Category Archives: ALL BOOK SUMMARIES

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Getting The Love You Want – Harville Hendrix 


Harville Hendrix has been working as a relationship therapist over the last thirty years. Together with his wife, who is also a therapist, he shares his experiences based on psychoanalysis and scientific research. Harville’s ultimate goal is to help transform your relationship into a lasting source of love and companionship.

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The Grid: The Decision-making Tool for Every Business – Matt Watkinson


Matt Watkinson is an internationally renowned author, speaker and business consultant. He was introduced to the idea of interconnectivity within the business world during a visit to his surgeon. As he wanted to fix his busted knees, he discovered how the body’s muscles are all intricately connected into a single system. When something is composed of interconnected parts, whether in a body or in a business, its overall behavior can’t be determined by looking at those parts in isolation. You have to look at it as a system, or as Matt defines it: the Grid.

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The Mask of Masculinity – Lewis Howes


Lewis Howes is a lifestyle entrepreneur, business coach and keynote speaker. He is mostly known for his podcast “The School Of Greatness” . On this podcast, Lewis Interviews the TOP performers in their field, from entrepreneurs to doctors and psychologists. Up to now, his podcast gained over 45 million subscribers. Besides that, Lewis is a NYT best-selling author of the book “The School of Greatness”, which is basically a summary of all his podcast interviews.

So, what made Lewis Howes write this book?

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The 80/20 Principle and 92 Other Power Laws of Nature: The Science of Success – Richard Koch

1. Introduction

Richard Koch is an author, management consultant, entrepreneur, investor, and life long lover of history. Koch has worked at the cold face of business and management consulting for forty years.

In this book, he provides a unique perspective on the interaction between scientific laws and success within the business world. Coming from a data-focused business consultant background, Koch brings the science of these laws to life in their real world application.

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Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior

1. Introduction

Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron Mcillan, and AJ Switzler are the leaders of VitalSmarts, a top leadership company that helps organizations with employee effectiveness. Their first bestselling book “Crucial Conversations” provided the necessary tools to dealing with high-stake interactions in the workplace. Crucial Accountability is the “sequel” to their first book. In this work, the authors highlight the principles which will prepare you for the next accountability discussion when expectations are not met after being agreed upon, either at work or at home.

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One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance At Work With Mindfulness – Rasmus Hougaard

1. Introduction

Rasmus Hougaard has been a mindfulness practitioner and teacher for the last fifteen years. He has worked with big companies such as Nike, IKEA, Sony and Google. In this book, Rasmus shares how using mindfulness tactics can enhance performance in the workplace.

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The power of self-discipline

1. Introduction

Someday Isle. Approximately 80% of the population lives on it: “Someday, I’ll do that.”, “Someday I’ll do this”. But they’ll never do it. Excusitis has become a real disease. Losers make excuses, winners make progress. The first step to become successful? Vote yourself off the island! No more excuses!

Self-discipline is considered the most important characteristic in becoming successful. It is the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. You must have it to resist the lure of excuses. Self-discipline can also be defined by self-mastery or self-control. It is also linked with your self-esteem: the more you practice self-mastery and self-control,  the more you like and value yourself. Your sense of self-respect and personal pride increases.

The law of least resistance says that people invariably seek the fastest and easiest way to get the things they want, right now, with little or no concern for the long-term consequences of their behaviour. People , in general, do what is easy and fun rather than what is necessary for success. The law of least resistance is therefore the worst enemy of success. Most successful people are long-term thinkers. They look into the future as far as they can to determine the kind of people they want to become and the goals they want to achieve. They then come back to the present and determine the things that they have to do NOW to achieve their desired futures.

“Bad habits are easy to form, but hard to live with. Good habits are hard to form, but easy to live with. Everything is hard before it’s easy.” , Goethe said. All good habits are learnable.

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Ego Is The Enemy
Ego Is The Enemy Book Summary


Ego is the Enemy explores the negative aspects of the ego and its effects on several historical and contemporary figures.

But what is the ego?

There are a lot of definitions around but this is the one used by Ryan Holiday:

“EGO is an unhealthy belief in our own importance. Arrogance. Self-centered ambition.” 

As you can see, the ego is MOSTLY something negative. We all have it and it is our responsibility to keep it in check. The purpose of this book is to show how powerful of a force the ego can be in shaping our lives for the good and for the bad. The author looks at historical figures and contemporary personalities and their relationship with their ego and how it affected their outcome in life.

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership


 “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of leadership” is written by John C. Maxwell, one of the world’s biggest thought leaders on the topic of leadership. In this book, John summarizes the lessons of more than thirty (!) years of leadership experience. He bundles these lessons into 21 laws which are ‘irrefutable’, i.e. impossible to deny or disprove. They go up for every situation.

As John brilliantly explains:

 “Leadership is leadership, no matter where you go or what you do. Time changes. Technology marches forward. Cultures vary from place to place. But the true principles of leadership are constant. Always.”

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The Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Clason

1. Introduction

When we speak of history, Babylon is a city that we associate with much wealth and prosperity. However, it wasn’t always like that. The city of Babylon is a clear example of mankind’s ability to achieve a lot, even though they had little at their disposal. Babylon had only two natural resources: fertile soil and river water. Through this and the wisdom they possessed, they were able to build one of the greatest cities ever. They engineered dams which allowed the water to flow onto the fertile soil, encouraging the growth of crops in abundance. It is believed that the trading of these crops was the stepping stone for their wealth and splendor.

Unlike other well known cities in history, Babylon did not require the use of raiding to increase their profits. Their defenses, the sky scraping walls they built, almost considered as great as the pyramids of Egypt, were crucial in their survival, and it is claimed as one of the seven wonders of the world.

It is believed that the Babylonians were ahead of their time. They were skilled arts man, painters, weavers, jewelers, etc. They were clever financiers and traders.
Babylon, though constantly besieged, was never overthrown or entered by outside forces until 540 years B.C. However, it wasn’t because the opposing army penetrated the impregnable walls. The king at the time was advised to go forth to meet the oncoming army. In doing so, he was unfortunately defeated leaving the city open and unguarded. The city never achieved the greatness it once possessed and over time it became a desolate waste. Nonetheless, though the city is no more, the wisdom of the Babylonians lives on, and we all can learn a great deal from the great city of Babylon.

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