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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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    The Slight Edge

    Focus on Daily Actions – Reach Your Long Term Goal.

    Jeff Olson – The Slight Edge 

    This is the book that started it all for me.

    I have tried to lose weight, stop wasting time on the internet and keep up with any activity I got into… but the habits I wanted to abandon always came back with a vengeance. Sounds familiar? It was for me. And I hated it.

    Along came this book.

    For the first time in decades, it got my life back on track.

    I am not kidding: This book has changed my life.

    Without it, there would be no Lifesciencementor.com.

    What makes this book unique?

    Traditionally, I would set a goal such as “go from 250 to 200 lbs body weight in 6 months”.

    I would close my eyes, hold a strict diet and counted down the days until the 6 months were over.

    And 6 months are a long time. I often lost discipline (“just one cheat day, won’t matter in the long run”).

    Even if I would succeed, I stopped my strict diet and gained it all back.

    I was fixated on “weight loss” as an EVENT, a one-time occurrence – not a whole PROCESS.

    The Slight Edge changed these thought patterns.

    I was now seeing my big goals as byproducts of my efforts.

    Every day, every step itself was ONE goal for me.

    Surprisingly – I lost weight and body fat almost effortlessly. I stopped watching porn (ahem) as if it was nothing. I drastically reduced the time spent on YouTube.

    And so much more.

    If I had been smoking, I am sure I would have been able to stop it.

     

    Key concepts of the book

     “Someday” never comes.

    “Someday” I am going to be rich. “Someday” I will have my business. “Someday” I will be free.

    Don’t fall for the “quantum leap”. The big event is the result of your effort. Walk the walk every day.

    And before you even realize, “someday” is here.

     

    Daily steps are easy to do, and easy to forget.

    Consistently sticking to simple steps is difficult – they are easy to do and as easy to forget. Sounds familiar? It sure was for me.

    However, if you see these steps through the lens of time, they matter. Every single day.

    Every decision you make brings you either closer to your goal or further away.

     

    Momentum

    Don’t go “all in” at once. Instead, find your own pace of learning. Challenge yourself above what you could do the day before. Over time, you generate momentum towards your goals.

    It’s like a millstone. You have to exert force to move it, but if you do too much at once, you will only slip. Instead, gently apply more and more pressure. Eventually, the stone will move and pick up speed along the way.

     

    Don’t wait for the perfect plan

    Even the Apollo rocket, a masterwork of technological perfection, was on its projected course only 2% of the time. They had to manually control it nearly all the way.

    Don’t wait forever until you have the “perfect plan”. Start now with a simple step and keep at it for the next couple of days. Write a paragraph each day. Do 15 min of calisthenics. Read 10 pages per day. Then evaluate where you are. Correct if necessary. Work more. Reevaluate. And so forth.

    Instead of planning out your dream, you are already working on it.

     

    Winning habits

    Show up – whether you feel like it or not.

    Be consistent and committed to the long haul.

    Cultivate a burning desire backed by faith and/or the belief in yourself.

    The price of neglect will always be bigger than the price of discipline.

    Practise integrity – do what you set out to do even if no one is watching.

     

    You don’t pursue happiness, you CREATE it.

    Every day, small steps.

    Write down three things you are grateful for.

    Note the positive experience of the day.

    Meditate daily.

    Do one random act of kindness.

    Exercise 15 minutes a day. Do either or all of these five things for 21 days in a row, and you have installed Happy Habits as part of your life.

     

    What is the most counterintuitive or controversial idea?

    This book advocates daily steps that can seem small, such as workout for 15 minutes (only), reading 10 pages of a book, save a dollar a day etc.

    Of course, the bigger your goal, the more effort you have to put in.

    The point is to put in and focus on consistent effort.

     

    What action steps did I take after I read this book?

    A multitude.

     

    #1 – I abandoned bad habits. Losing weight. Surfing the internet. Always waiting for the “last-minute” to finish a project. I could never get rid of those routines. Until I read this book.

     

    #2 – I installed “happy habits” – every day, I am writing down three things I am grateful for. Ever since I started practising this, I have been much more positive and relaxed. How bad can the day be if I already found something to be thankful for?

     

    #3 – I have started reading 10+ pages and writing 750+ words each day. Since february 2014, every day I have a sense of accomplishment. No matter how “bad” the day was, I got something done.

     

    The “Slight Edge” has been a true life changer for me.

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