20 Lessons I Learned in My 20’s: Philosophy & Mindset [Part 2/5]

Here’s a fact: You need a developed philosophy if you want to take control of your life. You see, life is a complicated mix of many different dynamics and responsibilities that are all woven together. I like to think of our personal Philosophy as our internal operating system (IOS).

The Wealthy Gardener: Life Lessons on Prosperity between Father and Son

In this book, you will find out how those who grasp the experience of financial freedom use their time. Prosperity is an end result that can be achieved by going through certain processes.

The author uses a compelling story with many characters to provide a firm foundation of solid and useful principles on money, wealth, and finance.

Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.  I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.  These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.
Kobe Bryant

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

This is a book about creating lasting organizational change and one that every leader should read.

The 4 Disciplines—Focus on the Wildly Important; Act on Lead Measures; Keep a Compelling Scoreboard; & Create a Cadence of Accountability.

This book does an excellent job of breaking down the differences between the “whirlwind” of urgent activity required to keep things running day-to-day and all the time/energy you need to invest in executing your strategy for tomorrow.

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds

Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. In order to succeed, you need to be able to sell your ideas persuasively. From what I’ve observed, this ability is the single greatest skill that will help you accomplish your dreams.

At the beginning of 2020, I set new intentions to develop and drastically improve my public speaking skills. Talk Like TED is one of the books I’m reading to better understand what makes outstanding public speakers. I also joined a local Toastmasters group and plan to deliver (10) prepared public speeches. I recommend this book for those also looking to improve their public speaking & leadership skills.

Stillness Is The Key

MIND | SPIRIT | BODY

“Stillness as Ryan Holiday puts it is the river and the railroad junction through which so much depends. It is the key . . .

To thinking clearly. To seeing the whole chessboard. To making tough decisions. To managing our emotions. To identifying the right goals. To handling high-pressure situations. To maintaining relationships. To building good habits. To being productive. To physical excellence. To feeling fulfilled.

I highly recommend reading this book as well as the rest of Ryan Holiday’s work.