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What the Brain Wants

Emily and Paul are just trying to get some work done. But they don’t do it very well until they learn to understand their brains. Author David Rock uses their stories to illustrate how the brain works in the fascinating book “Your Brain

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2015 Book Roundup

To prepare for planning goals for 2016 I am reviewing the past year. Here is a look back at the top five books I read in 2015. 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman – Getting the Important Stuff Done Start by Jon

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Top Ten Ways to Improve Productivity

I recently read the book “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson, which is about the small choices we make about the daily actions we take that, over time, either lead us closer to success, or farther away from it. They are

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Give and Take (Book Review)

In the book “Give and Take,” author Adam Grant outlines different reciprocity styles, including: givers, matchers, and takers. He then poses a question: which style would you guess is most likely at the bottom of the success ladder? While givers

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How to Be Awesome in 10 Steps

I joined a great Meetup group that gets together to talk about the ideas in non-fiction books. It is so inspiring to meet others interested in personal development and working toward goals. At the last meeting we discussed “Start: Punch Fear

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The Wimpy Person’s Guide to Grit

Studies show that the ability to persevere in the face of challenges is pretty important to accomplish goals. External distractions are difficult enough to deal with, but mastering internal distractions may be even more challenging. Managing our own endless ability to

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Getting the Important Stuff Done

“Doing work that matters is much harder than doing work that doesn’t.” – Peter Bregman, author of “18 Minutes.” The important work that we say that we want to do is often hard. It’s so much easier to fritter away time on

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Change Your Mindset and Make Waves

Carol Dweck describes her research on two mindsets in the book “Mindset.” The fixed mindset is based on the belief that intelligence and other traits are unchanging: either you have them or you don’t. The growth mindset is based on the

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Making Ideas Happen (Book Notes)

Why is it so hard to finish what we start? I don’t know about you, but I have an incomplete project or two around. The initial enthusiasm begins to fade as the work goes on and difficulties occur. Distractions crop

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It’s Not Just Who You Know (Book Review)

“It’s Not Just Who You Know” by Tommy Spaulding is the May choice of the 12 Books group at Goodreads. The author starts out strong with engaging stories that describe how the relationships he developed helped him to overcome a

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