Category Archives: Business, Life, and the Journey to Becoming a Better Person

Deep Work – Cal Newport

DeepWork
This a summary of the main sections of Deep Work by Cal Newport. It is a lengthy book summary, but it pulls the main points from each chapter to bring the whole book together. And there are a lot of great points since Cal has really broken down the processes and accounted for ways to improve our work.

In a nutshell, Cal explains to us that we can get into a state of “deep work” up to four hours per day and then shows us our options to do that. Deep work is defined as mind-stretching work that creates value and helps your own personal growth. I don’t need much convincing about the benefits and impact of deep, focused work, but I very much enjoyed learning how to do it better.

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Give and Take – Adam Grant

Give and TakeThis was a great book that I think covers something that people usually completely overlook. Giving to others. The book breaks down people into three groups: Givers, takers, and matchers. Givers end up being the least successful people in the work place with matchers and takers above them. But givers are also at the top of the success spectrum if you really look. Many people mistake successful people as being takers because the are more easily recognized and they promote themselves. Continue reading

Step 1 – Fear

I found a short article today that will help me start this part of my blog. The first step in getting anything done requires getting over the initial fear. As I have no fear of blogging, this is easy. Small steps now will lead to bigger steps tomorrow.

Although short, this article gives me inspiration. I know that if Dave Shapiro can start many businesses before the age of 30, then I have no excuse not to either. It’s the reality that inspires me.

I have driven by Mark Cuban’s house a couple times and both times it reminds me of how real this is. The opportunity, the success. There is a billionaire entrepreneur, just sitting there, and he was in the same spot I am now. This realization makes everything attainable.

BUDDING ENTREPRENEUR OR JUST UNEMPLOYED?

As I still misspell ‘entrepreneur’ from time to time, I label myself as one. At least, in the near future anyway. I moved out to Dallas, Texas with hopes and dreams to become the next Mark Cuban. My parents had their apprehensions, but ultimately it is my decision.

So here I am, unemployed, scouring the web for a job that looks good enough for the time being, and what have I accomplished? Well, for starters, I have done a lot of soul searching, not just Google searching. It allowed me to think critically about the ideas that I have come up with as well as if my college degree limited me in any way. I have decided that the only thing that could hold me back is myself, which, ultimately, Continue reading

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