Summary of “5 Little Shifts that Will Make Your “Stressful” Life 5 Times Easier”

All the results in your life come from the little things.
You become successful over time from all the little things you do every day.
All the little things – if not corrected – become big things, over time.
Are the little things you’re doing every day working for you or against you?
These strategies gradually strengthen common weak points we’ve seen plaguing thousands of our course students, coaching clients, and live event attendees over the past decade – little things people do every day that stress them out and stop them from moving forward with their lives.
In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey explains that some things in life are important, and some things are just urgent.
Too often we spend our time and energy thinking about the desired end results of a big goal, instead of actually doing the little things that need to be done today.
You will have a hard time ever being happy if you aren’t thankful for the good things in your life right now.

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Summary of “Why I’m never signing up for Amazon Prime”

It’s open buffet season on consumer goods, and Amazon has that Prime ticket dangling in front of our ravenous faces.
Browse through Amazon even without the hyperactivity of Prime Day and you’ll see that deals are the norm rather than the exception.
Amazon Prime makes it unbelievably easy to shop unthinkingly.
That phenomenon has been so prominent with clothes that Amazon formalized it with the introduction of Amazon Prime Wardrobe last month.
Amazon’s presence in online retail is so influential nowadays that the majority of other major US retailers are throwing their own mini sales to fend off the effects of Prime Day.
As of today, this is a totally consumer-friendly effect of Amazon’s growing domination, but what happens over the long run? What if Walmart and every other retailer never catches up to Amazon and Jeff Bezos’ company ends up in a truly dominant position with no meaningful competition? Bezos himself advocates sternly against complacency, but having a monopolistic retailer of everything is a bad dependency to develop.
Everything about Prime that feels unbelievably cheap is only so because of the unbelievably cheap way that Amazon deals with the people discharging its duties.
You’ve got your own priorities in life and, in all honesty, nobody’s going to fix global injustice by disregarding Prime Day and taking a nice walk outside instead. But it makes me feel good to do exactly that, and so – in the ultimate expression of consumer choice – I’m opting not to consume Amazon’s enchanting deals elixir.

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Summary of “5 takeaways from a great book on accomplishing more by doing less”

The secret, according to entrepreneur and bestselling author Gary Keller, is that they have one thing – a visionary goal for their lives – that influences every decision they make.
What is the one thing that you are the most passionate about? Throughout the book, Keller emphasizes that before you can make any significant progress in your life, you need to know what you are aiming for.
With the exception of rare, extraordinary individuals like Elon Musk, people can’t become masters at multiple things at the same time.
The important thing is that your one thing inspires you to wake up every day and give your all pursuing it.
Once you’ve chosen your one thing, you need to create goals that will help you achieve it.
Being busy means you’re doing things; being productive is doing things that have a positive impact on your life.
Just like how your one thing guides the trajectory of your life, every day you need to choose the one thing that you need to complete to move yourself one step closer to achieving your goals.
Even if you only make one or two lasting connections at that event, those people can introduce you to more people and resources, who then do the same and the effects of that one thing continue to multiply like the impact of the first domino in a long chain.

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Summary of “50 Ways To Live On Your Own Terms”

Marry the person you love”For all the productivity and success advice I’ve read, shaped and marketed for dozens of authors in the last decade, I’ve never really seen someone come out and say: Find yourself a spouse who complements and supports you and makes you better.” - Ryan HolidayResearch done by economists have found - even after controlling for age, education, and other demographics - that married people make 10 to 50 percent more than single people.
Say “No” to people, obligations, requests, and opportunities you’re not interested in from now on”No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH! or no.” - Derek Sivers.
Sadly, people are taught absurd mindsets about being vulnerable and loving in relationships.
Make friends with five people who inspire you”Surround yourself with people who remind you more of your future than your past.” - Dan Sullivan.
Even more fundamental is: what types of people are you comfortable around?
Buy a small place rather than rentUnless you live in a big city, I’m baffled how many people pay outlandish amounts on rent each month.
Instead of living life on their own terms, they’d rather respond to other people’s agendas.
Make your bed first thing in the morningAccording to psychological research, people who make their bed in the morning are happier and more successful than those who don’t.

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Summary of “5 Zen Principles To Live By”

Zen, a school of Mahayana Buddhism, is full of practical wisdom.
I started reading more about Zen when I learned that legendary basketball coach Phil Jackson is very into Zen and used the concepts to coach Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
Especially Kobe, a person who I have immense respect for, embraced Zen principles.
So I’ve made a list of 5 Zen lessons I’ve found practical and easily applicable to modern day life.
Find Your Meditation Technique The most important part of a Zen monk’s life is meditation.
Focus On The Process Zen Monks and Masters don’t care about results.
The Meaning Of Life Is To Be Alive Alan Watts was a British philosopher who was introduced to Zen in 1936, when he attended a conference where D. T. Suzuki spoke.
Suzuki, a Japanese author, singlehandedly influenced the spreading of Zen in the West.

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Summary of “Successful people share their best career advice for young people”

APIf clichés like “Follow your passion,” “Give 110%,” and “Be true to yourself” just aren’t cutting it for you, then we’ve got some fresh takes on how to get a head start on your career.
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg says it’s not enough to simply find your purpose in life – most young people today already instinctively try do do that, he explains.
“My paternal grandmother, Mrs. Annie Henderson, gave me advice that I have used for 65 years. She said, ‘If the world puts you on a road you do not like, if you look ahead and do not want that destination which is being offered and you look behind and you do not want to return to your place of departure, step off the road. Build yourself a new path.'”.
The Goldman Sachs CEO’s best career advice is something he says he’d never have followed himself when he was younger: “Chill out.”
“Yeah, we’re always talking about following your passion, but we’re all part of the flow of history … you’ve got to put something back into the flow of history that’s going to help your community, help other people … so that 20, 30, 40 years from now … people will say, this person didn’t just have a passion, he cared about making something that other people could benefit from.”
“Some people will know exactly what they want to do at a very young age, but the odds are low. I feel like people in their early- to mid-20s are very earnest. They’re very serious, and they want to feel like they’ve accomplished a lot at a very young age rather than just trying to figure stuff out. So I try to push them toward a more experimental attitude.”
“They.’re the most important relationships in your life, but you should never take your parents.’ career advice, and I’m using parents as a proxy for all the pressures in the world. I also say that whatever career you.’re in, assume it.’s going to be a massive failure. That way, you.’re not making decisions based on success, money and career. You.’re only making it based on doing what you love.”
Rick Goings, CEO of home-products company Tupperware Brands, shared his favorite pearls of wisdom for young people with Business Insider.

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Summary of “The Only Time You Are Actually Growing is When You’re Uncomfortable”

Breaking a habit, trying something new, taking a risk, making new connections, or putting yourself in a totally new situation won’t be easy, but it’s worth it.
Getting out of your comfort zone from time to time challenges your mental skills.
” Continuing to learn new things builds and maintains these connections.
Be open to new experiences that cause you to see the world and do things differently.
You can beat procrastination, start a new habit, learn a new language, make it through challenges and physically gruelling events, explore new things, speak on a stage, and even embrace the minimalist lifestyle.
The good news is, whatever you are feeling discomfort about, there is someone else out there, feeling exactly the same thing.
Your personal growth significantly depends on new challenges and activities.
Subscribe and get a free copy of my new eBook, “The Power of One Percent Better: Small Gains, Maximum Results”.

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Summary of “21 Behaviors That Will Make You Brilliant At Creativity & Relationships”

Spend more time with your loved ones and away from work.
I’ve made this mistake and destroyed important relationships with people I deeply admire - people who invested lots of time and energy into me.
Research has found that experiencing awe can expand your perception of time, alter your decision making abilities, and enhance your well-being.
Awe alters your experience with time because it helps you see things more astronomically.
Think More Flexibly About “Limits” on Time”It is utterly beyond our power to measure the changes of things by time.
Time is an abstraction, which we conceive by the change of other things.
Take away: Let go of your beliefs about fixed-limits of time.
Time is a unique concept, which few of us understand.

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Summary of “The age of banter”

It’s long been somewhat about the banter, but over the last few years, it has come to seem that it’s all about the banter – an unabashedly bumptious attitude that took up a position on the outskirts of the culture in the early 90s and has been larging its way towards the centre ever since.
There are hundreds of banter groups on Facebook, from Banter Britain to Wanker Banter 18+ to the Premier League Banter Page.
Someone has created a banter map of London using a keyword search on the flatshare website SpareRoom, showing exactly where people are looking for a roommate with good banter.
The mainstream, in summary, is now drunk and asleep on the sofa, and banter is delightedly drawing a penis on its forehead. As banter has risen, it has expanded.
“Banter him, banter him, Toby,” a character called Zechiel urges, which may be the first time that someone called Toby was so instructed, but certainly wasn’t the last.
In June 1992, a Guardian story headlined “Police fire ‘sex banter’ officer”, about the dismissal of a sergeant for sexual harassment, recorded an early skirmish in the modern banter wars, and an important new layer to its meaning in the wild: “The move is seen as part of the Metropolitan police’s desire to reassure women officers that what has previously been tolerated as ‘banter’ is no longer acceptable.” Two years later, the lads’ mags arrived.
The gentler form of banter is still knocking around, she suggested, but now it exists alongside something darker: “I found The Inbetweeners’ adolescent banter hilarious, because it was equal and unthreatening. But there is obviously a world of difference between a group of teenage boys benignly taking the piss out of each other, and a bigot being racist or misogynist and trying to pass it off as a joke.”
“If you were meeting someone new, saying they had good banter, that was a pretty high compliment. Whereas if you don’t go along with that stuff, it’s seen as, you can’t take the chat, you can’t take the banter. And it’s not seen as having a stance against it. It’s seen as not being able to keep up.”

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Summary of “10 questions that can dramatically change your life”

The quality of our questions determines the quality of our lives.
I didn’t realize it back then, but this was mostly because I wasn’t asking myself the right questions.
I finally got around understanding that the common trait of successful people in all walks of life is that they mastered the skill of asking really good questions.
What followed was a journey to collect the best questions that could help me get out of a funk, stretch me beyond my limitation, and think differently.
The following 10 questions have dramatically changed my life, the way we run our company, and it’s used by some of the most successful leaders today to break through any barriers that come their way.
The question I’ve been training myself to always ask is, “How can we simplify this?” In other words, “What would this look like if it were easy?” This question alone has saved us hundreds of hours hiring, and allowed us to double our business with half the staff required.
It’s a question that Peter Thiel encourages the people he advises to ask themselves to stretch their limitations and boundaries.
It’s always worth questioning whether the traditional approach is actually the best way or if it appears that way because everyone else is doing it.

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