The War of Art

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Steven Pressfield
January 1, 2012

This is a TOP 10 book for me. Pressfield is one of my favorite writers. His (historical) fiction writing was one of the catalysts that resulted in me going back to school to complete a degree in (Ancient) History. In this work, Pressfield names the nagging, critical voice in our heads “The Resistance.” You will read this again and again. In fact, stop reading this and go buy your own copy.

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Choose Yourself

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James Altucher
Createspace Independent Pub

You are not going to climb the corporate ladder. That idea is dead. No one is managing your career for you. Your "boss" isn't looking out for you. You need to get moving. You need to take control. You need to be moving forward, always. Learning. Improving. Adjusting. Adapting. Be an artist. Hustle. Don't stop. You are responsible for your happiness, health and fulfilling work and wealth.

Eleven Rings – The Soul of Success

Eleven Rings Book Cover Eleven Rings
Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty,
Biography & Autobiography
April 29, 2014

This is a good read. Phil Jackson applies the philosophy that everyone is a leader. He also subscribes to the idea of group problem solving. He applies Zen and Native American teachings about mindfulness and letting go to leadership and teamwork.

Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and true as the sky; And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk, the Law runneth forward and back— For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

The Primal Blueprint

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Mark Sisson
Health & Fitness
Primal Nutrition Incorporated

I am continually trying to improve my health. Start with Andrew Weil and then pick up Mark Sisson's book. He really He really does a great job of stripping down and simplifying what you should be doing for nutrition and exercise.

The 4 Hour Body

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Timothy Ferriss
Health & Fitness

Tim Ferriss' book on nutrition and exercise. He is interested in human optimization. I am someone that has been on a multi-year mission to improve my health. 4HB has played a role. This book introduced me to the concept of the "cheat day." Eat the low to no-carb plan he recommends but then one day per week, gorge yourself on bad stuff. All in an effort to keep your metabolism off balance.

How Will You Measure Your Life

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Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon,
Business & Economics
May 15, 2012

Excellent guidebook for figuring out what is important to you. I am a big fan of "what gets measured gets done." How do you allocate your time? This work was one of many catalysts that got me OFF the climb-the-corporate-ladder treadmill. I started looking at how I was allocating my time. It got me thinking about how dis-satisfied I was with my career. It sparked change.

The Heart and the Fist

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Eric Greitens
Biography & Autobiography
Mariner Books

This is the first book from Eric Greitens. It is a story of the path he has taken from college to the military to humanitarian relief worker. It is an excellent read and I will have to go back and re-read because I am not sure how I can only have 10 kindle notes.