Originals by Adam Grant

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I have a tendency to be a non-conformists, so I was drawn to this book.  The author explains the advantages and disadvantages of being an original.  He also gives common characteristics of originals.

  1. Originals question the status quo.
  2. Originals generate a large number of ideas, knowing not all them will work.
  3. Originals try new things.
  4. Originals seek positive and negative feedback from their peers.

The Born Again Runner

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In his book, Pete Magill, talks about how developing a running habit transformed his life.  The book is interesting, because it is filling with personal/inspirational stories and has a lot of great technical information on running.

Here are a few of my favorite points from the book:

  • The act of running is a learned skill, not an innate one, and endurance is earned through weeks and months of training, not through birthright.
  • Success in a running program demands patience and planning.
  • Run first.  Then buy gear and gadgets as your training requires.  It’s a mental thing.  You’re either starting your running program, or you’re delaying it.
  • By starting a running program, you are exercising your power to become the person you want to be.  Don’t relinquish that power-not for a second-to the infrequent negative comment.
  • The fastest way to become a successful runner is to take your time.  Slower gets you there faster.  Faster seldom gets you there at all.
  • To expect change in the future without instigating that change today is like expecting a flower to blossom from a seed that was never planted.  The time to implement change is the present.  It’s right now.

Everyone Communicates Few Connect

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This is an excellent book on how to truly connect and communicate with the people around you.

These are my favorites points made by the author.

  • It’s not enough just to work hard.  It’s not enough to do a great job.  To be successful, you need to learn how to really communicate with others.
  • Connecting is the ability to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases your influence with them.
  • When you connect with others, you position yourself to make the most of your skills and talents.
  • Mutual concern creates connection between people.
  • Connection always begins with a commitment to someone else.
  • Connectors connect on common ground.  It is difficult to find common ground with others when the only person you’re focused on is yourself.
  • In the end, people are persuaded not by what we say, but by what they understand.
  • People will not always remember what you said or what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel.
  • When you make a commitment, you create hope.  When you keep a commitment, you create trust.

The Ultimate Weight Solution by Dr. Phil McGraw

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This book discusses seven key areas in the weigh loss journey.

  1. How to develop self-control
  2. How to control emotional eating 
  3. How to control external pressures
  4. How to develop new habits
  5. How to pick better foods
  6. How to develop an exercise program 
  7. How to develop a support system 

I enjoyed reading this book.  I also found the information to be helpful in my quest to loss weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

The Diabetes Reset by George L. King, M.D.

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I don’t have diabetes, but I decided to read this book anyway.  It is full of information on how to improve your diet and live a healthier lifestyle.

Dr. King is a huge advocate for the “Rural Asian Diet.”  This is a diet of mostly high-fiber carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables.  This diet helps with weight loss and reduces risk of diabetes or can help control diabetes.

He also talked about the importance of monitoring and recording your calorie intake to help maintain a healthy weight.

I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone interesting in living a healthy lifestyle.

 

Life Changing Book

The first book that changed my life forever, wasn’t an inspirational or motivational book.  The author is not a guru of any type.  The first book that changed my life forever, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.

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I have dyslexia and the school I was attending used phonics to teach us to read.  I have nothing against phonics, but it is a horrible way to teach a child with dyslexia.  However, that information was not known at the time.

I also have a hearing disability that made it impossible for me to differentiate some of the vowel sounds.

What a combination?  It’s no wonder I struggled learning to read and lost the desire to even try.

I was in forth grade and the teacher decided to read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to the class.  Each day, she would read a couple of chapters.  I would close my eyes and picture the story in my mind.  It was my favorite part of the day.

When she finished reading the book, I felt lost.  I wanted to know more about Peter and his brother.  I went to the library and eventually read all the books they had by Judy Blume.  After I ran out of Judy Blume books, I started to read books by Beverly Cleary.  Next I was ready about Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew.

It was a struggle at first, but the more time I spent reading the better I got.  I didn’t know it at the time, but the most effective way to teach someone with my set of disabilities to read was through a method of repetitive sight reading.  Since I fell in love with stories, that is exactly what I was doing.

It was Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing that motivated me to develop my reading skills and gave me a love for books.  It changed my life forever.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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I read Pride and Prejudice many years ago, but I didn’t like it.  However, the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies took a boring story and made it a bit more interesting by adding zombies.

My favorite character in the book is Elizabeth Bennet.  She is an expert zombie killer and well trained in the deadly arts.  She is also outspoken, confident, and courageous.  Elizabeth Bennet is completely different from the average women of the 19th century and that is why she appeals to me.