Notes

This is a page for notes I take on various books, podcasts, and videos.

With so much content out there, it’s hard to know what to devote your time to. These notes are not meant to replace the original sources.

Books

Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron – Written by the man who coached both the Men’s and Women’s Champions in the 2016 CrossFit Games. The book is a mix of storytelling and wisdom – and a must-read for anyone who is attempting to pursue not just competence but excellence.

Conscious Living by Gay Hendricks – My life changed dramatically from August 2019 to August 2020. This book helps explain why: I started to follow the principles in this book without even realizing it. Although I read this book in August 2020, it almost serves as a manual for someone wanting to change. Would highly recommend it if you have an open mind and want to create change in your life.

10% Happier by Dan Harris – A well-written autobiographical account of Dan’s journey with meditation. The author’s job (newscaster) gave him the ability to talk directly to many high profile individuals – like the Dalai Lama, Paris Hilton, Eckert Tolle, Deepak Chopra, and Mark Epstein… among many others. The stories are worth the price of admission. Would recommend this to anyone who “doesn’t have time to meditate” or is skeptical of the practice in general. These notes won’t do the book justice.

This Will Make You Smarter (edited by John Brockman) – A compilation of scientists, investors, psychologists, writers, and other geniuses were asked: “What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” Their answers blew my mind. Thirty-eight concepts are listed in these notes, but there are close to 200 in the entire compilation. The book lives up to its title – by reading it, you actually will be smarter.

Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins – For anyone who wants to become the greatest version of themselves. A classic. So many worthwhile examples. You’ll probably end up inspired after reading this book.

30 Lessons for Living by Karl Pillemer – This book takes a novel approach: take the people who have lived the longest and ask them for advice on how to live. In sum, more than 1,200 elders (or “experts”, as the author calls them) were interviewed. Much of the advice in this book is intuitive. But the way the author weaves personal accounts with life lessons makes this piece a masterpiece. Also offers advice for interviewing the elders in your own life. Thoroughly enjoyed.

Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod – Quick, well-written, and witty read. Hugh MacLeod was a copywriter for a Manhattan ad agency. Then, when he lost all hope of ever “making it,” he sat down at a bar and started drawing comics on index cards for fun. The rest is history… He gives 39 (well, 40) short lessons you can apply to your own life. Worth a read for anyone who wants (or is considering) creating on the Internet.

The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer – An incredible read on spirituality. No amount of notes could do this one justice. I recommend if you’re interested in exploring mediation/consciousness or are curious. An open mind is always a plus.

Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke – For anyone interested in psychology. Duke’s academic plus poker background make this at a fascinating perspective. Lots of “a-ha” moments.

How To Fail At Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams – Love the practical nature of this book. Scott’s storytelling makes this a must-read. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in psychology, persuasion, or how to live an incredible life.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield – A must-read for anyone who wants to create. Short but powerful. Odds of re-reading: close to 100%.

Trust Me, I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday – A startling look into how someone can manipulate the news into covering the story they want them to write about. Would recommend reading if you’re looking to grow a brand or generate buzz. Practical tips for getting big news outlets to talk about you.

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin – Not only do you get practical tips on how to be a better leader, but you also get real war stories from two former Navy SEALs. A book that reminds you: we’re all leaders (because we’re all leading our own life). Most important lessons: take ownership of everything in your life. Reading and applying these tactics will make you a better person.

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh – Tells the story of Zappos, the story of Tony, the story of happiness. Brilliant, witty, and charming writing. I bought it for three people and recommended it far and wide. Must-read. Although the basis is entrepreneurship, you can take the information here and apply it to whatever endeavor you are pursuing. These notes will not do justice to the brilliance of the book. I implore you to check it out yourself. Favorite read in 2019.

Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday – Captivating. Filled with incredible stories that will both inspire you and make you realize how insignificant you really are. Helpful reading for anyone wanting to achieve greatness. Holiday’s prose is legendary.

Drive by Daniel H. Pink – A highly practical guide to mastering your own psychology. Although some of the tips are common knowledge today, in 2009 they must have been revolutionary. An excellent look into our minds.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – The book on habit formation. Great writing, interesting stories, and incredible insights on how to control your habits.

With Winning In Mind by Lanny Bassham – Great storytelling combined with actionable advice for mental success in any field. You will come away with tips and tricks on how to win on arguably the most important battlefield: your mind.

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport – An interesting perspective on how to live a focused life in a world full of noise. Beneficial for anyone who thinks they’re addicted to their phone/social media and wants to make a change.

25 Hours A Day by Nick Bare – A quick and fun read. You’ll get a look into what Ranger School and starting his business was actually like.

Podcasts

The Knowledge Project Naval Ravikant & Shane Parrish (Ep. #18)

The Tim Ferriss Show with Brian Koppelman (Ep. #424)

The Tim Ferriss Show with Jim Collins (Ep. #361)

The Tim Ferriss Show with Vivek Murthy (Ep. #417)

The Tim Ferriss Show with Derek Sivers (Ep. #125 + #128)

Psychology and Meditation with Dan Brown (Unbeatable Mind Podcast with Mark Divine)

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