not be so judgmental of everything, including ourselves. Then, and only then, can we make progress. Deal with each challenge honesty and look at life as it is, not as we wish it to be.

11. Making Work Visible by Dominica DeGrandis: Solid advice on using lean Kanban flow principles to identify operational time thieves to maximize throughput in any operation.  

12. The Encore Career Handbook by Marci Alboher: Comprehensive guidebook for anyone looking for ideas on work for the next phase of life. Contains detailed perspectives and insight from those who have already been successful in determining how to use previous experiences to add value to both your personal life and community.


Saturday, August 15, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

 


What I’m ReadingFuture Shock by Alvin Toffler

 

What I’m Listening To: Empire Entrepreneurial podcasts …

 

What I’m Working On: My Plan ...

 

Where I’m Succeeding: Organizing …

 

Song Stuck in My Head: “Until the End of Time” – by Tupac

 

Where I’m Struggling Homestead projects – got rained out while cutting the grass today and currently have multiple projects on hold…

 

What I’m Grateful For: Compound Interest …

 

Quote That Has Me Thinking: “The tranquility that comes when you stop caring what they say, or think, or do, only what you do. Not to be distracted by their darkness. To run straight for the finish line, unswerving.” - Marcus Aurelius

 


What I’m Excited About: Opportunities to serve 

 

What I’ve Been Pondering: Side Hustle ideas ….