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Scott Adams’ Persuasion Reading List

by josephwrichards on December 30, 2015, one comment

Scott Adams caught my attention when he appeared on Tim Ferriss’ podcast in September, mostly for his comments on Trump. But that lead me to read his post on the persuasion reading list. Because I think persuasion is such a vital skill, I have since been working my way through some of the books on his

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Meditation/Mindfulness

by josephwrichards on December 19, 2015, no comments

The following are resources for teaching meditiation/mindfulness. We listened to Tim Ferriss’ podcast on the The Magic Of Mindfulness while on vacation and really liked the things he mentioned. Specifically we’ve tried the 21 Day No Complaint wristband experiment and the morning/nightly journaling. The practices he mentioned are below; 21 Day No Complaint Wristband Experiment Practice Poverty

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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

by josephwrichards on December 15, 2015, one comment

This post was originally called “Use Psychological “Weapons of Influence” to Negotiate Salary” and appeared on my salarynegotiators.com website. I put the full text of the post below in the event something happens to salarynegotiators.com. The post is a summary of the main points of “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion” by Dr. Robert Cialdini. We all

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

by josephwrichards on December 5, 2015, 2 comments

“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo is a great book on how to de-clutter and organize your house. When you follow her method, you feel like you space is so much bigger, open, and pleasurable. It truly is a game changer. We ended up throwing/giving away 60-70 garbage bags worth of stuff when we

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How to Fail at Almost Anything and Still Win Big

by josephwrichards on November 28, 2015, 4 comments

I read the book “How to Fail at Almost Anything and Still Win Big” by Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) after reading “So Good They Can’t Ignore You”, “The Art of Learning” and “Talent is Overrated“. It had a more attainable-sounding approach to achieving success than the other books. While they advocate for becoming excellent or

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Talent is Overrated

by josephwrichards on November 14, 2015, one comment

I recently read the book “Talent is Overrated” by Geoffrey Colvin which has a similar learning philosophy to “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” and “The Art of Learning” in that you become expert at something when you systematically learn it, or deliberately practice it. “Talent is Overrated” uses the phrase, deliberate practice. Deliberate Practice

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So Good They Can’t Ignore You & The Art of Learning

by josephwrichards on November 1, 2015, 2 comments

I recently read the book, “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” by Cal Newport, and it was truly paradigm shifting for me. Cal Newport says a great job has three characteristics: (1) Creativity, (2) Impact, and (3) Control. But getting such a job requires rare and valuable skills because everyone wants that type of job. So the

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