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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

self improvement books

Seven Self-Improvement Books that Will Change Your Life

Get from Where You are to Where You Want To Be I’ve always been a fan of self-improvement books, but not in the traditional sense. A good self-improvement book is not like a pep talk. The goal of the book should be to take you beyond your initial feelings of motivation. You should be able to take the insights you learned from the book and apply them to improving your life. You don’t want a book […]

Kathy Magliato M.D.

Dr. Kathy Magliato: Lessons from a Female Heart Surgeon

I stumbled across Dr. Kathy Magliato’s book Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon unexpectedly in a dusty corner of my local library. The cover was worn and wrinkled. There was a faded image of the sacred heart symbol, the author’s name and little more. But it would come to be one of the most insightful stories of the life and making of a surgeon that I’ve ever read. (I’ve since discovered that her […]

Apprenticeship

Robert Greene’s Mastery: The Lost Art of Apprenticeship

Robert Greene is the famous author of books that deal with power. His books, The Art of Seduction and The 48 Laws of Power, detail how we can accumulate stature for ourselves while simultaneously being wary of forces that would do us harm. In a modern age this can sound trivial. It’s not like we live the Machiavellian lives of courtiers and nobles. However, there’s a reason that some of the top business schools in America, including Harvard, still have Sun Tzu’s The Art of […]

Become a Better Writer

3 Ways to Become a Better Writer

How to Improve Your Writing Skills On the topic of how a person can improve their writing skills, inevitably two answers always rise to the the top: 1) Read more. 2) Write more. For a person who’s managed to go their entire life without reading or writing a single thing, that’s pretty good advice. But most of us aren’t that person. Most of us read, and read often. Most us have at least attempted to write […]

habits

The Book Shelf: The Power of Habit

“When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks. So unless you deliberately fight a habit—unless you find new routines—the pattern will unfold automatically…The problem is that your brain can’t tell the difference between bad and good habits, and so if you have a bad one, it’s always lurking there, waiting for the right cues and rewards.” Reviewing Charles Duhigg’s The […]