Great Book: A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine – A 15 min Summary

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy Book Cover A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
William B. Irvine
Philosophy, Stoic philosophy
Oxford University Press
November 4, 2008
Kindle
Part Two: Stoic Psychological Techniques
Negative Visualization: What's the Worst That Can Happen?
Anyone interested in philosophy and/or living a good life
Meditations (Marcus Aurelius), The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph (Ryan Holiday), Ego Is the Enemy (Ryan Holiday)

“Irvine excels at giving a “walking tour” of the many schools of Stoic philosophy, from Greek to Roman traditions, identifying individual Stoic thinkers (many more than Seneca) and their principles and techniques, which Irvine argues are even more relevant in modern times than their own.”
–Philosophical Practice

“Well-written and so compelling, this is a rare example of a book that actually will make a difference in the lives of its readers. Whether it’s coping with grief or arriving at lasting happiness, Irvine shows, with care and verve, ancient Stoic wisdom to be ever relevant and very, very helpful.”
–Gary Klein, author of Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions

“Bill Irvine has given us a great gift: the most accessible and inviting description of modern Stoicism available. Read this book and be prepared to change your life!”
–Sharon Lebell, author of Epictetus’s The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness

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Great Book: “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod – A 23-min Summary

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) Book Cover The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
Hal Elrod
Self-Help, Motivational, Entrepreneurship
Hal Elrod
December 7, 2012
Kindle
180
Chapters 6: The Life S.A.V.E.R.S.
The very American/Tony Robbins'ish language..
Everyone.. even those who believe their not a "morning person"

The title almost put me off. Then the very American/Tony Robbins'ish language gave me a hard time.
But enabling the right "language filter" when reading, the book is really great.
I've been an early riser for about six years, 2 hours alone before the rest of my family starts moving is priceless. Nice to find that of Elrod's 6 "Life S.A.V.E.R.S." (6 habits to apply each "Miracle morning"), I've been practicing 4 of them for many years; Silence (for me meditation), Exercise, Reading & Scribe (Journaling). The other two - Affirmations & Visualization - have been on my mind for some time, he might just have pushed me to test them out.
The book contains many great quotes (I love great quotes), lots of inspiration and a nice personal touch (here's my story...).
I highly recommend joining "The 5am club", and this book will guide you in the right direction. And remember with the right motivation (this book will motivate you) everyone can rise earlier and have a wonderful start to each day. Good luck.

Table Of Content

  1. Book review
  2. Quotes about the book
  3. Facts about the author
  4. Summary
  5. (many) Quotes from the book
  6. Video


“Every once in a while, you read a book that changes the way you look at life. But it is so rare to find a book that changes the way you live your life. The Miracle Morning does both, and faster than you ever thought possible. I highly recommend Hal Elrod’s latest book.”
-TIM SANDERS, NY Times bestselling author of The Likability Factor

“The Miracle Morning(tm) is literally the ONE thing that will make immediate and profound changes in any-or every area of your life. If you really want your life to improve, read this book immediately.”
-RUDY RUETTIGER, the Notre Dame football player who inspired the hit Hollywood movie RUDY

“At first I thought Hal had lost his mind-why on earth would anyone get up so early on a regular basis?!?! I was skeptical… until I tried it. When I implemented Hal’s strategies I noticed an immediate difference in my personal and professional life. The Miracle Morning(tm) will show you how to take control of your life, regardless of your past. I highly recommend it.”
-JOSH SHIPP, TV show host, author, and Teen Behavior Expert

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September 24: F. Scott Fitzgerald Was Born in 1896

F. Scott Fitzgerald

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wikipedia:

Born Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
September 24, 1896
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died December 21, 1940 (aged 44)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Resting place Saint Mary’s Cemetery
Occupation Novelist, short story writer
Nationality American
Period 1920–40
Notable works The Great Gatsby
Spouse Zelda Sayre (m. 1920–40)
Children Frances Scott Fitzgerald

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Great Thinkers: Plato

Plato statue at the Academy of Athens building in Athens, Greece

 

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation”
– Plato

The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
-Alfred North Whitehead (Process and Reality)

PLATO and Aristotle were the most influential of all philosophers, ancient, medieval, or modern; and of the two, it was Plato who had the greater effect upon subsequent ages. I say this for two reasons: first, that Aristotle himself is an outcome of Plato; second, that Christian theology and philosophy, at any rate until the thirteenth century, was much more Platonic than Aristotelian. It is necessary, therefore, in a history of philosophic thought, to treat Plato, and to a lesser degree Aristotle, more fully than any of their predecessors or successors.
-Bertrand Russell (The History of Western Philosophy)

 

TOC

  1. Facts
  2. Some Famous Publications
  3. Selected Thoughts & Ideas
    1. From The School of Life
    2. Wikipedia
    3. Bertrand Russell
    4. Will Durant
    5. The Philosophy Book (Big Ideas)
  4. Quotes
  5. Videos / Audio
  6. Sources

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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – A 27-min Summary

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“Big Magic is a celebration of a creative life…Gilbert’s love of creativity is infectious, and there’s a lot of great advice in this sunny book…Gilbert doesn’t just call for aspiring artists to speak their truth, however daffy that may appear to others; she is showing them how.”
—Washington Post

“In [Gilbert’s] first foray into full-on self-help [she] shares intimate glimpses into the life of a world-famous creative, complete with bouts of paralyzing fear and frustration, in an attempt to coax the rest of us into walking through the world just a little bit braver.”
—Elle

“Elizabeth Gilbert is my new spirit animal… I have profoundly changed my approach to creating since I read this book.”
—Huffington Post

Book details:

Publisher: Riverhead Books (September 22, 2015)
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Genre: Self-Help, Creativity, Personal Growth, Motivational, Personal Success

Author

Elizabeth M. Gilbert (born July 18, 1969) is an American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist and memoirist. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010 has spent 199 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and was also made into a film by the same name in 2010.

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert on her new book “Big Magic” – q on cbc

Also check out this great TED talk: Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

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