I’ve been a bit off the grid the last few weeks, though working hard, and gaining lots of new insights.
I went on a road trip across the US, and spending a good 60 hours with one of my good buddies, listening to audiobooks, and discoursing about all things related to life, it was a high growth period.
That said, one of the audiobooks we popped in was a great book that my friend Mike recommended, Think Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman.
I haven’t even finished it yet, but it has a lot of great ideas related to the decision making process, and how humans come to different conclusions, definitely worth checking out…
I finished reading Atlas Shrugged for the second time while commuting via train between Washington D.C. and New York City this week.
Upon finishing the last page, layers of symbolism floated through my mind. The current political-economic climate, Occupy Wall Street ridiculousness, just the rare occurrence of me riding on a train in between my first ever corporate seminars for a tobacco company, the list of corollaries to my own life are endless.
I’ll keep this post pertinent to the book and talk about the corporate seminar in another post.
Before I even get into the book, I want to say that Ayn Rand’s teachings have had a HUGE impact on how I view the world and act in it on a daily basis.
So you’ve heard of the High Fidelity Lifestyle, but how does one attain it?
What are the best action steps that lead to a higher level of consciousness and a more rewarding day to day existence?
What are the MINDSETS you need to cultivate the state of mind excellence?
I had a lot of guys comment and email me after the last article, asking about my own motivations and daily routine towards a high fidelity life.
It reminded me of a book I read a few years ago, which has had a huge impact on how I view my goals, and how I live my life.
What does Michael Jordan have to do with success with women, or personal development for that matter?
What in a book about an NBA athlete can bring you towards the state of mind excellence?
Well, I think this book might be one of THE BEST examples on detailing the career of someone living the high fidelity lifestyle.
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I have a question I need to ask you.
Have you bought Get Laid or Die Trying yet?
Now, I hope you have realized that I haven’t promoted a single product on my blog so far…
But here we go…
I sat down for brunch with my good friend Derek.
It was a few months after I had taken my bootcamp as a client, which he had assisted on, and we were debriefing the previous night out.
He said I needed to cultivate more dominance.
I needed to learn how to “choke a bitch.”
Start listening to N.W.A.
And then he slid a silver bound book across the table.
Banned from the United States for nearly 30 years, Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer is one of my top reads of 2010.
More than any other book I’ve read this year though, I have a lot of trepidation in suggesting it to my reader base, mostly because of my own perception of the book upon reading it.
I read the first 100 pages about 2 months ago, and the question that kept recurring in my head was “Who cares?”
The book didn’t seem to have a purpose, and the stories were all over the place.
But it was highly suggested by Saad, so after about a month of finishing up some other books, I started it over again.
After the initial read, when I started over the beginning of the book made MUCH more sense, and I could really understand what Miller was suggesting, and how to interpret the book.
In many ways, Miller exemplifies EXACTLY the type of material, teachings, and content that I strive to convey.
It’s a stream of consciousness writing, where he writes of his daily life, and how his perceptions and thought processes view reality. You learn from his level of consciousness, viewing his world through his eyes, and it teaches you new ways of viewing your own reality.
When I’m talking philosophy with friends, the conversation usually diverges at some point towards asceticism, and although when I talk of it, it’s from a theoretical standpoint, Miller lives it, ELEGANTLY.
About 80% of the people that I suggest Jed McKenna’s book, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, become fucked up and depressed for about 4-8 weeks after reading it.
That is why I sometimes am apprehensive about suggesting it to people, yet it quite frankly might be the most influential book I have read, and my entire life philosophy is based around some of the core concepts of the book.
McKenna is the anti-spiritual guru. Tyler suggested this book to me after I was really immersing myself in the spirituality stuff.
Reading hours upon hours of Eckhart Tolle, studying Ken Wilbur and other American philosophers, meditating and trying to become part of the evolving global consciousness…
McKenna cuts through all that bullshit.
The reason this book is so powerful is McKenna’s writing style. On the one hand it’s very easy to read, and the book reads quick. But the true value is in how forceful and crude his writing style comes across.
It puts the truth right in your face. You really can’t deny it.
Bukowski’s Women chronicles Chinaski’s evolution from lonely bachelor to cold hearted player.
The stories mirror Bukowski’s own life, moving from working at the post office to emerging as a famous writer, and this is more of an autobiography compared to true fiction.
There is something raw about his writing style, constant juxtapositions of darkness with humor, humility with arrogance, sex with alcohol… Well those last two actually seem to go hand in hand.
I like the grittiness with which he writes, how truthful his thoughts are, and how they evolve as he gets with more and more women.
It resonated well with me, and the some of the same ideas came up when I was writing The Cold Hearted Player post a few weeks back.
The detachment that comes from being with lots of girls, how you still have intimate relationships, yet new girls keep coming in and fucking things up.
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I’ve decided to announce the two current books I’m reading in an effort to create more of a true “book club” here on bb.com.
In the comments below, I’d like to hear your thoughts and opinions as we read through the book together, so check the books out and join in!
I hope to accumulate a large book review catalogue over the next few months. A big part of self actualization is reading books, so I figured I’d create a game plan for anyone starting out through the RSD curriculum and make the journey easier.
I thought that I had already read Robbins’ Awaken the Giant Within a few years ago in audio format, but once I started reading this tome again, I realized pretty quickly that my life was about to change.
If you are working towards the goal of self actualization, this is one of THE BEST books towards understanding your emotions, thought processes, desires, goals, and just gets you living your life based on your own standards as opposed to living life in reaction.
I’ve never heard anyone explain this book in this way, but a constant question I hear from clients, and one I’ve had often in my own path towards actualization is, “How do I stop living my life in reaction and bring value from within?” “What is true self esteem and how do I get it?”
Even questions like “What is my identity?” “Who am I?” “What do I value?”
All of these are tackled and explained in a very easily understandable lucid context with ACTION steps towards creating EMPOWERING thoughts, filters, values, and belief structures to make your life fulfilling and FUN.
One of my favorite parts of boot camp is RSD Book Club timezzz.
I give a suggested reading list for what I think will help clients most after program, and inevitably the conversation dives into some intense introspective “inner game” talks.
When suggesting each book, there is a specific order in which students can reinforce the concepts they learned on program best, especially as it relates to the new reference points and theory they learned over the course of bootcamp.
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