The Miracle Morning {Book Review}

 

“The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod is an inspirational book geared at making you a more productive person. If you want to change the world, you first have to work on changing yourself.
The first concept of “The Miracle Morning” (TMM for short) is to use the first hour of your day for personal development. While you can fit the concepts of TMM into any part of your day, the first hour of the day is most successful for two reasons. First off, sometimes we simply can’t find the time so we can make the time by getting up an hour earlier.

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Thrive: 30 Inspirational Rags-to-Riches Stories {Book Review}

 

This week I read “Thrive: 30 Inspirational Rags-to-Riches Stories” by Jason Navallo. The book features 30 rags-to-riches stories, from actors, entrepreneurs, musicians, and authors. What I like about this book is that it focuses on the beginning part of a successful journey, the part that’s filled with heartbreak, failure, and a heck of a lot of work.
One theme that was prevalent throughout the book was HARD WORK! All of the people featured knew how to hustle, even for years without seeing progress. There were definitely some lucky breaks: the right person saw the work, catapulting their career. However, the only reason they were in the right place at the right time was because they had been in that place, over and over, practicing their craft, for years or even decades.
This was incredibly inspiring for me as an entrepreneur. It can feel like a fool’s errand to start a business, working day and night for a business that becomes an obsession. Don’t take this as an invitation to sit around and wait for your lucky break. Work hard, continuously improve and go out and find your lucky break.
Sam Walton was told, “Maybe you’re just not cut out for retail.” Vin Diesel got his start when a film he wrote, starred in and financed was noticed by Steven Spielberg. Harrison Ford got his big break when, as a self-taught carpenter, he impressed George Lucas by building cabinets in his home. Howard Schulz, the CEO of Starbucks, was told that “Americans are never going to spend a dollar and a half on coffee.”
This book is a quick and inspirational read. I read it over the course of a Sunday afternoon. I’d recommend this book if you need motivation to persevere.
[Disclaimer: I was contacted by the author and given a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I found the book extremely quick and easy to read, as well as motivating. Your time is valuable, and I recommend books that I truly enjoyed.]

Vlog Like A Boss {Book Review}

 

In “Vlog Like a Boss,” Amy Schmittauer tells you everything you need to know about online video — how to get over your fears, set a goal, grow a community, encourage engagement and coming up with a strategy — while being funny at the same time.

Before reading this book, I considered my YouTube channel a business, as in “Yeah, I’d like to make money from this thing.” During the course of reading this book, I identified who my ideal client is, what my strategy is to attract and keep that client, and what makes me so special versus the thousands of book reviews out there.

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A Parent’s Guide to Video Games {Book Review}

My husband is an avid video gamer. While he doesn’t get to play as much as he likes now that he’s a father, video games are still a big part of his life and how he chooses to spend his free time. We’ve often talked about how we should handle video games as our son gets older, which is why I was so excited to be contacted about reviewing “A Parent’s Guide to Video Games.”

The author, Dr. Rachel Kowert, is a gamer and a parent, as well as being a research psychologist, making her a knowledgeable and balanced guide. She covers the typical hot topics when it comes to video games, such as addiction, aggression, and sexism, and she dispels or confirms these concerns with research. Continue reading

You Are a Bad*ss {Book Review}

 

“You Are a Badass” is the first New Age book I’ve read that acknowledges that New Age concepts are flat out wonky-sounding.

If you’ve seen/read “The Secret,” or books similar to it, you know what I mean. New Age books promise you wealth and prosperity by using your mind to move the energy all around us. This is the “Law of Attraction,” which basically states like attracts like, and is all over the pages of self-help books.

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Engine 2 Diet {Book Review}

 

I first heard about the “Engine 2 Diet” through the popular documentary “Forks Over Knives.” I was fascinated that a group of burly fire fighters would take on the challenge of eating a plant-based diet. In my opinion, vegan food is only worth their weight if all-American, meat and potatoes kind of people love it.

“The Engine 2 Diet” (“E2” for short) starts off with a harrowing story of pulling a fellow fire fighter out of the blazes of an apartment building fire, who sustained 3rd degree burns — the worst kind — on 70% of his body, narrowly escaping death. People rarely live if more than 65% of their body is burned. Continue reading

168 Hours {Book Review}

 

“168 Hours: You have more time than you think” by Laura Vanderkam is a book about time management and life balance. But it’s also about career management and volunteering. And it’s about productivity and being fully present.

“168 hours” is a collection of essays — food for thought, if you will. This is terrible if you’re a smash and grab reader (get in, get out, move on), but wonderful if you love to look analytically at your life and ponder ways to make it better (as I do).

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Rad Women Worldwide {Book Review}

 

 

“Rad Women Worldwide” by Kate Schatz, illustrations by Miriam Klein Stahl, took me on a journey throughout the world and throughout time, through vastly different experiences from my own. Quick blurbs (1-2 pages each) introduced me to these extraordinary women, some of whom I had never heard of, but who I will now never forget.

The illustrations are stark black and white. The illustrator, Miriam, armed with paper and an X-Acto knife, cut the images out, line by line, bit by bit. They are beautiful, amazing and give the book a unique style.

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