Do the Work Steven Pressfield

Do the Work: How Steven Pressfield Will Make You a Better Writer

Every writer needs to study the teachings of Steven Pressfield. He is the Nike of the literary world. The ultra-successful shoe and athletic-apparel company won the slogan race years ago with Just Do It. For writers, Pressfield’s Do the Work is a close second. While a prolific and talented fiction author, Pressfield’s nonfiction books center on strategic methods for overcoming the barriers to writing (or any artistic endeavor, but the primary focus of his is writing). The War of Art […]

Dave Ramsey Personal Finance

Lessons from Dave Ramsey: How to Master Your Personal Finance

“There is no secret to becoming rich because the principles are not secret.” The Most Important Financial Principle: Contentment As Ramsey puts it, we all suffer from the disease of stuff. We have been sold the idea that things bring happiness and that only through money can we find the enjoyment we crave and a sense of fulfillment. The single greatest principle for taking financial responsibility is learning contentment. It’s the lead domino that makes […]

Wall Street

A Random Walk Down Wall Street: How to Survive Long-Term Investing

Authors Note: The more financially secure and free you are, the more autonomous your life can be. I enjoy reading financial books and spreading the knowledge to others. As always, if you enjoy this article then support Burton Malkiel and his book which inspired it.  A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel Despite what cynics might say and hear, the average individual can do well by following a specific set of principles in […]

Scott Adams

Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert: How to Build Success in Life and Business

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big Scott Adams, the creator Dilbert, built a cartoon empire from humble beginnings as a bank teller. He used the lack of satisfaction he gained from his day job to drive his desire for something more. Over the course of his career he developed an insight into the workings of success, what helped him the most and the ever present factor that luck played. “Success is […]

Lyndon B. Johnson

President Lyndon B. Johnson: 10 Ways to Become More Likable

Think Right Towards People The basic rule for winning success, according to President Lyndon Johnson, is that success is impossible to achieve without the support of others. You can’t do it all by yourself. You need mentors for guidance. You need a network for opportunity. Employers to make use of your value. Customers to give worth to your creations. Without other people, your efforts exist within a vacuum that can have little impact upon the greater […]

Education of a Billionaire

The Education of a Billionaire: A Reading List for the Highly Motivated

The Only Reading List You Will Ever Need What is this List? This list is a collection of book suggestions from the world’s top-leading experts and performers featured on The Tim Ferriss Show. Each of the following experts is highly regarded as an authority in their field, commanding an immense amount of respect and influence. Every book recommendation has had an impact upon the personal development, education and insight of the expert, enough that they felled compelled […]

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.” […]

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 […]

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 […]