These are books I read in December 2015. I did some holiday traveling, so I also listened to one complete audiobook on audible.
I’ve been working, very diligently on becoming better. I’ve fallen in and out of a successful “mindset” several times and I have to come to realize that success goes well beyond motivation and mindset.
Enter the concept of Character Building. Building one’s character is simply the continuous and persistent completion of daily tasks. I have a few posts pending on this concept as I am still developing my own ideas; my self education is not yet complete.
- 30 Days of Discipline by Victor Pride. This was a simple program aimed at the daily completion of 12 habits. Some are easier to complete than others, but doing the 12 habits everyday is the foundation of strengthening one’s willpower. I highly recommend this program. My post on how I forged and unbreakable mindset in 30 days can be found here.
- Willpower by Roy Baumeister. This is the definitive guide on Willpower as most people understand it. The book delves into the science of Willpower and is chocked full of scientific studies that help support its claim. My favorite part of the book was the chapter titled, Can willpower be strengthened? It has most assuredly set me on the path I am currently on cemented this simple idea, “Getting your brain wired into little goals and achieving them, that helps you achieve the bigger things you shouldn’t be able to do.” With discipline, we can accomplish “things we shouldn’t be able to do.” And for me, I shouldn’t be able to do lots of things.
- Grinding It Out by Ray Kroc. I have a few growing businesses, but I have no business background. Most of my experience lies in the management & leadership of people and systems. Running a business, let alone a bootstrapped startup, is not something I am especially equipped to do. Enter the power of reading once again. I enjoy learning from those that have done it all already and what more an inspiration than the biggest fast food chain in the world. No, I don’t eat McDonalds and the food is terrible for you. But it is important to note that the way big businesses are today are not the way they always used to be. McDonalds is a prime example of this fact. Its founder, Ray Kroc, was extremely focused on customer service, food quality, and over delivering. A far cry from what we see at our local stores, but the lessons in this book are still valuable. Kroc didn’t discover McDonalds until he was 52 years old and wasn’t a billionaire until he was 60. Till that point of his life, he was simply Grindin’ It Out.
- The Blog Artist’s Handbook by Victor Pride. The inspiration for this blog comes from Victor Pride and the Bold & Determined site. Naturally, I sought out all of Vic’s writings on how to become a blog artist, as he calls it. Too many ‘How to build a blog and make money’ sites and articles focus on nonsense and dumb shit. Vic talks about becoming an authority and making your blog look like a piece of art. True inspiration and words from a champion blogger.
- Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne. I listened to this book as I drove through the same Texas plains that the great Comanches once roamed. I was inspired by their warrior ways and how they became the most feared Indian tribe in US history. They were the first adapters of the horse as a fighting vehicle and not simply a mode of transportation. It took a deliberate attempt by the US Army, freshly minted from the Civil War, to defeat the Comanches (after they adopted the Comanche’s fighting style). I wrote about the story’s protagonist, Quanah Parker, and how he reinvents himself to thrive in a white man’s world of business and politics here.
- Strong Enough? Thoughts from Thirty Years of Barbell Training by Mark Rippetoe. Rippetoe is one of the most recognized and respected developers of strength. He has spent years under the bar developing his body and his thoughts. I apply his words to my everyday endeavors of physical development and becoming strong. My post on how strength is the foundation of physical development can be found here.
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