Books

I read all the time. Recently, I’ve begun to publish my notes on the books I’ve read.

Below, you’ll find a five sentence summary and my complete notes on some of the books I’ve read so far.

The Meaning of Life

by The School of Life

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Five Sentence Summary

A meaningful life aims at fulfillment. Some sources of meaning are love, family, work, friendship, culture, politics, nature, and philosophy. To determine what is meaningful to us, we need to go through a process of experience and introspection to find something that speaks to our nature. But, there are also obstacles to meaning. These include vague self-understanding, provincialism, selflessness, immortality, and negative self-talk which need to be overcome to find meaning in life.

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Extreme Ownership

by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

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Five Sentence Summary

Extreme Ownership means taking ownership of everything in your world. This mindset is important because your attitude and behavior are emulated by other people; if you exercise Extreme Ownership, others will as well. This applies to all other timeless principles of leadership for how to work together in a team as well as how to overcome and solve many common problems in war, business, and life. Chief among them is discipline, according to Jocko Willink the most important quality of an individual. Discipline equals freedom means that if you exercise discipline in any area of your life, you’ll enjoy more freedom as a result.

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The War of Art

by Steven Pressfield

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Five Sentence Summary

The War of Art is a war against Resistance. Resistance’s purpose is to prevent you from becoming who you are meant to be; to prevent you from living up to your potential. You can beat Resistance by becoming even more resolute and implacable than it is. You turn pro. By living like a pro you allow the connection to a higher plane to open and can manifest what you were meant to do.

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The ONE Thing

by Gary Keller

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Five Sentence Summary

What matters most is your ONE Thing. Use the Focusing Question to identify what is most important to you. From there, reverse-engineer what you have to do sequentially to make it real. Block a chunk of time that you protect relentlessly, maximize your productivity therein, and work towards your ONE Thing every day. Then, use the Focusing Question to identify what is most important in every moment and act on it.

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