Turning Obstacles into Advantages

book cover of The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

“The impediment to action advances action.  What stands in the way becomes the way.” – Marcus Aurelius Life can suck sometimes. You do the right thing, you are honest and you work hard and yet every day you see other people attaining success.  People that may not deserve it and come by it through questionable […]

3 Big Ideas Video – Young Money by Kevin Roose

Young Money by Kevin Roose book cover

In this edition of 3 Big Ideas Video I’m discussing Kevin Roose’s Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits. Plenty has been written about the financial crisis from the perspective of those affected and those who had a major part to play in it. What Kevin Roose does in his excellent […]

3 Big Ideas Video – Willpower

Baumeister and Tierney Willpower book cover

In this edition of 3 Big Ideas Video I’m discussing Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney’s Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. Full of wide ranging stories and examples, Baumeister and Tierney make the convincing case that much like a regular muscle willpower can be depleted and become ineffective in protecting us from our “consequences-be-damned” […]

3 Big Ideas Video – The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Ben Horowitz - The Hard Thing About Hard Things book cover

In this edition of 3 Big Ideas Video I’m discussing Ben Horowitz’s great new book The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers. In the vein of business classics like Andy Grove’s Only the Paranoid Survive and Michael Lewis’ Moneyball, Ben Horowitz has written not only his coming […]

Best Nonfiction Books – September 2014

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Hundreds of nonfiction books come out every month. The hard part is knowing which are worth the time and money to read and buy and which are nothing more than extended magazine articles or vanity pieces. I scour the internet every month looking for hints, reviews, recommendations and suggestions for the best nonfiction books being […]

3 Big Ideas – Mindset by Carol Dweck

Mindset book cover

Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success is one of my all-time favorite books.  I could have done this 3 Big Ideas video without reviewing the book because it has had such a lasting impact on my life. After reading it and discovering the difference between “growth” and “fixed” mindsets I was able to recognize […]

Nonfiction Books Reading List July 2014 – The Books I Read to Get Ahead

Quote about best nonfiction books and people from Charlie Tremendous Jones

These are the great nonfiction books I read in July.  Clearly most are tilted toward internet marketing and writing, which are two topics that have come to dominate my thinking recently. Jeff Walker’s Launch was responsible for me finally setting up a newsletter.  Thank you Jeff! That is the power of a great book read […]