Thoughts and Quotes from “Atomic Habits” by James Clear

Atomic HabitsChange can take years before it happens all at once.

I stopped by the local bookstore to pick up my next read. The entrance display showcased this recently released book. The mental warfare against myself that week drew my attention to the title. I picked it up, read the cover-slip, and put it back with a smirk – “I don’t need this self-help crap.”

From there, I headed to the business section where true intellectual entrepreneurs seek knowledge and sharpen their edge. To my surprise, the book was also showcased here. My suppressed superstitions were awakened as my mind whispered, “It must be a sign.” I purchased the book and made my way to the airport. Continue reading “Thoughts and Quotes from “Atomic Habits” by James Clear”

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

I picked this up as part of my desire to understand more about the history of socialism. I fully expected to find everything written repugnant, but found this was not the case. The core ideology, however misguided, is simply the outcry of the less fortunate, oppressed class (proletariat) against the ruling class (bourgeoisie). While the terms have changed, the opposition between the haves and have nots continues today.

I find of utmost interest that the earliest movements of socialism were based on a fully nationalistic mindset whereas today’s socialist are very anti-nationalism. Continue reading “The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels”

Thoughts and Quotes from “The Second Mountain” by David Brooks

The subtitle to this book is “The Quest for a Moral Life”. Based on that alone, I would have never planned to read this book. I am a fan of David Brooks, but I am not an advocate of performance based spirituality. This book cover leads me to believe that the book falls squarely into that exact category of religious literature. No thanks!

So, why did I read the book?

I have a great friend and mentor in my life. He brilliantly guides me and causes me to think through a calculated process of questions and conversation. If my recollection is correct, he has never given me a directive. Yet, at the end of a recent lunch, he closed with, “What are you reading?” … “Read The Second Mountain by David Brooks next.” That was it. No explanation. No conversation. Just instruction.

I heeded. I am glad I did. Continue reading “Thoughts and Quotes from “The Second Mountain” by David Brooks”

Thoughts and Quotes from “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell is one of my favorite authors. To my knowledge, I have read everything he has published. The style of this book is somehow different than Gladwell’s previous works. Somehow he is able to morph himself into something completely different with no loss to magnificence.

Best read of the 2019!

It’s hard to capture the essence of a story book in a collection of quotes; nonetheless, here are a few quotes I marked along the way:

“Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

For all the definitions, descriptions, and characterizations of leaders, there are only two that matter: effective and ineffective. Effective leaders led successful teams that accomplish their mission and win. Ineffective leaders do not.

Continue reading ““Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin”