The Go-giver

The more lives you serve, the higher your true with. If you want to succeed in life, serve many people. If you want it fast, serve many people fast.

Black Box Thinking

We learn from our mistakes and grow only when we see them and use the feedback. So ready, fire, aim!

Atomic Habits

atomic habits summary

Any true change starts with identity. There’s a difference between “I’m trying to quit” and “No thanks I’m not a smoker”.

Don’t waste your willpower on resisting negative behaviours, instead optimize your environment so they don’t surface in the first place.

Standardize before you optimize, you can’t improve a habit that doesn’t exist. Start small. Show up. It’s better to read a page than not opening a book at all.

Boiling water softens a potato but hardens an egg. You can’t control whether you’re a potato or an egg, but you can choose a game where it’s better be hard or soft.

Raise Your Game

raise your game summary

A leader’s primary job is to find out what each team member does really well and how to best utilize that skillset for the team’s benefit.

You should have the least interest in speaking because you already know what you’re saying.

Quiet

Alone practice is the best predictor of success. That is how you put directed and undisturbed focus on what’s most challenging to you.

The Magic of Thinking Big

Persist but experiment. Stay with your goal but don’t beat yourself against a stone wall. Try new approaches to find what works.

An hour is easy. Forever is difficult. When the hour is up, simply renew your resolution not to smoke for another hour.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

We’ll never get to the problem if we’re so caught up in our own paradigm (map), that we don’t take off our glasses long enough to see the world from another point of view. If you have a wrong map, no matter how fast or persistent you’re, you will never get to your destination.

Everything is Figureoutable

Holding yourself to highest standard is different from expecting perfection. The former is healthy and motivating. The latter is dysfunctional.

Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.

Negative beliefs are just that, negative. There’s nothing actually holding that belief in place, no bars, no padlocks. no chains.

Notes from a friend

Achieving a goal isn’t half as important as setting a goal, then taking massive action towards its attainment.

When you’re going through tough times, look for someone in same situation. Even if all you do is comfort and care, you’re tapping into one of the deepest human needs.

Can’t Hurt Me

Life is one big mind game, and usually you’re planning against yourself. Feel what you feel. Make that be your reality.

The same way your palms build up callouses of protection after thousands of pull-ups, it’s failures and disappointments that over time help callouses your soft and exposed mind.

 

Honorable Mentions
5 Elements of Effective Thinking

5 elements of effective thinking

Instead of contemplating and staring at the blank screen, take a problem you’re facing and write the solution. Now you have a base from which you can follow the flow of ideas and improve.

Before you start anything, assume you’re going to fail 9 times in a row, but on the 10th you’ll win. This reframes your mind into thinking you’re making forward progress.

The Willpower Instinct

Suppressing your thoughts can backfire, so accept them as they come and go. Still you must manage your behaviours.

The One Thing

You’re a lot more likely to achieve your goal by doing the right thing rather than doing everything right.

What’s the one thing you can do in your life that would mean the most to you and the world, such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary.