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Default 18-10-2017, 12:11 PM

People keep trying to tell you something, Dan.


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Default 23-11-2017, 08:52 PM

Went to the book store for my lunch today.

Picked up a smallish book called 9 things successful people do differently and read all 90 pages.

Unsurprisingly, it was 9 chapters. Each chapter consisting about 10 pages.

#1 Get Specific

#2 Seize the Moment to Act on Your Goals

#3 Know Exactly How Far You Have Left to Go

#4 Be a Realistic Optimist

#5 Focus on Getting Better, Rather Than Being Good

#6 Have Grit

#7 Build Your Willpower Muscle

#8 Don't Tempt Fate

#9 Focus on What You Will do, Not What You Won't Do


Money saved - £11... Although the book is not worth that kind of money. I was actually amazed the author has put a £10.99 price tag on a 90 page book that I read in less than 30 minutes during a lunch break.


Probably gunna try to do this at least once a week; use my lunch hour to pop in to a book store, pick a short, punchy, motivational/psychology/business book, read it and return to work a tiny bit smarter than I was an hour beforehand.


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Default 29-12-2017, 08:15 PM

Just finished..

Sway - The irresistible pull of irrational behaviour

Which wasn't so much of a self-development book but more of an entertaining collection of true stories and anecdotes regarding people doing crazy things, backed up by evidence as to why these behaviours occurred.

As a Psychology student this was a decent, interesting book on the human mind and behaviour.


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Default 09-06-2018, 07:03 PM

So now that my damn studies are out of the way I've been able to pick up a book again.

Currently I'm reading The Magic of Thinking BIG by David J. Schwartz.

Instead of doing what I used to do - powering my way through loads of books in short spaces of time, like Jonny fucking 5 - I took the advice that K was always trying to drum into my head; read, then apply what you've read. Which I've been doing since I started reading this current book.

I read at least a chapter every day. Each chapter has within it recommended steps you can take in order to start changing the way you're thinking/what you believe/how you behave/react etc. I find myself consciously reminding myself during the day at the office, of those specific actions from the book I chose to work on, and applying myself as necessary. Not only that, but some of the advice in the book that's meant for the reader, I've witnessed in other people too..

For instance, we had a comms session the other day with a senior, senior manager who was up for the day. During his presentation he decided to ask for ideas on a video we'd just watched, then he pressed on those of us who contributed, and some people who didn't. He could have not bothered, but he did. This was almost entirely a replication of an example/case study I'd read about in the book of this guy from a huge company extracting information, ideas and criticisms from his employees, during a similar scenario. It was kinda cool to see in action, something I'd read about the night before.

I've built up such an awesome collection of amazing books, and I'm excited to read them all. But, I'm even more excited to actually use the knowledge to my advantage rather than passively reading all these great books just for the sake of reading them, and not doing anything useful with the information. I'll even be able to re-read the books I already have done, because I didn't do fuck-all with the quality content they possessed within them. It was unproductive of me to think it was somehow making me smarter just because I could say I read 10 great books in 6 weeks, but it was ultimately pointless. Kowalski was right in saying I'd be just as well off reading fiction.


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Default 04-07-2018, 11:43 PM

Just read The Mystery Method over a couple of nights.

I did read it back in 2011 when I "discovered" pick-up but didn't really read it properly.

Not that it matters, a lot of it is stuff we cringe at now - pulling out a piece of paper and a pen to have a girl do the ten words challenge, anyone?

But there's no denying that there's some useful shit in there too. Some that spring to mind, or struck a chord with me having just finished the book are..


1 Proximity IOI signals, even those that may be unconscious on the girls part - we've all seen this before at some point, and we're unsure whether to approach or not, and we didn't

2 'Pecking' - Leaning in when talking or listening, which is something I realised I sometimes do and must stop. Keep body language solid overall.

3 Walking in, or around the venue scoping out girls - circling the room in a predatory fashion.. The most important spot in the room is your spot

4 Don't be the guy/s standing there trying to look cool. Be the energetic guy/s that everyone want's to look at/be with (This is what I experienced a few weeks ago when guys and girls were fist bumping and hugging me)


There's a lot more of course, I'm not going to type an exhaustive list of everything, but the book made me aware I was making some mistakes through certain actions, that I'll now put a stop to.


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