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Hello there, thanks for popping in! These are the books I've read over the last four months, summarized and reviewed.

I read a new book every week, so you don't have to!

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
by Mark Manson  

This book is great because it doesn't say you shouldn't "give a F&*$" about ANYTHING - but only the important things. Check in with your value system and your inner dialogue - what's driving your decisions? Are you focused on valuable things or trivial things that really aren't worth giving a f&*% about? ;]
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain


I really liked this book because it reminded me the importance of taking time alone, uninterrupted and undistracted, to THINK. Pure thinking. This book makes the claim that we're more creative when alone - and that group thinking limits our creativity because we are filtering all of our behaviors through the lens of what the other person/people might think of the behavior. Love that concept so much. I've found it to be true in my own experience.

My main criticism of this book is that she glorifies introversion a bit too much to be viewed as an objective source on the subject, in my opinion. As I was reading along, I had the feeling "Yes! This is me! I must be an introvert!" which made me realize, introversion and extroversion may not be a personality trait.

I think it's more reliable to categorize people based on their listening skills and their likelihood to interrupt someone else when they're speaking.

I'm not sure introversion and extroversion are a reliable way to categorize individuals, I think they're more two different states that we all find ourselves in from time to time - maybe some more than others. What do you think?

I think this line of thought is what the author was looking to spark, so great work, Ms. Cain!
Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant: Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Freedom
by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Excellent book - 5 star concept - I only give the book 4 stars because I think it was longer than it needed to be (as I say about many books)

To summarize:
E - Employee (Focused on security)
S - Small Business Owner/Professional (Doctors, lawyers, etc included here)
B - Big Business Owner (Business can run without the owner's input for 1 year+)
I - Investor (Knows ignorance is the riskiest position to take)

The author's argument is that the best way to wealth creation is on the right side of the quadrants (B & I) and the left side often results in the "rat race" - working as long as you possibly can to establish a sub-par standard of living both now and into your old age.

I really vibe with this author's point of view. I would have given it 5 stars if not for the (admittedly mild) redundancies. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to break free of the trap of exchanging your time for money. How can we earn money passively? Investing and/or creating systems that are self-sustainable! Preach it Robert!!!
Who Moved My Cheese?
by Spencer Johnson & Kenneth H. Blanchard


I actually read this book in 2016, not sure how a review never got done. My old boss incentivized us to read the book with pie. If we read the book, they would buy us a pie of our choice. Of course, being me, I asked for the financial equivalent of the pie - lmao!

Anyway, this is a review from memory, I have this book on my Amazon wishlist so I can read it again and add it to my shelf.

I love how short and concise this book is.

The concept is all about how different individuals handle change. The metaphor throughout the book is mice looking for cheese in a maze. The cheese is metaphorical for our goals - whatever we're looking for in life. When first put in the maze, the mice tend to find the cheese. Then, the cheese moves. Some mice sit around and wait, hoping for the cheese to return to the first place they found it. Some mice go off in search of the new location of the cheese. As you can imagine, the mice that decide to go look elsewhere for the cheese are a lot more successful in finding the cheese.

The parallel to humans is obvious and repeatable. The quote that exemplifies this is "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results." Be prepared for change. It's an inevitable part of life and the world, like it or not. Be quick to pivot and adapt to changes. Don't sit around with stale "cheese," hoping for some fresh "cheese" to show up.

This is an easy read that summarizes an important concept.
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
by Sharon Salzberg


This is a great meditation book for beginners. I preferred the longer version called “Real Happiness at Work.” where she offers more specifics about work related stress and relationships. I found it even more practical than this one, though this one is great too! I’ll be taking her advice to start a “sitting journal” in the future. That’s a journal where you write a little something after each meditation. That resonates with me as a reader/writer type. ☺️
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell 

I really liked how this book was all about not playing by the rules - or making up your own rules to give yourself as much of a chance as possible when you are the "underdog" (aka at a disadvantage due to something like size, age, gender, etc)

One of my favorite takeaways was that you want to be a big fish in a small pond, not a small fish in a big pond. AKA top of your class at a smaller college, somewhere in the average at a top college like Harvard. When you're a small fish in a big pond, it hurts your confidence - and ultimately, your performance and commitment to finishing what you started.

Like all of Gladwell's books, heavy with the anecdotes - which is not my style. I learned some interesting things about the David and Goliath story though!

See my full review on my YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... (Subscribe, too please!)
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell

I enjoyed this one more than his other that I’ve read - The Tipping Point. 

This book deals in split second thinking and decisions. The importance of first impressions and being slow to make judgements. 

However, if you are an expert in a certain topic, your “instincts” derived from experience are sometimes superior to the thorough analysis of an amateur. So, become an expert or assume you might be wrong. 😉

A psychology focused book that uses mostly anecdotes and real world examples to make the points.

This book reminded me of 2 other books - Gut Feelings by Gerd Gigrenzer and Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. I liked Kahneman's book more.
The Millionaire Dropout
by Vince Stanzione
 
In this world of technology, things change so fast. This book is about 5 years old, so it understandably has some advice I find outdated. Overall, this book is full of great advice. 

I was able to use the table of contents as an easy guide to dive deeper into the topics I’m interested in and speed through the things less applicable to my situation.

It’s broken down into 3 parts - Taking Control of Your Life, Making Money and Saving Money. 

He says it’s easier to save money than it is to earn it and I tend to agree with that. Always keep your overhead as low as possible - even when you’re making a lot. Don’t get lazy or complacent.
Yoga Journal Presents Restorative Yoga for Life: A Relaxing Way to De-stress, Re-energize, and Find Balance 
by Gail Boorstein Grossman  


This book is 241 pages long to show you 35 restorative yoga poses and sequences for different ailments. It felt longer than necessary to me, but you'll notice that trend if you check out my other reviews. I like succinct, practical information I can easily reference for my teachings. This will probably collect dust on my shelf - but hopefully it will serve me many years into the future!
Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

As all of Gladwell's books - this was heavily anecdotal which isn't my preference.

I DO like his unconventional approach to success. He's trying to shake up our preconceived notions about what is required to be successful. We're so attached to the idea that if we just work hard enough and try hard enough without giving up - we are destined to be successful. That sounds nice, but this book works hard to prove that there are many other factors outside of our control that contribute to success. Like being Jewish, for example.

See my full review on my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BljiZ... (and subscribe, please!!)
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
by Robert Fulghum 


This book had a rough start in my opinion. When he led with the importance of sharing EVERYTHING - that socialist vibe was a big turn off to an individualist/volunteerist like myself. 

There were some good points in here - basic things that pretty much everyone knows, from what I can tell. After the first couple chapters where he laid out the things he learned in Kindergarten that he still finds profoundly useful, he mainly just reminisces about experiences and people from his life. Cute stories, but mostly common sense type information. I'm sure the stories are interesting to HIM - but I found them pretty boring and skimmed over a lot of the anecdotes.

His "Kindergarten Credo" is as follows:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Flush.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Goldfish and hamsters and mice and plants - they all die. So do we.

I agree that we should "play fair," be nonviolent, be hygienic and not steal. And yeah, everything dies. But, the rest of the things I can find problems with - at the very least I wouldn't call them absolutes. 

Share EVERYTHING? No. If you work hard for what you have, whether it be money or your house or your car or your spouse - there is no rule that says you HAVE to share it. Especially not with people that don't earn the right to your generosity. 

Cookies and cold milk are good for you? Really? 

Take a nap EVERY afternoon? Is that really necessary? 

Be independent - you don't need someone to hold your hand anymore. Independence covers putting things back where you found them and cleaning your own mess. Which seems counter to some of the other items on the list.

I don't know - I'm not impressed. But the book was ok. Cute, at least.
The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger


This book was, frankly, depressing and pointless. I don't know why it came so highly recommended. I didn't learn anything. Don't waste your time.

It's written in first person point of view of a fictional guy who basically hates everyone and focuses on the negative in virtually all situations. Oh well, at least I can say I've read it now. I don't know what all the fuss is about!
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