Gene Simmons: Kiss and Make-up

Kiss and Make-Up(click here to learn more)

Gene Simmons was my name. I gave myself that name, I wasn’t given the name. There are many things in life that we don’t have control over. We are born into a race and nationality. We are raised to follow a certain religion. We are raised to speak a certain language. We are given a first and last name by our parents. We don’t have any choice in the matter. And then we are expected to marry and have children, within our religion and our race. I would have none of it. I would decide how I would live my life. Who I would share my bed with. And I damn well couldn’t care less what anyone else thought. At the end of my life, I will have done or attempted anything I ever wanted to do. I will have no regrets. I will not think “I woulda, coulda, shoulda …”

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Victor Pride: 30 Days Of Discipline

30 Days of Discipline

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We don’t rise to the occasion, we fall back onto the level of our training.

after Antilochos

By the end of 2013, I was in a bit of a funk. My dating life was improving, but I felt “stuck” in many ways.

Mentally and professionally

I was not sure anymore whether working in science was what I truly wanted. More and more, I saw the experiments in the lab as mechanical busy work.

I did not want to face my life heads-on, so I just made myself comfortable behind routines and habits.

I thought I was safe. But I was dieing every day a bit more…

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David Lee Roth: Crazy From The Heat

David Lee Roth – lead singer of Van Halen, Success Rebel and Renaissance Man.

This is his autobiography.

Whenever I feel mellow and “down”, I pick up this book, read a few chapters, and my day is brightened up again.

I don’t think most people feel pleasure in a regular basis. On a scale that ranges from deep depression and rip-roaring fun, I’d guess most people idle between “not upset” and “not too upset”.

– David Lee Roth

If you want to know how to be true to yourself, demand excellence and enjoy everything life can offer you, read this book.


David Lee Roth tells his life after and during the Van Halen years in a way that keeps you glued to your chair/bed/sofa.

I was with these two girls once; they were strippers up in Vancouver, Canada. They came up to me and said, “Dave, we’d like to go upstairs, the two of us, with you.” So I said, “Okay”. (…) One of the girls had fifteen hundred dollars in singles and fives and tens, he end-of-the week tips and pay and everything in her G-string. (…) I woke up at some point around dawn, the two of them were asleep, and all three of us were covered with money, every square inch had a dollar bill pasted to it – all exposed skin, and there was nothing but. The whole bed was covered with bills. Our bodies were covered with bills. There was bills in my underwear. Take a little picture of that.

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Aaron Clarey: Bachelor Pad Economics

The most important thing in life is… Other People.

Aaron Clarey

This book is full of wisdom that accompanies you from the age you enter college until the age you die. I have yet to find a book with that broad of a range of topics. It gives advice from education and chosing a career to investment, legal matters, family and kids – including end of life planning.

The theme of the book is economics, and it gives you a complete roadmap to your financial planning. This is one of – if not the – most important parts of your life. Without good financial habits and forethought, you won’t be able to do much at all.

Underneath the economical aspect, however, lies a deeper truth. Our life is not about amassing “stuff”. It is about spending time.

Time for yourself and your hobbies.

Time to spend with family and friends. Other people.

We have one – and only one – life. This book helps you make it count.

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Incognito – The Secret Lives Of The Brain

There is someone in your head, but it’s not you.

David M. Eagleman – Incognito

Update: there is another review of this book by 52in52weeks.

This book provides fascinating insight into how we make our decisions based mostly on our unconscious mind.

A common saying is that “we are creatures of habit”. This book takes this even further to suggest that a lot of our decisions are made in our subconscious mind. We think we have decided something, when in fact it was decided for us in a part of our brain we can not easily access.

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Ripley’s World: The First Steps To More Money, Part II

How do I turn my situation into more?

If you’ve actively read my last post – “actively” does not mean to skim it over and think to yourself “great idea” or “stupid article” – then you have a fundament and maybe a new understanding for your financial situation. Many people who have written a book about their life, a serious illness, a distressing personal situation that had accompanied them for a long time, about financial problems or drug addiction, mention afterwards that writing helped them to process these issues. For the first time, they had lined up everything in a clear structure.

When I was starting my training in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), it was similar for me (to learn more about this topic, click here). I was already aware of most of what NLP taught me, I had just never put it together for myself. To see connections in a specific order – a schedule for life, if you wish – adds another perspective and opens up new possibilities.

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