One step at a time.
Be the best you can be.
Live. Love. Play.
See you next time.
Be the leader.
We won’t contain it.
Was it enough? That was the question he kept asking himself. Was being satisfied enough? He looked around him at everyone yearning to just be satisfied in their daily life and he had reached that goal. He knew that he was satisfied and he also knew it wasn’t going to be enough.
“He that can have patience can have what he will.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Hey there, it’s Nik again with 3 more free book summaries for you!
It’s only September, but I usually spend the majority of the last 3-4 months of the year thinking about how I want to tackle the next.
My partner Luke Rowley is similar: He has summarized over 200 books for Four Minute Books, and now, for his own project Goal Engineering, he picked the 3 best books about setting and achieving goals, along with a few other honorable mentions.
I highly recommend you check it out, his systems and tracking tools are impeccable! Alright, let’s get into this week’s books.
1-Sentence-Summary: See You At The Top shows you how to have a spiritually, socially, financially, and physically successful and meaningful life by utilizing tools like positive thinking, kindness to others, and goal-setting.
- Always assume the best in people, including yourself and especially your family members.
- Unlock the power of goal-setting by being specific about what you want to aim for and breaking them down into actionable daily steps.
- Use the power of a positive attitude to defeat “stinkin’ thinkin’.”
If you want some inspiration to reach your full potential, this book is for you.
1-Sentence-Summary: Why “A” Students Work For “C” Students contains Robert Kiyosaki’s lessons on how the global financial crisis is the result of a lack of education and shows parents how to become truly money literate so they can teach their kids to do the same and attain financial freedom.
- Don’t aim for a specific career, set your sights on getting into the right Cashflow Quadrant.
- Giving money to your kids is a quick way to cripple them financially.
- Most people seek financial advice, but real freedom comes when you look to get a financial education and teach your children to do the same.
If you want to get a real education about money, this book is for you.
1-Sentence-Summary: Energy makes you smarter by helping you understand where this important aspect of our lives comes from, how we’ve used it throughout history to get to where we are today, and why we need to be careful about how we consume it so that we can have a better future.
- Energy means a lot of different things to humans but is important no matter how you choose to look at it.
- Nothing on earth can survive without this precious resource.
- We need to look to wind, solar, and especially nuclear energy if we want to reduce the negative consequences of our past energy uses.
If you like to learn about science and want to see how we can help the environment, this book is for you.
That’s all for this week, have a great weekend!
PS: Want to get more out of everything you read? Check out our guide!
Sleeping In A Bath.
Cause Squinting Eyes.
Waiting For The Dead To Return.
Feeling Like You’re On The Moon.
A Hug Can Be Warmer Than A Fire.
Would you rather watch TV that’s commercial-free but doesn’t have a remote or have a remote but you have to watch all the commercials?
Did you drink alcohol before you were legal to do so?
Let the group blindfold you and give you three objects to kiss.
A Battle Of Two Fought By Three.
Every Fight Is An Awful Sight.
Saving It For Yesterday.
Great Demands For Little Hands.
Like The Sun At Midnight.
Glorious Father, my refuge and salvation, in my time of need I come to you. Grant me a sign so I might be relieved of my pain. I ask this of you with absolute devotion, o eternal light. Strengthen me with your illustrious warmth.
Infinite Mother, my deliverer, I beg you to hear my prayer. Guide me so I might save my eternal soul. I seek this of you in your eternal presence, o god of gods. Grace me with your hallowed grace.
Aim for the sky and you could hit a star.
Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. (W. Clement Stone)
Even the best of memories are only moments long.
We do not remember days, we remember moments. (Cesare Pavese)
Nothing left into the end
Sunshine beams grateful
In choco cake coast
No decision can service
How soon I must chew.
1. Bring coffee to someone studying in the library.2. Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it.3. Give a compliment.4. Help your elderly neighbor take out the trash or mow their lawn.5. Tape change to a parking meter.
Shed A Tear To See More Clear.
Small Bites, Small Delights.
Making A Meal Out Of Nothing.
It Has The Logic Of Dreams.
Using Chairs As Tables.
Have you ever had cosmetic surgery?
Make a diaper out of a t-shirt and wear it outside your pants for the rest of the day.
- Slip KnotWhat is getting tied up and why?
- Peace OutWhat do you find peaceful?
- The CleanerWrite about the feelings of a person cleaning up a terrible mess.
- Convenience StoreWhat’s the importance of convenience?
- Coffee or TeaA dialog about the merits of coffee versus tea.
Dear Mother, creator of all that’s good, witness me in my time of need. Grant me wisdom so I may be delivered from evil. I request this of you as your devout follower, o divine shepherd. Honor me with your illustrious kindness.
Be the change.
Moments of clarity.
It’s on us.
One step at a time.
The other side.
Ahead of our time.
Lead the way.
Balloons are pretty and come in different colors, different shapes, different sizes, and they can even adjust sizes as needed. But don’t make them too big or they might just pop, and then bye-bye balloon. It’ll be gone and lost for the rest of mankind. They can serve a variety of purposes, from decorating to water balloon wars. You just have to use your head to think a little bit about what to do with them.
|“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” —Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl“We must stop talking about the American Dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans” — Max Beerbohm|
Sometimes I talk about the education-industrial complex on this blog, rarely with kindness. I captured much of that in Stop Stealing Dreams.
Readers will see that not once have I criticized a hard-working teacher who meant well. That’s because it’s the bureaucratic industrial system that’s at fault here, not the teachers.
Now more than ever, with teachers scrambling with remote learning, personal health and the shifts in our culture, they matter.
Teachers matter because they have the guts to buck the dominant test and measure system. Because they show up with care and energy, and because they lead.
By time spent, what percentage of the typical school experience is spent on: tests, test prep, comportment, homework, memorization, the curriculum and the social pressure of fitting in?
And what percentage is spent on daydreaming, inventing, creating from scratch, doing it without a manual and finding new solutions to difficult problems?
I don’t think it’s an accident that we spend a fortune on high school football and almost nothing on creative writing hackathons.
Change is going to come from parents and from teachers who care. The system defends the system, and the system requires adherence and stability.
The massive shift to remote learning opens the door to slip in the kind of challenging problem solving and connection that we need right now. We have to hurry, though, because surveillance and more testing is probably right around the corner.
Did you know…
… that today is Lascaux Cave Paintings Day? A collection of prehistoric cave paintings near Montignac, France, were discovered on this day in 1940 by four teenagers who stumbled upon the ancient artwork after following their dog down a narrow entrance into a cavern. The 15,000- to 17,000-year-old paintings, consisting mostly of animal representations, are among the finest examples of art from the Upper Paleolithic period.
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
— Marcel Proust
It’s not quite fair to say that the Stoics were absolutists. In fact, they were absolutists only to themselves. With everyone else, they were relativists. Marcus measured his staff and the strangers he encountered by whether they were trying their best. For them, he looked for excuses and silver linings. With himself? Totally different story. He drew clear lines—flat ass rules as General James Mattis has put it—and was hard on himself when he fell short.
“Tolerant with others,” he wrote, “strict with yourself.”
Is that a double standard? You bet. But there is no other way to live. Or rather no other way worth living.
—from Daily Stoic’s Thursday email, “It’s a Double Standard, but So What?“