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    The ONE Thing (Gary Keller)

    What is the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

    This was an extremely gratifying and fast read, to the point. If you chase two rabbits at the same time, you won’t have a chance at getting either of them.

    This book cleans up with one central myth: that doing more at the same time will be more productive.

    Tom Hopkins wrote a similar book in the 1980s: “The Official Guide to Success”.  It taught us the Golden Rule of success:
    I MUST DO THE MOST PRODUCTIVE THING POSSIBLE AT EVERY GIVEN MOMENT.

    “The ONE Thing” is similar – and takes Hopkins’ advice further by showing us how to stretch ourselves to get bigger as we initially thought possible.

    The notion to abandon any complex, elaborate plans and focus on one simple step at a time – in the example above the first small domino stone – can also be found in Jeff Olson’s Slight Edge.

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    Paul Stanley: Face The Music

    Many people wear masks. They hide what they fear and interact with the outside world through a cover, always worried about exposing their weaknesses. People that are broke pretend to be successful. They enter a relationship even though they are lonely inside and are afraid to bond. They talk in phrases without saying what is really on their mind.

    In “Face the Music”, Paul Stanley, lead guitarist of KISS, talks about his own fear and the mask he chose to cover up that perceived flaw. He was born with only one functional ear; the other ear was deformed, and children used to tease him mercilessly.

    He chose the make-up of KISS as a way to cover up his insecurity, only to realize later on that he can not run away from himself. He managed to heal himself by first confronting his fear and then helping others to accept themselves.

    This lonely kid wanted to do that, and this lonely kid ended up doing that. I made my own reality. The character I created— the Starchild— would go up on stage and be that guy, the superhero, as opposed to the person I really was.

    “We are all pretty bizarre, some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.” – Emilio Estevez ‘The Breakfast Club’

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    Michael Ende: Momo

    This book is one of my all-time favorites. I read it with 10 years within 2.5 hours (on the back seat of our car on the highway, I still remember) and I have read it again 15 years later.

    The world Michael Ende designs in this book is for all ages. You can tell it your kids, you can read it yourself.

    “Momo” is about embracing the moment, spending time with your friends and live your life according to your own ideas, not somebody else’s blueprint.

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    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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