Sign up to the bookmark newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/1119b1358a84/thebookmark   About the Book For a quarter century, more than a million readers—scribes and scribblers of all ages and abilities—have been inspired by Anne Lamott’s hilarious, big-hearted, homespun advice. Advice that begins with the simple words of wisdom passed down from Anne’s father—also a writer—in the iconic passage that gives the book its title. An essential volume for generations of writers young and old, Bird by Bird is a modern classic. Source: amazon.com   About the Author Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; Operating Instructions, and the forthcoming Hallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California. Source: amazon.com Buy the book from The Book Depository - https://www.bookdepository.com/Bird-By-Bird/9780385480017/?a_aid=stephsbookshelf Would you like to take better notes from the books you read?  Get your copy of Archley's beautiful book journal, the Book of Books here: https://www.archleys.com/?ref=JamVyS-U4mVR   BIG IDEA 1 (3:46) – Bird by bird, buddy This book was inspired by Anne’s father who helped her brother who had months to do an essay project at school about birds but inevitably left it to the last minute. Overwhelmed by the size of the task and the short amount of time left, her dad told her brother “Just take it bird by bird buddy, bird by bird”. However big the challenge is you just have to break it down, take it bird by bird and just get through. She said that in the context of writing, no writer she knows sits down feeling enthusiastic and confident but they do it – word by word, page by page.  Anne said there’s treasure in the piles of chaos and mess, and we need to make that mess to find out who we are. She also said that nobody is reading your first draft or nobody needs to read it. So if you’re putting pressure on yourself to show your first draft (on social media / to friends or family), you’ll find it too overwhelming – keep it for yourself. On the topic of writer’s block she argues that you actually are not blocked but empty. So you need to fill yourself back up. It’s all about the process. Sit down at your desk and tackle your book, essay or anything, bird by bird. BIG IDEAS 2 (7:19) – Write to tell the truth Anne always encourages her students in writing classes to start with their childhood and write anything and everything they remember. The Christmas celebration where your Uncle got drunk, the dress that your Grandma used to wear, the smell of cooking coming through the door, everything you remember. Write it down. Anne says that you need to write as people talk. And to do this well, you need to go out and listen to people really talking. In your mind, think how you would write that conversation as narrative so it sounds like people really talking. By helping your characters create their own narrative, you find things out about your characters as you go along.  The point of good writing is to create real characters with hopes and dreams. As a writer, you need to think as a writer and constantly observe and listen – you need to write the true representation of people. Observing and listening and capturing can be anything – from a snippet of a one-sided conversation when someone walks past you whilst on the phone, or the colour of someone’s hat at the supermarket. BIG IDEA 3 (10:11) – Be weird This book is full of irreverence, neurosis, quirks, hypochondria and general human weirdness. Anne gives voice to the weird things that we all say, feel, think and do but don’t always show or tell anyone. Because if something inside you is real, someone will probably find it interesting. This book is a perfect example of writing as a person that you really are not the person that you think you should be to write a book. This is very relevant to non-fiction writing where it’s likely easy to slip into the idea of who you ‘should’ be to be a non-fiction author, rather than writing from who you are.   On Writing by Stephen King: Why boredom is the key to great writing Music: In Pulse by Assaf Ayalon via Artlist Let’s Connect LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/steph-clarke Instagram: @stephsbizbookshelf Enjoying the show? Please hit subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review on iTunes to help others find us.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sign up to the bookmark newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/1119b1358a84/thebookmark   About the Book The True Story of Paul Evans written by Carolyn Coe – is one man’s inspiring story of starting rough, making mistakes, personal suffering and the raw grit it takes to get back up when life deals the heaviest blows. Told with his authentic humour and frank wit, this is an upfront and personal account of a life of full of jaw-dropping, gut-wrenching and heartwarming events that will leave you reeling in disbelief and full of admiration for one man’s spirit to survive and live life to the full. Source: https://www.wheniwokeup.com/my-book/ About the Author A passionate, ambitious go-getter, Paul began his career in the financial services sector. Recognised as GE Capital’s “Golden Boy” of sales, a coincidental meeting with club entrepreneur Freek Teusink on a Hurghada beach saw him make the bold decision to move to Egypt permanently in 2001.  It was here the two formed the pioneering, multi-award-winning Solutions Leisure group. Re-inventing Egypt’s nightlife scene through the introduction of house music and European bands to the region, Paul and Freek Teusink developed and grew the Hurghada Marina Boulevard to become the number one destination in the Red Sea. Following the violence and disruption of the Arab Spring and the Egyptian revolution, Paul re-established Solutions Leisure in Dubai, UAE in 2011. Today, the group is the most heavily-awarded in the region, having owned and operated over 34 venues internationally. Having created a multi-million-dollar business, Paul’s perseverance to his vision, dedication and loyalty to his goals and objectives have significantly set him apart from the fierce competition he faces daily. Source: http://www.wheniwokeup.com/my-story/ Buy the book from The Book Depository - https://www.bookdepository.com/When-I-Woke-Up/9781076135599/?a_aid=stephsbookshelf Would you like to take better notes from the books you read?  Get your copy of Archley's beautiful book journal, the Book of Books here: https://www.archleys.com/?ref=JamVyS-U4mVR BIG IDEA 1 (4:01) – Find opportunity Paul had an eye for seeing and seizing the emerging trends and gaps in the market. This trend and gap spotting started early in his life, as a teenager in college in the UK. Him and his friends started a stall at the back of one of their cars selling clothes to other students. The opportunity for selling to his college friends who couldn’t afford the top labels but could afford the (potentially knock off) clothes that Paul was selling. So it started young and small started to big size of things to multi-million dollars – when he saw what the nightlife of Egypt could be like from what he’d seen in other countries and seized the opportunity. He knows what the people want because he stays very close to people or clients coming to his resorts. He talks about observation and connection being critical skills to find more opportunities, knowing the trends, speaking to people on a regular basis and understanding what the people want. His method of education was getting out there, trying things, making mistakes and learning along the way. There’s a quote in the book that says, “Opportunity is everywhere when you open your eyes”, but you have to have the right action oriented mindset when you see that opportunity arrive. BIG IDEA 2 (6:47) – It’s meant to be hard Paul said that life, work, success are meant to be hard and hard is what makes it great. He had two close calls to death, two stints in prison, a fire in one of his clubs, legal issues (including him having to go into hiding for a period of time), relationship breakdowns and he was close to being caught up in a terrorist attack in Egypt. Despite all of these incredible challenges, his attitude was that everything can be overcome. And noone can come out of of the hardships that he experienced without having that mindset.  BIG IDEA 3 (9:02) – Relationships can save your life His parents, one of his teachers, and friends in Egypt all helped him overcome challenges and literally saved his life at various points of his life. All of his relationships are built on reciprocity and trust. And even when he was making some questionable decisions or trying to outrun his problems, it was always the people around him who made him come to his senses, made him realise what he was doing or came to his rescue.  They helped him stand back up again and make things a bit better, fix things up and helped him move forward. Music: Anthem of a Quirky Hipster by Rex Banner (via Artlist) Let’s Connect LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/steph-clarke Instagram: @stephsbizbookshelf Enjoying the show? Please hit subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review on iTunes to help others find us.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sign up to the bookmark newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/1119b1358a84/thebookmark   About the Book  You too can find direction and build a roadmap to take your life and career further faster, even if you are feeling a little under-equipped for the journey ahead. “‘Further Faster’ is an actionable guide full of important steps for those who want to make the most of their career” – Nir Eyal, bestselling author of ‘Hooked‘ and ‘Indistractable‘ Come on a journey of self-discovery with Warren James, The Rapid Mentor, to uncover: Who you are and where you want to go The pillars you can use to build your own robust, balanced lifestyle The tools you need to succeed at any level in life How to easily master the life skills that most others learn the hard way The strategies you need to help accelerate your journey and get you where you want to be faster ‘Further Faster – The Ultimate Guide To Accelerating Your Career’ is for you, whether you are just starting out in your career; ready to really go after some serious life goals; or feeling stuck and overlooked despite the hard work you are already putting in. Source: amazon.com About the Author Warren James is the founder of the Rapid Online Mentoring Company. He has devoted the latter part of his career to helping the brightest graduates and young professionals from across the world take their life and career further faster. An engineering Honours graduate himself, he has spent over ten years in corporations, advancing his career as an engineer and later a project manager, responsible for budgets in excess of $50M. He found though that his greatest satisfaction came from mentoring teams and individuals, and has now made this his life’s work. Source: amazon.com Buy the book from The Book Depository - https://www.bookdepository.com/Further-Faster-Warren-James/9780648910602/?a_aid=stephsbookshelf Would you like to take better notes from the books you read?  Get your copy of Archley's beautiful book journal, the Book of Books here: https://www.archleys.com/?ref=JamVyS-U4mVR BIG IDEA 1 (4:15) – Have a plan This idea is more around the direction and mindset of career and life planning over being fixed to a set outcome. It’s ultimately about avoiding floating and getting stuck in a rut. Having a flexible plan which can also be applied to other parts of your life as well will help that. Warren talked about the specifics of smart goals to avoid things passing you by. For example, can put a time scale on activities or ambitions and life planning exercises using sticky notes with the things you want to do, achieve or places you want to go to in the different decades of your life. This helps provide direction and can help you take the first important steps. He encourages you to think about those initial tiny steps that can help you move forward.  BIG IDEA 2 (7:28) – Four buckets The four buckets that Warren mentioned in this book are: 1. Career 2. Finance 3. Bucket list 4. Personal You use these four buckets to plan. It helps you think about the things that you can do today or this to help one of these things move forward. It can also help you set your career goals. This can influence your plan and create balance.  BIG IDEA 3 (9:05) – Know your numbers Warren shared some of his numbers and his solid approach to his personal finance and the impact of that. This also avoids you getting stuck and making poor financial decisions early on in your career and then ending up over-leveraged and tied to your salary. One idea is working out your hourly rate helps you understand and get a better appreciation of how much things really cost. For example if you want to buy a shirt, think about how many hours of work it will cost. This helps you set priorities and plan your career goals, financial goals, bucket list and personal goals.  It helps you prioritise where to spend your money and the kind of lifestyle you want to create. Music: Vuelta al Sol by Tomas Novoa via Artlist Let’s Connect LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/steph-clarke Instagram: @stephsbizbookshelf Enjoying the show? Please hit subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review on iTunes to help others find us.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sign up to the bookmark newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/1119b1358a84/thebookmark About the Book Tim has interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads. This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met. Tim said “I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.” Source: Amazon.com About the Author Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and one of Fortune’s “40 under 40.” He is an early-stage technology investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ others) and the author of five #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans. The Observer and other media have called Tim “the Oprah of audio” due to the influence of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast. Source: https://toolsoftitans.com/ Buy the book from The Book Depository - https://www.bookdepository.com/Tools-Titans-Timothy-Ferriss/9781785041273/?a_aid=stephsbookshelf Would you like to take better notes from the books you read?  Get your copy of Archley's beautiful book journal, the Book of Books here: https://www.archleys.com/?ref=JamVyS-U4mVR   BIG IDEA 1 (6:50) – Success comes from beliefs and habits. Tim summarises the ideas in the book by saying that success comes from beliefs and habits applied consistently. And it’s not always the big things, for example, over 80% of the interviewees have some kind of meditation or mindfulness practice.  One of the questions he asked almost everyone was ‘how do you define success?’. It’s interesting to see the different perspectives of people about what success means to them, and what beliefs and habits they contribute their relative success to. Tim also mentioned in the book that you should look at people who have done things like you want to, not necessarily exactly like you want to. If you want to conquer Mars, don’t go and look for someone who conquered Mars but look for someone who conquered an industry or even a country. You can borrow from this ‘collective DNA’, without needing the other person to have done exactly what you want to do. BIG IDEA 2 (9:10) – Maximise your strengths. Tim says that everyone struggles and practically everyone is a mess (at least at a point in time). But people don’t succeed because they have zero weaknesses. They found one or two strengths and developed habits around them to maximise them. They brought those strengths to life and used them to their advantage. For some people this was a physical strength (particularly athletes) whereas for others it could be their ability to focus or apply themselves to a particular field. This is only possible with self-awareness. You can only use your strengths by working out what they are before using them to the advantage of yourself, your  company or your team, whatever it happens to be. BIG IDEA 3 (11:07) – Learn from others. This is the fundamental reason why the book exists – to learn from others. Most of the people Tim interviewed in the book mentioned the mentors, peers or other people they have learned from. They’ve either lived with them, worked with them, collaborated with them or indirectly learnt from them through their books, writings or podcasts. The question that Tim often asks at the end of the interviews is ‘which book have you gifted the most?’. There’s a whole section at the end of the book dedicated to all their answers. It goes to show that success is not a solo pursuit. None of these people achieved what they have achieved alone. They all have other people around them. Many of them talked about people from other fields who are at the top of their game. Who they can learn successful habits, mindset and behaviours from. When you find these good people to learn from, ask new and different questions. And questions that will help you understand what makes them successful – not just what the ‘answer is’. Let’s Connect LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/steph-clarke Instagram: @stephsbizbookshelf Enjoying the show? Please hit subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review on iTunes to help others find us.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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