Reading List for July 2016

Alright, I know the reading list is short this month, and it will be for the next 2 months also. If you didn’t see the note from last month about my 90-day challenge, or the update I made about it already, check it out.

The TL;DR version: I’m doing P90X combined with daily meditation and attempting to increase my productivity for 3 months. That means I have less time to read, but more importantly I’m trying to prioritize the other stuff, and therefore not making the time to read like I was.

So, without any more bullshit, here’s what I read this month:

Choose Yourself by James Altucher: I didn’t love this one. I don’t like Altucher’s writing style, and for all the hype this book had, I felt it didn’t deliver past the book title. Altucher has some great stories and bits of advice though, so check it out anyway.

Muhammad Ali: A Tribute to the Greatest by Thomas Hauser: Just okay. Most of this seems to be pieces of previous work newly repackaged. Maybe all of it is. The bio I read last month was better, but was written in the 70s. I wanted another one that covered everything since then, and I guess this was it.

The Golden Rules: 10 Steps to World-Class Excellence in Your Life and Work by Bob Bowman (audio): Good, quick read. You get a “rule”, followed by anecdotes and sub-heads. So really there are a fuckload of rules if you count all of the parts. I left those out, but here are the “10 steps”:
1. A champion sets a “dream big” vision.
2. Adopt an “all-in” attitude, not a “get out” one.
3. Take risks – and then enjoy the rewards.
4. Short-term goals lead to long-term success.
5. Live the vision every day.
6. A team approach can bring individual success.
7. Stay motivated over the long haul.
8. Adversity will make you stronger.
9. When the time comes, perform with confidence.
10. Celebrate your achievement, then decide what’s next.

The Success System That Never Fails by W. Clement Stone (audio): Every time I read this book I get new ideas and pick up on more things I should be doing. I don’t know if that’s a comment on my inability to implement things I already know, or if the book is just written in a way that lets me see myself in it. It doesn’t matter, really. When you find something that works for you, stick with it.

So yeah, that’s it. Crazy how I would now consider reading a book a week a big failure. Something else to note: there’s no fiction on this list. The thing that gets cut out first is the candy.