How To Grow As A Person, Idea Machine Edition

 

If you have read James Altucher’s Choose Yourself, you will be familiar with the Daily Practise. It serves as a foundation for any change you want to apply to your life. It essentially covers:
1. your physical health, by working out or even just taking a walk for 20 minutes outside;
2. your spiritual health, for example through expressing gratitude;
3. your emotional health, by connecting to a person every day, or even connecting two people with each other;
4. and your mental health, through the idea challenge.

What is special about “Become An Idea Machine” is that it provides 180 different topics or ideas. For example, “10 Meetups you could run in your area”. Or “Locate one character in history you admire and write 10 questions you would ask of him or her”. “10 Things I have at home that I don’t need and could either donate or throw out”. “How could I monetize my website or podcast?”. “Alternatives to Getting an Expensive College Education” and so forth. Some days are easy, some will truly challenge you.

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Gorilla Mindset (Mike Cernovich)

Gorilla Mindset (Mike Cernovich)

Gorilla Mindset is for everyone who wants to find their own way in life. It provides the first steps into a journey that begins within us and leads towards the place where we want to be – emotionally, socially or financially.

At the core of the book stands mindset. What is mindset?

Everyone of us experiences the world in a different way. Our genetic background, our experiences and beliefs build a certain ground state in our mind – a certain pattern of neuronal wiring – through which we decide how we react to new experiences and towards which values we gravitate.

There are basically two different lenses through which we see the world. Gorilla Mindset describes this polarity as scarcity vs. abundance. If you have a scarcity mindset, you assume the world has limited possibilities. You focus on preserving what you have, and you will not be eager to grow and collect new experiences. After all, the world is a limited place, right? With an abundance mindset, however, you realize that you can just go out and bathe in unlimited possibilities. Nobody is out to get you, nothing holds you back, you can just venture out and find your luck.

Thus, Gorilla Mindset helps us to develop an abundance mindset.

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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying (Bronnie Ware)

Bronnie Ware: The Top Five Regrets Of The Dying

“Look at me now, Grace continued. ‘Dying. Dying! How can it be possible I have waited all of these years to be free and independent and now it is too late?'”

Bronnie Ware worked as a nurse in palliative care. She realized that most people that were about to die had several regrets. Things they had never learned in their life, items they had never taken care of. Now that they were dying, the time was gone to do what they had always dreamt of.

“The Five Top Regrets of the Dying” tells the stories of several of these patients. They came from all backgrounds of life, many were old, some were young. Most had never allowed themselves to be really happy, to life a life true to themselves, to really let people know what they were feeling. Some people though passed on with fond memories of their life. We also learn from them.

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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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James Altucher: Choose Yourself

This is just the right book to start off 2015. Why? Because it teaches you how to do what YOU really like to do. I enjoyed it tremendously.

Mike Cernovich from Danger and Play had recommended it as one of the three books every man must read. Naturally, that got me curious.

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Gene Simmons: Kiss and Make-up

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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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