Thoughts and Quotes from “Tribe” by Sebastian Junger

Trive

This book was given to me by a great friend with the inscription “To another member of the Tribe”. Of course the short read jumped to the top of my queue. If I am part of a tribe, I want to know more about my team.

In this book the author seeks to shed light on mental illness and other life stressers as they relate to modern society’s absence of community. The avenue utilized for example centers around active military duty and PTSD. While I do not agree with all of the theories that arise, the book was practical and insightful – a worthy read.

Here are a few quotes I marked along the way:

Thoughts and quotes from “Freakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Numbers tend to lie less badly than people do.

Freakonomics

I am little behind the curve on this one. The book was originally published in 2005. I have heard it referenced many times thought the years. I finally read it in 2019.

I enjoyed this book a lot. In fact, it made me wonder if I had missed my intended calling as a psychiatry-economics-sociologist. The book takes on multiple sets of assumptions and asks, “Is common thought, factual thought?” or “Is there a better explanation for this?”

Here are a few of the quotes I noted 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.

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“The Ruler’s Guide” by Chinghua Tang

The Ruler's Guide

There are many good beginnings, but few food endings.

After a discussion on leadership, this book was given to me by a friend and co-worker – David Cable. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and would recommended to anyone interested in fundamental, practical leadership principles.

We all know that getting to the top is difficult and staying there is even harder. Through the years great empires faced a 4 century lifecycle.  This 400 year lifespan has played out many times over throughout history. Given that the United States is about 240 years down this path, one can conclude that we are most likely on the downhill path toward a major fall.

While history is a good teacher, I do not believe it serves as an infallible prophet of all things to come. Is it possible to break this cycle? Can a world leader survive?

Beyond that, can any entity sustain at the peak beyond the historic cycles? Continue reading ““The Ruler’s Guide” by Chinghua Tang”

“The President is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

The President is MissingI have generally said, “It’s not worth reading if I don’t need a pen for underlining and making notes while reading.” Well, I read this one anyway. I haven’t read a political thriller, fiction novel in at least a decade. My interest in this one was peaked by the collaboration of Clinton and Patterson. As these types of books go, this was a good one. It was a quick and fun read. The redeeming quality for the time I spent came in the last chapter, written by Clinton. Here we gain some insight into the heart of a man that I rarely agreed with politically, but always respected as a strategist and leader.