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On the show I breakdown the books I have read and reviewed. Each month I release a monthly podcast going into more depth on the books I have reviewed.

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Letters From A Stoic by Seneca (Oct 13th, 2018)

Stoic philosophy is one in which logic and reason are greater than emotion. The letters of Seneca to his student Lucillius speak of the reasons why this is the case. The topics of the letters range from friendship, wealth, the world and eventually to death. The topics discussed are broad and filled with complexity to show the reader the depth of reasoning that the stoic philosophy has. I will admit that this is one of most mentally exhaustive books I have read. It requires the full attention ...

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How To Write Your Book Without A Fuss by Lucy McCarraher and Joe Gregory (Oct 9th, 2018)

Writing a book can be daunting whether it is your first or your tenth. The steps are unclear without proper guidance from professionals. This is where this book fills that role. It gives prospective writers the knowledge necessary to plan, prepare, write and publish their book. Using the A.U.T.H.O.R and W.R.I.T.E.R model, prospective authors have the framework to write a book that delivers the maximum amount of value to the reader. As someone who predominantly reads, it is nice to find out ab...

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Mastery By Robert Greene (Oct 3rd, 2018)

Becoming the best is difficult, and rightly so, but how can you do so? This is the questions this book seeks to answer. In this book, Greene expresses the areas that ‘true’ masters focus on to become the best. A rigorous development in the apprenticeship phase, followed by years of intensive output, capped off with concentrated dedication is the formula laid out in this book. As easy as it may sound the historical references to Einstein, Mozart and De Vinci show the process is far from easy. ...

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A Little History Of Economics by Niall Kishtainy (Sep 25th, 2018)

Understanding the origins of economics can be a critical tool in laying the foundations for international business, trade and socio-economic development. Kishtainy in this book aims to give an insight into the fundamental milestones that formed what we now term economics. The impact of economists such as Smith and Keynes is explained in this book, alongside many others. What I learnt from this book is that the economics that we know today didn't come into existence with ease. The trials and t...

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August Book Review Recap (Sep 12th, 2018)

In this months episode, the month of August, I will be discussing. '12 Rules for Life: An Antidote To Chaos' by Dr. Jordan B. Peterson (5*), 'Entrepreneur Revolution' by Daniel Priestley (3*) and 'Perennial Seller' by Ryan Holiday (4*).

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Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday (Sep 7th, 2018)

This book seeks to shed some light on the elements that go into creating works that last the test of time. From the inception of the idea to its completion and marketing, this book covers all angles if you want to put yourself into a position to create a perennial seller. As a person you loves to create, I found this book valuable as a way manual to create long-lasting products. The appealing factor was as much as you believe that luck plays a factor, as it should, to create a perennial selle...

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12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos by Jordan.B.Peterson (Aug 23rd, 2018)

Dr Peterson presents 12 principles that we should all be aware of in this book. The rules vary widely. However, the complexity and depth of his arguments remain constant throughout the book. From developing on the thoughts of famous psychologists such as Freud and Jung, to explaining the moral virtues within a myriad of different religions. This book prepares the reader for the challenges that will inevitably come during this life. The impact of this book comes from its directness towards the...

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Behind The Book #1 - Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss (Aug 11th, 2018)

An in depth discussion of Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (Aug 9th, 2018)

This book is a brief history into our development as humans from the plains of Africa to our current place in the animal kingdom. It analyses what steps we took to get there as a species and the challenges we faced along the way. The book highlights the impact that the Agricultural revolution and the Industrial revolution had on technology, business and population growth. It gives the reader an indication of our past whilst also briefly telling what the future may hold for us. I enjoyed readi...

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The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss (Aug 4th, 2018)

This book is a revolutionary insight into how we see our own working lives. Ferriss explains that in order to live the life of what he terms the ‘New Rich’ we need to create a structure around us that allows us to be absent from our work yet reap the financial benefits. Ferriss suggests that we make the best use of automated services such as outsourcing personal assistants to reduce costs when initially establishing a business. Focus on increasing productivity during the work day by prioritis...

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July Book Review Recap (Aug 1st, 2018)

In this months episode, the month of July, I will be discussing 'The Obstacle Is The Way' by Ryan Holiday (5*), 'The Ask GaryVee Book' by Gary Vaynerchuk (4*), 'The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck' by Mark Manson (5*), 'Blockchain Revolution' by Don and Alex Tapscott (4*) and 'Tribe of Mentors' by Tim Ferriss (5*).

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Tribe Of Mentors by Tim Ferriss (Jul 31st, 2018)

Learning from the world's best is a smart thing to do but finding condensed resources to acquire this information is hard. Ferriss, like in his previous bestseller 'Tools of Titans', details interviews with extraordinary people to find out what makes them so. Unlike his previous book, Tribe of Mentors focusses mainly on five questions that the interviewees answer. The specificity allows the guest to go into a bit more depth than a standard interview, giving the reader more value. The result i...

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Blockchain Revolution by Don and Alex Tapscott (Jul 31st, 2018)

Understanding how Blockchain can revolutionise the world we live in is a topical argument at the moment. This book addresses the origin story as well as its potential strengths and weaknesses. A new phenomenon, Blockchain caused a storm from the successes of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, by peeling back the curtain, you can see that this is only the tip of the iceberg. This book aims to assess all the potential uses for Blockchain technology as the platforms develop ...

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The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson (Jul 29th, 2018)

The world we live in demands much from us, leading many to care too much about the things that surround them. How do we care less? Simple, Don't! Manson describes principles that we can all use to create a life on our terms, not beholden to others' influence or demands. The philosophical nature of his arguments is similar to reading academic literature on philosophy but told amusingly and provocatively. Do not be put off by the title. The arguments and thoughts of the author are profound, sug...

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In Depth - Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker (Jul 28th, 2018)

An in-depth look at Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker from June's Book Review Recap

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Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari (Jul 27th, 2018)

A follow up to Yuval's previous bestseller 'Sapiens', Homo Deus seeks to theorise how humans will evolve in the 21st century surrounded by new technologies. The book describes how humans who had once conquered and were in control of the world, are reaching a point in our evolution where machines and more specifically algorithms run our lives. The agricultural and industrial revolution has now become the humanist revolution where humans facilitate and dictate their divine nature. The book also...

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In Depth - Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday (Jul 26th, 2018)

An in-depth look into Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday from the June Book Review Recap.

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In Depth - Key Person of Influence by Daniel Priestley (Jul 25th, 2018)

An in-depth look from June's podcast on Key Person of Influence by Daniel Priestley

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In Depth - How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (Jul 25th, 2018)

A clip from my June monthly podcast on in-depth look at How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (Jul 24th, 2018)

Duhigg explores why we do what we do and how to change certain habits that we have. The book explains how our brains form habit usually driven by a Cue, Routine and Reward mechanism known as a ‘habit loop’. Scientific discoveries studying both animals and humans have described the brains flexibility when adapting to new habits. By understanding the causes of habit formation, we are better able to change them to positively affect our lives. Duhigg does a wonderful job writing this book. He giv...

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