Surrender to the greatness that is Bono

Bono sure seems to have a lot of haters but I’m not one of them. Lately, I’ve been listening to his audiobook Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story and I think it’s a masterpiece. Bono has a reputation for being a little full of himself, but I challenge anyone to maintain that opinion after reading/listening to this book!

I recommend the audio version. Hear Bono read the book in his own voice. This morning I pulled two great quotes out of Chapter 22 where Bono talks in part about bandmate Adam Clayton’s battle with alcohol. Here they are:

Here’s the Spotify playlist of all 40 songs referenced in the book:

The One Thing #recommended

The one book that had the biggest impact on my year last year was The ONE Thing. Funny thing is that the book had been on my shelf for at least three years and I never read it. As the woman said ‘when the student is ready the teacher appears’…

The book resonated with me — I had already been thinking along those lines most of my life — and it reorganized my thinking in ways that had a big impact, especially at work!

One of the most important concepts in the book is this: a domino can knock over a domino 1.5x its size…

Resolve to read this book and apply its lessons this year!

Grant and Twain: The Story of a Friendship That Changed America

My thoughts on @davidamerlands ‘Intentional’

Intentional: How To Live, Love, Work and Play Meaningfully by David Amerland
David Amerland has always been an influential thinker for me — for example, his book on SEO was my college degree in that space! Intentional belongs on my top shelf along with 7 Habits, Getting Things Done, Fierce Conversations, and Radical Candor. If you like this kind of thinking, you will love this book: “Life is complex. We are complicated. There will be times when this value statement will be reversed. What will never change however is the sense of satisfaction that comes from being the sole architect of how you choose to live.” Amerland, David. Intentional (p. 38). David Amerland. Kindle Edition. View all my reviews

How Measuring Time Shaped History

From Neolithic constructions to atomic clocks, how humans measure time reveals what we value most. Source: How Measuring Time Shaped History

btw, if you’re looking for more here’s one of the best books I’ve read on the topic of time and history:

Why You Need Instant Gratification, According to Science

We spend about 43 per cent of our day doing things without thinking about them. For many of these habitual behaviours, we don’t recognise them as such. However, these learned behaviours are necessary for living our life.

Wendy Wood

I’m a huge fan of the book The ONE Thing. In it, the author Gary Keller talks about the idea that you really don’t need to be as disciplined as you think. Why? Because you only need enough discipline to start a habit and the habit then takes over. Go to the source: Why You Need Instant Gratification, According to Science

Resolutions for a Life Worth Living: Attainable Aspirations Inspired by Great Humans of the Past

Life-tested wisdom on how to live from James Baldwin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Leo Tolstoy, Seneca, Toni Morrison, Walt Whitman, Viktor Frankl, Rachel Carson, and Hannah Arendt. Source: Resolutions for a Life Worth Living: Attainable Aspirations Inspired by Great Humans of the Past

Intentional: How To Live, Love, Work and Play Meaningfully via @davidamerland

Can’t wait to dig into this. Author David Amerland never fails to bring interesting thoughts and thinking forward…

Radical Candor Podcast via @candor #recommended #podcast #communication

Listen to the Radical Candor podcast to learn to give and receive radically candid guidance and feedback like a boss: Radical Candor Podcast | Learn Our Feedback Framework

Our Favorite Books of 2020 via @greatergoodsc

Greater Good’s editors pick the most thought-provoking, practical, and inspirational science books of the year: Greater Good

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

Thomas Friedman has a knack for synthesizing the trends you feel but can’t or don’t articulate. His latest book is no disappointment…

Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-77

Leaders eat last

My son is a former Marine captain. When he was going through Officer Candidate School, he told me there were times when he was leading a unit on an exercise and he didn’t have a chance to eat. Why? “Leaders eat last” he told me…

“This one choice, whether a leader puts themselves or their people first, determines if they are worthy of our love and loyalty.”

If you like this thinking, you can get the book here:

iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood

My partner and I are reading this book to gain insight into what we see happening with my son and his peers. I highly recommend it if you have teenagers…

#Reinventing Yourself by Steve Chandler

Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference

Choose Yourself!

Are you looking for someone to blame?

Stop it. It doesn’t work! I just saw this tweet from my buddy Jeff Strommen:

You can try that and see if it works or, you can think about these 3.5 books and how they might change your approach to life and business:

And these two together if you’re in business for yourself or just the first one if you’re not…

The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

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