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“So many books, so little time.” — Frank Zappa

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“How can you use this?”

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The Undefeated Mind

by Dr. Alex Lickerman

Defeat comes not from failing, but from giving up.  An undefeated mind is one that never feels discouraged or despairing; it’s one that continues on in spite of it. 

One way to stand strong is to have a personal mission you believe in because a personal mission gives you strength and, while a strategy might fail, you can always find another way to continue your mission.

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The First 90 Days

The First 90 Days

by Michael Watkins

The goal in a transition is to build momentum by building momentum, buidling credibility, and avoiding cycles that damage credibility.  The root causes of transition failure are always in the interaction between the situation and the individual. 

The key is to better manage opportunities and pitfalls of a situation, while playing to your strengths and being aware of your vulnerabilities.

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One Year Lived

by Adam Shepherd

Remind yourself how to inspire yourself to create great adventures in your life.  Learn how to use travel as a way to gain perspective and expand and explore what you’re capable of. 

Do something uncommon and choose your own adventure.

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The Charge

by Brendon Burchard

You were born for something more.  Do what makes your soul sing and bring out your best in all arenas of your life. 

Your inspiration and zest for life comes down to embracing 3 questions: “Did I live?”, “Did I love?”, “Did I matter?”

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Leadership on the Line

by Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linksky

The single most common source of leadership failure is treating adaptive challenges like technical problems.  With technical challenges, you can apply know-how. 

With adaptive challenges, you have to learn new ways , and the people with the problems do the work– and this is the key to creating buy-in, while dealing with the tough stuff.

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The Innovation Team

by Chris Grivas and Gerard Puccio

Anybody can innovate.  Map out the problem space, use open-ended questions to elaborate on ideas, then spread a limited set of votes across the ideas — get agreements and clarity on the problem, focus team thinking and build convergence on which problem(s) to work, which solution(s) to run with, and how to move forward in a way that brings the team along in a way that supports their cognitive style and how they like to solve creative problems.

When you understand the process that the team is working in, by making it explicit, you create awareness, which leads to self-awareness and more effectiveness across the team.

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10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place

by Galen Pearl

Grow a joyful spirit.  Risk everything to blossom.  Bloom where you are planted–Our happiness is grounded in our habitual thoughts, words, and actions.

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Personal Development for Smart People

by Steve Pavlina

Truth, love, and power are universally attractive traits.  With a rebel yell, you can break free of the chains that bind you.  Follow the path with heart.

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The Inner Edge

by Joelle Kay

Personal leadership can be your source of renewable strength, clarity, focus, and fulfillment.  Personal leadership is your commitment to take the lead in your own life. 

You take the opportunity to design, create, and achieve your ideal ways of living and leading.

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This is one of the primary books that I recommend to friends and family that want to get started making money online, or to supplement their day job.

It’s a great guide for how to make money on the Web because it paints the big picture, without getting lost in all the rabbit holes.

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Today’s game is about reinventing yourself and building your brand to work for you, so you can get the jobs you want, and do more of the work you love. 

Are you where you want to be professionally in your career, or at least on track?

Don’t let your brand stop you.

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