UPDATE: Here are the notes we took during the call. Contact us if you would like to discuss any of the concepts.
As Sebastian has said (I am paraphrasing) "don't just read books; apply its' principles to your life, and discuss them with other people."
One of the best books for strategy/mindset is The 50th Law, by Robert Greene and 50 Cent.
If you are familiar with the 33 Strategies of War or The 48 Laws of Power, you will find many concepts from these books, but explained in a different way using example's from 50's life and others remarkable people in history.
I have the audiobook and frequently revisit one of the 10 chapters (about a 30 minute listen) when I am stressed/in need of inspiration.
Learn how his strategy, fearlessness and self-discipline allowed him to use rap as a vehicle to turn him into a nine figure business man. And how you can apply this to your own life.
Is anyone interested in reading and discussing this book over 1 or 2 calls? We can start with one discussing chapters 1-5 (about 130 pages), and another for chapters 6-10.
Not sure if you want to read it? Here is a slideshow that covers the main principles.
Also, Ryan Holiday's take:
The 50th Law by Robert Greene and 50 Cent
Since I worked on this book it took me 3 or 4 tries before I could really lose myself in it and actually read it. My bias aside, it is very, very good. It almost feels a bit extemporaneous; the book flows well because it's centered on a single theme that it refines further with each chapter. Robert used much less of 50's bio than I thought he would and it has the effect of making the book very simple and to the point. The three best laws are Chapter 2 - Make Everything Your Own, Chapter 3 - Turn Shit into Sugar and Chapter 8 - Respect the Process: Mastery. They rely most heavily on the great black boxers, who I enjoyed researching and learning about. The publisher has tried to describe this book as more philosophical than Robert's other books, which I think is wrong or at least, a problem with the definition of the word. In fact, this book is much more practical than the 48 Laws or the War book. It has direct applications to your life, and not just in the sense of maneuvering around a bad worker, but literally the way in which you live your life. It's not a business book either and it's lame to hear it described that way.
Please reply or PM me and we can try to get a call set up for the last week of April.
Damn it... I missed out! I absolutely love this book and it has helped me out a ton! How was the session covering it?
It was great. It's brilliant how Greene's advice can be applied so differently by different people. Talking through it was definitely helpful.
We're going to do Hannibal and Me at the same time on May 26th. One of us will post something about it soon. Hope you can make it.
Also how do you like the audio book?
Count me in. I'm in Bali and that's 4am my time - you guys open to pushing it back an hour or two?
Questions from a reader - this one's about sleep amounts, vitamins, and books.
I'd like to thank you for writing the blog posts on your website. I just found your blog today, but I see a lot of stuff I think I can use on there.
Thanks, that's nice of you to say and glad you reached out.
I have a few questions about some routine-optimization that you've done, if you'd like to help me out:
Books are cheap, invaluable sources of knowledge and wisdom. But let's be honest, not every book is a good book. And not every good book will make an impact on you. Today, I decided to make a short list of the books that changed my life in one way or another:
As you can see, topics vary from Atheism and Philosophy to Picking up girls and Self development. Needless to say, I recommend that you read all of them.
Now it's your turn: Do you read? If so, what are the books that changed your life?