22 Books That Expand Your Mind and Change The Way You Live

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For the past few years, I’ve formed a habit of asking everyone for book recommendations. It’s one of the habits that has truly changed my life.

Reading is my favorite way to develop my mind because it’s the most effective way to learn something. But not every book changes the way you think. Francis Bacon said it best:

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”

So when I recently stumbled upon a question on Quora that went like this: “What are some books that expand our mind?” I started thinking about the books that had such an impact on me. Because not every book has the same impact.

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I Stopped Working Out Daily. Here’s What Happened.

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For the past three years, I’ve been setting a yearly focus for my life. In 2014, I wanted to work abroad and travel as much as I could. In 2015, I wanted to read more than 100 books in a year. And in 2016, I wanted to work out every day of the year.

I’ve done those things. I love setting a yearly focus because it gives you a clear idea of what you want to do with your time. You’ll be surprised what you can do in a year if you put your mind to it.

This year, my focus is to write more books (even tough it’s not going great, I’m still working on that). But at the same time, I also don’t want to stop reading and working out. 

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Anthony Bourdain’s ‘No Asshole’ Rule: Why Life’s Too Short To Work With Them

Anthony Bourdain

Have you ever turned down a project, job offer, or client just because you didn’t like them? If you haven’t, you’re not the only one.

It takes a lot of guts to turn down money. I remember one time at our family business; my dad refused to sell to a prospect. The team and I didn’t understand it. We thought: “They want to pay good money. Why not accept it?”

“Because they are assholes,” my dad said.

Fair play, I thought. The truth is that it was way more complicated than that. My dad had worked with that company before in the past. And he also knew others who worked with them. Apparently, they were a “supplier hopper.”

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To Everyone Who Feels Behind: Your Work Matters

Your work matters

Sometimes you sit down somewhere — maybe in a coffee shop, at the office, or in front of your TV — and out of nowhere, a thought pops up in your mind:

“Why am I not farther in life than now?”

Maybe you thought you’d have kids by now. A business that would make a lot of money. Or that you were a well-respected person that makes a difference in the world. Maybe you thought you’d own a house by now. And that you had everything figured out.

But none of that shit has happened.

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Give Everything You Do, Everything You’ve Got

What hurts more. The pain of hard work or the pain of regret

Do you know that feeling of waking up tired? Or coming home from a day’s work completely paralyzed by fatigue? Sometimes you just feel like doing nothing, right?

  • “I don’t feel like working.”
  • “I don’t feel like doing groceries.”
  • “I don’t feel like going to the gym.”
  • “I don’t feel like taking public transportation.”

I feel you. I’ve been there. And now and then, I’m still there. But what if I told you that you’re wasting your life with that attitude?

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4 Ideas To Improve Your Creative Thinking

Remember the times when creativity was only for artists? And that creativity was considered a waste of time? Even though that mentality still exists in education, creativity is one of the most valuable skills in today’s complex world.

  • Businesses look for creative employees.
  • Artists all over the world step up their creative game.
  • And entrepreneurs are basically artists in suits.

Creative thinking is a well-respected skill these days. And with enough practice, everyone can think more creatively. But I still meet people all time who say, “I’m not a creative person.” That’s bullshit, and you know it.

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The Importance Of Self-Awareness For Entrepreneurs

The Importance Of Self-Awareness For Entrepreneurs

Are you attracted to entrepreneurship? Does the freedom appeal to you? And does that make you want to start a business of your own?

You’re not the only one.

Ever since Tim Ferriss published The Four Hour Work, in which he introduced the lifestyle business concept, a lot of people are chasing the same dream.

It’s pretty appealing, right? You start a business, automate it, hire a virtual assistant, and make money while you’re sleeping or traveling the world.

Everyone wants that. That’s why a lot of people have made it their business to teach you how to do it. They say things like:

  • “Do these 20 things and you’ll earn six figures.”
  • “Get this online course and you’ll become rich easily without putting in the work!”
  • “I travel the world and make 100K of passive income per month. Here’s how I do it.”
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