Saturday, December 30, 2023

book: Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday (philosophy calendar)

Daily Stoic | Stoic Wisdom For Everyday Life The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living: Featuring new translations of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius eBook: Holiday, Ryan, Hanselman, Stephen: Kindle Store

Stoicism Explained In 3 Minutes - YouTube

"The chief task of the "philosopher" (love of wisdom)
is to determine what is up to as and what's not up to us"

Definition of stoicism: we don't control what happens to us
but we can control how we respond to what happens to us.

Everything that happens is an opportunity to respond with "4 virtues"

  • Courage (bravery, endurance, fortitude) 
  • Justice (fairness, good conduct)
  • Temperance (self discipline, right amount, obtain from things that don't matter)
  • Wisdom (study, life-long education jurney)
"It's not what happens, it's how you respond to what happens"

"What stands in the way becomes a way"

"Practice, be your best self"

"it is not what one says, it is what one does"


  • Focus on what you can control
  • Persist or Resist
  • Be willing to look foolish
  • Focus on choices
  • Control how you respond
  • Cultivate real freedom
  • Seek discomfort (to train yourself)
  • Think about the costs
  • Run your own race
  • Put it all to the test (daily)
  • Celebrate internal wins

Saturday, December 16, 2023

book: The Richest Man in Babylon

 The Richest Man in Babylon: Original 1926 Edition: Clason, George S., Conrad, Charles, Best Success Books: 9781508524359: Books

common sense financial advice which you can apply today,
told through tales and parables from the times of ancient Babylon.

The Richest Man in Babylon - Wikipedia

The Richest Man in Babylon is a 1926 book by George S. Clason that dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set 4,097 years earlier, in ancient Babylon. The book remains in print almost a century after the parables were originally published, and is regarded as a classic of personal financial advice.

"Seven Cures For a Lean Purse"

  1. saving 10% of your annual income to start building up your wealth 
  2. advises against luxury expenditures that ultimately become confused as necessities
  3. to invest and to compound the investment return from these savings
  4. against taking a risk of loss and investing get-rich-quick schemes
  5. buying versus renting your principal residence, and to use your residence to establish a business
  6. having a pension and future retirement income
  7. keep developing your own skills to increase your investing wisdom and also to increase your earnings power

"The Five Laws of Gold"

  1. Gold cometh gladly and in increasing quantity to any man who will put by not less than one-tenth of his earnings to create an estate for his future and that of his family.
  2. employment, multiplying even as the flocks of the field.
  3. Gold clingeth to the protection of the cautious owner who invests it under the advice of men wise in its handling
  4. Gold slippeth away from the man who invests it in businesses or purposes with which he is not familiar or which are not approved by those skilled in its keep.
  5. Gold flees the man who would force it to impossible earnings or who followeth the alluring advice of tricksters and schemers or who trusts it to his own inexperience and romantic desires in investment.
  • The Gold Lender of Babylon. Better a little caution than a great regret.
  • The Walls of Babylon. We cannot afford to be without adequate protection.
  • The Camel Trader of Babylon. Where the determination is, a way can be found.

Full text of The Richest Man in Babylon @ Internet Archive

Saturday, December 9, 2023

book: The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure: 9780470627600: Cardone, Grant: Books


The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone Book Summary | Philosopher's Notes

PNTV: The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone (#230) - YouTube 
by Brian Johnson (

Heroic Interview: How to 10x Your Life with Grant Cardone - YouTube

Book Summary: The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone by James Clear (Atomic Habits)

The 10X Rule: You must set targets for yourself that are 10X more than what you think you want and then take 10X the action you think is required to get there.
  • Common mistake 1: setting your sights too low.
  • Common mistake 2: underestimating how much action is required.
  • Common mistake 3: spending too much time competing and not enough time dominating their sector.
  • Common mistake 4: underestimating the amount of adversity they will have to overcome.

The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone: Summary and Notes - Dan Silvestre

“As long as you are alive,
you will either live to accomplish your own goals and dreams
or be used as a resource to accomplish someone else’s.”

book's web site

Grant Cardone - 10X Your Business, 10X Your Income, 10X Your Life

Saturday, December 2, 2023

book: Hidden Potential by Adam Grant

Hidden Potential – Adam Grant

Books – Adam Grant

Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things: Grant, Adam: 9780593653142: Books

excellent podcast interview with the author!

Dr. Adam Grant: How to Unlock Your Potential, Motivation & Unique Abilities - Huberman Lab

Dr. Adam Grant: How to Unlock Your Potential, Motivation & Unique Abilities - YouTube

"Dr. Adam Grant, Ph.D., a professor of organizational psychology at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an expert in the science and practical steps for increasing motivation, maximizing and reaching our potential, and understanding how individuals and groups can best flourish. He is also an avid public educator, having written five bestselling books, delivered several top-ranking TED Talks and is the host of two psychology podcasts."


"everyone, not just geniuses and superstars, can achieve great things, providing a three-part framework for developing character skills, sustaining long-term motivation, and designing opportunity systems that allows anyone to grow, learn, and reach their highest heights."

Grant suggests there are 3 key pieces to the latent power–puzzle: 
character skills, sustaining motivation, and systems of opportunity. 
  • Developing your character begins with starting before you feel ready.
  • Progress often feels like going in circles — that’s normal, just keep going.
  • “Brainwriting” is a better technique to produce results in a group than brainstorming meetings.

Book Briefing: 'Hidden Potential' by Adam Grant | Time