September Reading List

Monthly Reading List: October 2016

A monthly collection of book suggestions I am currently or have recently finished reading.    Non-fiction The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee “But Lasker and Farber only exemplify the grit, imagination, inventiveness, and optimism of generations of men and women who have waged a battle against cancer for four thousand years. In a sense, this is a military history—one in which the adversary is formless, timeless, and pervasive. Here, too, there are victories and […]

Become a Professional Writer

12 Tenets of Becoming a Professional Writer

I. Writers Write. If you’ve been a follower of this site, then congratulations. You’ve seen the words “writers write,” for the 100th time. However, I cannot stress just how important the act of writing is for someone who wants to improve their writing and become a professional. Nothing else will replace the effect of actually writing. Not reading. Not reading about writing. Not editing other people’s writing or having your own writing critiqued. Nothing can replace […]

Magic of Thinking Big Quotes

15 Quotes from The Magic of Thinking Big

This is a companion piece. You can find a full analysis of David J. Schwartz’s The Magic of Thinking Big here. #1 Wishful Thinking is not Big Thinking: “You can’t wish away a mountain. You can’t wish yourself into an executive suit or a position of leadership. But you can move a mountain with belief…Belief works this way. It generates the power, skill, and energy needed to do. When you believe I-can-do-it, the how-to-do-it develops.” […]

Non-Traditional Premed Never Too Late

Non-Traditional Students: It’s Never Too Late

Sarah grew up in a poor, abusive household with her three sisters. Her mother was an unemployed, bi-polar housewife who teetered on the edge of being friendly one moment and a screaming psychopath the next. Her father was a born-again fundamentalist Christian after volunteering three tours in Vietnam. He faced bouts of alcoholism. He could barely lift his right arm due to a bullet wound suffered during the war, which made finding work difficult. To fight […]

The Magic of Thinking Big

Ridiculously In-Depth Notes: The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

One of the most popular articles to date on this website has been a guide to what I view as the seven most helpful self-improvement books. Coming in at #3 is David J. Schwartz’s The Magic of Thinking Big. I cannot underscore the importance of this book in relation to developing a powerful mindset geared towards success. Most people do not set large goals for themselves. Instead they settle for mediocrity and then wonder why the find themselves […]

Hard Work

Where Will Hard Work Take You?

Quick: Would you rather be a genius or a hard worker? Go with whatever first comes to mind, although if you’ve ever uttered the phrase, “work smarter, not harder,” then you probably know where you stand. In this age of striving for success, I frequently here the message to “find your unfair advantage.” Generally this is used when attempting to build a startup or a company that will eventually rival Facebook and Google and earn […]


Premeds: How to Ace Physics

I aced physics. Not just an A. But a perfect score. I’m confident you can do the same. At the undergrad I attended for my pre-medical post-bacc it was possible to score an A+. You had to make a 100 in the course, or above (if your teacher offered any “extra” points in the grading scale). However, this pretty much required having perfect scores on all of the assignments, especially the exams. When I went […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger

14 Lessons on Success from Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger, while controversial in recent years, has been an inspiration to thousands of people for the last several decades. Born to a poor Austrian family, he came from nothing to become a seven-time world champion in bodybuilding, one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, and governor of California. His commitment to hard work, subverting the system, and discovering how to win makes him a role model for just about anyone trying to find success […]


How to Simplify Your Life in One Easy Step

Cut Down on Your Decision Making Did you ever play Pokemon when you were a kid? Each of the characters had a certain amount of life points. That’s you. Everyday when you wake up, you start with 100 Life Points. These are your decision making points. Everything you do takes decision making points. Deciding whether to go to the gym in the morning or after work takes decision making points. Deciding what to eat for […]

Lawrence Naumoff

Accepting Criticism: What Every Writer Could Do Better

It was my first semester of creative writing in college. I wasn’t even twenty years old. Our professor was Lawrence Naumoff. He was, and still is, one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. His hair was always blown out and disheveled, and he had a slightly dazed look on his face, as if he had just stepped out of a windstorm. His movements were slow and he walked like a man of leisure. He wore […]