Author Archives: Tom

James Clear’s “Habits Academy Course” – detailed summary

Habits are powerful tools to reach our goals, but they are not easy to develop and to maintain. In his “Habits Academy” course blogger/author James Clear guides us through every step with short and to-the-point videos, featuring pertinent and lively examples from everyday life and from the scientific literature.

The Subtle Art of not Giving a, by Mark Manson

Happiness comes from wisely choosing our problems and working diligently to solve them, despite the inevitable pain; embracing negative emotions as part of life; espousing good values.

Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic, by Alyssa Milano

Being a fan – and a baseball fan in particular – is an amazingly rewarding experience. It brings some desperately needed lightness into ours lives; it relaxes and entertains us, year after year, with its unmistakable feeling of familiarity; it connects us with family and friends; and it inspires us to excel in our own endeavors.

The last lecture, by Randy Pausch

Life is finite, and it might be shorter than we expect. We must learn to treasure every moment, especially those in the company of the people we love. We must also dare to dream big and work hard to achieve those dreams, while helping others achieve theirs. “The Brick walls are there for a reason: not to keep us out, but to give us a chance to show how badly we want something”.”

The ONE Thing, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

Success comes from tirelessly investing hours and hours a day towards your most important goal.

The Road less traveled by Scott Peck. Part 2: LOVE

“Love is the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth”

Re-reading “The Road Less Traveled” by Scott Peck. Part 1: Discipline

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths.”

First thoughts on “Finding your own North Star”, by Martha Beck

Get yourself out of a life that is “wrong” for you and search for what makes you truly happy.

The balanced life: escaping short-termism and developing an internal compass

“What is essential is invisible to the eye” says the Little Prince. I agree. One of the core principles of time management and, indeed, of personal growth is that the important often eludes us. As I discussed in my previous post, if we don’t practice an intentional life – where we consciously direct our focus […]

The intentional life

Personal growth is about taking our lives into our own hands. It is about living a life “by design”, instead of “by default”. It is about being proactive with our time instead of reacting to the environment. Stephen Covey and Tony Robbins talk extensively about this. Covey invites us to “be proactive”, his first – and most […]