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“The keys to life are running and reading. When you’re running, there’s a little person that talks to you and says, “Oh I’m tired. My lung’s about to pop. I’m so hurt. There’s no way I can possibly continue.” You want to quit. If you learn how to defeat that person when you’re running. You will how to not quit when things get hard in your life. For reading: there have been gazillions of people that have lived before all of us. There’s no new problem you could have—with your parents, with school, with a bully. There’s no new problem that someone hasn’t already had and written about it in a book.”
Piercing truths from the well known author, Viktor Frankl - this level of thinking & insight will prod you to change your habits.
“The opportunities to act properly, the potentialities to fulfill a meaning, are affected by the irreversibility of our lives …. For as soon as we have used an opportunity and have actualized a potential meaning, we have done so once and for all. We have rescued it into the past wherein it has been safely delivered and deposited. In the past, nothing is irretrievably lost, but rather, on the contrary, everything is irrevocably stored and treasured. To be sure, people tend to see only the stubble fields of transitoriness but overlook and forget the full granaries of the past into which they have brought the harvest of their lives: the deeds done, the loves loved, and last but not least, the sufferings they have gone through with courage and dignity.”
In the context/scope of higher level thinking, what is the core difference?
In an absolutely terrific book which I’m reading:
"Tribes based on agreement often discourage learning, questioning, and independent thought. Tribes based on alignment want to maximize each person’s contribution, provided that they stay pointed in the same general direction like magnetized iron fillings … As long as the tribe remains aligned on core values and a noble cause, its unity is strong. When it becomes about agreement, purges often follow."
"…creativity is dangerous. We cannot open ourselves to new insight without endangering the security of our prior assumptions. We cannot propose new ideas without risking disapproval and rejection. Creative achievement is the boldest initiative of mind, an adventure that takes its hero simultaneously to the rim of knowledge and the limits of propriety. Its pleasure is not the comfort of a safe harbor, but the thrill of the reaching sail." - Robert Grudin
‘We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident: 12 Natural Laws of Freedom, Progress, and Success’ (Oliver DeMille) ~~~> Eye opening. Piercing truthfulness. And, for certain, an educational tour de force. For whom, one may ask? For anyone who picks this book up & doesn’t merely read the words, but rather, puts the information into the mix with their own well researched beliefs & thinking. After this step, the odds that you’ll find what you’ve heard from the mass media culture and in your schooling curriculum will pale in comparison. Mr. DeMille’s books always rank way up there on my recommendation list; long ago, after reading ‘The Coming Aristocracy’ , the first of his that I added to my library, I knew I’d discovered a treasure of truth that I had to mine. Since that time, ~3 years ago, I’ve not found a single work of his to be lacking: he is a skilled proponent of free enterprise, freedom, success, liber education, & leadership. In this book, he unpacks for the truth seeking reader hundreds upon hundreds of years of history that is rarely taught in modern curricula. Even with a history minor with my B.A., so much of the content was fresh and gave me much insight into why Western culture is facing so many deep challenges. I so want every single reader of this post to read this book, I am covering precious few details in this review, except to say that the core answer to the challenges has a response: the application of natural law. The 12 talked about in the chapters, prologue, epilogue, & appendix are mind expanding … with a metaphorical crowbar! A 5 star must read.
‘Think & Grow Rich’ (Napoleon Hill) ~~~> A well renowned classic. Who hasn’t heard of, let alone read, this magnum opus from Mr. Hill? Answering the partially rhetorical question: perhaps surprisingly, mainly due to the rise of the media-entertainment industry in the intervening years since the ’30s, when this was first published, not as many. I was part of the ‘not yet read’ (latter only; I had heard of it) until 2013, when I started reading it solo. Then, I put it back on the shelf and pulled it back off and again started reading after I joined two/2 different mastermind groups. Each group used/is using this as the centerpiece: Mr. Hill included so many success principles in 15 chapters, there is no shortage of areas of focus in such a group, let alone if you make the decision to read on your own. Who can’t learn at least something from this menu? Desire. Faith. Imagination. Decision-making. Persistence. The subconscious mind & auto-suggestion. The roots (‘ghosts’) of fear. Unquestionably, I did. Will you have the courage and hunger to want to expand your mindset too?
‘Great By Choice’ (Jim Collins) ~~~> Having become a huge fan of Mr. Collins, and already having learned so much from two of his previous works (please see earlier reviews on this blog.), it was a no-brainer to invest in his most recent book and add to my shelves. This is a powerful book and will easily offer the readers a lot to apply to their entrepreneurial ventures/businesses, family lives, & companies. Each Collins book is based on a vast pool of research which takes the concepts presented and proves beyond the pale that they are very real, and not merely theories. Conventional ‘wisdom’ is quite rarely wisdom: What is required to build a truly great enterprise in such a fast moving world? Not what you may have expected. I found so many of these fresh concepts to be eye opening — the ‘20 Mile March’ stands apart in my view, although I’ve also found much to learn from in the ‘10X’er’ triangle, ‘Zoom Out, then Zoom In’, SMaC Recipes, & Return on Luck. I truly was floored by the deep insights found in the real life stories peppered throughout the seven chapters, none of which I really was aware of before picking this as my next read. In sum: Absolutely terrific!
‘Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will’ (Kevin DeYoung) ~~~> Have you ever found yourself sinking into the inactivity zone? Being unable to make a decision? You’re not alone. In the Information Age of the present, there is more information at our fingertips than ever before, yet far less wisdom & truth. Mr. DeYoung really comes at his reader-ship with a velvet hammer: He’s a deeply Christian man, yet he pulls no metaphorical punches by challenging the reader to not be passive. Passivity and indecision can oft-times be more troublesome than just making a moral choice. The book has many scriptural verses, which will spur you to have your Bible nearby as you connect the dots between God’s word & the author’s perspectives on them & from his own personal experiences. This is a really solid Faith ‘F’ read & it will definitely continue to serve me on my spiritual journey in the future. I am confident it would do the same for you.
‘Edge’ (Chris Brady & Orrin Woodward) ~~~> A diamond in the rough type book — that’s how I’ll start this review, since the title is very short & it may not be familiar to many. You won’t easily find this kind of book at your local bricks and mortar store or online without really digging in ahead of time, since it’s targeted to a genre that is very much overlooked by most authors, publishers, & marketers. What genre? Teaching success principles to youth; in essence, “smartening them up” about what it will take to win in life rather than treating them as too immature to handle the subject matter. And, yes, even an adult, many of whom were not raised to a higher plane through their schooling, will surely be able to find many tidbits and treasures amongst the pages. Mr. Brady & Mr. Woodward are both highly accomplished men who each have large families and have taken principles used in their own households & chosen to compile them all in a book which is sharp looking and can sit on any living room table as a centerpiece for guests to pick up and flip through. Yet, this content is far more impactful for our impressionable youth than you may realize until digging in to the anecdotes, stories, and quotations chosen for inclusion. What price tag can one put on getting these kids on the right path towards success?