Category Personal Growth

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.

ideas from books: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

As a father of two young daughters, I was drawn to Meg Meeker’s bestseller Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters as a way to reflect on my role, particularly in the context of a society which seems to relegate fathers – and parents for that matter – to a secondary position. Meeker’s words resounded with me when, […]

ideas from books: The Conservative’s Handbook

Radio host Phil Valentine does an excellent job at illustrating his conservative vision, breaking it down issue by issue, using a colloquial style and vivid (and often funny) anecdotes. He also highlights the core principles that underpin conservatism, if in an unsystematic and almost haphazard way: he goes about in no particular order in tackling […]

ideas from books: The Power of Full Engagement

The message is clear: optimal performance comes from living a balanced life, not from working 12-15 hours straight. What will get us results is not the number of hours we put in, but the quality of those hours, which is affected not only by the specific skills we bring to our job, but by what we […]

The Ultimate Book of Mind Maps (part 2): the success formula

In my previous post I explored the concept of mind mapping and the theory behind its effectiveness, based on Tony Buzan’s approach. Now I want to touch on a related topic, to which Buzan dedicates the second part of his mind mapping book: success! Chapter 3 is literally titled: The ultimate success formula (we are definitely in cliché […]