Mindset – The New Psychology of Success

There are two basic mindsets:

  1. Fixed Mindset – There is not a lot you can do to change your abilities or intelligence.  Either you have a natural ability to do something our you don’t have that ability.
  2. Growth Mindset – There are some things that are easy for you and other things that are hard.  However, you can grow in your abilities and knowledge through hard work and persistence.

The book teaches you how to develop a growth mindset and use it to improve your life.

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Running a Business in the Zombie Apocalypse

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This is an interesting book.  It’s written from the perspective of a human resources director that must deal with the zombie apocalypse.

It gives advice on how to handle an  employee that has become a zombie and what paperwork the supervisor is required to complete.

It explains how business can remain profitable during the zombie apocalypse by changing its business model and developing innovative weapons for the living consumers.  There is also a section on how to get money from zombies, without risking self injury.

I enjoyed reading this book and found it to be humorous.

The Obesity Code

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This book does have some interesting points and ideas to help people lose weight.  I would sum up the book by saying:

Long term weight loss is possible if we balance our hormones, such as insulin in the body.  Insulin can be balanced through intermittent fasting and eating whole/unprocessed foods.  We should also avoid sugar, snacks, sauces, candy, and desserts.

 

Writing Advice

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Anne Lamott’s book Bird by Bird gives a brief explanation as to how she got into writing as a career and gives advice to those who want to become writers.  It was fun to read and I learned a great deal from it.

Here are a few examples:

  • Good writing is about telling the truth.
  • Break your writing project into short assignments.
  • All first drafts are terrible.
  • Perfectionism will ruin your writing.
  • Life is a series of short stories.

Unconditional Forgiveness

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I enjoyed reading this book.  Here are a few of the things I learned.

  • Forgiveness is not a feeling.  Forgiveness is a choice to end the cycle of revenge and leave justice in the hands of God.
  • Forgiveness seems to have the capacity to alter suffering from something that is purely destructive to something that has profound redemptive qualities.
  • Unforgiveness has a devastating way of eliminating new possibilities.  Everything remains chained to the past, and the suffered injustice becomes the single informing event in the life of the embittered soul.
  • The way of forgives does not forget the past, but through truth and reconciliation it finds a way beyond toxic memory.  It is the way of restorative justice.

Canine Good Citizenship

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This book will teach you everything you need to know to get your dog ready to pass the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test.  While I was reading it, I came across a few interesting ideas that I wanted to share.

  • Use pleasant experiences, such as inducing your dog to sit with a treat.
  • The most important benefit of training your dog is safety.
  • Dogs are social animals, and one of the cruelest forms of punishment is to deprive them of the opportunity to interact with family members.
  •  Well-behaved dogs control their impulses around others and listen to their owners, making the dogs a pleasure to be around.

Regrettable Superheroes

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In his book, “The League of Regrettable Superheroes” Jon Morris covers various superheroes that never gained much popularity.  He also discusses the history of the superhero concept and the role it plays in contemporary culture.

The regrettable superheroes that I found most interesting:

  • Atoman has the ability to explode atoms.
  • The Bouncer can bounce the laziness right out of your soul.
  • Captain Tootsie loves to eat tootsie rolls after a long day of fighting crime.
  • Doll Man can shrink himself to 6 inches in height, which was his only super power.
  • The Eye was “an actual living, speaking, crime-fighting, disembodied, floating giant eyeball.”
  • The Face had a specially designed mask that was skintight.  He was so scary, criminals fainted at the sight of him.
  • Funnyman used to say, “I like the idea of cleaning up on wrong guys with jabs and gags.”
  • The Vagabond Prince dressed like a Jester and spoke with a “pseudo-shakesperian dialogue.”
  • Maggot Man was infested with maggots and he used those maggots to create extra muscle mass.