6 Books to Move You Forward

6 Books to Move You Forward

I recorded this video, where I talk about striking a balance between Eckhart Tolle and Jocko Willink. In other words, a balance between meditation and working your ass off to crush the competition. You can meditate yourself stupid (I view meditation as a benign drug. You can use it to escape from reality instead of getting your shit together) the same way you can work yourself to death and be a miserable millionaire.

The correct balance will depend on what kind of guy you are. I’m naturally laid back and I love to put in just enough work to get by. So I like Jocko to kick me in the ass. However, if you’re the type of guy who puts in the twelve hour days but has a hard time chilling the fuck out and enjoying life, then you need some more Tolle. As always, think for yourself and read as much as you can.

A Kick in the Ass

  1. Extreme Ownership – If you suck, take ownership of that situation and figure out a way to improve. If you’re really fucking good, figure out how you can get better. To be number one means working harder than everyone else in the room. Jocko is the man and this book is good not only for the lessons, but for the war stories.
  2. Relentless – I was talking to my buddy about this book. I told him, yeah, the author is a personal trainer. He works with guys like Kobe and other elite athletes. It’s fucking nuts man, how hard he pushes guys. Hell you don’t even have to buy the book, I’ll sum up the entire thing in one sentence: work harder than every other motherfucker out there.
  3. Mastery – Robert Greene doesn’t sugarcoat it, the guys (and girls) who reach mastery as the ones who put in the hours. Decades worth of practice. It’s a way more thorough approach to the subtleties of mastery than Mastery by George Leonard or Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (the book in which he discusses the 10,000 hour rule).

Chill the Fuck out

  1. The Power of Now – A classic in the “spiritual” sphere, this book has almost 5,000 positive 5 star ratings on Amazon because it’s solid. It does what it states, it talks about presence and the practical steps that you can take to attain it. While I read the book twice, I found it especially beneficial to listen to it in audio.
  2. Wherever You Go, There You Are – I enjoyed this book because it helped me to realize how you can bring meditation into all aspects of your life, it doesn’t just have to be something that you do for twenty minutes in the morning.
  3. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It – This book is super short. I listened to the audio version and it was only about an hour twenty or so. I’ll summarize the entire thing for you: love yourself more, hate yourself less. Easier said than done aye. We’re often much harder on ourselves than we would be on any of our friends.
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