Stealing Fire PDF Summary

Stealing Fire PDFHow Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work

Steve Jobs once said that taking LSD was not merely “a profound experience,” but also “one of the two or three most important things” he had done in his life.

Stealing Fire” may hold the answer as to why.

Who Should Read “Stealing Fire”? And Why?

If you are living on this planet, you probably know who Malcolm Gladwell is and what the rule of 10,000 hours he popularized refers to. Put plain and simple: if you want to become a master at something, be sure to spend years and years training to do that something.

Well, “Stealing Fire” is about those who believe in shortcuts: according to Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal, high performance is nowadays much more linked to states of altered consciousness than it is with grit and habits.

Those who simply want to learn more about altered consciousness are welcomed to read this book as well.

About Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal

Steven KotlerSteven Kotler is an American journalist, author, and entrepreneur.

One of the leading experts on high performance, he is most famous for his several nonfiction books, three of which are already considered classics in the field: “Bold,” “The Rise of Superman” and, especially, “Abundance.”

He is also the co-founder of the Flow Genome Project.

Jamie WhealJamie Wheal is an American author, an expert in leadership and peak performance.

He has advised numerous executives, owners of sports teams and athletes.

A historical anthropologist by degree, Wheal’s studies have been published in peer-review academic journals and anthologies.

“Stealing Fire PDF Summary”

The myth of Prometheus stealing the divine fire and gifting it to mankind is probably one of the most famous myths in history.

No wonder it has inspired numerous authors to call Prometheus a champion of mankind and think of fire as the fundamental building block of progress and civilization.

In “Stealing Fire,” Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal use this myth as the underlying metaphor to make a rather controversial case: just like Zeus in Greek mythology, the governments and the corporations of today are keeping “the fire of altered consciousness” to themselves – and we need a few Prometheuses to steal it!

Why?

Because we have science on our side, and they are consciously preventing us from experiencing one of the most beautiful states a person can experience in his or her life: a state the Greeks referred to as ecstasis, and one that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi decided to rechristen it as “flow.” (Kotler and Wheal stick to the ancient terminology.)

Namely, the state of fully immersing yourself in the present in such a way which will make you experience it in all of its richness, completeness, and timelessness:

In case you still don’t know what we’re talking about, ecstasis is something you have/can/will experience while having sex or, if you practice it, during a session of deep meditation.

And, yes – after taking psychedelic drugs.

All of these things lead to a state of altered consciousness which is defined by four characteristics, neatly grouped under the acronym STER:

#1. Selflessness: your prefrontal cortex is a quite recent formation designed to separate you from the rest. However, this means that it is constantly anxious; in the state of ecstasis, people shut off their selves and are capable of experiencing “collective awareness.”

#2. Timelessness: unfortunately, no matter how many books have been written about the power of now, we are evolutionarily designed much too imperfectly to be able to live in the present:

Under normal conditions, with an active prefrontal cortex constantly scanning scenarios in the past and the future, we spend very little time living completely in the present… When our attention is focused on the present, we stop scanning yesterday for painful experiences… We quit daydreaming about a tomorrow that’s better than today. With our prefrontal cortex offline, we can’t run those scenarios.

In the state of ecstasis, however, time is suddenly non-existent, and everything there is in the world is the present moment. Already breathing a sigh of relief, ha?

#3. Effortlessness: in ecstasis, your brain releases six neurochemicals: norepinephrine, dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, oxytocin, and anandamide. These make you feel as if you are a master of your craft and as if you are on your way to producing a masterpiece.

#4. Richness: in the state of ecstasis, you are able to make connections much faster than in a normal state; thus, you are able to see things in a new light and bring disparate ideas together in a way which should help you generate an abundance of completely original solutions and new ideas.

We have terabytes of information available to us,” note Kotler and Wheal; “we just can’t tap into it in our normal state.

Now, before you say “a completely unsubstantiated apology for using psychedelic drugs,” bear with us for a few more moments!

First of all, do you know that humans are not the only animals who take drugs? (Before you say anything: yes, we are animals!)

Strangely enough, despite the potentially adverse health effects, it seems that many members of the animal kingdom use drugs in one way or another.

That’s the reason why dogs lick toads and why cats like catnip so much. Goats have been known to eat magic mushrooms since the dawn of times. And bottlenose dolphins toss puffer fish back and forth to, well, get high: the process helps them ingest micro-doses of the puffer fish’s neurotoxins!

Much more interestingly, it seems that some drugs are not as harmful as some other substances, which, for some reason, have been legal for centuries.

And this is not a claim merely thrown out there, but something David Nutt, one of the most respected British neuropsychopharmacologists maintains, backing it up with proper studies and data.

It seems that alcohol does more harm to both its consumers and society than do even heroin and crack cocaine, while tobacco is unhealthier than both cannabis and LSD!

See for yourself:

So, why are tobacco and alcohol allowed and LSD and cannabis forbidden?

Possibly because, unlike the former two, the latter pair tends to make people less manageable and more empowered, just like sex does, just as meditation does. And not because psychedelic drugs are more harmful than cigarettes or whiskey!

Now, don’t get us wrong: everything comes with a caveat.

Even sex.

But, then again,

The ecstasy will always come with the agony; that’s the human condition.

Key Lessons from “Stealing Fire”

1.      The Altered States Economy
2.      Eric Schmidt and the Burning Man
3.      Constant State of Flow

The Altered States Economy

At a time when you are expected to deliver great results on a daily basis, not only distractions aren’t your friend, but also the normal, default state of your mind may be your enemy.

That’s why, everybody wants to experience something more, obtaining a state of ecstasy and euphoria, a state of the perfect workflow.

Many of the ways to achieve this are perfectly legal: sex, meditation, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, legal drugs, VR, other types of immersive experiences, social media.

Combined, these account for about $4 trillion of the US economy on an annual basis.

And that’s how fabulously much “the altered states economy” is worth.

Eric Schmidt and the Burning Man

You probably know who Eric Schmidt is.

If not, here are the two most important highlights: he is one of the richest people in the world and the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2015, as well as Alphabet Inc. the next two years.

Now, do you know how Sergey Brin and Larry Page finally settled on him?

Believe it or not, because he was able to prove his courage and determination by attending the Burning Man festival.

Don’t know what that is?

Bearing in mind the subject of this book, you already know that it’s an altered-consciousness related festival.

But, please, google it to find out more. And while doing that, have in mind that it’s where Elon Musk’s hyperlink train was first conceived!

Constant State of Flow

Ecstasis is a state during which one is able to experience selflessness, timelessness, effortlessness, and richness. Needless to add, it’s something few would argue to experience at least five to ten times a day.

But, try to imagine having sex as many times, and you’ll see why a constant state of flow is not a goal to be desired. In the cases of some other ecstasies-inducing experiences, it may be even worse: a lot, lot worse.

Which is something you should never forget, since, nowadays, ecstasies lie within your grasp and it is just too tempting?

So, choose your moments of ecstasy wisely. And use them to enrich your life – not destroy it.

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The human brain remains the most complex machine on the planet. Click To Tweet

Advances in science and technology are giving us unprecedented access to and insight about the upper range of human experience. Click To Tweet

If you train your body and brain, and manage your energy and attention, you’ll be able to get into the flow more frequently and perform better at work and at home. Click To Tweet

Once we step beyond taboos and social conditioning, it’s easier to see that access to ecstasis has been hardwired into us. Click To Tweet

The ecstasy will always come with the agony; that’s the human condition. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

Controversial and provocative, “Stealing Fire” is – to quote its blurb – “a guidebook for anyone who wants to radically upgrade their life.”

Well worth (at least) a read.

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Feeling Good PDF Summary

Feeling Good PDF SummaryThe New Mood Therapy: The Clinically Proven Drug-Free Treatment for Depression

If you suffer from some mild form of depression – or even anxiety, PTSD and substance abuse – “Feeling Good” can help you possibly even more than medications.

But even if you suffer from major depressive disorder, please read this book and use its suggestions in combination with your medications.

It does help.

Who Should Read “Feeling Good”? And Why?

According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people around the world suffer from depression. In more comprehensible terms, that is almost equal to the whole population of the United States, and it amounts to about 1 in every 25 people!

If you are one of them, “Feeling Good” is certainly a book that should be on your radar. It’s the book which basically introduced the world to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), according to Wikipedia, “the most widely used evidence-based practice at improving mental health.”

Which means that Burns’ subtitle is not an exaggeration.

We certainly hope the same will prove true in your case as well.

About David D. Burns

David D. BurnsDavid D. Burns is an adjunct professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

He is primarily known as the popularizer of Aaron T. Beck’s cognitive behavioral therapy through his “Feeling Good” bestselling series of books.

Burns is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

“Feeling Good PDF Summary”

About half a century ago, David D. Burns received an M.D. from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Three years later, he went to the University of Pennsylvania to start his training as a psychiatric resident.

Fortunately for him, a guy named Aaron T. Beck, now regarded as “the father of cognitive therapy,” was doing his pioneering work in the field during these very years.

Contrary to what Freud and most psychoanalytic approaches taught at that time, Beck was all but certain that depression wasn’t an emotional state, but a cognitive problem.

He devised this theory by working closely with depressed people and realizing that most of them had actually a lot of friends and had managed to achieve a lot in life but were still stuck in an emotional prison which made them feel as “losers” and “loved-by-no-one” outcasts.

Now, how could that be? – Beck thought.

Or, to rephrase that, if an emotion is an uncontrollable natural reaction to an external event, then why are some people so unhappy even though, rationally examined, the events which trigger this unhappiness are, at worst, agreeable?

His answer: because thoughts predate – and, even more, create – feelings.

And that’s the first of the three principles of cognitive behavioral therapy:

#1. To formulate it once again, this time in the words of Burns, “all your moods are created by your ‘cognitions,’ or thoughts.”
#2. Consequently, depression is nothing more but the result of negative thinking, i.e., “when you are feeling depressed, your thoughts are dominated by a pervasive negativity.”
#3. Your negative thoughts function the same way the mirrors in amusement parks do: “negative thoughts which cause your emotional turmoil nearly always contain gross distortions.”

To sum up – no matter how naïve it may sound:

Every bad feeling you have is the result of your distorted negative thinking.

Now, since feelings, in turn, influence your thoughts, depression is actually the result of a wicked Catch-22: the worse you feel, the more grotesque and misleading your thoughts are, which creates even more depressing and dispiriting feelings.

Fortunately, there is a way out?

So, “what is the key to releasing yourself from your emotional prison?”

Simply this: Your thoughts create your emotions; therefore, your emotions cannot prove that your thoughts are accurate. Unpleasant feelings merely indicate that you are thinking something negative and believing it. Your emotions follow your thoughts just as surely as baby ducks follow their mother.

In simpler words, according to cognitive behavioral therapists, depression is not an emotional disorder, but a thinking problem.

And can be solved by challenging the suffering person’s negative thoughts, i.e., cognitive distortions.

Burns lists eleven of them:

#1. All-or-Nothing Thinking. Technically known as “dichotomous thinking,” all-or-nothing thinking is when you portray yourself in black-or-white terms. It’s obviously not true that it’s worthless if it’s not perfect.

#2. Overgeneralization. If something happened to you once, it doesn’t mean it will happen to you again. And even if it happened to you twice, the third time may be the charm!

#3. Mental Filter. Also known as “selective abstraction,” mental filtering means being unhappy because of that lost point on your exam even though you got an A. Really?!

#4. Disqualifying the Positive. Nothing good ever happens to you? How about the fact that your boyfriend kissed you lovingly this morning, or that you were promoted just a week ago! All of that matters!

#5. Jumping to Conclusions. This can come in at least two different forms: as mind-reading (“I know she doesn’t like me…”) or fortune telling (“I can feel something’s bad about to happen!”)

#6. Magnification. This is when you start worrying about your lifetime reputation because everyone saw you spilled your coffee on your shirt this morning. Also known as – somewhat unscientifically, but quite fittingly – “catastrophizing.”

#7. Minimization. Ah, the other side of the “binocular trick”: shrinking things until they become insignificant, be they other people’s imperfections or your own qualities.

#8. Emotional Reasoning. Your emotions are not true; if they were, then how would you explain the fact that you wanted to smack your sister on the head with a frying pan that time she invaded the privacy of your room? Consequently, if you feel like a dud, that doesn’t mean you are a dud.

#9. Should Statements. This is when you try to improperly motivate yourself by saying “I should do this” or “I must do this.”

#10. (Mis)Labeling. “Personal labeling,” writes Burns, “means creating a completely negative self-image based on your errors. Mislabeling involves describing an event with words that are inaccurate and emotionally heavily loaded.”

#11. Personalization. Personalization means assuming personal responsibility for an event contrary to the evidence. Burns calls this distortion “the mother of guilt.”

If you want to learn more about cognitive distortions, read here.

And then start doing something about them!

Key Lessons from “Feeling Good”

1.      Your Feelings Are Actually Mirroring Your Thoughts
2.      The Three Principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
3.      The Real Founder of CBT: Epictetus

Your Feelings Are Actually Mirroring Your Thoughts

Most people think that they should believe their gut.

In other words, that if their feelings tell them that something is true – this guy is bad, that girl is the love of my life – it is inevitably true.

The problem?

Feelings are not merely transitory, but they are also just a reflection of your thoughts.

Consequently, almost all of your bad feelings are actually negative thoughts.

The Three Principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), an evidence-based practice for improving your mental health, is based on three principles first developed by Aaron T. Beck:

#1. Our emotions are created by our thoughts; how you are feeling at the moment is actually the same as what you are currently thinking about;
#2. Depression is an emotional prison created by constant negative thoughts;
#3. The majority of our negative thoughts are not true, i.e., they are cognitive distortions.

The Real Founder of CBT: Epictetus

As Burns points out, CBT is actually as old as philosophy, since it shares some of its beliefs with Stoicism.

In other words, thinkers as ancient as Epictetus realized that our happiness doesn’t depend on the external events themselves, but on the way we decide to feel about them.

So, if you are feeling depressed, find some solace in Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations” or Seneca’s “On the Shortness of Life.”

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Every bad feeling you have is the result of your distorted negative thinking. Click To Tweet Your thoughts create your emotions; therefore, your emotions cannot prove that your thoughts are accurate. Click To Tweet Your feelings result from the meaning you give to the event, not from the event itself. Click To Tweet Every time you feel depressed about something, try to identify a corresponding negative thought you had just prior to and during the depression. Click To Tweet By learning to restructure (your negative thoughts), you can change your mood. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

When a book is written with an objective to help you, the only question that really matters is “does it in practice?”

A 1989 article says it does. And a 2005 study published in the “British Journal of General Practice” confirms this.

It’s something scientists call “bibliotherapy” and we strongly advise you to try it by reading this very book.

At worst, it has no side-effects.

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Make Your Bed PDF Summary

Make Your Bed PDF Summary

Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World

You want to change the world.

Start off by making your bed.

Don’t believe us?

Then, let us rephrase that in the words of a decorated United States Navy admiral:

Make Your Bed!”

Who Should Read “Make Your Bed”? And Why?

In “Make Your Bed” Admiral William H. McRaven shares the 10 most valuable life lessons he learned by being a part of the US military.

As he says himself, they are universally comprehensible and applicable, so it doesn’t matter who you are or whether you like the military or not.

“Change in the world can happen anywhere,” emphasizes McRaven, “and anyone can do it.”

About William H. McRaven

William H. McRavenWilliam H. McRaven is a retired US Navy admiral.

He last served as the commander of the United States Special Operations Command (2011 – 2014), a position he got after serving for three years as the Commander of Joint Special Operations Command (2008 – 2011).

Back in 1995, Spec Ops, the first of the two books he has so far authored was published.

In 2012, he was played by Christopher Stanley in the Academy Award-winning movie chronicling the manhunt for Osama bin Laden, “Zero Dark Thirty,” and a year later he appeared as himself in the documentary “Dirty Wars.”

“Make Your Bed PDF Summary”

William H. McRaven is 1977 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a decorated United States Navy admiral.

How are these things related between themselves, or, for that matter, to this book?

Well, McRaven retired from the Navy – after more than 37 years of service – on August 28, 2014.

About three months before that, as still the Commander of United States Special Operations Command, he addressed the Class of 2014 at the University of Texas at Austin.

The commencement speech went viral and has been viewed, in different versions, more than 10 million times.

We link it below.

But, before you watch it, we feel obliged to add a “spoiler alert” tag: it’s basically this book in 20 minutes minus some of the anecdotes and stories:

As you might have already heard (in case you decided to watch McRaven’s speech before going on to read this summary), Admiral McRaven was inspired to share the 10 most valuable lessons he learned as part of the US military by the slogan of his alma mater: “what starts here changes the world.”

The question is – he adds after pointing this out – what the world will look like after it is changed.

So as to make sure that it looks better (of which he has no doubt to start with), he makes ten (once again: universally applicable) suggestions, which, chiseled and polished up a bit, make up the titles of the ten chapters of his book.

So here they are, “the 10 lessons [McRaven] learned from basic SEAL training that hopefully will be of value to you as you move forward in life.”

Key Lessons from “Make Your Bed”

1.      Start Your Day with a Task Completed
2.      You Can’t Go It Alone
3.      Only the Size of Your Heart Matters
4.      Life’s Not Fair – Drive On!
5.      Failure Can Make You Stronger
6.      You Must Dare Greatly
7.      Stand Up to the Bullies
8.      Rise to the Occasion
9.      Give People Hope
10.      Never, Ever Quit

#1. Start Your Day with a Task Completed

One of the first things you’ll learn if you want to take part of the basic training for being a member of the US Seal team is – the proper way to make your bed.

And that is lesson #1: always start your day by making your bed.

How will that change the world, you ask?

Well, it’s actually not the making of the bed that matters; it’s the discipline you put into it and, more importantly, the fact that, by making your bed, you are starting your day on a high note: already with a task completed.

The bonus: no matter how bad the rest of the day is, you’ll always come home to a made bed.

#2. You Can’t Go It Alone

Even a superhero has a sidekick – and you need plenty of them. To use McRaven’s example: if you want to steer a boat faster, you’ll need to find people to paddle with you.

And if you suffer a near-fatal parachute incident, you’ll need a partner to carry you through the pain and the depression (yes, that actually happened to McRaven):

None of us are immune from life’s tragic moments… It takes a good team of people to get you to your destination in life. You cannot paddle the boat alone. Find someone to share your life with. Make as many friends as possible, and never forget that your success depends on others.

#3. Only the Size of Your Heart Matters

“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man,” wrote a fairly obscure poet sometime in the early 20th century; “but sooner or later the man who wins/ is the one who thinks he can!”

McRaven has, basically, the same advice: the best team during his Navy training was actually the one who was most often the butt of the jokes on account of the size of its members’ flippers.

But, it’s not the size of the paddles that counts; it’s the size of the heart. The passion and the perseverance.

So, please, don’t judge a book by its cover. Judge it by its content.

#4. Life’s Not Fair – Drive On!

“The universe,” writes Neil deGrasse Tyson, “is under no obligation to make sense to you.”

In other words, there’s a big chance that life is not going to treat you fair.

But blaming your lot on some outside force is both easy and wrong. What’s right is learning how to accept and rise above the unfairness.

“The common people and the great men and women,” concludes McRaven, “are all defined by how they deal with life’s unfairness.”

#5. Failure Can Make You Stronger

During his SEAL Navy training, McRaven was part of a swimming team which always finished last.

Their punishment?

The Circus, i.e., an endurance test which has made many cadets give up.

However, in the case of McRaven, the failure to win the swimming races only made him stronger: for the graduation test, he was part of the winning team.

So, keep calm – and fail forward.

#6. You Must Dare Greatly

Don’t be afraid to take risks:

Life is a struggle and the potential for failure is ever present, but those who live in fear of failure, or hardship, or embarrassment, will never achieve their potential.  Without pushing your limits, without occasionally sliding down the rope headfirst, without daring greatly, you will never know what is truly possible in your life.

#7. Stand Up to the Bullies

As part of their training, McRaven and his teammate were once commanded to swim four miles through potentially shark-infested waters. Refusing the task meant not completing the SEAL training.

So, as afraid as they were, they didn’t.

The lesson?

You’ll encounter many sharks – whether bullies or personal fears – on your path to greatness.

Stand up to them.

#8. Rise to the Occasion

Sometimes it’s inevitable that you’ll lose a loved one.

Unfortunately, no amount of shouting and screaming, no amount of sulking or depression, will ever change that.

Being a soldier, McRaven has learned this the hard way.

What you’re left with is to rise to the challenge and endure.

#9. Give People Hope

Sometimes, all it takes is just a little pat on the shoulder.

Or a song.

For example, during McRaven’s Hell Week (the dreaded seven-day endurance test which makes or breaks a SEAL), one of the guys was about to call it quits, when another started singing a song.

Soon, everybody joined in.

And even though it was past midnight and they were all covered in cold mud, somehow, they felt a bit more hopeful.

And they persevered!

#10. Never, Ever Quit

Don’t give up!

If a Navy SEAL who has lost both legs can find some meaning in life, certainly you can too, no matter how bad your day is.

No matter what happens, it’s your job to be unbroken.

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Without daring greatly, you will never know what is truly possible in your life. Click To Tweet True leaders must learn from their failures, use the lessons to motivate themselves, and not be afraid to try again or make the next tough decision. Click To Tweet In life, you will face a lot of Circuses. You will pay for your failures. But, if you persevere, if you let those failures teach you and strengthen you, then you will be prepared to handle life’s toughest moments. Click To Tweet I realized that past failures had strengthened me, taught me that no one is immune from mistakes. Click To Tweet Hope is the most powerful force in the universe. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

Though certainly not groundbreaking (far from it), “Make Your Bed” is as inspirational as is William McRaven’s brilliant commencement speech.

Meaning: it’s one of those books you just can’t buy only one copy of.

Take our word for it: we’ve given at least six of them as gifts.

And had we known you personally, we probably would have gifted one to you as well.

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Love & Respect PDF Summary

Love & Respect PDF SummaryThe Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs

Do you speak the language of love?

Or, let us rephrase that: do you know that in the dictionary of women, relationship is spelled C-O-U-P-L-E and in the dictionary of men, it is spelled C-H-A-I-R-S?

Wait… what?

Read our summary of “Love & Respect” to find out!

Who Should Read “Love & Respect”? And Why?

“Love & Respect” is a book everyone should read: couples who argue because they argue, couples who don’t because there’s a very high chance that they will (come on, guys, you’re barely in the second month of your relationship; it’s a bit different later on).

Due to its Christian undertones in the first two parts and explicit Christian message in the last one, “Love & Respect” will probably be enjoyed the most by religious couples of almost any Christian denominations.

About Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Dr. Emerson EggerichsDr. Emerson Eggerichs is the author of the “Love & Respect” series of books and the president of Love and Respect Ministries.

After obtaining a B.A. in Biblical studies, an M.A. in Communications, and a Master of Divinity degree from Dubuque Seminary, Eggerichs worked as a senior pastor of East Lansing’s Trinity Church for almost two decades.

In the meantime, he received a Ph.D. in Child and Family ecology from Michigan State University and authored his most famous book, “Love & Respect.”

He gives marriage conferences throughout the country and works closely with his wife Sarah, with whom he has lived in a happy marriage for almost half a century.

“Love & Respect PDF Summary”

“Each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself,” instructs the men St. Paul the Apostle in his “Epistle to the Ephesians,” “and the wife must respect her husband.”

According to Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, in that very verse, the Bible says more about relationships than all the great poets, philosophers, and researchers who have ever lived or will ever be born.

And that is because, in his opinion, love and respect are the primary emotional needs of women and men respectively, which makes them as necessary to the wellbeing of each respective gender as air or food:

Wives are made to love, want to love, and expect love. Husbands are made to be respected, want respect, and expect respect.

True, Eggerichs doesn’t go that much into original psychological or scientific explanation as to why this should be true, but he offers numerous examples to prove his point, in addition to a supposedly surefire strategy to put it into practice and reap the rewards for your efforts.

Accordingly, the book itself is divided into three main sections:

PART ONE: THE CRAZY CYCLE

This is the theoretical section, analyzing in much more detail St. Paul’s above-quoted verse, and illustrating how all unhappy families are, in fact, unhappy in the same way, since they are all trapped in the identical no love/no respect succession of arguments.

This is, in a nutshell, the Crazy Cycle from the title: without love, she reacts in a disrespectful way; without respect, he reacts in an unloving way.

Why?

Because unlike women who usually see the world through pink sunglasses, men most often use blue sunglasses.

When men and women argue, these differing points of view escalate to the point of no return (Even Wittgenstein would say that we don’t visualize the meaning of words in the same way…)

PART TWO: THE ENERGIZING CYCLE

The only way to stop the Crazy Cycle spinning is to reverse it!

Because just the way a woman’s disrespect demotivates a man’s love and vice versa,

His love motivates her respect; her respect motivates his love.

So, in probably the most important section of his book, Dr. Eggerichs offers two strategies to energize the cycle of marriage: C-O-U-P-L-E for the men, and C-H-A-I-R-S for the women.

C-O-U-P-L-E: How to Spell Love to Your Wife

Closeness: She wants you to be close.
Openness: She wants you to open up to her.
Understanding: Don’t try to fix her; just listen.
Peacemaking: She wants you to say, “I’m sorry.”
Loyalty: She needs to know you’re committed.
Esteem: She wants you to honor and cherish her.

C-H-A-I-R-S: How to Spell Respect to Your Husband

Conquest: Appreciate his desire to work and achieve.
Hierarchy: Appreciate his desire to protect and provide.
Authority: Appreciate his desire to serve and to lead.
Insight: Appreciate his desire to analyze and counsel.
Relationship: Appreciate his desire for shoulder-to-shoulder friendship.
Sexuality: Appreciate his desire for sexual intimacy.

As Dr. Eggerichs concludes in the last chapter of this part, “the energizing cycle will work if you do.”

In other words, since everybody needs to be loved, love cannot be a passive activity. And as John Gottman demonstrated, marriages succeed not because couples don’t argue, but because they find a way to reach a compromise.

For the men, a compromise might mean listening to their girlfriends or wives and not trying to fix them; for the women, it may mean acting vulnerable and agreeing to be led.

But there’s no going forward unless both sides leave some of their burdens behind.

Your job, regardless of your spouse’s doings?

To “be the first to ‘seek peace and pursue it’ (1 Peter 3:11).”

PART THREE: THE REWARDED CYCLE

In the final part of his book, Dr. Eggerichs suggests that there is another cycle following the energizing one, and this one is the cycle where both partners uncover the real reason why they should love.

Since Dr. Eggerichs is a Christian author, it’s only expected that the reason is none other than God Himself.

If you love someone because you believe Paul’s words the greatest of all things is love (1 Corinthians 13:13), then you can truly love someone, regardless of how much she respects you (if you are a man) or how much he loves you back (if you are a woman).

The rewarded cycle is the cycle where “His love blesses regardless of her respect, and her respect blesses regardless of his love.”

Key Lessons from “Love & Respect”

1.      The Crazy Cycle is the No Love/No Respect Doom of All Marriages
2.      A Woman Wants to Be in a C-O-U-P-L-E
3.      A Man Needs His C-H-A-I-R-S

The Crazy Cycle is the No Love/No Respect Doom of All Marriages

If you are in a relationship and you have a lot of arguments with your partner, there’s a high chance that this is due the fact that you think that she doesn’t respect you (if you are a man) or that he doesn’t love you (if you are a woman).

It’s a crazy cycle this one, since once any of you two sets it off, it’s very difficult to stop it.

Why?

Because if the man shows no love, it makes the woman act in a disrespectful way, which encourages the man to act in a loveless manner.

A Woman Wants to Be in a C-O-U-P-L-E

To stop the crazy cycle, you need to energize your relationship.

If you are a man, show your woman that you are a C-O-U-P-L-E.

In other words, be close and open up to her; understand her and try to be the peacemaker in the relationship; finally, show her that you are loyal and that you esteem her highly.

A Man Needs His C-H-A-I-R-S

OK, it may sound a little bit funny in a title, but it’s not at all funny once you break down that acronym!

So, if you are a woman, always make your man feel like a conqueror and appreciate his desire to be the best at everything and above you in all hierarchies (even though, let’s face it, you’re way better than him: wink, wink); next, respect his authority and value his insight.

Finally, appreciate his desire for shoulder-to-shoulder relationship and, let’s face it, his needs for sexual intimacy.

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Our Critical Review

“Love & Respect” puts too many chips on one bet and it may be a bit too Christian for some people’s taste.

However, other than that, it’s actually very balanced, and it provides readers of all genders with valuable insight about the common failings of all relationships and even more valuable tools to repair them.

If it is up to us, though, love and respect go hand in hand, and all sexes need large quantities of them both.

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How to Talk About Your Accomplishments Without Sounding Braggy and Annoying PDF Summary

How to Talk About Your Accomplishments Without Sounding Braggy and Annoying PDFHesitant to share an accomplishment with your loved ones so as to not sound too irritating?

Time for a brief lesson by Alexandra Franzen:

How to Talk About Your Accomplishments Without Sounding Braggy and Annoying.”

Who Should Read “How to Talk About Your Accomplishments Without Sounding Braggy and Annoying”? And Why?

If you have accomplished something, and you want to share it (and your joy) with your friends, but don’t want to toot your own horn (so as to not disturb the delicate balance of the universe), you can use Franzen’s tips and tricks and actually do all of those things.

Don’t believe us?

Read ahead!

Alexandra FranzenAbout Alexandra Franzen

Alexandra Franzen is a Portland-based writer and consultant.

Mostly interested in topics such as productivity, creativity, goal-setting, communication, and entrepreneurship, Franzen has had her writing featured in magazines such as “Time,” “Forbes” and “The Huffington Post.”

She has written two books so far: “50 Days to Say You’re Awesome” and “You’re Going to Survive.”

“How to Talk About Your Accomplishments Without Sounding Braggy and Annoying PDF Summary”

Alexandra Franzen may not have a Wikipedia article just yet, but she does have a pretty visited webpage, an ever-growing fanbase, and few books to her name.

Even so, one day, soon after having her first book, “50 Days to Say You’re Awesome,” published, when asked by a friend of hers “So what’s been going on for you lately?,” she replied the same way most of us regular Joes would do: “Oh, you know… things… and stuff.”

Fortunately, this friend of hers was one who knew about her book, so she (or he) didn’t want to accept that kind of nonsensical answer, pressing Alexandra to say something more about her book.

But Franzen wouldn’t give in: “It’s really just an illustrated book. Barely any writing. Plus, it’s not like it’s a bestseller or anything…”

And then her friend said something that struck the author of “How to Talk About Your Accomplishments Without Sounding Braggy and Annoying” to her very core:

‘Alex, you wrote a book, and it’s being sold in bookstores,’ she said, matter-of-factly. ‘That is amazing. I’m proud of you. Let me be happy for you. Stop downsizing your joy.’

However, as you are about to learn, in social conventions and friendly conversations, the opposite of downsizing isn’t aggrandizing, but, well, being nice while joyful.

And Franzen shares her five rules on how you can do just that.

And we have our “Key Lessons” section reserved just for them.

Key Lessons from “How to Talk About Your Accomplishments Without Sounding Braggy and Annoying”

1.      Keep It Simple
2.      Whenever Possible, Use “Because”
3.      Discuss the Future of Hard Work Ahead of You
4.      Make It a Conversation, Not a Monologue
5.      Shift the Conversation… Even Further

Keep It Simple

Accomplishing something doesn’t mean using every opportunity to go off on an hour-long rant (or, to use Franzen’s word “ramble-fest”) about how you showed your high school classmates that you’re better them.

And it doesn’t mean overstating the accomplishment or glorifying your discipline and dedication.

Be simple and matter-of-factly: “I just got promoted at work. I think I am capable of rising up to the challenge.”

No exclamation marks!

Whenever Possible, Use “Because”

Franzen informs us that a Harvard research study has all but proved that using the word “because” results in people agreeing with you much more likely.

So, to use Franzen’s example, say something along the lines of:

I’m really excited about my promotion to a senior-level position because I want to live in a world where 50% of CEOs are female, instead of just 4.6%.

Discuss the Future of Hard Work Ahead of You

Staying still with our promotion-related example (we think you can easily translate the strategy into almost every other situation when you have to talk about your accomplishments).

For most people, telling them that you’ve just been promoted to a senior-level position is not much different from telling them that you’re about to earn much more money for doing a lot less work.

So, counter this from the start: “I just got promoted at work to a senior-level position. It’s a lot more challenging and time-consuming job, but I think I have the right motivation and state of mind. And I’m going to prove to them that they made the right choice.”

Make It a Conversation, Not a Monologue

And… stop there.

If you go on talking about yourself after these few sentences, you’ve broken rule #1, i.e., you’ve not kept things simple.

Now, it’s time to engage your friend in this (so far) quite boring discussion which includes him/her not one bit.

So, start talking about your friend’s recent accomplishments.

In case there are none, and he/she hates his/her job, ask him/her something like “What would be your dream job?” or “Do you have a fantasy career?”

This should open up the conversation and earn you some friendship points.

Shift the Conversation… Even Further

Don’t stop there.

In case you notice that the news about your accomplishment has made your friend even less happy – be even more generous!

And spend as much time as you need to get him/her to talk about something positive and upbeat.

The world, after all, doesn’t revolve around you.

So, never forget that when things go your way, there are many people around you whose lives haven’t been as generous.

It’s your turn.

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People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. (Via Maya Angelou) Click To Tweet

People may forget your accomplishments and career successes, but if you can make someone feel valued and appreciated, like they’ve got a real friend and cheerleader on their team? Click To Tweet

Stop downsizing your joy. Click To Tweet

So often, in life, we downplay our accomplishments because we don’t want to be irritating, sound braggy, or take too much credit for making big, exciting things happen. Click To Tweet

Your friends, your colleagues, your future employer, new people at your local industry mixer—they’d all love to hear something excellent and inspiring. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

“How to Talk About Your Accomplishments Without Sounding Braggy and Annoying” may be nothing more than one more uninspiring article compiling in a list few commonsense things everybody should know and do, but – since the latter is not the case – the former is certainly not the case either.

In other words, for all its brevity, “How to Talk About Your Accomplishments Without Sounding Braggy and Annoying” should inspire you to become a better and more caring person.

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You Can Heal Your Life PDF Summary

You Can Heal Your Life PDFDoctors?

Who needs doctors?

Louise Hay says:

You Can Heal Your Life”!

Who Should Read “You Can Heal Your Life”? And Why?

If you believe that your mind and your body are connected and that you have power over your own destiny – then read this book!

It’s one of the earliest to propose this.

And still one of the best.

Louise HayAbout Louise Hay

Louise Hay was an American bestselling motivational author, one of the founders of the self-help movement.

Published in 1984, her international bestseller “You Can Heal Your Life” has sold over 50 million copies and has been translated into more than 30 languages.

She died in 2017.

Find out more at https://www.louisehay.com/

“You Can Heal Your Life PDF Summary”

In “Is It True?,” the fourth chapter of her extraordinarily popular 1984 classic “You Can Heal Your Life,” Louise Hay seems to have put down in writing a justification for her book:

I have never understood the importance of having children memorize battle dates. It seems like such a waste of mental energy. Instead, we could teach them important subjects such as How the Mind Works, How to Handle Finances, How to Invest Money for Financial Security, How to be a Parent, How to Create Good Relationships, and How to Create and Maintain Self-Esteem and Self-Worth.

Can you imagine what a whole generation of adults would be like if they had been taught these subjects in school along with their regular curriculum?

In “You Can Heal Your Life” – a seminal work in the field of self-help literature – Hay has attempted to write a book for this new generation of adults, a sort of an alternative curriculum to life and everything else.

The main premise is very simple:

Everything is connected, and you can change your world by sheer mental power – from your body to your well-being to the nature of your very spirit.

Sounds too Secret-like?

That’s because it is!

Hay’s influence on subsequent authors in the genre is immeasurable – after all, her books have sold over 50 million copies – so don’t be too surprised to learn that you are already familiar with some of her ideas.

The gist of them is presented in the introductory chapter, “What I Believe,” which comprises the first part of this book on its own.

Its opening sentence has been quoted so many times that it has become an anthological one:

What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us.

In other words, we are responsible for everything that is happening to us, since “the thoughts we think and the words we speak create our experiences.”

The root of all problems?

The innermost belief Louise Hay considers the main culprit for everything bad in your life?

A very simple, but, unfortunately, tremendously powerful thought:

I’m not good enough!

According to whose standards?

And to whom?

To make matters worse, this is as true as much as you believe in it.

Literally!

Because it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: you make yourself not good enough by thinking that you are not. While you are sleeping, walking, talking, or doing any of your obligatory everyday activities – your mind relays this message to the Universe, and the Universe does everything in its power to transform it into reality.

The good news:

You can reverse this!

And Louise Hay provides you with an eight-chapter’ long psychoanalytical session, coupled with preparatory affirmations, relevant exercises and treatments, and a closing mantra.

The mantra always opens with “In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete” and concludes with the ever wonderful “All is well in my world.”

This comprises the second part of “You Can Heal Your Life” in which you can learn in detail about the true origin of this problem and what you should do to transcend it and start building your life anew.

Needless to say, the belief that you are not good enough or that you don’t deserve happiness stems from your early childhood years, when you had been inadvertently exposed to this kind of beliefs shared by the adults around you.

For the simple reason that your parents and their friends are actually not too dissimilar to you.

A quick rational check of these traditional beliefs should be enough to tell you how wrong they are: boys do cry, and women can handle money.

And even though they are untrue, these beliefs limit your vistas.

To transcend them, start examining them one by one more regularly and let go of the false ones the minute you realize their inaccuracy.

Next, try shifting your mindset from “I should” to “I could” so that “I should start exercising” transforms into “I can start exercising today.”

Adorn this with another important change: turn the negative affirmations into positive ones.

For example, “I don’t want to be fat” should become “I am slender” and “I don’t want to be lonely” is, from now on, “I am filled with love and affection.”

Much like David Hooper’s “Ask, Believe, Receive” is to Rhonda Byrne’s “The Secret,” the third part of “You Can Heal Your Life” is to the second one of this book.

Namely, a practical step-by-step tutorial teaching you how you can put the ideas just presented to work.

Hay has chosen pretty much the same categories as Hooper, teaching you, in very brief lessons, how you can harmonize all your relationships and how you can be deeply fulfilled by your work, in addition to how you can be more successful and experience more prosperity.

Possibly the most famous chapters of the book are the 14th and the 15th in which Hay postulates her theory that “we create every so-called illness in our body,” since it, our body, “like everything else in life, is a mirror of our inner thoughts and beliefs.”

And she tops her theoretical explanation with a long list in which she states the probable cause for every disease – or, in Hay’s dictionary, dis-ease – and the new thought pattern which should help you cure it.

For example, according to Hay, fever is caused by anger, and it should be countered by the mantra “I am the cool, calm expression of peace and love.”

The cause of heartburn, on the other hand, is clutching fear, and the new thought pattern is the following one: “I breathe freely and fully. I am safe. I trust the process of life.”

Hay concludes her book with a story from personal experience, describing how she cured herself of “incurable” cervical cancer via her methods, an event which proved to her once and for all that pills can’t cure a disease.

Instead:

DIS-EASE CAN BE HEALED IF WE ARE WILLING TO CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK AND BELIEVE AND ACT!

Key Lessons from “You Can Heal Your Life”

1.      You Are What You Believe In
2.      Forgiveness Means Letting Go of the Past
3.      Every Disease Is Actually Dis-Ease

You Are What You Believe In

Louise Hay claims that your mind and your body are connected, in such a way that all of your experiences are actually just a mirror of your innermost beliefs.

That’s why it’s very important that you start thinking positively, reciting encouraging and self-assuring affirmations on a daily basis while transforming all of the “shoulds” in your life to “coulds.”

To paraphrase Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” – do this, and all the universe will conspire in helping you become the person you want to be.

Forgiveness Means Letting Go of the Past

A lot of the problems you experience in your present are actually remnants of the past.

Take Hay, for example!

Supposedly, her violent stepfather Ernest Carl Wanzenreid physically abused her, and a neighbor raped her when she was merely 5 years old!

The result of this?

An incurable cervical cancer, which, in Hay’s opinion, is the direct consequence of “deep hurt” and “longstanding resentment” of a “deep secret or grief eating away at the self.”

The solution is straightforward:

Let go of all the hatred.

The best way to do this is by forgiving those the anger against whom holds you back.

Here’s your mantra:

I lovingly forgive and release all of the past. I choose to fill my world with joy. I love and approve of myself.

Every Disease Is Actually Dis-Ease

In Hay’s opinion, just like her cervical cancer, every other disease has a mental origin.

In fact, every disease is actually a dis-ease, that is, a form of discomfort caused by repressed emotions and feelings.

The cure is simple: accept life and yourself, and you will be disease-free!

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I forgive you for not being the way I wanted you to be. I forgive you, and I set you free. Click To Tweet

The past has no power over us. It doesn’t matter how long we have had a negative pattern. The point of power is in the present moment. What a wonderful thing to realize! We can begin to be free in this moment! Click To Tweet

Self-approval and self-acceptance in the now are the main keys to positive changes in every area of our lives. Click To Tweet

When there is a problem, there is not something to do, there is something to know. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

Much of “You Can Heal Your Life” is outdated and unscientific.

But, even so, it’s still as inspirational as ever.

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Ask, Believe, Receive PDF Summary

Ask, Believe, Receive PDF7 Days to Increased Wealth, Better Relationships, and a Life You Love (…Even When It Seems Impossible)

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Jesus said that.

And in “Ask, Believe, Receive” David Hooper has transformed this philosophy into a step-by-step manual for a perfect life.

Who Should Read “Ask, Believe, Receive”? And Why?

If you’ve ever read “The Secret” but are unable to apply its philosophy in a simple, day-to-day manner, this book will come to you very handy.

Especially if you’re interested in changing your life in one of these five spheres: money, relationships, health, employment, and business.

The best part?

You can read this book even if you haven’t read “The Secret” before.

About David Hooper

David Hooper is a musician turned music marketer and author.

He hosts RED: The Marketing Podcast for Experts and has a podcast about marketing via podcasts called Big Podcasts Daily.

Hooper has written several books, of which “Six-Figure Musician” and “The Rich Switch” are the most famous ones.

“Ask, Believe, Receive PDF Summary”

When David Hooper was in high school, a friend of his grandfather gave him a copy of “As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen.

A few years later, he came across some old recordings by Earl Nightingale which inspired him to start looking for motivational books similar to “The Strangest Secret.”

Nowadays, he doesn’t believe these two events were mere coincidences.

But that it was the Universe showing him the guideposts on his path toward self-discovery.

Which is why what happened next turned out to be the final piece of the puzzle: in 2006, Hooper had an opportunity to see the film “The Secret,” and he saw it “in the right place, at the right time, with the right material”!

And it all made sense!

In Hooper’s opinion,

The Secret’ exposed the world to the Law of Attraction in ways James Allen, Earl Nightingale, and others hadn’t. It reached millions of people, many who would never set foot in a metaphysical bookstore or New Thought church.

“Ask, Believe, Receive” is intended as a practical supplement to Rhonda Byrne’s extremely popular book, one which – in Hooper’s opinion – “The Secret” wouldn’t have even needed if it wasn’t for all the misinformation surrounding the Law of Attraction today.

It’s a “step-by-step formula, actually five of them, to help you achieve what you want in specific areas of your life – money, relationships, health, employment, and business.”

Each of these formulas is divided into seven steps, so the subtitle is not a clickbait: David Hooper actually believes that his book can transform five important aspects of your life for the better – if not for the best – in no more than a week!

And he believes in this so much that he isn’t even interested in earning money from it: just like all of his previous books, he has made “Ask, Believe, Receive” freely available as an audiobook at YouTube.

Here’s, for example, Day 1 of “How to Attract Ideal Relationship”:

We weren’t able to locate a playlist of the book, but you can find all of the chapters on David’s channel here.

And we highly encourage you to listen to them all – or, at least the ones you’re most interested in – and start applying the Law of Attraction to your life as early as today!

For our summary, we’ve decided to summarize the 3 steps of the title, i.e., the 3 steps you need to follow to activate the Law of Attraction in any sphere of your life.

Step #1: ASK

The first step to activate the Law of Attraction: asking.

But not asking as in “I want a lot of money.”

Asking as in “By the end of this year, I want to find a fun and fulfilling job as a _____________ in a company located in _____________, which will earn me about $_____________ a month.”

And even more specific than that!

Why?

Let us answer you this question with a question of our own: what are the chances that you are going to get the meal you really like if you tell to the waiter at a restaurant “Give me something good to eat”?

Well, consider the Universe your waiter!

In other words: be specific, be polite, and ask what you want out loud.

You can even write it down or create a vision board.

Anything will do as long as the message is clear and passed on.

Best practice: visualize your goal daily, for one or two sessions of 15 minutes each!

Step #2: BELIEVE

Even though it seems straightforward on paper, this – says David Hooper – is the trickiest and “most challenging” of all three steps.

Why?

Because merely asking something from the Universe will amount to nothing if deep down inside your heart, you’re still plagued by these two limiting beliefs.

Limiting belief 1: not believing that you deserve something.

You do – and you have to tell yourself that you do on a daily basis.

It’s as simple as that: unless they hurt someone, we all deserve to see our wishes fulfilled during our lifetimes.

So, do yourself a favor and rebuild your life on the pillars of self-esteem.

You deserve it.

Limiting belief 2: not believing it is possible to have what you want.

This is a common mistake many people make.

How does it work?

Say you want to have a million dollars. The only way you think you can get it is by winning the lottery. So, you focus all your energy on guessing those magic numbers, and, in time, you realize that this is improbable.

So, you start thinking that you’ll never get your million dollars.

However, you’ve forgotten the most important lesson: the universe has unlimited resources.

So, keep an open mind!

The Universe will do the rest.

Step #3: RECEIVE

However, be aware that you’ll only be able to receive your gift after letting go of any emotional attachment to your present or future state.

This could mean being impatient, desperate, angry, sad, mad, frustrated, afraid.

The only state the Universe understands is the state of allowing which, in the words of Hooper, “actually means to be in a state of non-resistance.”

A good way to let everything go and reach the state of allowing is to spend some time lying quietly in meditation.

Key Lessons from “Ask, Believe, Receive”

1.      How Does the Law of Attraction Work?
2.      Ask, Believe, Receive
3.      The Power of Affirmations

How Does the Law of Attraction Work?

But, isn’t this all just some New Age mumbo-jumbo?

Is there some scientific basis for the Law of Attraction?

Well, according to David Hooper, there is:

Here’s how it works: Your thoughts trigger your emotions. Your emotional state emits a specific ‘frequency’ of energy to the universe. In turn, the universe returns events and experiences into your life that correspond with your emotional frequency.

Ask, Believe, Receive

The three steps which activate the Law of Attraction are the following:

#1. Ask: be specific and precise in what you want; write it down or create a visual board; ask the universe politely, as if you’re sending it a letter in the form of a prayer.

#2. Believe: build your self-esteem: you deserve to get what you want, and it is very much possible to get it; dig deep inside your heart and keep an open mind.

#3. Receive: put yourself in a state of allowing and non-resistance by lying still and meditating.

The Power of Affirmations

A good way to reach a higher frequency and allow for some things to happen to you sooner is by telling yourself a couple of daily affirmations.

Mantras of the kind: “I always have more than enough _________________.”

Feel in the blank with anything: “money than I want,” “love in my life,” “of anything I need…”

This will put your mind in a more assertive and allowing state, i.e., it will make the second and the third step of the Law of Attraction much easier.

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Using the Law of Attraction in a deliberate manner is actually very simple to do, but our confused thoughts can often create a great deal of uncertainty, doubt and disbelief. Click To Tweet

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Our Critical Review

“Ask, Believe, Receive” is “The Secret” retold in the form of five easily applicable 7-day formulas.

Which means: if you like Rhonda Byrne’s classic, you’ll certainly love this one!

It’s as practical as possible and as straightforward as you can only wish for.

It’s a thin volume as well, so you’ll devour it in one bite!

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The Science of Getting Rich PDF Summary

The Science of Getting Rich PDFYour Master Key to Success

Are you a left-winger or a right-winger? Regardless of your social views, earning money as a result of a service rendered is the only way of making an honest living in the digital age.

In this book summary, we try to deliver one tiny portion of that magic presented by Wallace all those years ago.

Stick for a while to learn what stops you from making a fortune!

Who Should Read “The Science of Getting Rich”? And Why?

This book has 17 short chapters, and each one tackles a specific problem that troubles the wider audience. Thinking in a certain way it’s not an easy task, but it’s doable!

The Science of Getting Rich is written for the general audience, without specific categorization and separation. As a unique masterpiece, we highly recommend it to all individuals who want more from this life.

Get the idea? – Dive right into it!

About Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. WattlesWallace D. Wattles was a notable character in the late 19th century and early 20th in America. His writing and quotes remain deeply embedded into the souls of millions, due to its ambiguous message and actionable pieces of advice.

He wrote several books out of which “The Science of Getting Rich” still holds the trophy – as his best work.

“The Science of Getting Rich PDF Summary”

People interpret richness in a billion ways; in most cases, this concept extends one degree beyond the material side of things. Indeed, whatever works for one person, must undoubtedly be applicable to the entire world!

What stops us from embracing success? If your strategy or plan hasn’t lived up to its expectations, you might want to question your attitude first, before you move on.

The societal hierarchy and processes instigate an every-man-for-himself kind of view, which places emphasis on getting rich quickly without necessarily create value for others.

It’s been proven, even if someone gives you a $1 million and you don’t how to manage your financial resources, sooner or later you’ll find yourself at the bottom. The art of getting rich involves a mix of facets that you must take into account.

According to the author, the very idea of becoming wealthy is something similar to a mathematical calculation. In other words, it tests your capabilities through a system of algorithms that gauge your chances of a possible grand slam home run.

There is no reason for worry about financial affairs. Every person who wills to do so may rise above his want, have all he needs, and become rich.

There are certain ground rules or laws, that can give you the upper hand in the battle against your mindset. So the question is – Can everyone get rich?

Yes! That’s the scary part because most people choose fear as a defense mechanism that distances them from their life-given opportunity. Your political, social or religious background don’t hinder the process of applying these laws on a regular basis, so stop making excuses.

What is the core and substance of this existence? – Is it the well-being of a person, or its belongings, or could it possibly be its innate sense of self? – What we are trying to say is that without knowing your originality you merely can’t instill a dose of freshness into someone’s life, including yours.

This central aura lays down the foundation of what can be known as successful or mediocre way of living. Wattles used this enigmatic approach to deliver a message, which can be misleading to more ignorant circles.

Do all the work you can do, every day, and do each piece of work in a perfectly successful manner; put the power of success, and the purpose to get rich, into everything that you do.

Wattles didn’t hesitate to put this approach on the map, and used it on numerous occasions, despite its tricky background. From a religious point of view, we call it God or the Universe, but you can give it thousands of names without ever absorbing at least one small element of its ever-lasting effects.  

Finding this flow can represent a bridge between success and failure. It doesn’t require support from any other aspect, because it crashes the restrictions and imaginary boundaries we have in our heads. It pushes you to take gigantic strides towards unraveling this mystery!

What acts as the main trigger? – Thoughts and other sensations! This mental chatter leaves a mark on how we interpret this Source, and whether we genuinely acknowledge its power. Finding the light at the of the tunnel consists of endless striving which is heavily linked to the idea of having the adequate mindset.

There is no right or wrong, except in our heads. Humans or the whole humankind is subjected to constant changes and these “thinking centers” must adapt to the new reality as well.

Once we are exposed to some information, our minds create or form an opinion about the topic – sometimes even on unreliable sources.

Such outcome sets the process of creation in full motion – triggered by one concept known as “Thought.” In the same manner, you can get rich quickly, if you are aware of these tendencies. The invisible mind shapes your decision-making and allows/disallows you to take precautions.

Take action and gain high merit for your involvement in solving other people’s problems. As a result, you’ll crack the code and become rich.

Think about it!

Key Lessons from “The Science of Getting Rich”

1.      Don’t be deceived and be wise
2.      Don’t fight the life-current, just go with the flow
3.      Execute all tasks and don’t deviate

Don’t be deceived and become wise

Fasten your seatbelts because soon you’ll get introduced to the biggest lie in the world! People see wealth as something controlled by others, something far from their reach.

So, instead of creating value, they compete with their own social category – an approach that leaves them trapped in mediocrity.

Don’t fight the life-current, just go with the flow

The highest form of acceptance derives soon after you’ve developed a sense of gratitude from within. Once you lean on a higher source of power, the fruits will begin to emerge.

So, having faith in attaining good outcome can signify a full-scale victory for your cause.

Execute all tasks and don’t deviate

Visualize and then materialize. Indeed, without a sharp mental picture of where you see yourself in the upcoming period, you can’t possibly arrive at the desired destination.

Success doesn’t just fall of the sky, and you need to do your part because not always logic prevails over emotion.

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“The Science of Getting Rich Quotes”

The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself. Click To Tweet There are three motives for which we live; we live for the body, we live for the mind, we live for the soul. No one of these is better or holier than the other; all are alike desirable, and no one of the three—body, mind, or soul—can live… Click To Tweet By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action you receive it. Click To Tweet You can serve God and man in no more effective way than by getting rich; that is, if you get rich by the creative method and not by the competitive one. Click To Tweet The purpose of life for man is growth, just as the purpose of life for trees and plants is growth. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

For a book written more than a century ago, it sure does manifests the magnitude of the problems we are facing today.

Such evergreen content and ideas are always getting well-deserved praise throughout history.

We share the same notion and challenge you to analyze this masterpiece.

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Developing Self-Knowledge with 27 Effective Exercises

Self-KnowledgeDo you have bad habits? It doesn’t have to be a serious one, like smoking. A bad habit can be the nail-biting mania, especially when anxiety dominates.

The writer Niklas Goeke says he chewed his nails for over 10 years until he realized it was a problem.

When he began to study self knowledge, Goeke made it his mission to stop this habit. He then prepared a list of 27 exercises to develop the mind and decide what is interesting to eliminate from our lives.

Goeke’s list consists of three levels – designed to trigger a self-knowledgeable attitude:

  • Thought: activities you can do alone or just with your mind.
  • Expression: exercises to evaluate your attitudes and beliefs, which you can do alone or through writing.
  • Implementation: Strategies and activities that you need to apply in the real world to take effect.

What is self-knowledge

Before you get to know the exercises proposed by Goeke, you need to understand what self-knowledge is and why this process is so important.

Self-awareness means becoming aware of who we are and what we want for ourselves, taking into account our emotions, potentials, and limitations.

Self-knowledge allows us to have a clear sense of our desires and goals, doesn’t matter if they are personal or professional. It opens our minds to value our qualities and evaluate the points that need to be worked on and/or modified

Therefore, self-knowledge is a path to growth. When we know ourselves deeply, we take the reins of our lives and write our own history.

The philosopher and writer of Ancient China, Lao Tzu, said: “Those who know others are wise; he who knows himself is enlightened”.

The 3 levels of self-knowledge exercises

Exercises to develop the mind

Level 1: Thinking

  1. Take a walk. No geographic destination, get lost in consciousness. Preferably, listening to music.
  2. Take a walk with a friend. It’s easier to open up while you’re walking.
  3. It’s like talking to someone. In this case, with the author.
  4. Ask “why” three times. Reflect your life with these three questions. You will develop some insights.
  5. Classify your thoughts and emotions. Putting a name on negative emotions reduces its impact.
  6. Meditate. Sit, close your eyes and breathe.
  7. Exercise and practice sports alone. It’s like a mantra.
  8. Get out of the circuit of consciousness. During the day, we are led by a flood of thoughts. Step aside and get out of it.
  9. Put a question mark at the end of your opinions. Remove the final and start asking yourself.
  10. Breathe consciously. Stop feeding your body with a short breath.
  11. Pay attention to your posture and body language. Doing this helps you better understand how to deal with stress.
  12. Look into the eyes. Look straight into other people’s eyes.

Level 2: Expression

  1. Create a personal manifesto. A document that captures your values, attitudes, and aspirations.
  2. Keep a journal. A small habit that can be only one sentence per day, but that will certainly create insights.
  3. Take personality tests. Something like the 16 personalities test can help you better understand who you are.
  4. Record your ABCs. The technique created by Martin Seligman to reflect on adverse events:

A: Activating Event, which activates an internal dialog.

B: Belief, what forms within you after the event.

C: Consequences, about how you feel after the event.

Apply Drucker’s questions. Questions to improve your personal perception. Find out what they are here. In doing so, you’ll develop into self-knowledgable person.

Discover your “Eulerian Destiny”. Exercise for you to find skills and beliefs that are at the very core of your being. Understand it better in Niklas’s text.

Use the Liberty Diagram. Based on the Euler Diagram, you can also find it there.

Write a letter of regrets. Imagine that you are 90 years old and writing a letter to your 20-year-old self. What would you apologize for?

Write your own obituary. Based on the “funeral test” described in the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Level 3: Implementation

  1. Get constant feedback and analysis. Whenever you make a decision, write whatever happens. One year later, review.
  2. List your most important tasks every night. Describe the three most important tasks for the next day.
  3. Practice “Honest Hour”. Sit down with three of the most important people in your life and ask honest feedback about what they think of you.
  4. Say no (for now). Self-analysis helps you understand what your desires, wants and instincts are. Now follow them.
  5. Practice the pause-and-planning reaction. Whenever something serious happens, instead of reacting immediately, freeze everything and take time to plan. Pretend dead and then decide what to do.
  6. Ask for forgiveness. That simple.

You already know the 27 self-knowledge exercises. Now it’s up to you. It is in your hands to decide to take the first step.

Think of this phrase of the thinker Ramona L. Anderson: “People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They pursue vain dreams, vices, religions, and even other people, in the hope of filling the void that torments them. The irony is that the only place they needed to look was always within themselves.”

Deepen your knowledge

Strengthening self-awareness is an ongoing exercise that brings many benefits. One is to build good habits because you know yourself enough to choose the ones that have the best chance of “surviving.”

Habits shape your life and can transform it – for better or for worse. It will depend on how well you know yourself and what you plan for yourself.

How about investing in reading to help you implement healthy habits? We have 3 super tips for you:

Eat, Move, Sleep – Tom Rath

Tom Rath wrote the book for those who want a healthier, more peaceful life. For him, living a healthy life is a matter of implementing small changes.

The author himself struggled with a serious illness to keep himself healthy. On the long run, everyone can do the same. Before you start your next diet, take this reading.

Full attention (Mindfulness) – Mark Williams

The word mindfulness is a trend and won’t come out of blog posts and newspaper articles. You have probably heard of this technique, which teaches us to pay more attention to what is happening around us.

With this guide, you will learn how to apply the technique with simple practices. Perhaps isn’t it the habit that was lacking your life to be complete?

30 Ways to Reboot Your Body – Ben Greenfield

Some people need a little stronger push to put healthy habits in the routine.Ben explains in this book that with some changes in what you do daily, you can accomplish activities you never thought you would be able to do.

After all, you do not have to be a dedicated athlete to be healthy.

self knowledge definition

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What If It Does Work Out? PDF Summary

What If It Does Work Out? PDFHow a Side Hustle Can Change Your Life

You are stuck in the wrong job, and you have no courage to get out of it?

Susie Moore is sincerely interested in offering you a way out!

All you need is a “side hustle” and few practical tips and tricks to turn it into a regular job.

And, yes, the mental attitude of someone who asks:

What If It Does Work Out?”

Who Should Read “What If It Does Work Out?”? And Why?

“What If It Does Work Out?” promises to teach you to turn your passion into cash, make an impact and live the life you were born to.

In other words, there aren’t many categories of people who aren’t targeted by Susie Moore.

The only thing you need is a hobby and a desire to live a happier, more fulfilled life.

And even if you lack the former but have an abundance of the latter, Moore doesn’t forget to offer advice on how to find your side hustle.

So maybe Carly Pollack of “Nutritional Wisdom” is right when she says that “this book is the only resource you need to start your own side hustle.”

Susie MooreAbout Susie Moore

Susie Moore is a business coach and a writer.

After leaving her “highly profitable yet ultimately unsatisfying career” as a Fortune 500 sales director, Moore has directed most of her energy and attention to business coaching, advising mainly Silicon Valley startups, all of which have sold for hundreds of millions of dollars.

A regular contributor to “Fortune” and “Greatist,” she has also appeared on “The Today Show,” “The Huffington Post,” “Time,” “Business Insider,” “Forbes,” and many other outlets.

Published in 2017, “What If It Does Work Out?” is her first book.

Find out more at susie-moore.com.

“What If It Does Work Out? PDF Summary”

Prepare to give an answer to one of the most dreaded questions ever uttered by a human being:

Dear reader, what do you do?

How many times you’ve been asked this question in the past! And how many times you’ve tried mumbling an answer under your teeth, masking it with a smile and some enthusiasm, fully aware that, essentially, your job doesn’t make that much of a difference, and that, much more importantly, it doesn’t make you happy one bit!

Then why should your job define you?

Why should the answer to the question “what you do” be synonymous with the answer “who you are,” especially if you don’t like your job?

In the fourth chapter of her debut book, “What If It Does Work Out?” Susie Moore is both adamant and straightforward when she writes:

You are not your job. You are much bigger than and not restricted by whatever your job title says you are – even if you love your current career.

It’s only natural that you confuse your job with your identity: you spend about a third of your life in your office, and most of the free time afterward either discussing what you do for a living or worrying over the tasks you didn’t manage to complete the day before.

Well, that doesn’t make any sense!

And that’s exactly how Susie Moore felt at her job as a Fortune 500 Sales Director – which, we guess, is probably both much more engaging and profitable job than yours!

So, she decided to take advice out of James Altucher’s books and, instead of waiting to be chosen by someone else, she chose herself.

She started focusing more time and energy on her hobby – reading personal development books (over 550 of them!) – and, in time, she started coaching on the side. Slowly but surely, her side hustle became her job, and her job became history.

The first thing she needed to do: getting over her fear. In the words of Suzy Kassem “Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will” – and you should learn to get over it.

All fear, writes Moore, comes from either believing that you are not enough or thinking that you don’t have enough.

However, what “enough” means shouldn’t be decided by other people, tradition, or society.

It should be decided by you and nobody else.

Susie Moore was told this by none other than James Altucher, and she quotes his words of brilliant advice:

We’ve been taught by parents, teachers, bosses—even friends—what is ‘good’ for us. We are also taught by trillions of dollars in marketing what is ‘good’ for us…

This is all fine. But we are not standardized widgets inside a giant robot. Ultimately, we are unique people who have lives to live. We have to develop our own rules that we will adhere to. Rules that will give us well-being, happiness, and success.

If we don’t come up with our own guidelines of what will make us happy, then who will?

Speaking of which –

Susie Moore says that important and motivational people are really much more approachable than you believe and that they can help you personally to get over your fears of starting a side hustle.

In fact, you can even call James Altucher if you want to!

Now that you have the fear and motivation part sorted out, you’ll need to find your hobby and the time to turn it into something more of a side hustle.

First, use Moore’s three-step Skill Disaster formula to uncover your “skills that will pay the bills”:

#1. Think of three big problems you’ve solved or successes you’ve had.
#2. Identify the skills that helped you achieve these three things.
#3. Think about how you can apply your skills in a new way.

Because, after all, “a successful side hustle is all about doing the best you can with what you have.”

As for the time – it’s really a question of priorities! And managing your 24 hours as perfectly as you can!

Since a third of these you spent in your bed, and another third working, you have only 8 hours to transform your side hustle into a day job.

So:

Commute wisely: “Pitch Perfect” and “Fifty Shades of Grey”” have earned their authors millions of dollars and they have been largely written on trains.

Use “wait time” well: “Most people have up to one hour of idle wait time on an average day” – and there’s no point in dumping that hour in the trash can.

Say no, then say it again: Don’t be a slave to FOMO, the Fear of Missing Out! Say “No” to what you don’t really need to do.

Run errands on work time (if you can): Of course, use discretion while you do it. Shhhh… We won’t tell.

Make phone calls on the go and Unsubscribe from 90 percent of the websites you’ve subscribed to! Drop some of your projects and Forgive yourself for doing it. Watch television only when doing the mindless stuff – and don’t binge watch anything!

Finally, get to know your flow and outsource the tasks someone else can do.

Now, you have the time to master your hobby.

In the words of Susie Moore:

Over to you.

Key Lessons from “What If It Does Work Out?”

1.      Why Start a Side Hustle?
2.      Shift From “What If” Mode into Action
3.      The Spiritual Imperative of Starting Your Side Hustle

Why Start a Side Hustle?

The main point of Susie Moore’s book is “why not?”

But, even so, at the very end of it, she gives few whys we believe deserve to be quoted in full:

It’s ’cause you have to.

’cause you are good enough.

’cause you matter.

’cause your contribution matters.

Shift From “What If” Mode into Action

You can – and should – start your side hustle right about now.

So, do it!

First, schedule dedicated time (few hours a week may be enough) to get your side hustle going. Then, commit to a policy of zero excuses and remove all distractions (yes, that means absolute silence: you and your hobby!) Now, set a deadline and start progressing, while enjoying the process.

Finally, celebrate!

The Spiritual Imperative of Starting Your Side Hustle

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose,” says Steve Jobs. “You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

And, indeed, there is none: not following their hearts is the one thing people regret failing to do on their deathbeds.

So, do yourself a favor and write a letter from your eighty-year-old self now.

Find out what you really want while you can still act upon it!

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“What If It Does Work Out? Quotes”

’Is this all there is?’ I contemplated one morning while feeling restless at work. Click To Tweet

Knowledge, as Napoleon Hill says in ‘Think and Grow Rich,’ is only ‘potential power.’ You’ve got to do the work as well. Click To Tweet

Look at your calendar for next week and find three things you can skip—a social event you don’t really want to go to, a workout class you can live without, an errand you can do quickly during work time. Cancel cancel cancel! Click To Tweet

You have to position yourself as a professional. Click To Tweet

There is much value in failing! Don’t let personal or professional setbacks negatively impact your outlook: reframe them as learning and growth opportunities! Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

“What If It Does Work Out?” is – in the words of Molly Beck, host of the “Forbes” podcast Two Inboxes: Interviews with the Side Hustle Generation, the kick-in-the-pants side hustlers need to start living the life they want! An amazing reference for anyone who wants to not be 100% dependent on their ‘day job.

In other words, unlike many other books which focus solely on the theoretical problems of having a side hustle, “What If It Does Work Out?” is all-practice and applicable advices, a sort of an energetic book-length Q&A from someone who has walked the walk and has thus earned the right to talk the talk as well.

So, what are you waiting for?

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