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This page contains a list of books that transformed my life.
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All books on this page have been carefully selected and I've experimented with ideas in them to inspire my own productivity system — the FLOFIX Planner.
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The Master Your Matrix
Getting Things Done
This book is a super-practical-productivity-manual. (Say that five times fast.)
It's all about clearing your head of thoughts, so that you have the freedom to think and be stress free!
It's geared towards busy professionals with loads of strategies such as the 2-Minute Rule, which is employed in the FLOFIX Planner.
The 10X Rule
If you wanna to achieve massive goals, you need to take massive action!
To be honest, I did feel there was a lot of filler, but there are very insightful nuggets of information peppered throughout.
I highly recommend the audiobook version because you get to hear the author read his book with 10X enthusiasm. It's a pleasure to listen to. LOL
The title originally put me off because it sounded overly scientific. But I gave it a read because of the glowing reviews.
What was amazing about this book was that it attempts to establish very practical processes that you can apply when you want to improve certain skills that are challenging to you.
Ultimately, the author doesn't prioritize lofty goals, but encourages you to identify who you are and your motivations... and then apply a system for success.
After reading this book, you'll feel more confident about tackling goals since a 1% (atomic) improvement over time compounds into significant results!
A mystical masterpiece about a boy who travels the world searching for a treasure.
It may be a parable, but it's also a clever self-improvement book about overcoming your fears and discovering your personal legend.
I read this book to give me confidence to travel the world.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Life-altering lessons are in this bad boy. It focuses on several positive-attitude principles.
This is where I discovered the Eisenhower Decision Matrix. I was impressed with many of the tips the author revealed about relationships. "Seek first to understand... then to be understood."
So true, as most people get into endless arguments because they're trying to push their point across, which usually results in the other person simply ignoring them.
Science and philosophy in this one.
The FLOFIX system is about entering the "state of flow" and this book goes deep into the science of what makes us happy — engaging in an activity that allows you to break free from your self-conscious mind and entering into the the zone where time ceases to exist.
Basically, it's about the psychology of a badass.
The Power of Habit
Total reality-shift after I read this one. Admittedly, it seemed like it was going to be a boring book... boy was I mind-blown.
I love how the author masterfully describes emotional stories in relation to habits that unfold in the manner of a psychological thriller.
It explores patients with brain damage using their subconscious to function properly, winning the Superbowl with mental hacks, how the civil rights movement escalated, the success of Alcoholics Anonymous, and many more emotional stories that involve habits altering reality on a personal and social level.
The part about Target department stores freaked me out!
The 4-Hour Workweek
Clearly written for young tech industry guys. This is basically a self-help manual for doing less work and maximizing your productivity.
It's all about leverage and it's filled with many great life hacks. There are also some questionable devious tricks in here that seem like cheating.
I'm more about deep work and getting into the flow state, but overall I love the concept of the "New Rich" who don't value money as much as they value their time and mobility.
The whole book is about utilizing leverage with minimal effort for maximum results and delegating as much crap as you can.
The DNA of the book is pretty much based on the 80/20 Pareto Principle, which the FLOFIX Planner uses.
The Sleep Revolution
A great reference material on the science of sleep.
I was a bit disappointed in the way it was written. I wanted to hear more of the author's wisdom, but I got a barrage of random stories and facts exploring sleep from every dang story angle possible.
It felt like a really long newspaper article, but you do get very interesting information. I highly recommend this one for the sleep-deprived.
It will wake you the fudge up. Wait a sec... it will make you not want to wake up and sleep as much as you can because your life depends on it. (Not joking, your life depends on sleep.)
The ONE Thing
This compact book packs a mega punch. The philosophy of the ONE thing is pretty fantastic.
I personally loved the sections on why you need to get out of your comfort zone to achieve goals and how the authors break down various perspectives on problem-solving.
There's a great mental hack in it that Jerry Seinfeld used to stay motivated to write jokes everyday.
The Organized Mind
A fantastic compliment to Getting Things Done. It delves deeper into the brain science of organization.
(He also, wrote a stellar book about your brain on music.)
Compared to other self-development books, this one is actually entertaining and goes into how things are organized in your home, in your workplace, at the store, and in your own dang mind.
There are plenty of practical tips and one of which I adopted to refine my GTD note taking system is to use the same sized note paper in your office, car, home, bedside table, etc.
Before neuro-linguistic programming emerged in the 1970's and Tony Robbins made it mainstream, there was Psycho-Cybernetics.
Written in 1960, it made its impact in an era where "positive thinking" was still an esoteric concept!
During that time scientists were trying to develop self-guided missiles and in that research they happened to draw conclusions on how the human mind worked; set a goal, take off, and then continuously correct your path until you reach your target.
I read this book in the subways of New York on my commute to work and it gave me the confidence to make it in the Big Apple on my own.
A Book of Five Rings
Back in San Francisco when I trained in martial arts and did everything from Wing Chun Kung Fu, Judo, Capoeira, and Fencing, I also read up on martial art philosophy.
Apparently, this book is used to gain insight on business strategy on Wall Street. Kinda of nuts to apply this... to that, in my honest opinion.
I mean, this book was written by a crazy samurai who left the world behind and sat in his man cave to forge this book about achieving perfection in technique as well as perfection in one's soul.
In retrospect, I have used the ideas in this book to accelerate in my career in Hollywood... without stabbing anyone in the back.
I know I just contradicted myself... at the same time, the idea of "martial arts" is also a contradiction.
The concept of the FLOFIX Strike System is inspired from swordplay!
The War of Art
Wow. This is my first book on self-improvement that I have ever read. I discovered on a date in Berkeley, CA and just the title alone drew me to it.
Being a young, broke, and angst filled struggling artist in San Francisco I found direction in life reading this book of badassery.
It's written in the style of a military strategy manual. (The author was in the Marines.)
A forced called Resistance permeates every page and the author defines it and describes how to defeat it. I even integrated that idea in one of the FLOFIX quadrants!
This mighty book is not for everyone as it will roundhouse kick everyone in the face who reads it.
Dude, I resisted reading a Tony Robbins book for the longest time. As a child of the 80's I saw him on TV every weekend.
Eventually, I finally took a chance on this after running out of self-development books to read and OMG was I thoroughly impressed.
I mean every page is loaded with life-altering insights and practical knowledge. It's a thick book, with no filler.
I know there are more trendy titles to get into with titles that include the words badass or the f-word... (which I have read and they're good) but this book from the 80's will make you want to put on a denim jacket, white sneakers and start getting your self-conscious sabotaging thoughts in a chokehold of unlimited power, my friend.
7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness
A classic book from a legendary motivational speaker. The wisdom found in here are truly "power ideas". Rohn even mentored Tony Robbins.
His book is literally loaded with motivational quotes on every page.
“The "guy" says, “I’ve got ten years’ experience. I don’t know why I’m not doing better.” What he hasn’t realized is that he doesn’t have ten years’ experience. What he has is one year’s experience repeated ten times. He hasn’t made a single improvement, a single innovation in nine years!"
His emotional examples and thoughts will resonate with you long after reading this spiritual book.
This one is a bit crazy and a mind flip.
If you follow the ideas and action items Robert Anton Wilson recommends at the end of every chapter, you may find yourself disrupting your belief system.
"Reality-tunnel" is my favorite term that I pulled from this little devil. Basically, your subconscious mind creates your reality based on programmed beliefs and past experiences. Therefore, everyone has their own perception... of the same objective truth.
That to me, opened up my mind to why people have different viewpoints and why some people you encounter in life may be more compatible than others, depending on where your reality-tunnels connect and diverge. Deep stuff.
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