Books I read in 2012

Felt like I watched too much tv this year…. But looking back, I actually got a fair amount of reading in as well.

What I read in 2012…..

Steve Jobs, by Walter Issacson

 Peak, by Chip Conley

        

  What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, by Laura Vanderkam

 

Feeling is the Secret, by Neville Goodard

The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, by Stieg Larsson

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, by Donald Miller

 The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni

The Five Temptations of a CEO, by Patrick Lencioni

        

 The Amatuer, by Edward Klein

        

 Venture Deals, by Brad Feld

And What’s on my list for 2013…….

        

Raising Cain, by Dan Kindlon

       

Enjoy Every Sandwich, by Lee Lipsenthal

         

Think Like a Futurist, by Cecily Sommers

          

Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig (Again – read in the 90s)

Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

        

168 Hours, by Laura Venderkam

        

Who’s the Fairest of Them ALL?, by Steven Moore

        

The Advantage, by Patrick Lencioni

For 2013, maybe a little less American Idol and more time for reading, or not....

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One of my favorite scenes in a movie… YOU FAILED YOU FAILED YOU FAILED….Elizabethtown.

Cameron Crowe has some of the best movie scenes ever.  Not that his movies aren’t great – but I seem to remember scenes from his movies more than I remember his movies.

Jerry Maguire::  Show me the money, and You had me at Hello

Almost Famous::  Singing Elton John on the Bus

Say Anything::  Holding the Boombox playing Peter Gabriel and “I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen”.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Sean Penn? fogetaboutit.

Anyway….Ran into someone yesterday that reminded me of this scene.  Because they failed – NO.  Because  they were still smiling.

Failing, losing…..whatever you want to call it is not only inevitable but essential – essential when you are throwing your hat in the ring in any meaningful way.  It’s just part of the journey.

What isn’t inevitable and absolutely essential for success and or peace?  Smiling.  🙂

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Wanna Know More About Tim Ferris? Watch This

Kevin Rose interviews Tim Ferris – talking about everything from 4Hour Workweek to 4Hour Body and even his new book 4Hour Chef.

To me, Tim is a fascinating and for sure crazy guy with a lot of great answers and tricks for life.

Some of his stuff….

He picked the title of his first book 4Hour Workweek by doing analytics on google ad words

He went in to Borders Book stores and taped different versions of his cover to other author’s books to see how many people would pick up the different versions in an hour.

For more interviews like this check out Kevin Rose’s The Foundation 

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Steve Jobs: Nobody wants to Die

A timely piece from Steve Job’s famous Stanford commencement address…. 

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Read or watch the full address here

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