From Books

Early Retirement Extreme by Jacob Lund Fisker

Early Retirement Extreme: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Financial Independence by Jacob Lund Fisker My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is book is not like any of the other “retire early in 10 easy steps” books…it is a full-blown life plan for making it happen, and not for those who aren’t willing or …

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The New Good Life by John Robbins: Book Review

I’ve ready several of John Robbin’s previous books, including Diet for a New America and Healthy at 100. Both were awesome, and his latest book, The New Good Life, is no exception. Robbin’s story is remarkable not just because he eschewed a life of privilege at a young age (he was the heir to the …

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Finding Ultra by Rich Roll: Book Review

My last two books were both written by vegan endurance athletes. Eat & Run by Scott Jurek and more recently Finding Ultra by Rich Roll. Both were enjoyable reads and inspiring. What I like about Finding Ultra is the focus on multi-sport athletics (triathlon). Rich also has a very unique background; having been a standout …

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Eat & Run by Scott Jurek

Read Scott Jurek‘s book Eat & Run last week. It is an awesome read, and it doesn’t matter if you are vegan or into running long distances. I thought I knew Scott’s story, but there is a lot in this book that was totally new to me. He had a tough upbringing and surprising stories …

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The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

I just finished reading The Pilgrimage, A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom, by Paulo Coelho. The novel follows Paulo as he goes on pilgrimage across Spain in search of a miraculous sword. It’s a story of  a man in search of spiritual development and mastery. The pilgrim’s path is a sacred one used by millions …

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How will you measure your life? Another post.

I just finished reading Clayton Christensen’s new book, How Will You Measure Your Life. As i posted before, when I joined Microsoft as an intern over 12 years ago my manager handed me a copy of his then breakthrough best-seller “The Innovators Dilemma” (it’s still a best seller). I liked it for the way it …

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How will you measure your life?

One of the first business books I read (not counting college textbooks) was The Innovators Dilemma by Clayton Christensen. I was an intern at Microsoft 12 years ago and my boss had just read it. He handed it to me (along with a stack of printed revenue reports to review) and recommend I take a …

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The Happiness Project

Just starting to read “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. I do truly believe that happiness is a choice, even in the most dire of situations. In the book, Gretchen accounts of her year of test-driving wisdom from various traditions and popular culture regarding how to be happier. I’m not expecting any breakthrough insights from …

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Steve Jobs Authorized Biography Book Review

Three words come to mind when recalling the life of Steve as described in his authorized biography: Disturbed Driven Idealistic He was a deeply disturbed individual. Seemingly incapable of showing remorse or sensitivity to others feelings. He was also incredibly driven to create and achieve things that lived up to his ideal vision of how …

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Staying Power

What gives some people the capacity to reach great heights and stay there? Folks in the limelight are not always the most talented, connected or resourceful people. Look to artists and this is definitely true. I was at a book reading with Neil Strauss a couple of days ago. His latest book, Everybody Loves You …

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The Four Hour Body: Video Trailer

I’m a big fan of Tim Ferris‘s blog and his book The Four Hour Work Week. Here’s a trailer for his new book (to be released this month), The 4–Hour Body. Enjoy. Over at The Huffington Post, they have a link to this video, along with a poll asking for reader opinions on the book. …

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100 Most Influential Books Ever Written

Bored? Don’t be. Here’s a list of the 100 most influential book ever written. Visit a library, bookstore or grab your Kindle and start reading. There is a ton of stuff out there. I like books that are over 50 years old that are still in print. If it’s still being printed after that much …

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Sailing Alone Around the World: Book Review

This is a truly outstanding book. I give it a solid rating of 8 out of 10. Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum is the story of Mr. Slocum’s solo sail around the world in his hand-built wooden ship in the late 1800’s. The book is written by Slocum and is a brilliant …

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Book Review

I can’t believe I FINALLY made it to the end! I give it lowly a rating of 3/10. You might consider this blasphemy, as it is a classic and one of the most widely read books of all time. It was just so darn boring and tough to follow! It follows the real-life story of …

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The monk who sold his ferrari: book recap

Finished reading a very quick book – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin Sharma. I was perusing Barnes and Noble and noticed the book due to the striking title. I had never heard of Robin Sharma, but have since learned that this book is a bestseller and has been for the past 10+ …

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How To Win Friends And Influence People (Part III)

Listening to the audio book for How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Read Part 1 and Part 2 for insights from the earlier portions of the book. Here are some insights from this evening’s listening: See things always from another person’s point of view – always, try as hard as you …

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The Ultimatum Game

It is in our best interests as a society to want others to succeed. If other people succeed, we really are better off. Think about it. If your friends and other members of your community have better jobs, better education, better access to services and better/adequate pay, they would be able to contribute even more …

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3 Original Gift Ideas for the Holidays

It’s now the season where people run to their nearest malls – to empty their savings – all in an attempt to make other people happy. Giving is fantastic, but there is a better way to do it than just racking up debt. Below are a few ideas that redefine what it means to give …

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A Few Good Reads

Darri left a comment to my last post about “The Dip” asking what some of my favorite books are. This post isn’t about my all-time favorite books, but rather about books that I’ve read recently and have enjoyed. Here are five that I particularly like right now. The Dip. I just wrote about it and …

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