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k4ir0s   Canada. Jul 15 2020 08:38. Posts 3460
Any recommendations? I like to listen to them while exercising.

Just finished Can't Hurt Me, which I would recommend to anyone looking for change in their lives.

This year has been tough. Quarantine hit me the same time as another breakup. I started a web business last year and was doing good, picking up clients and picking up momentum until it all came to a immediate halt. I need some inspiration; I need to pick myself up again. Success is there for the taking, and I know how to get there. I crunched the numbers and looked the data I accumulated. I need to network with business owners twice a week, and cold call businesses 2-3 hours a day, follow up, do a bit of content marketing and do good work. And the money will come. My ex taught me how to stat a business, so I have her to thank for. The problem is, that money has never been a significant motivator for me. I wish it were.

Ever since I allowed myself to get involved in dating in a meaningful way I have found so much happiness through it. Falling for someone is the greatest feeling. It's something I've been missing my whole life. It just doesn't last. This time it lasted 1 year, and boy was much of that 1 year euphoric. My confidence skyrocketed and I felt so at peace for the first time in a long time. Of course it's unhealthy to depend on someone else for much of my happiness, and that's something I am looking to change. I blogged about this before when all of this started. I just need to learn to be content on my own for now. Relationships are hard. When they work it feels like bliss, but when they end your world can fall apart.

I'm trying to get back into the groove by focusing on fitness again. I neglected much of my fitness goals ever since the gyms closed. It takes another level of discipline to workout at home. Fitness is one of the few things that consistently improves my mood.

You know what's the most frustrating thing? Knowing what you want and knowing what you have to do to get there, yet not doing it because of an elusive block. In the words of Kurt Cobain "Somethings in the way".

/vent





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blackjacki2   United States. Jul 15 2020 14:37. Posts 2343

Believe it or not I was just about to post this exact kind of thread. I've been hiking a lot recently and commuting slightly more and I just got into Joe Rogan's podcast and I just downloaded Audible 4 days ago. For some reason I was under the illusion t hat a typical audio book was like 30 hours long so I never tried them. Now I've learned most seem to be 8ish hour which is not bad at all compared to a typical JRE podcast.

I listened to some of David goggins on JRE. Maybe 30 minutes. Seems like a cool story. I'll save it for when I need some motivation in life, at the moment I'm good.

I just finished Talking with Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. I enjoyed it but I'm also a fan of his other stuff.


k4ir0s   Canada. Jul 15 2020 16:20. Posts 3460


  On July 15 2020 13:37 blackjacki2 wrote:
Believe it or not I was just about to post this exact kind of thread. I've been hiking a lot recently and commuting slightly more and I just got into Joe Rogan's podcast and I just downloaded Audible 4 days ago. For some reason I was under the illusion t hat a typical audio book was like 30 hours long so I never tried them. Now I've learned most seem to be 8ish hour which is not bad at all compared to a typical JRE podcast.

I listened to some of David goggins on JRE. Maybe 30 minutes. Seems like a cool story. I'll save it for when I need some motivation in life, at the moment I'm good.

I just finished Talking with Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. I enjoyed it but I'm also a fan of his other stuff.



Yea I've also been getting into Joe Rogan's podcast. And a few comedy ones. It helps with the lock down isolation. The Goggin's audiobook is 15hrs. Usually I listen to them while exercising.

I dont know what a dt drop is. Is it a wrestling move? -Oly 

RiKD    United States. Jul 15 2020 19:05. Posts 6314

I never understood this craze to like speed up audiobooks and podcasts and listen to them while doing math problems. I can understand a commute. Podcasts/audiobooks on a commute can be lifesavers but the gym? To each his own.

My suggestion:

What are you going to do with that duck? By Seth Godin

It's not actually in audiobook format but I think it would be a really good book for you. It's all blogs so you can pick it up and put it down at your leisure. You can leaf through it. Really do whatever.

I am not really the one to be motivating anyone at the moment. You'll either get through the block or you won't. You will probably be ok either way.

Good tunes.


Daut    United States. Jul 16 2020 03:31. Posts 8913

I have many recommendations. Gonna need some narrowing down by genre though.

What's most appealing to you?
-fantasy
-scifi
-historical fiction
-fiction
-self help
-non fiction, various genres
-history

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Loco   Canada. Jul 16 2020 06:25. Posts 20422

"Just finished Can't Hurt Me, which I would recommend to anyone looking for change in their lives."

Why?

Those who make a peaceful revolution impossible, will make a violent revolution inevitable. 

blackjacki2   United States. Jul 16 2020 11:54. Posts 2343


  On July 16 2020 02:31 Daut wrote:
I have many recommendations. Gonna need some narrowing down by genre though.

What's most appealing to you?
-fantasy
-scifi
-historical fiction
-fiction
-self help
-non fiction, various genres
-history



Personally I want to consume a lot of the classics, i.e. the books that show up on the "100 books to read before you die." The only times I've read those kind of books was in school and my brain wasn't fully developed then and I didn't appreciate them because they were school work and not something I wanted to read in the first place.

But I also plan to alternate a famous classic book with a book just for fun. So I'll take recommendations for anything. I'm typically not a fan of any adventure/fantasy books or history books. I typically prefer non-fiction.

Next book I just started is The Checlist Manifesto by Atul Gawande


  In his latest bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it.

The modern world has given us stupendous know-how. Yet avoidable failures continue to plague us in health care, government, the law, the financial industry—in almost every realm of organized activity. And the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of knowledge today has exceeded our ability as individuals to properly deliver it to people—consistently, correctly, safely. We train longer, specialize more, use ever-advancing technologies, and still we fail. Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument that we can do better, using the simplest of methods: the checklist. In riveting stories, he reveals what checklists can do, what they can’t, and how they could bring about striking improvements in a variety of fields, from medicine and disaster recovery to professions and businesses of all kinds. And the insights are making a difference. Already, a simple surgical checklist from the World Health Organization designed by following the ideas described here has been adopted in more than twenty countries as a standard for care and has been heralded as “the biggest clinical invention in thirty years” (The Independent).


Daut    United States. Jul 16 2020 17:01. Posts 8913


  On July 16 2020 10:54 blackjacki2 wrote:
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Personally I want to consume a lot of the classics, i.e. the books that show up on the "100 books to read before you die." The only times I've read those kind of books was in school and my brain wasn't fully developed then and I didn't appreciate them because they were school work and not something I wanted to read in the first place.

But I also plan to alternate a famous classic book with a book just for fun. So I'll take recommendations for anything. I'm typically not a fan of any adventure/fantasy books or history books. I typically prefer non-fiction.

Next book I just started is The Checlist Manifesto by Atul Gawande


  In his latest bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it.

The modern world has given us stupendous know-how. Yet avoidable failures continue to plague us in health care, government, the law, the financial industry—in almost every realm of organized activity. And the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of knowledge today has exceeded our ability as individuals to properly deliver it to people—consistently, correctly, safely. We train longer, specialize more, use ever-advancing technologies, and still we fail. Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument that we can do better, using the simplest of methods: the checklist. In riveting stories, he reveals what checklists can do, what they can’t, and how they could bring about striking improvements in a variety of fields, from medicine and disaster recovery to professions and businesses of all kinds. And the insights are making a difference. Already, a simple surgical checklist from the World Health Organization designed by following the ideas described here has been adopted in more than twenty countries as a standard for care and has been heralded as “the biggest clinical invention in thirty years” (The Independent).




https://www.businessinsider.com/100-b...e-should-read-amazon-goodreads-2015-3

I've probably read about 50-60% of these.


Highly recommend:
1984
Fahrenheit 451
Animal Farm
A Tale of Two Cities
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Brave New World
Frankenstein
Catch-22
Ender's Game
Game of Thrones (and followups)
The Old Man and the Sea
The Pillars of the Earth (and sequels)
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Slaughterhouse-Five


Recommend:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Hamlet
The Little Prince (I used to practice French)
The Handmaid's Tale
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes


On my to read list:
Wuthering Heights
Anna Karenina
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Crime and Punishment
Siddhartha
The Brothers Karamazov

NewbSaibot: 18 TIMES THE SPEED OF LIGHT. Because FUCK YOU, Daut 

Jelle   Belgium. Jul 17 2020 06:44. Posts 3394

+1 animal farm. I listened to that book on audiobook exhausted after a shitty day of work. I had 1 beer and was lying in a couch and planned to listen to 1 chapter expecting nothing, but it was so weirdly captivating to me I couldn't stop and ran through it in 1 session. It takes like 4 hours I think. I never do any drugs but those 4 hours felt like what I imagine having a good trip feels like. I kept thinking about it for months afterwards.

I also recommend "The hedge knight" if you like the game of thrones books. It's written in a completely different style (much less grim). Just like the main books the characters are amazing and it has a ton of secrets & hints but the payoffs come much more quickly because it's a short story.

Also another tip; it can be fun & healthy to take massive walks while listening. I also try running sometimes but the running seems to take me out of the story.


Trav94   Canada. Jul 17 2020 09:10. Posts 1772

Big fan of these recently.

The Rational Male - Rollo Tomassi
Kindly Inquisitors - Jonathan Rauch

good listens.


blackjacki2   United States. Jul 17 2020 11:36. Posts 2343


  On July 17 2020 05:44 Jelle wrote:
+1 animal farm. I listened to that book on audiobook exhausted after a shitty day of work. I had 1 beer and was lying in a couch and planned to listen to 1 chapter expecting nothing, but it was so weirdly captivating to me I couldn't stop and ran through it in 1 session. It takes like 4 hours I think. I never do any drugs but those 4 hours felt like what I imagine having a good trip feels like. I kept thinking about it for months afterwards.

I also recommend "The hedge knight" if you like the game of thrones books. It's written in a completely different style (much less grim). Just like the main books the characters are amazing and it has a ton of secrets & hints but the payoffs come much more quickly because it's a short story.

Also another tip; it can be fun & healthy to take massive walks while listening. I also try running sometimes but the running seems to take me out of the story.



Read animal farm when I was 14, it's on my list to repeat, especially since its not that long


blackjacki2   United States. Jul 17 2020 11:41. Posts 2343


  On July 16 2020 16:01 Daut wrote:
Show nested quote +



https://www.businessinsider.com/100-b...e-should-read-amazon-goodreads-2015-3

I've probably read about 50-60% of these.


Highly recommend:
1984
Fahrenheit 451
Animal Farm
A Tale of Two Cities
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Brave New World
Frankenstein
Catch-22
Ender's Game
Game of Thrones (and followups)
The Old Man and the Sea
The Pillars of the Earth (and sequels)
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Slaughterhouse-Five


Recommend:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Hamlet
The Little Prince (I used to practice French)
The Handmaid's Tale
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes


On my to read list:
Wuthering Heights
Anna Karenina
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Crime and Punishment
Siddhartha
The Brothers Karamazov



Thanks for the recommendations. I think I will probably average 3 books/month so this is a great start.


Jelle   Belgium. Jul 18 2020 05:23. Posts 3394

Here's another one I really enjoyed, 'Win Bigly' by Scott Adams. It's very politically charged but it can be nice if you want to hear the arguments for the trump side.

The writer is absolutely bonkers - he's the creator of Dilbert (an ancient cartoon) and I think he did too much drugs. His book is kind of a love letter to Donald Trump. He got fired 2x before he came a cartoonist because of diversity (they needed someone of color to reach a quota and he's white), and he has to pay insane taxes because of how rich he is, so I think I can understand how he ended up leaning right. This is just my opinion though, he claims to be completely neutral and open to both parties.

The thing is, he's also very smart and creative. In this book he presents a bunch of ideas that I haven't heard anywhere else. He also re-hashes a bunch of famous ideas though but it's good stuff. I liked the book so much that I also bought his new one ('Loserthink') but I didn't like that one - it didn't have anything original in it imo.

I still don't like Trump but I definitely learned a lot from that one. Sometimes the problem I have with audiobooks is that I end up reading the ones that contain stuff I already know and agree with so I can nod along and say "yeah, exactly, I knew that cause I'm really smart". It's only when your POV gets converted that you really get the max out of it.


blackjacki2   United States. Jul 18 2020 05:48. Posts 2343

very interesting, Jelle. i will look into that


Daut    United States. Jul 18 2020 08:42. Posts 8913


  On July 18 2020 04:23 Jelle wrote:
Here's another one I really enjoyed, 'Win Bigly' by Scott Adams. It's very politically charged but it can be nice if you want to hear the arguments for the trump side.

The writer is absolutely bonkers - he's the creator of Dilbert (an ancient cartoon) and I think he did too much drugs. His book is kind of a love letter to Donald Trump. He got fired 2x before he came a cartoonist because of diversity (they needed someone of color to reach a quota and he's white), and he has to pay insane taxes because of how rich he is, so I think I can understand how he ended up leaning right. This is just my opinion though, he claims to be completely neutral and open to both parties.

The thing is, he's also very smart and creative. In this book he presents a bunch of ideas that I haven't heard anywhere else. He also re-hashes a bunch of famous ideas though but it's good stuff. I liked the book so much that I also bought his new one ('Loserthink') but I didn't like that one - it didn't have anything original in it imo.

I still don't like Trump but I definitely learned a lot from that one. Sometimes the problem I have with audiobooks is that I end up reading the ones that contain stuff I already know and agree with so I can nod along and say "yeah, exactly, I knew that cause I'm really smart". It's only when your POV gets converted that you really get the max out of it.



Scott Adams is frustrating, he's a complete lunatic and almost always argues in bad faith when dealing with politics. I did really like a couple of his books (God's Debris + sequel) and when he was less political his ideas were much more neutral/unbiased.

NewbSaibot: 18 TIMES THE SPEED OF LIGHT. Because FUCK YOU, Daut 

Jelle   Belgium. Jul 19 2020 03:27. Posts 3394

yeah I agree with all of those, lol. I didn't read God's Debris maybe I should check that out


Loco   Canada. Jul 20 2020 06:10. Posts 20422

Here's a special audio-video reading of The Conquest of Bread

Those who make a peaceful revolution impossible, will make a violent revolution inevitable. 

Jelle   Belgium. Jul 21 2020 05:06. Posts 3394

got me loco


Loco   Canada. Jul 21 2020 06:31. Posts 20422

but it's a real reading!

Those who make a peaceful revolution impossible, will make a violent revolution inevitable. 

RiKD    United States. Jul 21 2020 06:42. Posts 6314

I hope she reads the whole book. She's up to chapter 4. She's "taken" unfortunately but she holds a place in my heart.


 
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