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Here is my recommended reading list for 2019.

Atomic Habits – by James Clear

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Easy to read, and full of actionable tips. I bought the audiobook, kindle and the hard copy for my dad.

Here are some of my favourite bits

“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement”.

“Ask yourself, what is the 1% improvement you can make each day?”

If you get 1% better every day, you will be 37X better by the end of the year. However, if you get 1% worse every day, your bad choices compound into toxic results and you end up 0.03X from where you started.

“We undervalue health if we have not recently experienced illness. We undervalue wealth if we have not recently experienced poverty. We undervalue kindness if we have not recently experienced cruelty.”

“Whenever you want to change your behaviour, simply ask yourself:

  1. How can I make it obvious?
  2. How can I make it attractive”
  3. How can I make it easy?
  4. How can I make it satisfying?”

“If you want better results, then forget about setting goals. Focus on your system instead. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”

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The Daily Stoic – by Ryan Holiday

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365 short reflections on Stoic philosophy. I have this book on audible and on Kindle.

We study philosophy to break ourselves of rote behaviour. Find out what you do out of rote memory or routine

Know why you do what you do

Do it for the right reasons.

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Ego Is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday

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A wonderful book by Ryan Holiday with three key themes:

  1. Live with purpose not passion
  2. Always be a student
  3. Talk and think less. Do More.

Favourite quotes:

“Man is pushed by drives but he is pulled by values. Ruled by or ruling. Which are you?

Without the right values, success is brief. If we wish to do more than flash, if we wish to last, then it is time to understand how to battle this new form of ego, and what values and principles are required in order to beat it.

Success is intoxicating, yet to sustain it requires sobriety. We cannot keep learning if we think we already know everything. We cannot buy into myths we make ourselves, or the noise and chatter of the outside world.”

“Frank Shamrock has a system he trains fighters in that he calls plus, minus, and equal. Each fighter, to become great, he said, needs to have someone better that they can learn from, someone lesser who they can teach, and someone equal that they can challenge themselves against.

The purpose of Shamrock’s formula is simple: to get real and continuous feedback about what they know and what they don’t know from every angle. It purges out the ego that puffs us up, the fear that makes us doubt ourselves, and any laziness that might make us want to coast.

As Shamrock observed, “False ideas about yourself destroy you. For me, I always stay a student. That’s what martial arts are about, and you have to use that humility as a tool. You put yourself beneath someone you trust.”

This begins by accepting that others know more than you and that you can benefit from their knowledge, and then seeking them out and knocking down the illusions you have about yourself.”

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