Booked Morning Podcast Episode 15 – Review and Summary of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff; and It’s All Small Stuff by Dr. Richard Carlson

In today’s life, we are all bombarded by stuff… we face challenges in today’s modern lives that older generations didn’t have. Technology that was supposed to make our lives easier has made life almost a 24/7 challenge. It’s become harder and harder to disconnect from our email inbox, rushing to commute, and people who simply drive us insane.

The lessons shared by Dr. Carlson aim to keep us from letting the little, stressful things in life, take over our peace and happiness. and he aims to help us find peace and calm in a stressful world to get the most out of our lives.

Dr. Carlson offers 100 meditations crafted to keep our emotions in check, cherish family and friends, and deeply appreciate our lives.

A favorite quote of mine from the book is

“The first step in becoming a more peaceful person is to have the humility to admit that, in most cases, you’re creating your own emergencies. Life will usually go on if things don’t go according to plan.”

Allow me to leave you with this…

Our life is a reflection of our thoughts. Let’s Ask us: Is there any way we can become even more loving than we already are? Can we fill our heart with more loving kindness? Can we, despite the fact that there are less than perfect people in our world, think loving thoughts about ourselves and about others?

Staying calm, even in the most challenging situations, think positively and take the time to appreciate the important people in our lives and let go of our animosities. Live in each moment,

When we learn not sweat the small stuff, we will find real happiness and peace of mind.

Booked Morning Podcast Episode 14 – Review and Summary of Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times by Donald T. Phillips

Being a leader today has become increasingly challenging. We sometimes find ourselves, leading others older and more experienced that us, or sometimes people with different set of values and even different workstyles altogether.

Most Americans today including modern day public servants, from both sides of the aisle, would argue that Abe Lincoln was one of the greatest and most celebrated Presidents the United States has had. My personal favorite, I remember growing up, my Grandfather who I lived with in the Philippines when I was growing up, would tell me fascinating stories about him.

How he was a self-made man and grew up from a poor background, even using the back of a shovel to learn to write, my grandfather could relate as he also came from a poor life and with both parents dying as he was a child, he used the lessons from Lincoln to better his life and eventually becoming and University President. Both men who I admire were well known for their Honesty, Courage, and Integrity.

Only 10 days before President Lincoln took office, the US was split in two, the confederate states seceded from the US. If Lincoln was not the leader he was, our country today would probably be split into 2 countries. He kept the country together by leading people with principles that seemed to be ahead of his time.

Shortly after Lincoln’s election as president in 1860 a journalist by the name Henry Villard said: “The path he is about to walk on may lead to success, glory, immortality, but also to failure, humiliation, and curses upon his memory. ”

While it’s hard to define an exact science to leadership, there are not any set formulas or rules that tell us a clear cut way to lead. So we rely upon guidelines, concepts and principles we learn from role models, successful leaders and those who have shown an ability to lead people to tangible results.

In this book, the Author sub-divides Lincolns leadership strategies into four categories, how he was with people, his character as a leader, what he applied daily and his mastery of communication.

So let’s dive in…

I want to leave you with this.

Integrity, courage, and honesty were cornerstones of Lincolns character, and these principles made Lincoln an effective leader. He quietly steered his administration daily. Using persuasion, excellent communication and the full breadth of his presidential power, he brought everyone in on his vision. He learned from trials and errors and emphasized positive reinforcements to resolve conflicts and pushed for creative solutions and innovations. As we lead our organizations and teams today, or even as members of one when faced with challenges, let’s pull out a $5 dollar bill, and ask ourselves, what would President Abe do?

Booked Morning Podcast Episode 13 – Review and Summary of The 10X Rule: The only difference between success and failure by Grant Cardone

Do you ever wonder makes the difference between winning and losing? Success and Failure… The book presents the philosophies towards achieving our goals in life and says that success is our duty and obligation.

For those who haven’t heard of Grant Cardone. He is a NY times bestselling author, speaker and a renowned business and sales, expert. Grant Cardone was recently named the #1 marketer to watch in 2017 by Forbes Magazine and if you ever heard him speak or read any of his other books, he sure packs a huge personality.

In this book. Grant says that

1) We should set targets for ourselves that are 10X greater than what we believe we can achieve and

2) We should take actions that are 10X greater than what we believe are necessary to achieve our goals. The biggest mistake we often make in life is not setting goals high enough.

3)and lastly Taking massive action is the only way to fulfill our true potential.

My favorite excerpt from this book is this. Grant Cardone says.

“until you become completely obsessed with your mission, no one will take you seriously. Until the world understands that you’re not going away—that you are 100 percent committed and have complete and utter conviction and will persist in pursuing your project—you will not get the attention you need and the support you want.”

Rocky Marciano was the only undefeated heavyweight boxing champion in history.

What he did was he profiled the best and committed to doing double the work.

If Joe Louis’s training camp was 6 weeks long then Rocky’s was 12 weeks. When Joe Louis ran 6 miles per day at camp, Rocky ran 12 miles per day. This work ethic and 10X activity regimen allowed Rocky to be the best heavyweight boxer in history. His record proves it. If you ever watched him fight, you will notice that he was not a talented boxer.

His talent was his work ethic and punching power. The 10X activity allowed him to achieve the best record in boxing history.

I suggest you all pick up this book, as it presents deeper lessons and rules which you would benefit greatly from if you want to achieve your goals in life.

I want to leave you with this.

This book was a smack in the face for me and I am sure will be for some of you. Most of our beliefs and excuses get in the way of our success, we often get comfortable in life and our activity levels and work ethic dwindles over time. Starting today, we should wake up, and define the goals we want in life, career, wealth, health and relationships and put the 10x the intensity into the activity of achieving it.

Booked Morning Podcast Episode 12 – Review and Summary of Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

What makes things go viral? What makes us talk about certain products and ideas more than others? We remember some stories and rumors more infectious?
 
Most of us think to advertise, but that’s, not the case. We’ve learned to tune out advertisements, we listen to our peers.
 
Jonah Berger a Wharton Marketing Professor spent the last decade answering these questions. Jonah researched why New York Times articles are some of the Most E-mailed, why products get spread, and how social influences everything from cars we buy to the clothes we wear to the names we give our children.
 
Jonah peels the curtain on the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Contagious combines groundbreaking research with powerful stories.
 
He outlines six basic principles that drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives, even workplace rumors and YouTube videos. And the principle are brought together by the mnemonic STEPPS: • S for Social Currency • T for Triggers • E for Emotion • P for Public, • P again for Practical Value • S for Stories

For ourselves and our businesses to be shareable, we simply need to follow the STEPPS principles, we need to make sharing our idea a form of Social Currency, utilize triggers and tickle emotions to get them to share, we need to make it publicly visible and offer practical value and finally wrap it around a compelling story.

Booked Morning Podcast Episode 11 – Review and Summary of Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk

I’m so pumped to give you my takeaways from this amazing book. This book has become on of my favorite business books. This is going to be a permanent item on my top book collection.

Gary vee for those of you that don’t know built his reputation in the Wine Industry, he took his fathers business from a liquor store and grew it into a 60million dollar empire and is now a rock star in the marketing world and consults with some of the top 100 companies in the world through his agency VaynerMedia. Like Charles Duhigg from my last review, I had a chance to meet with Gary at Inbound 2016 in Boston and he packs an ultra-energetic punch, he is like a human energizer bunny.

This book is an extension of that. He presents case studies and observation both present and future of real-time business, to really recognize the extreme importance of lifetime customer value and simply out-caring our competitors in business.

I want to leave you with this… Social media has brought back the small town courtesy we have lost along the way, by empowering us to share our thoughts with a click of our mouse or the tap on our phones. With this new found information, we and our companies need to foster goodness and take special care to show genuine interest in our customers well being.

Booked Morning Podcast Episode 10 – Review and Summary of Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

I’m so excited to bring this fascinating book to you. It was written by Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Charles Duhigg and was a New York Times best-selling book.

Last year I attended the Inbound Conference in Boston, and was fortunate enough to meet him and listen to his talk about this particular subject and reading this book puts everything together.

If we understand how habits work, we can change them. Habits are choices we make at one time and stop thinking about but continue repeating them.

All of our habits consist of cues-routine-reward loops, and the easiest way for us to change this is to substitute the routine with something else while keeping the cue and reward the same.

Once we´ve figured out our habit loop – we have identified the reward driving our behavior, the cue triggering it, and the routine itself – we can begin to shift our behavior. We can change to a better routine by planning for the cue and choosing a behavior that delivers the reward we
are craving.

Booked Morning Podcast Episode 9 – Review and Summary of Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

When we talk about or hear about success it’s often attributed to genius, talent and hard work.

This book is Malcolm Gladwell’s third thought provoking book that shines a new perspective on success and how unseen factors contribute to someone’s success and some beyond what we can control.

He is challenging everything we think we know about success and some of the best and most successful individuals. Malcolm presents that external forces, like birth years, where we were born and advantageous opportunities contribute to our success, and not just sheer power of will.

Those of you who have read this Outliers book, may or may not agree with the ideas presented by the author, but being aware of this possibility will allow us to be open to other factors and take advantage of certain opportunities that are presented to us.

Outliers are those people/groups who break the norms.This book presents to us several anecdotes and stories to explain the points the author is trying to make and these are my 6 takeaways.

Let me Leave you with this, Exceptional Success is a result in some unlikely series of opportunities, and circumstance to create the right conditions for success. When an opportunity presents itself, we need to learn to see it and seize it. And finally, there is no shortcut to mastery. We need to put in the hours to master our craft. These factors combined together will help us achieve success.

Booked Morning Podcast Episode 8 – Review and Summary of How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Many of you listeners must be thinking. Win Friends? Like, bribe them? or Influence them, is that the same as manipulating people to do what we want. Today’s mentality is so broken. When I tell some of my friends about this book, they chuckle thinking its a joke.

But this is a classic 1936 book, a time when friends and influence meant something deeper than an Insta Friend or an FB Friend in today’s time. This book brings to us timeless lessons about learning the basic rules for making a great first impression and winning people over to understanding where you are coming from.

Contained in this book is 29 principles on how to deal with people and broken down into 4 parts from the techniques in handling people to becoming a more effective leader and getting buy-in from others.

Starting today, when we deal with ours, we should make sure we keep a smile, attentively listen to them and show our genuine appreciation for them. This will make dealing with us more favorable to them and they will be more inclined to see our point of view and listen.

Booked Morning Podcast Episode 7 – Review and Summary of Failing Forward by John C Maxwell

All of us in life, one time on another feel like a failure, or that whatever we try or to, it seems the universe is against it. I for sure have had those times in my life. With life challenges, failure is a part of the becoming successful and achieving process.

In this podcast, my tagline is “a book a day keeps failures at bay.” we Cannot totally avoid failure as it is a part of our life, we simply need to learn our lessons from each failure or mistake and become better. That is the main lesson of this book.

A great story of failure is from

J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter novels

She was on public assistance when she wrote the first book of what would become one of the best-selling series in history. The book was rejected by a dozen publishers. The only reason it got published at all was because the CEO’s eight-year-old daughter begged him to publish it.

JK Rowling once said. “Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential.” – J.K. Rowling

Those of us who have been down, fired, laid off, bankrupted, closed down our business and any other failures we encounter in our daily life. We need to learn from those failures, accept them as lessons and part of the process, bounce back and get back on the saddle and keep persevering. Just like a diamond, it takes pressure, heat and time to hone us into success. Failure will happen, it’s what we do after, that will determine where we get in life.