Tuesdays with Morrie Summary

Tuesdays with Morrie SummaryAn Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson

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Join us on a few unforgettable Tuesdays with Morrie.

Who Should Read “Tuesdays with Morrie”? And Why?

As its subtitle suggests, Tuesdays with Morrie is about a relationship between a dying old man and an unhappy young man – a professor and a former student – “and life’s greatest lesson.”

And this lesson covers topics such as love and happiness, marriage and friendships, regrets and loss – and, ultimately, death.

In other words, that’s not a hyperbole in the subtitle: you may, in fact, learn life’s greatest lesson from this book.

And neither are the ones in the following two sentences: everybody should read Tuesdays with Morrie; because Morrie’s lessons can certainly change your life.

Let’s just say it this way: we would have loved to have Morrie as our professor; and, in a way, after finishing this book, we kind of feel like we did.

About Mitch Albom

Mitch AlbomMitch Albom is an American journalist, author, screenwriter, musician, and TV and radio broadcaster.

He made his name as a sports columnist for Detroit Free Press, becoming one of the most award-winning sports journalists of his time. In fact, the Associated Press Sports Editors awarded him best feature writing honors 7 times and named him the nation’s best sports columnist a record 13 times!

His first non-anthology book was simply titled Bo, an autobiography of football coach Bo Schembechler, co-written with him. The book went on to become a New York Times bestseller, just like his second book, Fab Five.

However, the real breakthrough for Albom came after Tuesdays with Morrie was published in 1997. One of the bestselling memoirs of all time, the book remained on the New York Times bestselling list for over four years, an unprecedented success for a book of its kind. Unsurprisingly, the book was turned into an eponymous TV movie, the most watched television film of 1999.

Six years after Tuesdays with Morrie, Albom published The Five People You Meet in Heaven, another resounding success. Once again, it became a television movie in 2004, which, once again, was the most watched TV film of the year.

Five more books followed: For One More Day, Have a Little Faith, The Time Keeper, The First Phone Call from Heaven and The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.

Albom has so far founded several charities both in Detroit and Haiti.

Find out more at www.mitchalbom.com and www.saydetroit.org

“Tuesdays with Morrie Summary”

Mitch and Morrie, 1979

Tuesdays with Morrie opens with a college memory.

Mitch Albom, the book’s narrator, tells us what happened after his 1979 graduation from Brandeis University. After receiving his diploma, Mitch gifts his favorite professor Morrie Schwartz a monogrammed briefcase.

It is more than a token of gratitude; it is a token of love and respect. And it comes with a promise: Mitch assures his moved-to-tears professor that he will keep in touch no matter what happens.

Mitch, 1995

Sixteen years later, we find Mitch living a mediocre and unfulfilling life.

But if you think that means that he is some unsuccessful schmuck without a job and someone to care for him – think again. Or, better yet, read his biography above.

If you don’t want to scroll up, then let us tell you what’s happening with Mitch in the year of 1995. In a sentence: he is a 37-year-old well-paid nationwide-famous sports writer with a loving wife (Janine) and a pretty hectic schedule.

Since he’s always on the road on reporting assignments, he doesn’t’ have that much time for his wife; and, even though he has promised her children, he never seems to think it’s the right time to have them.

All in all, he’s living the life you probably dream about until you actually start living it.

Morrie, 1995

And one night, as he is disinterestedly flipping the channels on his TV, Mitch happens upon a show featuring none other than his favorite college professor! It’s a Nightline interview with Ted Koppel – the first of three – and it both astounds and saddens Mitch.

And here’s why:

You see, from the interview, Mitch finds out that Morrie has been diagnosed with ALS, which is short for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which, in turn, is a technical term for something more widely known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

If you still don’t know which debilitating disease we have in mind, then it’d suffice to say that we’re talking about the disease Stephen Hawking suffered from.

Let’s make that even more heartbreaking for you: Morrie’s favorite hobby – as he tells Koppel on the Nightline interview – is dancing.

Mitch and Morrie, 1995: The First Meeting

Mitch is overwhelmed with memories and feelings.

Soon, he contacts Morrie and decides to visit him in Boston. More specifically: West Newton, Massachusetts.

Their first meeting?

Well, a bit anticlimactic.

Namely, Mitch delays greeting his professor – i.e., someone who has effectively changed his life with no interest to get anything in return – because of a phone talk with his producer.

He still regrets this. But he regrets nothing since.

Mitch’s Sobering Wimbledon Experience

You see, shortly after Mitch’s first meeting with Morrie – at the time, all but planned to be the last as well – Mitch is sent on a reporting assignment to London. It’s the end of June 1995, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for some Wimbledon action.

However, Mitch can’t stop thinking about Morrie and their first discussion. And, one day, as he is knocked over by a crowd of reporters racing to catch a glimpse of then celebrity couple Andre Agassi and Brooke Shields, he suddenly realizes that he is on the wrong place chasing the wrong thing.

It’s Morrie he needs to be with.

And it’s Morrie he calls the minute he arrives in Detroit and finds out that the newspaper union is on strike and that his report from Wimbledon isn’t even going to get published.

Soon, the arrangement is made: Mitch will return to Morrie’s house every Tuesday until Morrie is able to talk, and they will discuss the things that really matter.

The last lesson. The most important one.

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.

Morrie Schwartz, 1916 – 1995

Throughout Mitch and Morrie’s discussions – extending over a period of fourteen Tuesdays – we get a glimpse of both Morrie’s life and their relationship during the college years.

And we learn that life wasn’t that generous to Morrie.

The son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, he was a poor, but precocious child. Since his father didn’t know how to read and his brother David was an infant, when he was merely eight years old, Morrie was forced to read aloud the telegram informing the family of his mother’s death.

Morrie’s father, Charlie Schwartz, was incapable of providing him and his younger brother David in no manner whatsoever: neither financially, nor emotionally. Which made the next two years of Morrie’s life a bit hellish.

Finally, his father remarried, this time to a Romanian woman by the name of Eva. Fortunately, she was kind and gentle and managed to provide both Morrie and David with the love and care they desperately needed. Unfortunately, David developed polio at a young age and this left him paralyzed.

Morrie’s father didn’t want David to find out that Eva is not his biological mother, so he forced Morrie to keep this a secret. Morrie would keep the telegram with the news of his mother’s death all his life so as to not forget that his mother existed.

In adulthood, Morrie married an MIT professor named Charlotte, who bore him two sons, Rob and Jon Schwartz. Charlotte caries for him in a compassionate, motherly manner.

It seems as if now, as Morrie is nearing his death, he is becoming a child again. Only this time, he is given the love he wasn’t during his actual infancy.

Mitch as a College Student

Though acting tough, Mitch himself was a tenderhearted young man while at Brandeis University, with a profound capacity to love and a sincere need to be loved.

Even though merely a student of Morrie, Mitch always saw in his professor something of a father figure. And their relationship – as exemplified by the farewell gift – resembled father/son relationship much more than a professor/student one.

In a heartbreaking moment, when Morrie is barely capable of moving – or even breathing – on his own, he confides in Mitch that if he could have another son, he would undoubtedly want that son to be Mitch.

The Main Lesson

An overarching element of Morrie’s lessons is his attempt to encourage Mitch to brave the wilderness inside him and find a unique path of his own:

We’ve got a sort of brainwashing going on in our country, Morrie sighed. Do you know how they brainwash people? They repeat something over and over. And that’s what we do in this country. Owning things is good. More money is good. More property is good. More commercialism is good. More is good. More is good. We repeat it–and have it repeated to us–over and over until nobody bothers to even think otherwise. The average person is so fogged up by all of this, he has no perspective on what’s really important anymore.

In the eyes of Morrie, the world has gone astray and become just too materialistic. People believe that money and success bring happiness, and they don’t know that when death comes neither of these two matters not one bit.

What does is love and kindness, integrity and compassion.

A life which doesn’t have these as objectives is a life not worth living.

Mitch’s Brother

Inspired by Morrie’s words, Mitch tries his best to restore his relationship with his brother Peter.

Peter is living in Spain and suffers from pancreatic cancer, but doesn’t want compassion or help from his family.

So, Mitch tries to reach him, calling his brother and leaving him numerous messages; the only thing he receives is a short message from Peter stating that he is fine and that he doesn’t want to talk about his disease.

Morrie assures Mitch that his relationship with Peter would eventually be restored; we don’t know if Morrie knew something we don’t, but we do know that after his death, this really happened.

Death Is Not the End

Eventually, Morrie dies.

At his funeral, Mitch recalls promising him that he will never stop talking with him.

Unlike his graduation day promise, this is one that he still keeps. Namely, whenever in trouble or doubt, Mitch Albom conducts a silent discussion with his beloved professor in his head.

To this very day.

It seems that Morrie was right about this as well: “Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

Key Lessons from “Tuesdays with Morrie”

1.      Enjoy Your Emotions to the Fullest
2.      Don’t Ever Settle for Substitutes
3.      Love Each Other or Perish

Enjoy Your Emotions to the Fullest

The first time Mitch sees Morrie cries, he feels a bit uncomfortable. “It’s okay to cry,” says Morrie. Soon enough, Mitch learns that he is entirely right.

Because why should you hide from your emotions? If you are sad, why shouldn’t you cry? And if you are in love, why shouldn’t you give all your heart (we’re looking at you, W. B. Yeats)?

These are cathartic experiences and one day, you’ll be unable to do either.

So, open yourself. Allow yourself to be vulnerable.

It may be awkward at first, but it pays off big time in the end!

Don’t Ever Settle for Substitutes

If there’s one thing Morrie is fed up with, it’s modern culture.

“Wherever I went in my life,” he tells Mitch at one point, “I met people wanting to gobble up something new. Gobble up a new car. Gobble up a new piece of property. Gobble up the latest toy. And then they wanted to tell you about it. ‘Guess what I got? Guess what I got?’”

Morrie’s interpretation:

These were people so hungry for love that they were accepting substitutes. They were embracing material things and expecting a sort of hug back. But it never works. You can’t substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship.
Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. I can tell you, as I’m sitting here dying, when you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you’re looking for, no matter how much of them you have.

Love Each Other or Perish

This is Morrie’s paraphrase of the most famous verse of W. H. Auden’s “September 1, 1939”: “We must love one another or die.”

It’s not exactly a choice is it?

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Our Critical Review

Tuesdays with Morrie has sold almost 15 million copies so far, and has been translated into more than 40 languages. It is widely considered to be one of the bestselling memoirs of all time – if not the bestselling memoir in history.

It has been taught at many schools worldwide, whether American high schools and universities because of its messages or Asian primary schools because of its straightforward, simple writing.

The movie it inspired, the Oprah-produced 1999 ABC feature by the same name, won four Emmy Awards and was the most-watched TV movie of 1999. Starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria, the movie (you can watch it in full here) will almost certainly bring a tear or two in your eyes.

But that’s nothing compared to the effect the book may have on you.

We dare you to not cry at the heartbreaking farewell; and we dare you to go on living the same mediocre life you do (yes, believe us, you do) after finishing Tuesdays with Morrie.

It’s a book that stays with you.

A book everybody should read.

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Gandhi Before India PDF Summary

Gandhi Before India PDFEven foreigners with absolute zero knowledge of the Indian culture and history, have heard of Gandhi and his peaceful revolution.

His highly unusual style of handling the political turmoil in India, has become the epitome for freedom.

Let’s not reveal everything, yet!

Who Should Read “Gandhi Before India”? And Why?

It is sad that these types of books are tough to summarize because they have this amazing storyline. We tried to do our best, but we endorse that reading this masterpiece is in everyone’s best interest.

Gandhi Before India” is definitely an eye-opening book that deserves every respect from the world community.

We don’t want to label Gandhi anything because in doing so, we will conceal the only thing that Guha is trying to unravel – the unbiased review!

Ramachandra GuhaAbout Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha is no stranger in Indian society.

As a historian, columnist for Hindustan Times and The Telegraph, and an author who surely loves to conduct research on numerous topics, he has proven its worth.

“Gandhi Before India PDF Summary”

First of all, who was Gandhi? Why does the world reckon that he is one of the most prominent figures of the 20th century?

In all honesty, it’s not easy for a person without noble origins to elevate him/herself to such a high level. He was born in a small village in 1869, right about the time the British influence had reached its peak.

As we mentioned, he distinguished himself for his non-violent revolt against British colonization of India and inspired many conquered countries to rise against the oppressors. The Arab Spring is one example, followed by Nelson Mandela Martin Luther King, The 13th Dalai Lama, etc.

The worldwide revolution often portrayed Gandhi as a symbol of hope, that doesn’t endorse violence of any kind. Egyptians, Tunisians, and other communities carried Gandhi’s picture during their rallies to showcase that the idea of fairness underpins democratic ideals.

In 1948, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was shot by Nathuram Godse (A radical right-wing supporter) at close range and died quickly afterward. His legacy remains embedded into the minds and hearts of culturally diversified Indians and worldwide supporters.

According to some westerners, and probably Indians, the murder of Gandhi was used as a political weapon against Hindu-Indians who didn’t recognize Pakistan’s sovereignty and other factors.

Their actions became synonymous with hate, something that Nehru enforced as Gandhi’s political heir.

A throwback to an era, when justice-seekers were imprisoned for publicly expressing their ideas. From 1903, up until his death in 1948, Gandhi became India’s father and his remarks on Indo-British society were published in newspapers in both Gujarati and English.

This book tries to unveil Gandhi’s real identity, the one that is behind the curtain and often neglected. As a matter of fact, Ramachandra Guha is hailed as one of the most prominent historians and has the credibility to question the portrait of Indo society.

In addition, he reminds us that skepticism altogether is a powerful way of finding the truth, which in many cases is concealed. The depiction of Gandhi must be examined and perceived impartially.

Gandhi from all Angles

The central premise of this eye-opening starts by explaining that both Left and Right extremists didn’t like Gandhi’s symbolic vision.

On one end, Maoist had destroyed Gandhi’s statues all over the country, while the Right-Wingers supported a theocratic society. Evidently, not all people who opposed Gandhi’s ideology were British, or Afrikaans. There were a lot of Muslims, Hindus; you name it.

While residing in South Africa, Gandhi coined a term “Satyagraha” which in layman’s terms means something like “truth-force.” The same reform movement and ideology was later applied in India. His time in Natal and Transvaal also shaped the nationalist movement in India, because he had time to contemplate on many things.

This mass disobedience technique, created by Gandhi had a task to stand up to the oppressors, and show no interest in filling their pockets.

According to Gandhi, all people should receive the same amount of rights regardless of their status and cultural background. During his stay in Afrika, he realized that discrimination is the new tool of modern enslavement and something that had to be stopped.

Years later, this ideology became the driving force in post-British Socialist India.

The author clearly outlines Gandhi’s four forces, which characterize him as a leader:

  • Freedom Fighter
  • Reformist
  • Religious Pluralist
  • Prophet

At the age of 19, Mahatma Gandhi went to London, and it was also the first time outside his native Kathiawar. It helped him to shape his views, see the Western world, and draw his own conclusions on how India should be governed.

The adventure in London

Probably the two most renowned Indians in London at that time were Dadabhai Naoroji and Abdul Karim. Naoroji was a trade agent who moved to London a couple of decades ago, while Abdul was a Muslim who worked on Queen Victoria’s staff.

Mohandas received his first lecture on English etiquette by Dr. Mehta who stated the following:

Do not ask questions as we usually do in India on first acquaintance; do not talk loudly; never address people as sir while speaking to them as we do in India; only servants and subordinates address their masters that way.

Afterward, he went to visit a local Inner Temple, located west of the city. Gandhi sent a letter to his brother, complaining about the weather and also mentioning that he doesn’t have any urges for eating meat or consuming alcohol.

Upon arriving at Bombay, Gandhi was informed by his brother, that their mother died a few months ago. Although he was sad, Gandhi didn’t have much time to lose. In the first couple of days, he enjoyed the company of Raychand – Dr. Mehta’s relative.  

They talked about a lot of things related to religion, culture, beliefs, and tried to find a link between them. Decades later, Gandhi shared that Raychand had a massive influence on him as if he was his intellectual lodestar.

When the Boer war broke out, Gandhi, shockingly to most people, cheered for the British. From this standpoint, we can say that he was an imperialist with regards to his cultural belief, which converted a bit later.

In the early 1900s, his main efforts were fixated at South Africa, their way of life and so forth. As a lawyer and a person of stature, he provided services for many clients in Johannesburg and other cities. In the meantime, he began to hatch a plan on how to improve the rights of Indians in the Transvaal area.

This whole mess led to a political impasse, which was partially supported by certain media outlets. From such vantage point, it’s crystal clear that Gandhi was trying to find the perfect way to express himself through meditation, celibacy, strict diet, etc.

The end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th were tough for him. For 10 years he roamed around visiting Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, and other cities but never broken a single word with a peasant whose plight was evident.

We also come to an understanding that in 1906, Gandhi had a few encounters with Winston Churchill and he became increasingly aware of the modern predicament. He even gave answers that surprised Churchill on what principles does he believe are crucial for achieving a modern society.

His legal career, at the time, was on hold, due to the fact that he was engaged in forming his political views. Upon his return to South Africa, Gandhi became increasingly interested in people’s opinion overall, which will later serve as the backbone for his ideology of social structure.

His sudden return to Transvaal was basically a political decision, where he started a Political Journal named “Indian Opinion.” That was actually the turning point in his life!

The opinion of the oppressed must be heard, and that’s was a real impetus for launching a battle against exploitation.

One cannot say that Gandhi wasn’t a remarkable figure in the modern world. He was indeed a reformist, a peaceful revolutionary who managed to see beyond races, and cultures.

His contribution to equality and development of Third-World countries remains a fact to this day.

We firmly believe that the author wanted merely to imply that questioning the other side of the story is beneficial in order to understand the big picture.

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Our Critical Review

Who doesn’t want to know the story behind Gandhi rise to power? This doesn’t mean that Gandhi sought dominance, but eventually he became a central figure in the Post-British society.

This book is a pure gold, and we believe that everyone should find some time to read it.

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Braving the Wilderness PDF Summary

Braving the Wilderness PDF SummaryThe Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

It’s Brené Brown once again!

Meaning: we don’t have to introduce her at all.

Ever since her TED Talk on vulnerability became one of the Top 5 Talks of all time, Brené Brown has basically become a cultural icon!

You know her, you love her, you want to hear her thoughts on everything.

So, join her as he shares her most valuable lessons on:

Braving the Wilderness.

Who Should Read “Braving the Wilderness”? And Why?

By now, you should be already familiar with most of Brené Brown’s interests: vulnerability and courage, humiliation and pride, belonging and being an outsider.

In Braving the Wilderness she tackles once again all of them, mostly focusing on the last one of these dichotomies.

And, just like most of her other books, this one also analyzes the problems in a way which should attract both students of social sciences and common folks who just need someone to talk to.

Well, hurting people, Brené Brown is certainly someone you’ll enjoy having a chat with.

About Brené Brown

Brené BrownBrené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston and New York Times bestselling author.

She has spent over two decades studying under-researched topics such as vulnerability and courage, empathy and shame, and is widely considered one of the world’s most read and beloved experts on these subjects.

She is the author of half a dozen books, most of which we’ve summarized here: I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) (2007); The Gifts of Imperfection (2010); Daring Greatly (2012); and Rising Strong (2015).

Braving the Wilderness was published last year (2017) and Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. – Brown’s most recent book – just four days ago.

Brown’s 2010 TED Talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” has been seen over 36 million times (as of October 2018) and is one of the five most viewed TED Talks in history.

“Braving the Wilderness PDF Summary”

We all live in a bubble.

And no, we’re not talking about multiverses or Bitcoin or any other kind of scientific or economic bubble.

No.

We’re talking about something that, based on urgency, may be even more serious.

Namely, the filter bubble.

Put simply, the filter bubble is a state of intellectual isolation caused by personalized searches. They make your life easier, of course, but they also make humanity’s future bleaker.

Why?

Because instead of using the Internet to connect with other people with different experiences and worldviews, you are using it to reinforce your previous beliefs and disconnect from everything else!

The Internet was supposed to usher us into an age of interrelatedness; instead, it is merely making us lonelier by the minute.

Enter stage Brené Brown.

Brené Brown, the Outsider

You see her now all smiling and vivacious and you are immediately overwhelmed by the feeling that she has her life all figured out.

And then you hear her sharing some of her past experiences and you realize that she may have already had more problems than you ever will.

In fact, most of Brené Brown’s childhood was marred by a crushing fear that she doesn’t belong anywhere.

As a little girl, she was oftentimes marginalized by everybody. It was a poisonous racially segregated environment and the white girls at her school didn’t like her African-sounding names: Brené and Cassandra (Brown’s middle name); on the other hand, her African-American friends of hers were somewhat afraid to hang out with her.

So, she was neither here nor there for most of her childhood.

Thigs got only worse in high school where she badly wanted to become part of her school’s cheerleading team, the Bearkadettes. Just like her mother – who had met her father in this manner. (Stop guessing: her father was indeed the star of the football team).

Brown did everything within her power to become a member of the Bearkadettes; unfortunately, neither the liquid diet nor her perfect routine didn’t help her make it.

And to top this off, her parents were disappointed in her for not making it to the team.

To fight pains such as this, Brené started to drink. So much, in fact, that she had to join the AA.

Guess what?

They didn’t want her there either, suggesting her to try the Co-Dependents Anonymous group instead!

Brené Brown Discovering Herself

Most of the people you know have gone through what Brené Brown did in her early years.

And it always boils down to the same problem:

We put a lot of energy to belong to something; read between the lines and that means that you are, in fact, putting a lot of energy to be something that, deep inside, you are not.

Back in 1987 Brené Brown was at one of the worst stages in her life. She spent most of her time drinking and smoking, partying even when she had no energy for it.

That was her way of forgetting about herself.

And then she met Steve, the man she would eventually marry.

The best part about Steve?

He saw through Brené’s attempts to belong somewhere; and started guiding her toward self-belonging. Three decades later Brown would explain to the world how she managed to do this, as a guest on Oprah.

Namely, permission slips.

Suddenly, next to Steve, Brené realized that she could permit herself to be the person she actually was. No conventions, no exhausting liquid diets you need to go through so that you can be accepted.

Just herself.

In fact, her fist permission slip stated: “Be goofy, have fun and enjoy life.”

And she has tried doing that ever since.

Brave the Wilderness Inside You

You are such a unique individual that no one has ever lived a life like the one you’re currently living.

That’s as close to a fact as an opinion can get.

So, it’s only natural that conventional wisdom may not work: your own self is a one-of-a-kind wilderness.

Whatever you do – treat it as such.

Of course, this means that your path through it is also unique and that you need to find it on your own. But, believe us – you will!

Because, deep down inside you, you actually know that walking inside it is what life is all about. “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step,” advised Joseph Campbell, “you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”

And Campbell was one of the smartest and most inspiring people of the 20th century.

So:

Stop walking through the world looking for confirmation that you don’t belong. You will always find it because you’ve made that your mission. Stop scouring people’s faces for evidence that you’re not enough. You will always find it because you’ve made that your goal. True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don’t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own. No one belongs here more than you.

Key Lessons from “Braving the Wilderness”

1.      The First Lesson of Self-Belonging: Brave the Wilderness Inside You
2.      The Seven Traits of Trustworthy People
3.      Tackling Loneliness and Ways to Burst the Bubble

The First Lesson of Self-Belonging: Brave the Wilderness Inside You

There’s a reason why everybody wants to belong to someone or something.

And that reason is quite obvious: it’s quite difficult to go through life alone. Men are social beings – and that’s exactly what Aristotle thought was their defining trait.

However, it is difficult to belong somewhere if you don’t know who you are. In that case, all of your attempts to become part of a group are actually wild guesses, shots in the dark. “Be careful who you pretend to be,” warned us once Kurt Vonnegut. “You might forget who you are.”

Well, Brené Brown is here to update this advice.

The best way to forget who you are, she says, is to never understand yourself completely in the first place.

And if you want to do that, be prepared to make some steps in the wilderness:

Belonging so fully to yourself that you’re willing to stand alone is a wilderness — an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. The wilderness can often feel unholy because we can’t control it, or what people think about our choice of whether to venture into that vastness or not. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.

Look at it this way: nobody belongs to this place more than you.

Even if a wilderness, your self is a very unique place: your very own, personal Shangri-La.

And nobody can explore it better than you!

The Seven Traits of Trustworthy People

Self-belonging is not as easy as it sounds.

It means making yourself open to your traumas and pains and vulnerable to other people’s opinions and judgments.

But it’s worth it!

Especially if you can find trustworthy people you can talk to, dependable friends ready to listen to your

According to Brené Brown, these people share these seven traits:

1. They are reliable, which is self-evident;
2. They own their mistakes which is something people rarely do nowadays;
3. They are capable of respecting boundaries, meaning they know that they should leave you alone when you want to be alone, even if that means going to the cinema without company;
4. They are capable of keeping confidential information safe; so, be wary of people who can’t keep your secrets because the betrayal of trust is one of the most traumatic experiences one can go through;
5. They are capable of making decisions with integrity; integrity is underrated in a world of lies and money;
6. They are non-judgmental; they know that we all make mistakes and that pointing them out repeatedly helps no one;
7. They are generous; with everything; meaning: with them, you’re never the only one who shares.

Tackling Loneliness and Ways to Burst the Bubble

If you’re feeling that people are too divided, then be aware that it’s not exactly a feeling: it’s a fact.

For example, only a quarter of Americans supported a specific candidate overwhelmingly back in 1976; however, just a few years ago, more than four fifths were either strongly for Trump or strongly for Hillary Clinton! And, in the meantime, the number of people who describe themselves as lonely more than doubled!

We explained at the beginning of our summary why this is happening. The same mechanism applies to both examples. Put simply, we live in a world designed to keep us inside a bubble.

We don’t experience anything out of our comfort zone, because it’s so easy to stay inside it: personalized ads, personalized searches, and even personalized channels.

The solution spells itself: do the opposite of what Google or YouTube or your inside voice suggests you! Experiment! Experience the difference! And see for yourself whatever suits you best.

At a certain point during your journey, you’ll undoubtedly come across a place, a person, a point where it will all make sense.

Congratulations: you’ve found your way through your inner wilderness.

Now you belong to yourself.

The side-effect?

You already belong to others as well.

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Our Critical Review

“It is inevitable —we will fall,” notes Simon Sinek in a review of Braving the Wilderness. “We will fail. We will not know how to react or what to do. No matter how or when it happens, we will all have a choice—do we get up or not? Thankfully,” he adds, “Brené Brown is there with an outstretched arm to help us up.”

Just like most of Brown’s books, Braving the Wilderness does feel as if an outstretched arm. It is both compassionate and empowering. Add to that mixture a lot of goodhearted humor and few mantras you’ll never forget – and you have a reason why you should read this book as soon as possible.

Especially if you feel like nobody understands you.

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Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself PDF Summary

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself PDF SummaryHow to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One

Tired of being yourself?

What if there was a way to reinvent yourself from scratch?

And what if you already know this way intuitively, and have already mastered it, but in the wrong departments?

Intrigued?

Let Dr. Joe Dispenza explain you the rest.

And start Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself today!

Who Should Read “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself”? And Why?

Let’s face it: no matter who you are, your life has almost certainly been plagued by bad habits ever since you were a child. And since this is a book about how to break them – then it is undoubtedly a book recommendable to just about anyone.

However, we feel that we need to warn you straight from the start about a couple of things.

First of all, Dispenza’s book references many scientific concepts from different fields, so be prepared to grapple with some light neurobiology and quantum physics if you want to embark on this journey of self-remodeling with Dr. Dispenza.

Even so, Dispenza’s basic premise (the reversal of the thinking/doing relation) is not exactly widely accepted as a scientific fact. Which doesn’t necessarily mean that his methods wouldn’t work; it merely means that they might have been explained away here in a challengeable way.

By the way, if you want a book about habits most scientists approve of, then check out Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit.

About Dr. Joe Dispenza

Dr. Joe DispenzaDr. Joe Dispenza is a chiropractor, educator, lecturer and New York Times bestselling author. He also holds degrees in biochemistry and neuroscience.

He is the author of several books dealing with health and wellbeing, most of them published by Hay House. In his 2014 book, You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter, he explores human’s ability to heal without surgery or drugs but through thought alone.

He builds upon this notion in Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One, Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind and Becoming Supernatural.

Find out more at www.drjoedispenza.com

“Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself PDF Summary”

At one point during their beautiful correspondence, René Descartes writes to Elisabeth, Princess of Bohemia, that thinking people are capable of being unhappy regardless of how happy their circumstances actually are.

In other words, even if everything is going your way, your mind can still bother with things such as why someone else – even someone you don’t really know – is feeling bad at the same moment; and, thus, still cause you genuinely pain and unhappiness.

Even though the above is an undeniable fact – we’re sure you’ve gone through similar feelings at some point in your life – we seem incapable of grasping its real implications.

Namely, if your brain can make you feel unhappy even though you should objectively be happy, why shouldn’t the reverse be true as well?

Or to rephrase that in the form of a question Dr. Joe Dispenza poses: “Can you accept the notion that once you change your internal state, you don’t need the external world to provide you with a reason to feel joy, gratitude, appreciation, or any other elevated emotion?”

If not – stay with us.

We’re about to explain to you why you should.

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life… Because of Quantum Physics

Yes, that’s the title of a Brian Tracy book.

But it’s also the main idea of Dispenza’s book. And the author digs deep to explain it. So, we guess we have to do the same as well.

Now, we’ve already mentioned quantum physics before, but the only thing we had the time to point out to you back then was how strange and bizarre it is. And we summed up this strangeness in a single sentence: “Believe it or not, quantum particles assume characteristics only when observed!”

Well, this is what attracted Dispenza’s attention the most. And the best way to demonstrate what it could mean in practical terms is by using a thought experiment.

The Schrödinger’s cat thought experiment.

Now, the science behind its weird consequences is unquestionable. And it boils down to this: a quantum system – say, an atom or a photon – can exist in multiple mutually exclusive states at one single moment. This is called quantum superposition, and it’s bizarre to even think about in theory.

And yet – it works in practice as well. That’s why we can have such a thing as a quantum computer, in fact; unlike regular computers which transfer information in terms of bits, quantum computers transfer it in terms of qubits. And unlike bits which can be either in the state of 1 or in the state of 0, qubits can be in a superimposed state, that is, a 10 or 01!

Back to our cat.

If we put it in a box with an object that emits radioactive waves, undoubtedly at some point it would die. However, quantum physics suggest that until we open the box, we must assume that it is both alive and dead.

Because the cat too is built of atoms. And that’s how quantum superposition works!

The Potential You’ll Be That You’ll Never See

Now, that’s a line from an Elliott Smith song.

But it’s also something Dispenza firmly believes in – and wants you to understand it!

If you still have problems understanding the experiment above, allow us to help you a bit: matter may not be as definitive as we thought a century ago. It seems that everything behaves as both a particle and a wave.

It is our scientific observations which allow us to fix things into more permanent forms – i.e., change their state from waves to particles (something called, the wave function collapse). As strange as this sounds, most scientists think this interpretation of quantum mechanics – called the Copenhagen Interpretation – is our best guess at how the universe works.

If you think that’s strange, wait till you hear how SF its consequences sound!

We don’t have time to explain this in detail, but in brief: if something can be in superposition of all its possible states at once and if it is our observation which reduces the superposition to a single state, and, finally, if it is true that information mustn’t be lost, then there is an infinite number of parallel universes (a many-worlds multiverse) across which practically everything has already happened, is happening or will happen!

What does this mean in more practical you-related terms?

Well, that our universe hides the potential of every single reality imaginable. It is through our observations that we reduce this potential to a single reality. And since our observations come from our brains, then basically our unhappiness is the product of our wrong thinking.

Change your thinking, change your life isn’t merely a metaphor.

It’s literally what may be happening every single second.

Live Out Your Desires in the Present

“Whether you think you can,” noted Henry Ford once, “or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

We believe we already made a case why Ford would think that.

Some of the greatest scientists alive believe that it is entirely possible that we are living in a “universal choose-your-own-adventure” narrative!

The difference between our lives and choose-your-own-adventure books, however, is that in the latter case, you can always go back to the branching page and choose once again to experience the other adventure.

However, life doesn’t work that way: every choice you make leads to an irreversible outcome which leads to another decision, and so on and so forth.

There are no undos in life.

However, as many books have taught you by now, there are dreams and fantasies and creative visualizations.

Well, Dispenza has a message for them all:

The quantum field responds not to what we want; it responds to who we are being.

In other words, thinking isn’t enough. (If it was, Rachel Hollis would have probably married Matt Damon.)

Thinking is merely the starting point of the process of reducing all of your possible realities to the one you want to live in. However, if you want to make your desired reality real, well, do precisely that. Namely start acting as if you are already living inside your visualizations.

But that’s something biology and neuroscience can probably explain much better.

Your Three Brains

Thinking happens in the first of your three brains: the Neocortex. The Limbic brain is the second one – that one’s responsible for your emotions. Finally, the third one is the cerebellum, responsible for your habits and your behaviors.

These three brains are interrelated, so you can’t change anything if you use only one of them. You need to force them to communicate so you can translate your thoughts into genuine emotions and actions and your actions into your character.

Here’s how it works in practice!

Say you want to become a more courageous person.

The first step is to activate your neocortex. Meaning: you need to find yourself a model – or, even better, models – and study their actions. You want to be a Maya Angelou or a Winston Churchill? Read about them and teach your neocortex what they did to become who they are.

Then, it’s time to put your Limbic brain into action. When a situation arises which demands bravery, willingly force your body to act the way you tried teaching yourself is the best one.

Now that your body has acquired an understanding of bravery, it will be easy to repeat the action you’ve already done once in the next similar circumstance. After all, they don’t say for nothing that the first time is the toughest.

Do a thing two or three times, and you can be sure that your cerebellum has registered it as a part of your character.

Meaning: you’ve successfully gone through the process of becoming who you want to be!

Key Lessons from “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself”

1.      Become Who You Want to Be – From Brain Cell to Gene
2.      Don’t Play Out Your Past Memories – Live Through Your Future Fantasies Instead
3.      Learn How to Bridge the Identity Gap and Be Happy

Become Who You Want to Be – From Brain Cell to Gene

“The latest research,” writes Dr. John Dispenza, “supports the notion that we have a natural ability to change the brain and body by thought alone so that it looks biologically like some future event has already happened. Because you can make thought more real than anything else, you can change who you are from brain cell to gene, given the right understanding.”

In other words, science has all but proven the truth of an old adage: “Watch your thoughts, they become words, watch your words, they become actions, watch your actions, they become habits, watch your habits, they become character, watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

You can find that quote in numerous different versions, but the link is always the same: it starts with thoughts; it ends with character and destiny!

Don’t Play Out Your Past Memories – Live Through Your Future Fantasies Instead

The reason why you are more than your genes is your brain; and, unsurprisingly, your brain can affect your genes.

In fact, it does precisely that even as you’re reading this article. However, the problem is that you are not exactly using its full potential, basically limiting yourself to being what your past has nonchalantly taught you without your intervention.

Think about it this way: you won’t change if you are living out your memories. Because that’s exactly who you are in the first place.

But you can change if you are living out your fantasies. Because that’s who you want to become in the future.

Or, in the words of Dispenza:

When you think from your past memories, you can only create past experiences. As all of the ‘knowns’ in your life cause your brain to think and feel in familiar ways, thus creating knowable outcomes, you continually reaffirm your life as you know it. And since your brain is equal to your environment, then each morning, your senses plug you into the same reality and initiate the same stream of consciousness… If you want a new outcome, you will have to break the habit of being yourself, and reinvent a new self.

Learn How to Bridge the Identity Gap and Be Happy

Now, be aware that becoming who you want to be doesn’t mean that you’ll end up being happy. There are people who have perfect lives and, yet, they struggle. According to Dispenza, the reason for this is because they are not exactly themselves.

Because who you are is at least two people to start with; how you see yourself and how others see you. This is the identity gap everyone has to deal with on a daily basis.

You can only be happy if you bridge the gap; that is, if others start seeing you the way you see yourself.

You can do that using some of the methods above.

Dispenza also offers a shortcut: meditation.

Because meditating, as he explains, is “a means for you to move beyond your analytical mind so that you can access your subconscious mind. That’s crucial, since the subconscious is where all your bad habits and behaviors that you want to change reside.”

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A memory without the emotional charge is called wisdom. Click To Tweet We should never wait for science to give us permission to do the uncommon; if we do, then we are turning science into another religion. Click To Tweet Warning: when feelings become the means of thinking, or if we cannot think greater than how we feel, we can never change. To change is to think greater than how we feel. To change is to act greater than the familiar feelings of the… Click To Tweet Think of it this way: the input remains the same, so the output has to remain the same. How, then, can you ever create anything new? Click To Tweet The point is, true happiness has nothing to do with pleasure, because the reliance on feeling good from such intensely stimulating things only moves us further from real joy. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself is a unique way of linking your habits and your happiness with neuroscience and quantum physics. We are not experts enough to know how much of it actually holds water.

But we do know people who are happy with the results of putting in practice some of its advices. So, if you are like us: ignore the science; but try the exercises.

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Indian Polity PDF Summary

Indian Polity PDFFor Civil Services Examinations

If you’ve never been to India, you’ll never understand the power and pride of Indians.

What do we mean? – Well, Indians have a long history, and their way of life is carved deep into their mentality.

The introduction of Modern India is not a brainchild of Gandi, but the will of the people.

Who Should Read “Indian Polity”? And Why?

As a foreigner, and as someone eager to learn about India, I can say that this is an astonishing book. It covers the history of an oppressed nation and their rise to freedom through the prism of politics.

We wholeheartedly urge Indians, and other knowledge-thirsty individuals to explore “Indian Polity” and learn more about India as a country.

M. LaxmikanthAbout M. Laxmikanth

Laxmikanth is the Director of Laxmikanth IAS and has a lot of experiences in teaching and mentoring civil service applicants.

He is also an author and renowned coach.

“Indian Polity PDF Summary”

Indian history is one of the most disputable points in modern history. A quarrel among Indians and foreign invaders lasted for more than 2 millenniums. You all have some knowledge of Alexander The Great’s endeavors to conquer India – a trend which became an obsession for other Mighty Empires as well.

For the average Joe, India is a poor place, with little to no opportunities. But, this is entirely false!

Prior to being overtaken by the British East Corporation, India contributed to the world GDP with an astonishing 20+ percent. So, when the Britains arrived as traders on behalf of Queen Elizabeth I, they obtained the “Diwani” and took control over the vast empire.

With the fall of colonialization and the apartheid, India managed to rise as a sovereign state in 1947. It became clear to the members of the parliament that India needs a Constitution that will represent and safeguard the interests of the culturally and religiously diversified Indian population.  

The Creation of the Constitution

A lot of processes had to be executed before India could become a factor in the global arena. The composition of a Constitution Assembly became a priority for the new political structure.

On December 13th, 1946, Jawaharlal Nehru introduced the well-known “Objectives Resolution” in the Assembly. The most essential element, integrated into this new concept, was that all Indian Provinces, including the territories controlled by the British, would compose the modern Indian State.

According to the Constitution, the power vested in the assembly members and other government bodies, derive strictly from the people. Whereas, a few months later, the Assembly absorbed the role of an independent and legislative body.

In the present year (1947), the Constituent Assembly introduced the National Flag. Three years later, in 1950, when Dr. Rajendra Prasad was elected as India’s first President and adopted the national anthem.

For people, who have little knowledge of India’s revolution in politics, it’s safe to say that British-Indian Provinces, dominated the Assembly, leaving the Princely States onto the second place. From a religious standpoint, Hindus composed most of the Congress, with Muslims and others to follow.

Not all Constitutions, but many, including the American one, begin with a Preamble. India decided to follow this trend.

It goes like this:

We, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA” having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:

JUSTICE, Social, Economic and Political

LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship

EQUALITY of status and opportunity, and to promote among them all

FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the NATION

IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY, this 26th of November 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.

If you got the impression that India’s Preamble has a Socialist context, well, you are not far-cry from the truth. Over the years, many politicians and Assembly members argued whether the Preamble is a part of the Constitution or not.

Supreme Court states that it is, but it’s vital to note that the Preamble should not be construed as a source of power to the legislature. In addition, it’s non-justiciable, meaning that its counts are not enforced by law.

So, if you ask me (which I am sure you aren’t), it’s one big mess, which has a perpetual tendency. New, bright-minded politicians assert that India should distance itself from the socialist background, and adjust the Constitution. But, that’s a story for a different day.

Union, Citizenship, and Rights

First and foremost, India is not a Federation but a Union. As a socialist state, the constitution is adjusted and formed as an independent federal body, but that doesn’t imply that India consists of several republics within its borders.

The Provinces, which may give the impression of self-governing Republics, are in fact, members of the Assembly. The work behind this integration unfolds since the day India declared independence.

India, following the example of many other modern states, consists of two types of people: citizens and aliens. Well, the term “aliens” doesn’t stand for Martians or some mythical race that inhabits India, but citizens from other countries.

They can later be sub-divided into Friendly and Enemy. The friendly aliens enjoy rights far greater than those of the enemies. So, what kind of basic human rights are we referring to:

  • Rights to practice your religion, without being subjected to harsh treatment
  • Rights to freedom of speech
  • Rights to equality of opportunity
  • Cultural rights
  • Rights to vote for your representatives in the Parliament
  • Eligibility to serve India by holding public offices

According to the Indian Constitution, 5 ways can make you eligible for obtaining Indian Citizenship:

  1. Birth
  2. Descent
  3. Registration
  4. Naturalization
  5. Incorporation of Territory

When it comes to rights, it’s of utmost importance to understand that India has two types of fundamental rights. The ones give only to its citizens, and those assigned to everyone, regardless of their background and status.

The legal bodies, such as the Supreme Court or the Public Prosecutor, are entitled to restrict these provisions at given circumstances. Most of these laws are directly enforced, however, there are others which can only be enacted by the Parliament.

Article 13, declares that all laws or practices which don’t apply to the fundamental rights consisted in the Constitution, automatically lose its credibility and may be considered as void.

According to Article 16, all citizens are given the same amount of rights regarding employment or participation in public services. Conditions don’t apply to this right, which means that every citizen is entitled to enlist in the public or private sector.

The System of State Government

To get a bird’s eye view of India’s political structure, it’s vital to have a glimpse into the features of the Parliamentary Government.

  • The President of India is a nominal execute, while the Prime Minister takes the role of a real executive
  • As it is with most European Countries, the political party that wins the elections forms the government, and the head of it is designated as the Prime Minister
  • As a socialist country, there is a collective responsibility for the actions taken
  • Political Homogeneity
  • Double Membership, which means that the ministers belong to both executive and legislature bodies
  • The Prime Minister is evidently in charge of the country
  • The President can act upon the Prime Minister’s recommendations to dissolve the Lower House (Lok Sabha)
  • The Ministers love and embrace secrecy, and are not allowed to share any information about the proceedings

According to the renowned political scientists, India doesn’t have a too progressive form of governing. Moreover, it’s tough to draw a straight line between India’s Federal and Unitary status. Most Indians argue that the federal governing systems are merely an instrument that enables the central government to serve its citizens.

The United States of America represents the oldest federation in the world, founded in 1787 after the revolution. This new way of forming a country emerged as a result of defiance to the British Rule. It’s strange because, when India slipped from British’s grasp, a similar governing method was established.

The state government is comprised of the following entities:

  • Government
  • Chief Minister
  • State Council of Ministers
  • State Legislature
  • High Court
  • Subordinate Courts
  • Special Status of Jammu & Kashmir
  • Special Provisions for Some States

The facts presented in this Microbook, merely illustrate just a tiny fraction of the entire political system. In other words, we weren’t able to cover every single element conveyed by the author.

Although this may seem enough for foreigners, if you are Indian, reading the book would be in your best interest. We love the profoundness of it, and how it relates to the ordinary everyday person who depends on these acts.

Key Lessons from “Indian Polity”

1.      Limitations on Free Markets
2.      Less Corruption
3.      Support for young Indians

Limitations on Free Markets

As Non-Indians, we cannot be 100% sure of the following, but it seems like the socialist reality threatens to hinder India’s scalable economic potential.

Giving more freedom, will relieve many Indians of their plight, and improve their wellbeing.

Less Corruption

The current way of governing the nation’s resources opens a lot of room for corruption to flourish.

Our guy in Bengaluru told us about the inequality of opportunity even though it’s guaranteed in the Constitution.

Many Indians claim that having a college degree is not enough to get a decent job.

Support for young Indians

I would say that this is not India’s problem but a global one.

Governments, thrown up throughout the world should increase their support for the unemployed population.

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The Constitutional Committee should be headed by a distinguished jurist who enjoys esteem and respect in the state and in the rest of the country. Click To Tweet The ideal of justice—social, economic and political—has been taken from the Russian Revolution. Click To Tweet The Parliament is empowered to legislate on any subject of the State List if Rajya Sabha passes a resolution to that effect in the national interest. Click To Tweet Indian Union is a unitary state with subsidiary federal features rather than a federal state with subsidiary unitary features. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

It took as an awful lot of time to understand how the Indian system operates.

As one of those countries with unlimited potential, we sincerely hope that Indians will reach its technological, economic, and spiritual peak.

On the other hand, we firmly believe that you’ll give this book a shot, and perhaps learn more of Indian rise to political respect.

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Girl, Wash Your Face PDF Summary

Girl, Wash Your Face PDF SummaryStop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

Ever felt like your self is constantly struggling against a vision of who you ought to be?

Tired of doing that?

Well, Rachel Hollis says: it’s time to get that dirt of other people’s lies off of you!

And it’s time for a total makeover:

Girl, Wash Your Face!

Who Should Read “Girl, Wash Your Face”? And Why?

The world of today is a merciless place.

Whether you are a single mom or a mother of two, an unmarried successful woman in your forties or a married twenty-year-old with no job – you are bound to be judged by those around you.

Why?

Merely because no one lives up to the standards of what being a happy woman means for the world. (That’s right – It’s the Anna Karenina Principle all over again!)

The only conclusion you can deduce from that: it’s not you, but the standards which don’t work.

And this is the main message Girl, Wash Your Face is trying to communicate.

That’s why it’s a necessary reading for all the women out there who feel as if they are battled to the ground on a daily basis by the perfect figures of beauty and success from the unrealistic movies of today.

If you need some inspiration to dream and an encouragement to turn those dreams into reality – then Rachel Hollis is your girl.

About Rachel Hollis

Rachel HollisRachel Hollis is the founder and recurrent blogger for TheChicSite.com, a motivational speaker, and #1 New York Times bestselling author.

A mother of four, Hollis is widely considered one of the world’s leading motivators for women, something which has earned her not only a place on Inc. Magazine’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30” but also the flattering moniker “Tony Robbins for women.”

“Deeply passionate about empowering women in business,” Hollis is famed for her high-energy style and for her ability to inspire and galvanize female audiences.

She is also the CCO of her own company, the Hollis Company, and the author of Girl, Wash Your Face which spent about more than four months on The New York Times bestseller list.

She is currently working on a sequel: Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals, to be published in March 2019.

“Girl, Wash Your Face PDF Summary”

“Man is the measure of all things,” uttered Protagoras about two and a half millennia ago, “of things which are, that they are, and of things which are not, that they are not.”

In its bare essence, Girl, Wash Your Face is a tell-it-all mediation upon this famous saying. Or, in other words, it is a book about “one great truth”:

You are in control of your own life. You get one and only one chance to live, and life is passing you by. Stop beating yourself up, and dang it, stop letting others do it too. Stop accepting less than you deserve. Stop buying things you can’t afford to impress people you don’t even really like. Stop eating your feelings instead of working through them. Stop buying your kids’ love with food, or toys, or friendship because it’s easier than parenting. Stop abusing your body and your mind. Stop! Just get off the never-ending track!

Of course, it’s easy to see why you should be in control of your life. The more difficult part is to actually take things in your own hands.

And here’s how you can do it!

Promises and Commitments

The second – and, quite possibly, the best – of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life was to treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.

Let’s try that out here, suggests Rachel.

Say you have a friend who you like very much and would love to see her succeed. Let’s call her Pam. Now, Pam has a bizarre habit: she oftentimes makes arrangements with you to only back out of them at the last minute.

And her excuses aren’t that great either.

For example, even though a week ago you two had agreed to go to Paris for the weekend and experience French cuisine at its best, she canceled out on you because she felt that eating ice cream and streaming Netflix shows was much more fun.

The excuse sounds even feebler when you realize that Pam had promised to go on a diet just a month ago. When did she give up on the diet?

If you don’t have that high of an opinion for Pam – join the club: we’re not that impressed with her either.

The twist:

You are Pam.

Because you do to yourself what Pam is doing to you in this hypothetical example on a daily basis. You constantly promise yourself things and make commitments you are unable to keep. “Our words have power,” notes down Rachel, “but our actions shape our lives.”

So, lesson one: keep your promises to yourself the same way you’d keep them if you gave them to someone you really love. Bonus: split them into smaller, more manageable chunks so that the rewarding feeling of accomplishment can encourage you to go onward.

Dreams and Fantasies…

Now, going onward is both lonely and tiring if there isn’t a final destination to your journey, an objective you believe is important enough to reach.

And having an objective, on the other hand, is so essential that sometimes it can spell the difference between life and death.

However, “I want to be the next Oprah” or “I want to marry Matt Damon” are not very good goals.

Take it from Rachel.

It was her fantasy to marry Damon ever since Good Will Hunting. She spent hours and hours dreaming about it, picturing their wedding and their beautiful little kids.

Years later in LA, she happened upon Matt Damon while she was working as an events manager at some Miramax event. He was standing across the room and started approaching her the minute their eyes met.

However, since this is not a romantic comedy, but real life, he didn’t tell her that he has never seen a more beautiful woman in his life.

No.

The only thing he said to her was posing the rather anticlimactic question: “Can you tell me where I’m sitting, please?”

In other words, no matter how much of your time you spend visualizing some things, they will never come true if they are unreal to start with.

…and Actual Objectives and Goals

You need something much more tangible.

If you’re Jim Carrey, it can be a $10 million check; in Rachel Hollis’ case, it was a $10,000 Louis Vuitton Speedy purse.

The thought of owning it was what kept her going: she promised herself that she was going to buy it the first time she charged a client $10,000 in consulting fees.

It took her many years and many checks of $1,000 or $2,500 to get there, but one day she did do it. And the first thing she did afterward: went straight to the store and bought the purse. She claims to have never felt prouder.

Two lessons to take from here.

First, instead of setting yourself an unrealistic objective, set yourself a SMART goal. That stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound.

Secondly – well, scratch the part about time-bound. Be patient with your dreams. Sometimes it may take a week to turn them into reality, sometimes more than a decade. Don’t forget that that’s how long it took Julia Child or James Cameron to come up with Mastering the Art of French Cooking or Avatar.

Home and Family

Rachel Hollis is a mother of four.

And she is also a CCO of her own company, a bestselling author, a blogger, and a motivational speaker.

So how does she do it?

“When it comes to women,” she says on her website, “there always seems to be a question about how we can balance everything. Girl, I don’t even try!”

Put simply: forget everything movies ever taught you. Not only there are no happy endings – but there are also no happy middle parts as well. At least not happy in the way they tell you are going to be.

Balancing between life and work is a myth; it’s something nobody can do it. (Not even Shonda Rhimes!)

So, embrace the chaos and try to find yourself around day by day.

Also, don’t even dare to say “no” when someone is offering a helping hand. The Beatles put this better than anyone: you’ll get by with a little help from your friends.

Body Image

Based on the tone of Rachel Hollis’ ode to self-love so far, you can probably already guess what her advice is going to be here, right?

Just embrace who you are and stop punishing yourself by following Instagram profiles of supermodels and actresses.

Well – not exactly: do stop doing the latter, but don’t do the former!

Because your body is a divine gift and you need to keep it in the best form possible. And because it’s not exactly a question of beauty – it’s a matter of health.

So, you don’t need to care about how you’d look like in a bikini on the beaches of Ibiza; but you do need to take your lifestyle seriously if you experienced problems climbing the stairs that Friday the elevator didn’t work!

That’s not a way to live your life.

Throw out most of your snacks. Start eating some healthy food. Exercise.

Your body will be grateful.

Sex

Also – your sex life as well!

If it is in any way boring – then you’re certainly doing something wrong.

Sex should be about pleasure, and when it is not, there’s no reason for it happening at all. And that’s exactly what Rachel convinced herself at a certain point in her marriage; this turned her sex life around.

Namely, firmly believing that the goal of sex is to experience an orgasm, she told her husband that she would never have sex again without achieving this goal. And since her husband was a thinking man, he agreed.

Now – if we are to believe her – Rachel does have an orgasm every time she has sex.

Some of her tips: start enjoying your naked body; encourage yourself with some positive sex talk; experiment; and when things aren’t going that well – well, power it through!

Even if that means committing yourself to having sex every day for, say, a month. Because, let’s face it: that’s one commitment you should be able to carry through easily.

Key Lessons from “Girl, Wash Your Face”

1.      You Are in Control of Your Own Life
2.      Someone Else’s Opinion of You Is None of Your Business
3.      Compare Yourself Only to Yourself from Yesterday

You Are in Control of Your Own Life

If you need to take only one lesson from this book – take this one:

You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are.

That’s both a burden and a blessing. Because, on the one hand, it leaves you no room for excuses. But, on the other and more important one, it makes your life a joy and an experiment.

Your own personal, customizable journey.

Someone Else’s Opinion of You Is None of Your Business

We live in a social media-obsessed world, and everybody has something to say about someone.

Most of the time these are not good things. However, more often than not, it is precisely because of these things our lives seem so empty and meaningless.

Why should we?

If something makes us happy, what difference does it make if it doesn’t fit in the conventional narrative of happiness?

Think about it this way: if Picasso or Beethoven did what their surroundings told them to, they wouldn’t have become Picasso and Beethoven.

Compare Yourself Only to Yourself from Yesterday

“Comparison is the death of joy,” notes Rachel Hollis, “and the only person you need to be better than is the one you were yesterday.”

Of course you’re not going to be better than Oprah or Sandra Bullock in a few months’ time. Comparisons such as these can only make you feel unhappy and worthless.

But you can be better than yourself from yesterday – and achieving that will make you feel good and content.

Do that long enough and, who knows: maybe you can become the next Oprah or Sandra Bullock!

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Our Critical Review

Chances are you are not going to find anything new inside Girl, Wash Your Face.

But, somehow, Rachel Hollis has a way of communicating the clichés in a manner that has already reached the hearts and brains of many girls and women worldwide.

So, why shouldn’t it do the same for you as well?

(One note, though: at certain points, the book may sound a bit too Christian and too preachy; so if that’s not your cup of tea – be prepared for digressions of this kind.)

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Year of Yes PDF Summary

Year of Yes PDF SummaryHow to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person

Are you saying “no” to too many things in your life?

Well, it’s time to change that.

Let Shonda Rhimes help you to kickstart your life-changing “Year of Yes.”

Who Should Read “Year of Yes”? And Why?

Do you like Grey’s Anatomy?

Considering the fact that the show is on TV for about 13 years now, we bet it’s safe to assume that not many would answer that question in the negative.

Well, this is the story of the person behind its success: Shonda Rhimes.

So, if you are a fan of that show, don’t miss this book.

Don’t miss it if you want to be the person behind the next Grey’s Anatomy: there are many lessons here for aspiring TV writers.

However, don’t expect all of them to be encouraging: there’s more to life than being successful. In fact, that’s lesson number one.

About Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Lynn RhimesShonda Rhimes is an American screenwriter and television producer.

She is best known as the creator, writer and executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off Private Practice. She is also the creative force behind ABC’s political thriller Scandal.

In 2017, Netflix purchased the streaming rights for Rhimes’ shows and made a multi-year development deal with her, according to which her future productions will be Netflix Original series.

Year of Yes is Rhimes’ only book so far.

“Year of Yes PDF Summary”

Even if you don’t know who Shonda Rhimes is, you certainly know what Shonda Rhimes has so far done. Because she is the creative force (both writer and producer) behind three top-rated TV shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal.

However, if you think that Year of Yes is a book about success – think again! It’s actually much more a book about happiness. And it’s not so much about what you should do to be happy, but about what you should don’t.

It’s also a highly personal account of how Shonda Rhimes became Shonda Rhimes – and what she would have done differently if she could go back in time. And what she actually did the minute she faced her regrets.

Born in Chicago as the youngest of six children to a college professor (her mother) and a university administrator (her father), Rhimes was (expectedly) an introvert.

Her favorite hobby was playing pretend with food items. She had a habit of hiding in her mother’s pastry and developing stories in which the green beans were ruled by the yams, and the tomatoes plotted an overthrow.

She was, in every sense of the phrase, a storyteller from birth, homo narrans.

Unsurprisingly, after attending Marian Catholic High School, she went on to earn a BA at Dartmouth College in English and film studies.

It was here that she started dabbling in much more serious make-believe games, joining the Black Underground Theater Association and directing numerous student productions. She also acted in some of them, writing fiction in the meantime.

It was the beginning of the 1990s, so it’s only natural that Shonda dreamt of becoming the next Toni Morrison, the first black woman to win a Nobel Prize.

Interestingly enough, after Shonda became Shonda Rhimes, she had the privilege to have dinner with Morrison.

The thing they talked about?

Grey’s Anatomy.

Now, how did that happen?

How does one evolve from just a regular person dreaming a dream to an exceptional one living inside it?

Shonda has pretty straightforward advice:

They tell you: Follow your dreams. Listen to your spirit. Change the world. Make your mark. Find your inner voice and make it sing. Embrace failure. Dream. Dream and dream big. As a matter of fact, dream and don’t stop dreaming until your dream comes true.

I think that’s crap.

I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, powerful, engaged people? They are busy doing.

In other words: dreaming is easy; it’s doing the work necessary to turn that dream into a reality that is difficult.

However, that’s not what Shonda learned during this process of becoming one of the most respected people in the film industry; what she did is actually a much bleaker lesson: that success doesn’t bring you happiness.

In fact, it may be the very opposite: it’s what prevents you from being happy.

For two reasons:

First of all, if you want to be successful in Hollywood, you can’t allow yourself a break; however, if you are a writer, that usually means many solitary sleepless and stressful nights. After all, it’s not like you don’t know that even Muses need to take some rest from time to time.

The second reason is even scarier. Namely, no matter how lonely and insecure you feel, you mustn’t show this before anyone. Because nobody has the time to deal with an anxious person with panic attacks in a world where new episodes must come out each week and new TV shows are constantly created and produced.

Rhimes’ solution?

Well, the obvious one: gobbling up her feelings.

Literally.

And, of course, after she realized that this method gained her some weight, she felt so sad that she had to start eating some more.

You know it: the vicious, vicious circle.

And then, one day, her sister and her publicist all but ordered Shonda to accept an invitation for dinner with then-U.S. President Barack Obama and the First Lady.

Suddenly, Shonda realized that there must be another way. In other words, you can, instead of watching the world go by in front of your very eyes, take participation.

And just like Jim Carrey in Yes Man, she decided to say “yes” to everything.

You may remember 2015 as the year you did nothing in particular, but in Shonda Rhimes’ vocabulary, 2015 was her “Year of Yes.”

The first thing Shonda said “yes” to was her social life.

And this led to a few memorable experiences, such as being photographed by Annie Leibovitz and being interviewed (for the first time) for Good Morning America!

In addition, she organized a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. And she didn’t reject the offers for a friendly hangout by the cast of her shows.

The second thing Shonda said “yes” to was her family.

Rhimes adopted her first child back in 2002, and her second and third in 2012 and 2013. However, before her “Year of Yes,” she didn’t have that much time for Emerson, Beckett, and Harper. In 2015, however, she decided that that’s not a way to live your life.

So, she started saying “yes” every time her daughters would ask her to play with them. And she stopped working during the weekends so that she can dedicate herself fully to her family for at least two days a week.

It wasn’t always like that.

When she adopted her first child, a friend of hers asked her whether she had started interviewing for a nanny. Rhimes was furious: “Why would I want to adopt a child if I plan to make it someone else’s problem?” – she yelled.

However, soon enough she realized that real life doesn’t work the way movies do. In real life, it is quite tricky – and almost impossible – to balance family and work.

In comes Jenny McCarthy.

Though she has written some books about parenting – no, we’re not talking about that Jenny McCarthy.

It’s Shonda Rhimes’ supernanny who, in Rhimes’ words, helped her both realize that it is impossible to do it all and, ironically, actually do it all. (Your friends are an extension of you; and you are an extension of your friends. Never forget that.)

This helped Rhimes feel much more confident and act with much more assertiveness. And it inspired her to say “no” once in a while – when that secretly means saying “yes.”

Because a “no” to self-depreciation is actually a “yes” to compliments. And a “yes” to compliments leads to just the perfect amount of self-love.

And that – as Rupi Kaur points over and over again – is the only valid starting point of love.

Not to mention health, as well!

You see, Shonda Rhimes lost 117 pounds during 2015.

Now, you can say that it’s because of exercising and dieting and you won’t be wrong. However, the real, underlying reason is something else.

A newly discovered capacity for self-love.

Key Lessons from “Year of Yes”

1.      Unhappiness May Be the Price for Success
2.      The FODs and the Bad-Asses
3.      The One Rule of Happiness

Unhappiness May Be the Price for Success

Most people know that happiness and success are intricately related. And they instinctively agree that the former must follow from the latter.

OK, let’s agree with that. So, you can’t be happy if you are not successful. But can consider yourself successful if you are not happy?

As Shonda Rhimes found out during her “Year of Yes” – no, you can’t. And, unfortunately, success may be an obstacle on your road to happiness.

Because you may have to sacrifice many things so that you can become successful. And because, during the process, you may forget that you wanted to be successful only so that you can enjoy those exact same things.

You know – the plotline for every romantic comedy ever.

It turns out it’s much too real.

The FODs and the Bad-Asses

Shonda Rhimes thinks herself a FOD, that is “first, only different.”

How different?

Well, you know: not male, not white, and yet highly successful.

Since she’s a rare kind even today – did luck have anything to do with her success?

“I am not lucky,” answers at one point Shonda Rhimes. “You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way, and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass.”

Other people you can call badasses: Julia Child, Serena Williams, Oprah… Wonder Woman. And Brené Brown.

And, well, you.

If you want to, that is.

The One Rule of Happiness

Remember the Anna Karenina Principle?

If not, maybe the first line of that brilliant Tolstoy novel will refresh your memory: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

In other words, in order to be happy, you need to check all the checkboxes. You can be unhappy, however, if only one (any one: love, friends, family, work, etc.) of the checkboxes is left empty.

Obviously, this explains why it is so much more difficult to be happy. But, what it doesn’t say is how you can be happy.

Shonda Rhimes, however, thinks that, in fact, it does.

Because, if there are so many things that influence our happiness, and if each of us is different – then the only way to happiness is your way.

There is no list of rules. There is one rule. The rule is: there are no rules. Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be. Being traditional is not traditional anymore. It’s funny that we still think of it that way. Normalize your lives, people.

You don’t want a baby? Don’t have one. I don’t want to get married? I won’t. You want to live alone? Enjoy it. You want to love someone? Love someone. Don’t apologize, don’t explain, don’t ever feel less than. When you feel the need to apologize or explain who you are, it means the voice in your head is telling you the wrong story. Wipe the slate clean. And rewrite it. No fairy tales. Be your own narrator. And go for a happy ending. One foot in front of the other. You will make it.

And that’s the one rule of happiness: don’t listen to others telling you how you can make yourself happy. It won’t work – because you’re a unique individual. Follow your inner voice should work. Even if that means having no family of your own or being less than successful in your profession.

For some people, happiness is having a coffee with their high school friends once a week. And why shouldn’t it be?

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Our Critical Review

Year of Yes is – to quote a review – “as fun to read as Rhimes’s TV series are to watch.”

So, if you enjoy rapid-fire dialogue, poignant moments, great punchlines and unforgettable life lessons – you’ll enjoy this memoir as well.

Raw and revelatory, Year of Yes is as life-affirming as its title.

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Inner Engineering PDF Summary

Inner Engineering PDFA Yogi’s Guide to Joy

The process of finding your true-self runs like a leitmotif throughout the book.

Perhaps, you won’t be able to understand the powerful thrust of Sadhguru’s message, until you still your mind and quiet your urges.

Beleaguered or not, we all are entitled to delve into the real self and put secondary matters on the side.

Stay with us, as we reveal the key findings from this #1 New York Times bestselling book.

Who Should Read “Inner Engineering”? And Why?

The title itself denotes purity and inner alteration, which is something every person should consider doing. The central premise of this book revolves around the birth of a concept-free person.

Therefore, we firmly believe that “Inner Engineering” deserves a place on your bookshelf. Even if you don’t agree with Sadhguru’s methods, we recommend it because it will expand your horizons.

SadhguruAbout Sadhguru

So, who is Jaggi Vasudev – Sadhguru? When I first laid eyes upon him in a YouTube Video, I thought that he is yet another spiritual teacher.

What I didn’t know is the fact that, he is also a successful businessman, acclaimed author, and a Yogi. Many people refer to him as a mystic, but as far as I can tell, Sadhguru is a complete person!

And this is the truth since he explains how you can free yourself of negativity, remain in the neutrality of the self, and continue your contribution to the society through education and business.

“Inner Engineering PDF Summary”

Sadhguru is no stranger to those who sought salvation and stumbled upon a Youtube video, or a written script, such as this one. According to many renowned journals, “Inner Engineering” is one of the most in-depth and life-altering books on spirituality ever written.

It stands to reason, why you should at least scan it through. Our main guy in India shared with me many cool facts about Indians, and I was stunned by their contrast, positively of course.

To be honest, Sadhguru is the embodiment of the picture portrayed by my good friend. An individual who has integrated both spiritual and professional agendas, and used this momentum to create a far-reaching scope of success.

Without further ado, let’s plunge into some actionable tips and practices contained in this astonishing book.

The first thing that will strike you while reading is that we are masters of our own lives, either consciously or unconsciously. So, passing the blame onto somebody else is not an endorsed approach.

So, if somebody were to ask you – Do you prefer being rich or happy?

Even those that went from rags to riches in a short amount of time, they did it because they hoped that happiness is on the receiving end. Sadhguru implies that we yearn to get our hands on this blissful experience while looking at the wrong place.

Does this mean that we should remain poor for the rest of our lives? Absolutely not, it merely indicates that whatever we do in the 24 Hour timeframe, the primary stimulus is reaching a state of contentment or pure joy.

It’s needless to say that the Yogi guide, is presented in a digestible manner, for you to tackle these delusions.

Sadhguru, on numerous occasions, expressed that happiness is not a decision, but a reality. Contentment is not a passing state of mind, but the eternal state of the real-self.

Generally speaking, people seeking adrenaline type of happiness, often find themselves drained and exhausted of the pursuit they’ve been urged to conduct. The simplest way to reach peace of mind is to cherish an effortless battle.

You don’t need to swim, but embrace the life-current and go with the flow. Although this seems like a simple tweak, not many people dare to exploit it. We want to pave our own way, and putting trust in some mystical energy is our second choice.

We’ll get to that, but first, let’s talk about a few things that are causing a lot of confusion.

To attain bliss, you must eradicate all the things that are giving you a headache. And that’s just the beginning. Next up, one must question its ideals, and stay peaceful while doing it.

The restless mind is like a car. It goes 150 Mph only because you filled up the fuel tank. Start wasting your symbolic “money” on something that will help you instead of harm you.

The Power of becoming a Yogi

Many ponder about the effects of Yoga. Sadguru asserts that the science of being perfect is reflected in nature, not in the person. What does that mean?

Reaching allignment or harmony with existence is impossible if you remain narrow-minded and stubborn. What yoga does is helping you maintain the highest level of enthusiasm and joy toward life. This can be later converted into full-scale enlightenment or understanding one’s core self.

According to the author, yoga is a mix of intellect, karma, energy, and devotion also known as “bhakti.” By combining these factors, you may get in line for becoming truly happy, while remaining active and persistent.

Indeed, not being aware of your inner reality has taken a toll on humanity. The previously mentioned scenarios are not reserved only for the privileged few, but they symbolize the never-fading truth that is embedded into the hearts and minds of every living soul.

At the outset, Sadhguru refers to the body and examines its functions on this endeavor. It’s the most basic form of identification, therefore, it’s advisable that we start from there.

Instead of wasting your time on trivial activities, find a quiet place and sit there for a few minutes each day. The question is Why? What is the goal behind this?

You see, that’s the trick! Throughout the course of history, society has always been prone to attach some end goal to everything. At this point, you must embrace detachment, and leave the body be! Just pay attention to the breath, going in, and out – focus on that for a while.

You don’t need to pressure yourself; a few minutes is more than enough to get the ball rolling. Once the effort required to remain aware reduces, you’ll start connecting with nature. You will become the axis around which all the rest spins.

In yoga, you’ll learn how to channel your body energy and a few postures that can accentuate your inner journey. Having said that, don’t take it as an objective, because it’s not. Sadhguru teaches you, to trust the body, follow its instincts and strive to purify your mind from meaningless concepts.

Eating Habits and Alignment with Nature

We are going to start here with a Latin saying: Mens sana in corpore sano or – A healthy mind in a healthy body.

In case you might be wondering, why so many spiritual gurus and truth seekers walked barefoot – it’s because of the connection between the person and the earth. It’s a special bond that helped them to absorb the universal energies.

Sitting next to a tree for a couple of minutes can put you into a state of deep rest. In this book, you’ll find a handful of practices that you can try and experiment with, in order to quiet your mind.

When it comes to the diet, you have to bear in mind that whatever you put in reflects the quality of your life. It’s safe to say that natural ingredients, and organic food determine the vitality of your system, and energize your body.

Once you realize that, you’ll subtly enter into the category of conscious eaters, who are not driven by animal urges. You have to bring benefit to your body, by maintaining its vigorousness and advocating for a healthy diet.

Sadhguru is not merely covering the nutritional value, but place emphasis on life as a whole. For instance, consuming seeds can immensely improve your health condition and add to your overall endurance.

For a greater effect, and total eradication of toxic elements within the body, you must apply a new life strategy that consists of conscious digestion.

Don’t be surprised to hear that according to Sadhguru, eating food is not within the context of spirituality. Depending on your preferences and lifestyle, you should choose a diet, because one set of ingredients is not a good fit for everybody.

The key is – compatibility. Make sure that the diet assigned to your lifestyle fits your high-minded ambitions or introvert style of living.

So, is this it? – Well, not quite! Sadhguru prioritizes the digestive system and explains how each type of food should be eaten. You’ll also take a gander at the most digestible food additives and many other things.

You should also know that 55% of the digestions takes place in the mouth, and the rest of it is done in the digestive system itself.

How to behave? – When you feel immense hunger, give your body a few minutes to calm down. Don’t submit to the urges, but maintain control despite the situation that prompts you to behave somewhat beastly.

Also, bear in mind that staying physically active must also become part of your daily lifestyle. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer to take a morning jog or play some other sport.

Just get up, and focus on your overall well-being.

The Choice of Life

Love is an unexplainable phenomenon, which entails one’s mental, physical, and psychological cravings. Often we hear that true love is unconditional, but it mustn’t be solely linked to physical needs. There are as many interpretations as they are stars in the night sky.

Being enamored of someone is just one tiny fraction, not the whole package. The spiritual love, is the cornerstone for finding blissfulness, but it can also absorb a wide array of connotations. Evidently, associating love with other aspects can take an awful lot of time.

For instance, you can be very fond of some painting, or someone’s life philosophy. So, it’s vital to stick with the root and leave the branches aside, for the time being.

According to the author, the choices we make are an integral part of this love. Whatever you do, or plan to achieve, passion must be your primary incentive to carry something out inwardly.

Don’t take this the wrong way, since the intrinsic intelligence, Sadhguru is referring to is given to you in the form of existence. You are not either blessed nor cursed. You can utilize it in its entirety, without having to jump into conclusions.

Previously we stated that happiness is not a transient state that lies at the end of a treacherous journey. It’s your birthright, something that doesn’t come and go.

During the process, you’ll identify with temporary concepts, but as you become more aware, these sensations will turn into pointless attachments.

Key Lessons from “Inner Engineering”

1.      Reconnect with nature
2.      The perilous journey to freedom
3.      Expand your horizons

Reconnect with nature

If this process seems a bit overwhelming, you can ask yourself – Why the westerners enjoy spending time in parks, and picnics in the countryside?

It’s the same process – our body urges us to get in touch with the source, which in this case represents the Earth.

The perilous journey to freedom

How long does it take before you finally have a tenacious grip on the slipping happiness? 20 years of meditation, 50?

The outward journey takes too long, and what’s worse, the end is nowhere near. The inner pull, however, is just staying wherever you are as an observer.

Expand your horizons

If you are merely interested in separating moral from immoral, or right and wrong, your mind will always be imprisoned in this circle.

Leaving the judgmental urges aside will help you establish control over your life, and show you the only route to spiritual enhancement.

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“Inner Engineering Quotes”

The planet is spinning on time: not a small event. All the galaxies are managing fine; the whole cosmos is doing great. But you have one nasty little thought crawling through your head, and it is a bad day! The problem is you are living… Click To Tweet Learning to listen is the essence of intelligent living. Click To Tweet The only thing that stands between you and your well-being is a simple fact: you have allowed your thoughts and emotions to take instruction from the outside rather than the inside. Click To Tweet To program the calories, you must consume and the number of hours you must sleep is a foolish way to handle life. Click To Tweet Responsibility simply means your ability to respond. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

Well, we feel sorry that we can’t relate to everything mentioned in this book, but we urge you to take some time off and read this astonishing masterpiece.

Sadhguru is one of the best spiritual teachers of today, so it most definitely requires some attention.

You’ll not only benefit from his words, but you’ll also be prompted to implement these practices in your life.

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Startup Easy PDF Summary

Startup Easy PDFA Step by Step Guide for Entrepreneurs

The “get rich quick” scheme is no longer fooling anyone! We all know that unless you come from a wealthy family, the path to improving your financial position is paved with thorns, not roses.

That’s the harsh reality, but it’s of utmost importance that you have a mentor during the process.

Consider Shishir as your friend to be, someone who will help you to get the big picture!

Let’s roll!

Who Should Read “Startup Easy”? And Why?

The Startup world incorporates various factors that every entrepreneur should take into account.

Although it’s hard to find a book that contains all the necessary elements for you to step up, we deem that this one is the closest we are ever going to get.

Startup Easy” helps you take a sneak peek into the deep entrepreneurial mysteries, and how you can leverage that position.

Upon reading it, you’ll be able to put a weight on your ideas and assess their potential. It’s a process you wouldn’t want to sidestep!

Shishir GuptaAbout Shishir Gupta

Shishir Gupta is a lawyer, author, and the CEO of StartupLanes. He launched his first startup back in 2001, and embarked on a lucrative journey.

His work has been featured on CNBC Young Turks, TiE the Knot, Startup Weekend & Startup Grind.

“Startup Easy PDF Summary”

It’s needless to say that the effects of the digital enhancement are a force to be reckoned with. Neglect their impact, and you’ll find your idea buried in the ground. This leads us to our next revelation:

The Startup Ecosystem needs to perceived from an impartial standpoint, and thus tackle the disruptive technologies that constitute a threat to your progress.

Startup Definition

If you are a rookie in the Startup Stratosphere, there’s a good chance you have absolutely no idea what the term Startup stands for! Fear not, because there are as many definitions and conceptions about Startups as there are stars in the night sky.

For argument’s sake, if you are serious about launching your own business, comparing notes with investors and customers should be the least of your concerns.

According to the author, Startup represents a scalable business, with a limited operating history. A small company even by domestic regulations, where the founders own and finance the business.

What’s not included and has absolute Zero relevancy to the Startup System:

  • The size of the company
  • The sector of the economy
  • The industry in which the Startup operates

Many tech-savvy people have an advantage over more conservative heads, regarding the process of launching a startup, right? Wrong! You don’t need to be Elon Musk, or Bill Gates to create your own product or service.

Shishir makes it crystal clear by stating:  

A startup can exist without technology also, consider the example of Shake Shack. Shake Shack welcome people from all over the city, country, and world who gathered together to enjoy fresh, simple, high-quality versions of the classics in a majestic setting.

On top of that, not every new company has the earmarks of a Startup. Only a tiny fraction of the bulk, deserve to be labeled as such. If you want a real-life example, take notes:

A local a barbershop doesn’t meet the criteria of a Startup, and as a business model is not scalable. The rest of the launches, which are ascendable and innovative, can be incorporated into the Quick-Growth type of businesses.

Adopt the Entrepreneurial Mindset

We assume, you all know that entrepreneurship is not a numbers game, but a process composed of expertise, sheer will, and attitude. Early failure is not a foregone conclusion, but an integral part of the entrepreneurial journey.

By thinking big, and acting rather than reacting, you’ll lay the groundwork for commencing a successful professional endeavor. Don’t relate your concept to your age, because imposing restrictions on yourself can cost you dearly.

Shishir amplifies on this by saying: Staying calm, experimenting, and refraining from judgment is the all-encompassing strategy that will lead you to ultimate victory. Don’t attach a timeframe to these ventures, and move with great confidence.

He backs this notion by referring to a product sold on Amazon named NoPhone Air. It’s basically “Air” in an empty pack, but it surprisingly got media coverage and raised approximately 550$.

Astonishing, isn’t it?

When it comes to innovation: the most accurate definition would be – turning an idea into an actual product or service with great value and potential. Startups are in tight correlation with creativeness, because they are compelled to create something better than the existing product/service.

In Shishir’s opinion, there are two types of Innovation:

  • Evolutionary innovation
  • Revolutionary innovation

An innovative startup puts the problem in the core of their operations. By identifying the chasm between customers and the existing product, you’ll get one step closer to devising a solution that meets the customers’ demands.

What exactly do you need to launch your own Startup? What are the core necessities one, can’t do without?

  • Physical: office, delivery vehicles, laptops, etc.
  • Intellectual: Brand, patent, copyright agenda, customer database, etc.
  • Human: stakeholders, human resources, in other words, people.
  • Financial: financial capabilities.

Hipster, Hacker & Hustler

Prior to diving deep into this book, we had zero knowledge regarding the importance of these terms. Shishir pays exclusive attention to them, and delivers an easy-to-grasp explanation:

  • Hipster: Creative genius. Someone who’s not aversive to change, and tends to follow the latest trends in the industry.
  • Hacker: The backstage boy – often portrayed as some weird-looking dude (sorry girls), but that’s not always the case. It’s the master behind the curtain.
  • Hustler: The person who doesn’t take “No” for an answer. A real problem-solver with impressive critical thinking skills

Fire up the team

Amazon’s very own Godfather, Jeff Bezos, overly-emphasizes two key concepts – Disagree or Commit. In doing so, he managed to create a highly proficient organizational structure that thrives on decision-making.

Even if you feel disposed to disagree with the plan; be honest about it. Don’t endorse a concept that you actually have no intention of giving your best shot to make it work. Become one of those people who dare to criticize even the Brain of the operation.

Disagree or Commit, as it turns out, is marked as a method that averts a potential conflict, due to the fact that lack of consensus can instigate lethargy within the organization.

What does it take to build a successful Startup?

  • Scalability: This process is self-explanatory. Your Startup must have the potential for reaching the sky, otherwise, it won’t pan out!
  • Born out of passion: Doing something solely for the financial benefit behind it, will not suffice. You have to love what you plan on doing and radiate that enthusiasm.
  • Disruptive: Generally speaking, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel; adding an extra feature to an existing product could serve an equal purpose.
  • Independent: The ideal startup model is composed of founders with no intention of giving away their elbow-room. They enjoy their autonomy and freedom to make decisions.
  • Execution: Get Things Done, and Fast! Don’t roam around purposelessly and embrace the hustler attitude!
  • Start Small: At the outset, you might want to target a smaller market segment, and win the audience over with your diligence and commitment.
  • Young: This particular segment doesn’t refer to the operating history of the company, but relates to the overall display. Energized and eager to adapt businesses comprise this group.
  • Technology: Your startup must be either technologically-oriented or technologically-enabled.
  • User experience: If you plan on building a user-centric company, then you have to put their demands on the top of your list.

Remember – failure is not a defeat, but a lesson!

More Critical Information

Lean Startup is a term coined by Eric Ries. In his bestselling book “Lean startup “– he explains it as a process that embodies uncertainty and risk. The goal of this procedure is to identify and eliminate waste.

In addition, take a look at the five principles that add to the Lean Startup definition:

  • Entrepreneurs are everywhere
  • Entrepreneurship is related to management
  • Validated learning
  • Use the: Build – Measure – Learn tactic
  • Innovative accounting

MVP – Minimum Viable Product: Is used as a basis to launch a new product and get feedback as quickly as possible. The Minimum part refers to the idea of doing only what’s expedient, and do the refinement later.

Build – Measure – Learn Method: It emphasizes pace in terms of decision making and product launch. What does that indicate?

It illustrates your readiness to build the minimum viable product, receive feedback, assess its value, and experiment along the way. By doing all these things, you’ll know when to pivot, or even stick to your strategy which according to your KPIs proved to be effective.

Key Lessons from “Startup Easy”

1.      Your age is irrelevant
2.      Write your ideas
3.      Be yourself

Your age is irrelevant

Don’t put ideas in your head that would limit the scope of your business. Stay open-minded and beware of these tendencies.

Age is just a number, and that couldn’t be more accurate especially in the field of entrepreneurship.

Write your ideas

It may seem like a pretty casual routine, but it’s an insanely powerful tool. Such a trick can give you the impetus for change and evaluation.

Visualization is crucial to success, but putting your dreams on a piece of paper is even better!

Be yourself

Yeah, it may seem a little out of the blue, but bringing authenticity to this world can really be beneficial. A poor imitation can backfire on you, and leave you empty handed.

In your spare time, try to work on your individuality by questioning your habits and way of life.

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Our Critical Review

Entrepreneurs in the making, or those willing to sharpen their skills, will benefit from the insights shared by Shishir Gupta.

In all honesty, not many authors dare to unveil so many obstacles that an average entrepreneur faces on its journey.

We not only enjoyed reading this powerful guide but also learned a lot of cool tips from it. These lessons can be implemented into your business or help you to establish a new one.

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Big Little Lies Book Summary

Big Little Lies Book SummaryAs everybody knows, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…

So, they are not exactly little.

But, when it all starts, they are not that big either.

So, let’s just call them:

Big Little Lies.

Who Should Read “Big Little Lies”? And Why?

“A brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive,” Big Little Lies should disappoint no one.

Especially not women.

But read it if you are a man, nevertheless.

Liane Moriarty Biography

Liane MoriartyLiane Moriarty is a bestselling Australian author.

She spent some time working as a copywriter at an advertising company before embarking on a career as a writer.

In 2004, she published her first novel, Three Wishes, written so as to obtain a master’s degree in creative writing at Macquarie University.

The Last Anniversary followed two years later, after which What Alice Forgot and The Hypnotist’s Love Story came out.

In 2013, Moriarty’s fifth novel, The Husband’s Secret, made both The New York Times and The USA Today bestseller lists; the rights to the novel were soon acquired by CBS Films, and a Blake Lively-starring thriller is already in production.

Big Little Lies – which debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list in 2014 – was adapted last year into an award-winning HBO miniseries, starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

The two have already optioned the rights for Truly Madly Guilty, which was published in 2016.

Moriarty’s last novel, Nine Perfect Strangers, came out just last month, September 2018.

Find out more at http://lianemoriarty.com.au/

Plot

Big Little Lies opens with two very interesting and thought-provoking epigraphs.

The first one is a schoolyard chant you’re probably already familiar with: “You hit me, you hit me, now you have to kiss me.” The second is a pledge and promise by the Pirriwee Public School:

Pirriwee Public School
. . . where we live and learn by the sea!
Pirriwee Public is a BULLY-FREE ZONE!
We do not bully.
We do not accept being bullied.
We never keep bullying a secret.
We have the courage to speak up if we see our friends bullied.
We say NO to bullies!

And, of course, there’s a reason for both of these epigraphs.

Chapter 1

Not the least because the book begins at Pirriwee Public School where the parents of the children who go there participate in a fundraising trivia night.

However, this is not just an ordinary trivia party. Namely, it’s an “Audrey and Elvis” trivia night, which means that all the women present are dressed up as Audrey Hepburn, and all the men are dressed up as Elvis Presley.

Obviously, this means that it’s kind of hard to realize who’s talking to who and what exactly is going on there. And then, an Elvis punches another Elvis across the jaw, and he falls into an Audrey. Two other Elvises pull him away. An Audrey buries her face in her hands and turns aside.

And as someone is shouting “Stop this!” and another one is wondering whether to call the police, a siren is heard wailing in the distance.

Also – a scream. And another. And another. It seems that they are all coming from a nearby balcony.

Then we hear everyone blabbering about things as confusing and diverse as the American spelling of “mum” and helicopter parenting, the Erotic Book Club and French nannies.

Suddenly, Detective-Sergeant Adrian Quinlan utters a chilling sentence: “Let me be clear: This is not a circus. This is a murder investigation.”

So, apparently, someone – presumably, one of the parents – has died.

However, Moriarty doesn’t tell us who. Instead, she goes back in time to tell the whole story.

Chapter 2 – Chapter 70: The Six Months Before Trivia Night

The second chapter begins at the fortieth birthday of Madeline Martha Mackenzie as she is driving to Pirriwee school to take Chloe, her five-year-old daughter, to her orientation day.

However, at a red light, she has a slight mishap: she goes out of the car, and as she runs back to the driver’s seat, she trips.

Jane Chapman, a single mother of another five-year-old, Ziggy, happens to be in the car behind her. She goes over to help her and the two strike a friendship.

Soon, Jane meets Celeste Wright, a friend of Madeline and mother of two twin children – Josh and Max.

Madeline, Jane, and Celeste become inseparable. Their goal – to become the new Blond Bobs, the mums who “rule the school” with their perfect haircuts (hence the name) and their horrendously gifted children.

The Blond Bobs are “mum prefects,” explains Madeline. “They feel very strongly about their roles as school mums. It’s like their religion. They’re fundamentalist mothers.”

However, all is not well beneath the surface. In quite a short period of time, we learn that, unfortunately, all of these women have to struggle with some significant problems in their lives.

1. Madeline’s Two Marriages

Madeline’s problem seems to be the least serious one.

An alpha female with substantial wealth and strong will, she is married to the dedicated and steadfast Ed. Chloe is one of the two children from that marriage, the other being Fred.

However, Madeline is also mother to teenage Abigail, whose father Nathan abandoned them when she was an infant. The problem is that now Abigail, for some reason, is growing too close to Bonnie, Nathan’s new wife.

2. The Price for Celeste’s “Perfect” Life

Moving on to Celeste.

As Jane realizes from her first meeting with her, she is “so unacceptably, hurtfully beautiful, it [makes] you feel ashamed.” However, the fact that she is exactly like a woman should look like doesn’t mean that her life is exactly like a woman’s life should be.

On the contrary, in fact.

You see, just like Rupi Kaur warns in one of her poems, she has somehow confused anger with kindness. And even though her life seems perfect on the surface, she is in fact continually beaten up and abused by her wealthy husband, Perry Wright.

And she puts up with it.

Possibly because she has developed some form of the Stockholm syndrome. Possibly because she loves her husband so much. Or maybe because we grow up with life lessons such as the one shared by the schoolyard song Moriarty uses as an epigraph to her book.

“No one deserves to live like this,” Celeste’s counselor Susi says at one point.

What does she know? – thinks Celeste. After all, she hasn’t seen the whole of their lives:

She hadn’t seen the expression on the boys’ faces when Perry spun his crazy stories about early-morning flights across the ocean. ‘You can’t really fly, Daddy. Can he fly, Mummy? Can he?’ She hadn’t seen Perry rap-dancing with his kids or slow-dancing with Celeste on their balcony, the moon sitting low in the sky, shining on the sea as if it were there just for them.

‘It’s almost worth it,’  she’d told Susi.

Perhaps it was even fair. A little violence was a bargain price for a life that would otherwise be just too sickeningly, lavishly, moonlit perfect.

So then what the hell was she doing here, secretly planning her escape route like a prisoner?

3. Jane’s Painful Trauma

Jane, a new arrival in Pirriwee, has a terrible secret of her own. Namely, she doesn’t want anyone to know what happened on the night her son Ziggy was conceived. Spoiler alert: she was basically raped as a 19-year-old girl by a guy named Saxon Banks.

Yes, she was there to have sex with him. And yes: she did not change her mind and did not say “no” when it all started. In fact, “she helped him take her clothes off” and “giggled like an idiot” throughout.

However, instead of replying “yes” to Jane’s murmur “condom?” Saxon started choking her and convincing her that it’s fun: “You’ll like it. It’s a rush. Like cocaine.”

He backed off after some time.

But then it got worse:

He positioned her underneath him and shoved himself inside her as if he were operating some sort of basic machinery, and as he moved, he put his mouth close to her ear and he said things: an endless stream of casual cruelty that slid straight into her head and curled up, wormlike, in her brain.

‘You’re just a fat ugly little girl, aren’t you? With your cheap jewelry and your trashy dress. Your breath is disgusting, by the way. Need to learn some dental hygiene. Jesus. Never had an original thought in your life, have you? Want a tip? You’ve got to respect yourself a bit more. Lose that weight. Join a gym… Stop the junk food. You’ll never be beautiful, but at least you won’t be fat.’

Jane didn’t resist in any way, silently agreeing with everything. “When he rolled off her,” says the novel, “she didn’t move. It was as though her body didn’t belong to her anymore, as though she’d been anesthetized.”

4. The Intertwining of the Stories

Jane shares her traumatic sexual experience with Celeste and Madeline. Interestingly, the two know exactly who Saxon Banks is: a cousin of Perry, Celeste’s husband.

However, in order to protect Jane from further pain, Celeste and Madeline decide to keep this a secret from her; at least for the time being.

Things go from bad to worse when Ziggy is accused of biting and choking Amabella, a classmate of his. While interrogating him, Jane realizes that it is not him who has done the bullying, but Max, one of Celeste’s twins.

Now, Jane too has a secret she doesn’t know how to break to Celeste.

Meanwhile, Celeste’s marriage deteriorates even more. So, she starts renting an apartment for herself, so that she has a place where she can hide from Perry.

Chapters 70 – Chapter 78: Trivia Night

The “Audrey and Elvis” Trivia Night arrives.

On that very night, Josh tells Celeste that it is his brother Max – and not Jane’s Ziggy – who is bullying the other children.

And Celeste realizes that Max too is confusing love and violence, mimicking the behavior of his father. There’s no way back: Celeste has no other option but to leave Perry. Perry, in the meantime, finds out about Celeste’s secret apartment.

When the two – visibly shaken – arrive at Trivia Night, Jane sees Perry and recognizes him as the man who had raped her.

Perry doesn’t deny this: so as to avoid trouble for himself, he admits to having used his cousin’s name on several occasions such as the one described by Jane.

And he shows no remorse for it. Instead, in the argument which follows, he hits Celeste.

Enraged and out of nowhere, Bonnie – Madeline’s ex-husband Nathan’s new wife – pushes Perry from the balcony.

And now you know: he is the parent who dies in Chapter 1.

Big Little Lies Epilogue

Madeline soon learns the real cause of Bonnie’s actions: she had an abusive father; the argument simply brought to her mind unwanted and repressed memories.

Everyone who has witnessed the event decides to lie in her favor. Everybody thinks that she doesn’t deserve to suffer for killing a man like Perry.

However, Bonnie turns herself in. Fortunately, she is merely sentenced to two hundred hours of community service.

A year later, Celeste works at a family law firm. She has set a trust fund for Ziggy and found a new meaning in her life. Namely: to share her story.

At a public event, she introduces it with five straightforward words:

This can happen to anyone.

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Our Critical Review

Liane Moriarty knows how to tell a story. Especially if it is one about suburbias, secrets, and sex.

And a hurting woman.

This novel – just like The Husband’s Secret – has three.

And they are all carefully and compassionately portrayed, their lives intertwined within a disturbing story told with a lot of style and humor (yes, humor!)

Funny and scary, Big Little Lies is a hell of a good book.

And no – those are not our words.

They are Stephen King’s.

 

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