Stress Management: 21 Ways To Relieve Stress In Quarantine

Stress Management: 21 Ways To Relieve Stress In Quarantine

Why ‘Stress Management’,How to deal with anxiety’, ‘Stress relaxation techniques‘ and the related terms have been one of the most searched terms on Pinterest in the first half of 2020?

We all know the answer. As now a few months into this social distancing and quarantine thing, we are facing its outcomes. The major one being is STRESS, be it emotional, physical or financial.

Humans are wired for social connection. Spending weeks isolated in our home is causing depression and anxiety to skyrocket, right at the time many of us can no longer even afford a psychologist. 

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WHY THERE IS A NEED OF SOCIAL DISTANCING?

Let’s go into a little background. Since early this year Coronavirus better called as COVID-19 has gradually spread throughout the world, affecting over a million people in almost every country and has claimed over 100,000 lives so far.

It has been declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization with the most badly hit regions including the United States, United Kingdom and Europe.

We are all facing such a situation for the first time in our lives. The disease is not fatal by itself but is highly contagious with 14 days’ incubation period. This means that the patient remains asymptomatic for an initial 14 days and then he shows signs of the disease. But during that incubation period, he remains contagious for all the people around him.

That’s why governments all around the world have to implement lockdowns, closed all non-essential businesses, factories, schools, colleges and universities, asked people to practice social distancing, proposed different disinfecting regimens so that we can get through this pandemic together safely and as soon as possible.

Many countries in the world are now able to contain the spread through these measures to some extent but it has pushed people to stay at home.

SOCIAL DISTANCING VS QUARANTINE VS SELF ISOLATION

 

Around the world, public officials are asking people who have contracted or been exposed to the new coronavirus to practice social distancing, quarantine or isolation measures in an effort to slow disease’s spread. What do these terms exactly mean?

  1. Social distancing means keeping a safe distance (approximately 6 feet) from others and avoiding gathering spaces such as schools, churches, concert halls and public transportation.
  2. Quarantine involves avoiding contact with others if a person has been exposed to coronavirus to see if they become ill.
  3. Isolation involves separating an individual who has contracted COVID-19 to prevent them from spreading it to others.

Quarantine is generally defined as the isolation and restricted movement of people who’ve been exposed to a contagious disease. With regard to COVID19, the kind of quarantine the population is using is not only to isolate children and adults who are ill but to protect non-sick people from catching the illness and preventing further contagion.

EFFECT ON EMOTIONAL HEALTH DURING QUARANTINE:

 

People with more introverted personalities tend to enjoy solitude, so they may have an easier time coping with reduced or limited social interactions. Introverts tend to feel drained after socializing, so they may actually cope pretty well during quarantine—at least for a time.

Even introverts need social contact, so finding ways to connect with others in some way is still essential.

It’s normal to feel stress when faced with staying indoors and interacting less with people, especially when that is added to the underlying stress of worrying whether you will catch the virus. These factors could increase your chances of developing a mental health issue, like anxiety or depression.

People can feel a mix of emotions during this period some of which include the following. sources of stress during this period include a drop in meaningful activities, sensory stimuli and social engagement; financial strain from being unable to work; and a lack of access to typical coping strategies such as going to the gym or attending religious services. 

  • Fear and Anxiety

You may feel anxious or worried about yourself or your family members contracting COVID-19 or spreading it to others. It’s also normal to have concerns about obtaining food and personal supplies, taking time off work or fulfilling family care obligations. Some people may have trouble sleeping or focusing on daily tasks. 

  • Depression and Boredom

A hiatus from work and other meaningful activities interrupts your daily routine and may result in feelings of sadness or low mood. Extended periods of time spent at home can also cause feelings of boredom and loneliness.

  • Anger, Frustration or Irritability

The loss of agency and personal freedom associated with isolation and quarantine can often feel frustrating. You may also experience anger or resentment toward those who have issued quarantine or isolation orders or if you feel you were exposed to the virus because of another person’s negligence. 

  • Stigmatization

If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you may feel stigmatized by others who fear they will contract the illness if they interact with you. 

HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

 

What’s the best way to get through this period of isolation? There are many strategies that you can employ to ensure your well-being and good mental health.

I am not writing to tell you what to do. I am sharing a few things I have done and a few steps I am taking myself to stay positive in this COVID-19 crisis. 

#1- Establish Routines

Have a consistent morning and night routine. Start your day in a consistent manner and have something that stabilizes your morning and sets the tone of your day. Wake up early and sleep early. I wake up around 5 am every day and sleep by 9-30 pm every night.

This is the same routine which I used to follow when I was working full time before this COVID 19 Crisis.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. You can stave off some times to avoid monotony. 

#2- Stay Active

This couldn’t be stressed enough. I believe these stay-at-home orders have cut down our physical activity by half. This will slow down the metabolism and reduce the muscle mass.

Stay active and taking out some time to exercise is a must otherwise you will end up being a couch potato.

What can be done

  • Take a light walk every day outside if possible or on a treadmill inside.
  • Do some light impact work out like yoga, stretching etc.
  • Follow online YouTube workouts
  • Join an online fitness program

#3- Eat Less and Eat Healthily

In this self-isolation scenario, I have limited my meals to one per day. As apart from a small workout in the morning, I am sitting all day in front of a laptop, working on this blog.

Though restaurants are closed for dine-in in most of the countries yet they are offering home delivery service.

I encourage you to prefer homemade food. The food we eat affects our health and well being and affects our mind and nervous system.

Eating too much, overloading on heavy foods, sugar, and too much caffeine can actually deplete us. Watch how much more clear you think when you eliminate alcohol, change your diet, and feed your body well.

Everyone is at home so eat with your family at the dining table. This time can be used to increase bonding with family.

#4- Limit Your Obsession Over Endless Coronavirus Coverage

Watching too much news, reading too many articles, and consuming too much content can be overwhelming. Freeing up your day from work or social obligations gives you plenty of time to obsess, and if you have a tendency to consult Google for every itch and sneeze, you may be over-researching the pandemic as well.

You might decide to check the news twice a day. Or you might decide to limit your time on social media if everyone is talking about the virus.

Make sure you seek sites that give factual information about what you can do to stay healthy, such as the CDC and WHO.

Remember that most media outlets work from a fear-based approach — where creating sensational stories gets higher viewership.

The greater the audience numbers, the more media organizations can charge higher amounts of money for advertising.

Stay informed but do not overwhelm yourself with continuously changing information. 

#5- Watch Your Screen Time: Avoid Mindlessly Watching Netflix

Yes, Netflix is cheap but your time is very precious.

Be mindful of what you watch on screens. It affects our lives in one way or another. I would suggest instead of seasons and mindless movies watch documentaries.

Some movies I have watched in last month are,

  • The Hidden Figures-2017: This story is about three female African-American mathematicians who have played a pivotal role in astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit in 1961. Meanwhile, they also have to deal with racial and gender discrimination at work.

hidden figures

 

 

chernobyl

 

pursuit of happiness

  • Spare Parts- 2015: It is the true story of a group of students from a mainly Latino high school, who won the first place over M.I.T.in the 2004 MATE ROV competition.

 

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I would recommend watching these or similar movies with some message and inspiration. 

#6- Call Your Friends and Family:

Remember its social distancing, not social isolation. Call your friends and family, message them, FaceTime or call on Skype. This way you can fill some of the gaps. Leverage this time to strengthen your bond with family.

#7- Declutter Your House

A chaotic home can lead to a chaotic mind: Keep your house clean. For the sense of change move a few things around. Don’t eat on your bed and don’t work on the sofa half laying down. Eat at the table with your family on time and work on your desk. Avoid cluttering. 

#8- Practice Empathy and Compassion

This is the time when looking after others is the most needed.

Don’t forget to check on your neighbours, your friends and your relatives. They might need you emotionally or financially.

If you have any house help coming to your house, check on to them as well.

Be supportive and offer encouraging words to others. 

#9- Choose Positivity

In times of uncertainty, it can be easy to feel a little hopeless and at a loss of what to do with yourself. Positivity is a mindset that doesn’t just come to us when we need it, it’s something we must practise daily, especially at times like this.

Be Positive and Spread Positivity.

#10- Distract Yourself

Distract yourself Another way to boost your mental health is to find healthy distractions. This might come in the form of reading, watching shows, listening to music, or finding other activities that interest you.

#11- Read Good Books

I am a book lover and I can speak for days about books. In short, good books can be your best friend and this is the best time to get hold of this habit. Books will tell you that this, that it is not the first time the world is facing a pandemic. It has been witnessed a couple of times in the past 800 to 1000 years.

I have jotted down my reading list of 39 books which I have read in past few months, and I believe everyone should read those books in 2020, as this seems to be the most happening year of this century.

We need to think over our life strategy as the things which use to work 10, 20 years ago, do not work anymore.

These books will enlighten you, as they have enlightened me and helped me become a tech blogger along with my 9 to 5 medical job.

“Sometimes decades pass and nothing happens, and sometimes decades happen in weeks” Tai Lopez

You can read my article here: Reading List: 39 Best Life-Changing Books To Read in 2020. 

#12- Meditate

For years wellness gurus have talked about meditation as if it is the holy grail for mental health. Meditation has many health benefits, but its ability to lower stress and ease anxiety is why it needs to be in your COVID-19 mental toolbox.

One of the most popular and easiest styles of mediation is mindfulness meditation. The idea is to get still and quiet while keeping the mind on the present moment.

For beginners, it can be helpful to listen to a guided meditation, which can help keep your mind from getting swept away from the endless thoughts in your head.

Consider ending your day with a daily morning and nighttime meditation.

Here is a free streaming breathing meditation from me and other free mindfulness meditations. 

#13- Start Journaling

Journaling is well-known as a therapeutic practice, a tool for helping you organize your thoughts and vent your emotions, especially in anxiety-ridden times. But keeping a diary has an added benefit during a pandemic: It may help educate future generations.

Start writing down your thoughts and goals in a journal so that you can reflect on it later.

Don’t forget to write about the things you are grateful for.

 

#14- Signup For a Self Development Online Course

Use this time to sign up for an online course. There are thousands of people out there selling courses on personal development etc.,

I have taken many but I will recommend one course which I took myself last year and found it extremely helpful.

This course is offered by Tai Lopez, a well-known internet marketer in the world. In fact, It was my first step towards self-development and financial freedom. It is known as THE 67 STEPS. You can find out the details here.

67 steps by tai lopez

 

It consists of enlightening lecture series with small exercise at the end of each talk.

This course will make you rethink your life and by the end of the program, you will figure out your life problems by your self and will have some plan to fix those out. I guarantee… 

#15- Start a Side Business

You have plenty of time why not start a side hustle. Something which can work on its own in the longer run.

No, you don’t need a hefty investment to start a business. I am running this blog with less than $50 each month. Think over it. The 67 Steps program will help you figure out what side hustle you can start with.

I have a few recommendations, Each one of the following has been already tested by me. I am giving you my honest opinion

  • Start a Blog: Read my over 10,000 words detailed guide on how to start a blog. It is pretty detailed. You can start building your blog right away. In case you need further help in any step of setting up a blog you can always contact me. Find out more information here.

To start a blog you need fully managed WordPress hosting for which I recommend Bluehost. With Bluehost comes Free Domain, Free SSL, Free CDN, One-Click Word Press Install and amazing customer support.

You can start at as low as $3.95 per month at Bluehost.

 

Get started with Bluehost

  • Start a Social Media Marketing Agency: This is a high time to learn social media marketing. As a lot of brick and mortar stores have been closed due to COVID 19 social distancing measures, small businesses which do not have an online presence are struggling. Small businesses need you more than ever.

Learn how to start a social media marketing agency here and get paid $1000 to $10,000 per month managing their social media.

I have done this course too. It is the most detailed course out there.

  • Start an Affiliate Marketing Business

The best definition of what affiliate marketing is can be found on Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income:

Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.

It is based on revenue sharing. If you have a product and want to sell more, you can offer promoters a financial incentive through an affiliate program. If you have no product and want to make money, then you can promote a product that you feel has value and earn an income from it as an affiliate marketer.

Before diving into affiliate marketing, It is better to learn the process first. Two courses which are best to learn affiliate marketing are as follows. You can go through the details of each by clicking on the links and decide your self which one to proceed with.

1- Super Affiliate System by John Crestani

john Crestani: Affiliate Marketing

 

2- Making Sense of Cents by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Making sense of cents by mischelle

 

  • Work as a Freelancer: For freelancing, I recommend Fiverr and Flexjobs.To test the waters and work as a premium freelancer, I recommend you check out the Fiverr job board.

fiverr home page : work form home job

Get started with Fiverr today.

These are some of my recommendations you come up with your own. An be patient. Things take time.

 

#16- Find Sources of Comfort:

Finding ways to give yourself comfort even when you are feeling lonely can help to improve your mental health. Below are some ideas of “self-care measures” that you can take even if you are alone.

  • Give yourself a foot massage or use a foot spa
  • Take a long shower
  • Focus on your pet
  • Cook healthy comfort food
  • Watch favourite TV shows or read favourite books
  • Have a cup of herbal tea (chamomile will help you to relax)
  • Light scented candles (lavender will help to reduce stress)
  • Practice sleep hygiene to make sure you are getting enough rest

#17- Get Things Done: Be Meaning Full Of Your Routine

Every day jot down tasks you want to accomplish, things you want to get done and then try to get that list all crossed

Getting things done can provide a sense of purpose and competency. It gives you something to work towards and something to look forward to each day. Having something special during this time will help you look forward to each new day.

#18- Focus On The Things You Can Control

Examine your worries and aim to be realistic in your assessment of the actual concern as well as your ability to cope. Try not to catastrophize; instead, focus on what you can do and accept the things you can’t change.

One way to do this is to keep a daily gratitude journal. You may also choose to download smartphone applications that deliver mindfulness and relaxation exercises.

#19- Use Mindful Words

It’s easy to fall into pessimistic thinking during the quarantine. The way you see the world and the future can become an all-or-nothing experience.

Rephrase “I lost my job ” to “I can finally focus on starting an online business”

#20- Reach Out For Help If Your Anxiety Becomes Unmanageable

If you find yourself with very poor mental health while isolated during coronavirus and aren’t able to pull yourself out of feelings of anxiety, depression, or fear, it is important to reach out for help.

Consider calling a crisis line or an online telemedicine therapy service to find out about options. While it’s normal to feel afraid and lonely at a time like this, worsening mental health could indicate the need for outside help.

Many licensed psychologists are offering telehealth options over HIPAA-compliant video chat platforms.

#21- Stress Management For Children During COVID-19 Crisis

Kids are stressed too.  Managing your own anxiety can help calm the fears of children in your home.

There are ways parents can help their children manage the stress of being isolated for a long period of time from friends, family and activities and places to which they are accustomed.

To help your children manage their anxiety during quarantine, the following are recommended

  • Help them stay connected with others – Face time or call friends and relatives, play games or puzzles together, make cards for the elderly or those who are isolated.
  • Keep up their physical activity – Take advantage of nice weather to get outside and walk or play.  When inside, explore online videos to dance, do yoga or workout.
  • Monitor their news and social media intake – Talk to your children about how to select news with factual information and limit the amount of time they spend on media.  Monitor your own use and avoid watching or listening to anything that might be upsetting when your children are present.
  • Keep up their routine – Continue their normal day to the best of your abilities…same time for waking up, getting dressed, eating breakfast, doing schoolwork, taking a break, going outside for recess.
  • Practice mindfulness with them to stay present – Do breathing exercises, draw, paint, sing, cook, meditate, make slime, read a story.
  • Remain calm and provide reassurance – Talk about their feelings, help them reframe their concerns, let them know adults in their lives are there to keep them safe and healthy.  Make sure your explanations are age-appropriate.
  • Keep them positive – Talk about things you are grateful for as a family or things that are going well, help them choose activities which are pleasant and improve their mood.
  • Acknowledge that there is, for now, a new normal – Talk about being flexible as a family to cope with each day’s new challenges.

STRESS MANAGEMENT: LET’S WRAP IT UP

 

Humans are wired for social connection. With most of the country in a temporary quarantine, the abrupt change has proven to be an unsurprisingly tough transition. Spending weeks on end isolated in our home is causing depression and anxiety to skyrocket right at the time many of us can no longer even afford a psychologist.

Thankfully, there are some lifestyle solutions that don’t cost a fortune and can be done from home that can help anyone struggling with depression and anxiety.

Remember that by taking such measures, you are reducing the possibility of transmitting COVID-19 and protecting those who are most vulnerable.

Share with us what you’re up to while staying at home and what has been helpful for you! I hope your families, friends, and loved ones all are safe and sound.

 

Disclaimer: This article contains affiliate links that I receive a small commission for at no cost to you. You can read my full affiliate disclosure in my privacy policy in the footer.

 

Further Reading on UBQ Digital Marketing.com: To dive deeper into some of these online strategies, check out my guide to learn how to start a blog and what are some of the best platforms to start blogging with.

P.S: Do you know I could help you grow your blog personally? Yeah, that’s right. I offer special WordPress services to help your set up your website create content and monetize it.

I can put you on the path of financial freedom in 3 short months, only if you are willing to put in work and have a lot of patience.

If you will work with me, I will make sure that your goals and expectations are met in the best possible way. Find out more information here.

Umama Batool Qazi: A Full-time Dentist, Social Media Marketer and Head Blogger. I write about books, work from home ideas and digital marketing. Join me and other readers here at ubqdigitalmarketing.com to learn about blogging and digital marketing using our recommended resources.

Reading List: 39 Best Life Changing Books To Read In 2020

Reading List: 39 Best Life Changing Books To Read In 2020

Today I want to share my reading list of the 39 best life-changing books which have helped me shape my life for 2020. I want the world to know how I came across books, adopted the reading habit, managed to read 39 books in 8 short months and made radical changes in my thinking, career and lifestyle.

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I can’t agree with this phase enough.

        “To double your income, triple your rate of learning”

                                                                                                     Robin Sharma

I will not be sharing book summaries here. If you search with the title of “Life-Changing Books” you may easily find hundreds of book reviews on other blogs, Goodreads, Youtube, etc.

Here I am going to mention one to three lessons from each book which I picked up after completing it and implemented it in my life.

How did I get Into Reading?

If I give you a brief intro about myself. I am 29, a Postgraduate dental student, living on my stipend and my only career goals were to complete my post-graduation and then look for a job at some teaching hospital with a handsome salary so that I can stay in academics and keep practising dentistry at the same time.

As I was nearing the end of my fellowship I have found out that life is no bed of roses. Even after specialization, you have to work hard to earn good money due to worsening economic conditions

At that point, I stopped and thought that

Why some people make more money than others?

Why I have put my career in other people’s hand?

Why I will depend on a paycheck to pay my bills for my whole life?

Why can’t I work at my own hours?

Why do I have to ask my boss for sick leave?

Answer:

That’s because we have been sold the idea that jobs are safe and starting a business of your own involves a lot of risks.

We are told by our parents that work hard, get the best education so that the best companies can hire us.

We are scared to even think that that best education can be used to buy those best companies.

It’s just the difference of thinking in achieving the same thing and has hugely different outcomes.

I was going through some hard times in my life, faced a couple of emotional accidents back to back in a matter of weeks and one day I came across this TED Talk on my youtube feed by someone named Tai Lopez.

The title enticed me

Why I read a book a day (and why you should too): the law of 33%

This TED Talk had over 10 million views so I downloaded it to watch later but didn’t watch it for the next couple of days. And I soon I have watched it I got hooked to the talk, the guy and his approach and

    YES to the BOOKS. I just needed it so much at that point in my life.

I probably have watched it over 50 times to the point that I memorized it by heart. I can repeat every word and it has opened another new world of knowledge, wisdom, learning, thinking and change for me.

I SIMPLY GOT HOOKED TO BOOKS.

to the best life-changing books I have ever read. I read 39 non-fiction books straight for 8 months.

What those 8 months of dedicated reading did for me?

  • Gained a LOT of knowledge, wisdom and insights.
  • I never thought I will learn anything other than dentistry and I was not a computer geek but books persuaded me to learn other in-demand skills. So……
  • I learned Social Media Marketing and started my own social media marketing agency
  • that course put me on the course acquiring other skills e.g
    • Sales funnel building,
    • Web development,
    • Blogging,
    • Graphic designing
    • Copywriting
    • Affiliate Marketing etc

Reading has opened a whole new world of change for me.

These are the books, which changed me because Good Books  can be life-changing books as they have the potential to give you decades of experience in a few hours.

Books have the ability to collapse the timeline.

Readers are leaders and All great readers were avid readers.

The more I read, the humbler and resilient I have become.

All books are not equal. Every best seller is not worth reading. Fiction rarely gives you anything useful. So you have to be careful.

I made up my reading list after researching the great readers of our time i.e. Bill Gates, Tai Lopez. Oprah Winfrey. Warren Buffet. etc

Let’s move on to my reading list which I would recommend to every beginner. Every book has a lot to offer. I will share a few key practical, life-changing lessons which I picked up from every book, implemented it and the results I have reaped in my personality and in my life.

Let’s Move on.

Book Categories – Best Life Changing Books

I divide the books I read, into six categories. As I read mostly nonfiction, more or less every book falls into one of these categories. These are

  1. Biographies – Best to get courage from real-life examples
  2. Self Help–  About personality development and motivational
  3. Business and Entrepreneurship – about launching, running and managing small/ large businesses
  4. Wealth – about making and managing money
  5. Health – about being healthy
  6. Classics – at least over 50 years old book, which has stood the test of time

Biographies

1) Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Before reading this book I only knew Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Hero of “Terminator” but this book gave me a wonderful sneak peek into his life.

Arnold says that

                                                   IT’S ALL REPS AND SETS….

Whatever he has achieved in his life is due to practice, practice and practice. That’s it

If you want to achieve something in life you have to earn it work for it.

A lot of books teach us that but Arnold’s life is a real-life example.

  • He was born in a year of famine in a small Austrian town.
  • By age 21 he was living in Los Angeles and had been crowned Mr Universe.
  • Within ten years of moving to America, he has learned English, became the world’s greatest bodybuilder, earned his college degree and was a millionaire from his business enterprise.
  • Thirty-Six years after moving to America he was elected Governor of California, the seventh-largest economy in the world.

His biography contains a scanned image of his speech. The image has twenty-five vertical lines at the top.

Each line indicates the number of times he practised that speech before delivering it just because he didn’t want to make any mistake. He wanted to be perfect and that’s why he believed in repetition, repetition and repetition.

My take away:

Success is not accidental.

If you Work Hard and Act Smart for Something, you will achieve it.

If Arnold has done it, so can I

2) Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

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It’s probably one of the most enthralling and emotional autobiographies one will ever read.

That’s because the vicissitudes Nelson Mandela has gone through in the course of his life are so dramatic that the reader cannot help responding to them as if to a fairy tale or moral fable of some kind.

No hero or legend ever went through such protracted trial in order to arrive at so improbable a victory.

Nelson Mandela had spent twenty-seven freaking years in prison. That’s three decades almost. Away from family, away from wife, away from kids only for his NATION, only to bring freedom to South Africa.

My take away:

When the cause is bigger, more effort is required to achieve it.

When the lives of millions of people are attached to you, more sacrifices are required.

Very few people have done that in history. Such people are chosen and their lives are a source of audacity for us.

3) Made in America by Sam Walton:

Made in America Book PreviewSam Walton founded the renowned Walmart. Started as a single dime store in a small town of Arkansas, Walmart is now the largest retailer in the world.

Sam Walton was declared the richest man in the world in the mid-1980s.

This biography is about entrepreneurship, and risk, and hard work, and knowing where you want to go and being willing to do what it takes to get there. And it’s a story about believing in your idea even when maybe some other folks don’t, and about sticking to your guns.

My Take away:

In the last chapter of his book, Sam mentioned ten points which I want to jot down as they are.

  • Commit to your business. Believe in it more then anybody else.

  • Share your profits with all your associates and treat them as partners. in turn, they will treat you as a partner and together you will all perform beyond your wildest expectations.

  • Motivate your partners, constantly day by day think of new and more interesting ways to motivate and challenge your partners. Don’t become too predictable.

  • Communicate; everything you possibly can to your partner. the more they know, the more they’ll understand.

  • Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.

  • Celebrate your successes and find some humour in your failures. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up a little bit and everybody around you will loosen up. Have fun.

  • Listen to everyone in your company and figure out ways to get them talking.

  • Exceed your customers’ expectations. If you do they’ll come back over and over. Make good on all your mistakes and don’t make excuses – apologize.

  • Control your operations better than your competition. You can make a lot of different mistakes and still recover if you run an efficient operation. Or you can be brilliant and still go out of business if you are too inefficient.

  • Swim Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom. If everybody else is doing it one way there is a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the opposite direction.

4) Kon Tikki – Across the Pacific by Raft by Thor HayerdahlKon Tikki : Book Preview

Thor Heyerdahl, ethnologist and adventurer became known to the world when he organized and led famous Kon Tikki expedition in 1947 on a primitive balsa wood raft.

Heyerdahl and a small crew sailed from the pacific coast of South America to Polynesia, covered 4300 nautical miles in 101 days demonstrating the possibility that the Polynesians may have originated in South America.

My take away:

Very Engaging story. I have found it crazy at first that how few highly educated and learned man of their respective fields put their lives at stake just to prove a theory. But it has been done several times in history as well.

 

The pioneers of anything have to make sacrifices more than ordinary people. Only then they are remembered and acknowledged for their work.

 

This is the story of determination, science, human brains and teamwork.

5) Michael Jordan the life by Roland Lazenby

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Michael Jordan is a legendary American Basketball player. This biography provides the first truly comprehensive portrait of Jordan: the player, the icon, and the man.

He says about himself

“My greatest skill was being teachable. I was like a sponge. Even if I thought my coaches were wrong, I tried to listen and learn something”

                                                                                     (Michael Jordan)

To his coaches, his capacity to be coached was his single most impressive attribute. His coach Dean Smith once asserted,

“I had never seen a player listen so closely to what the coaches said and then go and do it”

What I have learned:

Being teachable is a universal trait among all successful people which is often overlooked by us.

We think that our skills and physical gift elevate us above all.

We should listen and follow the experts of our field. It will not only reduce the chances of error but shortens the time to achieve success and fame.

Self-help / Personality Development:

6) Managing Oneself by Peter F Drucker

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Its a very short just fifty-five pages, highly readable article published in Harvard Business Review. It’s the most precise and powerful text written on the subject of self-management.

Peter Drucker explains how to create your career path by knowing when to seize opportunities and when to change the course.

This is the only self-help book that I recommend if somebody ask for the recommendation of personality development book.

What strikes to me the most:

Peter Drucker talks about managing the second half of life by developing a second career or second major interest and developing it early and the prerequisite is to begin long before you enter it.

According to him, there are three ways to develop a second career.

  • The first is actually to start one. That may mean moving from one kind of organization to another or moving to different kinds of work altogether.
  • The second is to develop a parallel career.
  • The third is to become a social entrepreneur. Keep doing what you have been doing all along but spend less and less of your time on it and start doing another activity usually a nonprofit.

Only after reading this book, I concluded that I need to learn something other than dentistry as well.

The question was what that should be????

You are reading this blog because I picked up the lesson what Peter Drucker was trying to convey.

I have set up this website myself, written this blog and generating money by monetizing it

7) The 5 am Club by Robin Sharma.

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                                                        “Own your Morning, Elevate your Life”

The concept of The 5 am Club has been introduced by Robin Sharma twenty years ago based on a revolutionary morning routine that has helped his clients maximize their productivity, activate their best health and bulletproof their serenity in this age of overwhelming complexity.

I always wanted to be an early riser but never had the guts to do so. Since May’2019 when I first completed this book I am a member of The Sacred 5 am Club.

This book has compelled me in some magical way to get out of bed before dawn.

Best thing I have picked up:
                                       The 20/20/20 Formula

There is a lot to discover and follow in this book. The one thing which has helped me to get on the journey of change is 20/20/20 formula.

 

   20 minutes exercise / 20 minutes meditation/ 20 minutes journaling = 60 minutes/1 hour

 

According to him, if you get your first hour the day right i.e. 5 am to 6 am, your whole day will be taken care of. And it’s 100 percent true.

8) The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

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In his seminal self-help masterpiece, Dr David Schwartz not only motivates and inspires, but he also gets to the very core of why thinking big will make you live big.

There is a lot to discuss in this book.

Few quotes which I liked are.
  • Upgrade your thinking: Think as important people think

  • Manage your environment: Go first class

  • Make it a rule to Seek advice from people who know

  • Want to make money? then Get the put service first attitude

 

9) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson

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“In life, we have a limited amount of fucks to give

So you must choose your fucks wisely”

In this generation defining-self help guide, Mark Manson shows us that the key to being stronger, happier people is to handle adversity better and stop trying to be “positive” all the time.

Lessons Learned:
  • Choose the things which I have to care about in life wisely as every problem doesn’t worth my energy. Few matters are supposed to be ignored.

  • To know my limitations in life and accept them.

10) The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

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Another good book by Robin Sharma. It’s an extraordinary tale providing a step by step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance and joy.

Few good lessons from the book
  • Discipline is built by consistently performing small acts of courage.
  • Respect your time it’s your most precious commodity.
  • Have the courage to say NO.
  • Savour the journey and live each day as your last.
  • Practice gratitude.

11) Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Makes Us Influential by John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut

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When people size you up what do they see?

We would all like people to appreciate us for our own positive qualities.

This book offers a wealth of practical approaches for understanding and improving how each of us presents ourselves to the world. It’s required reading at Harvard business school.

Character judgments revolve around two qualities

  • Strength (the root of respect) and
  • Warmth (the root of affection).

The ability to project both strength and warmth at once is rare so rare that we celebrate elevates and envy those few people who manage it.

My take away:

Learn  to manage my image in front of people according to the situation.

12) Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy

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There just is not enough time for everything on our to-do list- and there never will be. Successful people don’t try to do everything.

They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure those get done. They eat their frogs first.

Take away:   
  • Make a to-do list every day. This will help you think over what to do next.

  • Prioritize things according to importance level.

  • Delegate tasks to others which are not necessarily performed by you. This will help you focus on more important things.

13) The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

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“If you chase two rabbits you will not catch either one”

(Russian Proverb)

Each of us wants fewer distractions. The daily barrage of emails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract us and stress us out.

And what’s the cost? Second rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paycheques, and fewer promotions – and lots of stress.

My take away

If I want more productivity from my work, more income for a better lifestyle. I have to find out my one thing that matters the most.

14) Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

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It’s an amusing book that can be read and understood quickly by everyone who wants to succeed in these changing and unpredictable times.

This short story has a lot of great lessons
  • If you do not change, you become extinct so you should be open-minded enough to learn something new, act differently and adapt in time to help you succeed.

  • Smell the cheese (your environment) often so you know when it is getting old.
  • Move with the cheese and enjoy it i.e. don’t hate change.

15) The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma

Book Preview: The Leader Who Had No TitleAnother good life-changing book by Robin Sharma.

It’s a book full of inspiration, ideas and real-world tactics that will change the game for you. But mostly it’s a book about unleashing your inner leader- that big and bold and phenomenal part of you that’s full of courage excellence and honour.

Main Idea:

This book says that the old model of leadership is dead, gone and obsolete as the old model said that you need a title or a position to make a difference in this world.

But now every body can lead his/her life .You don’t need a title for that.

16) The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha

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Neil Pasricha, a famous blogger, in his book The Happiness Equation says that

“I am convinced that life is 10% what happens and 90% how I react to it.

My takeaway:

Watch out your reactions. We are incharge of our attitudes 

Business & Entrepreneurship:

17) Zero to One by Peter Theil

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This book is very dense, crisply written, rational and practical.

The author Peter Theil co-founded PayPal and Palantir, made first outside investment in Facebook, funded companies like SpaceX and LinkedIn. He has built multiple spectacular companies.

He says that the next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. If you are copying these guys, you are not learning from them.

It’s easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from n to 1, adding more of something familiar.

Every new creation goes from 0 to 1. This book is about how to get there.

What I have learned from this book;

Few things which I liked the most are

  • When you start a small company and when you have limited resources. Don’t try to disrupt the market. Avoid competition as much as possible. Start small, dominate the niche and then scale up. 
  • Recruiting is a core competency for any company. It should never be outsourced.
  • Startups don’t need to pay high salaries to their employees because they can offer something better: part ownership of the company itself. Equity is the one form of compensation that can effectively orient people towards creating value in the future.

18) The Self-made Billionaire Effect: John Saviokla and Mitch Cohen

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In this one of the most exhaustive studies, the authors have researched self-made billionaires in an attempt to find common patterns.

What I particularly admire is their nuanced insights: these men and women are not solitary, risk-seeking, creative, overnight successes.

They work in teams; they manage risks and rewards; they are good at execution as they are at ideation; and they have been on the roller coaster, not rocket ships. Their wisdom is invaluable for entrepreneurs and managers

Lesson:

The authors have found one characteristic universally common among all self-made billionaires.

               They were focused, attentive and entirely present when spoken to.

I have now made it my habit to give my full attention to the person who is speaking to me.  

19) The Everything Store by Brad Stone

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This book tells the revelatory, no holds barred, true story of the global giant which has transformed retail in the same way Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing. The fascinating journey from humble startup to the web’s biggest retailer demonstrates how Bezos’s determination to make his dream a reality has also, for better or for worse, changed the way we live our lives.

My take away

Jeff Bezos started Amazon as an online book store in 1996 when the internet was expensive, is not in reach of everyone and the idea of online shopping was considered alien.

But Bezos was ahead of the curve he saw what we couldn’t. He started early and persevered. Today he dominates the e-commerce industry and is one of the richest people in the world.

20) The Lean Startup by Eric Ries:

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This book is about learning what your customers really want. It’s about testing your vision continuously, adapting and adjusting before it’s too late

Lesson:

The main concept presented by Eric Ries in this book is the idea of

Minimum Viable Product.

 

According to him when developing a new product one can start with a low quality , low functionality product which can make a sale. That Minimum Viable Product can act in service of building a great high-quality product according to customer reviews.

21) Contagious by Jonah Berger

Book Preview: ContagiousWhat makes things popular? And what is it that makes online content go viral?

Why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? And why are some stories and rumors more infectious?

In this book, Berger combines groundbreaking research with powerful stories and reveals the secret science behind word of mouth and social communication.

If you’ ever wondered why certain stories get shared, emails get forwarded or videos go viral. Contagious explain why, and shows how to make your product or idea catch on.

My takeaway:

Emotion drive people to take action. They make us laugh, shout, and cry and they make us talk, share and buy.

So rather than quoting statistics or providing information, we need to focus on feelings. To make things go viral or an idea to catch on try to stimulate appropriate emotions in people.

22) Start with Why by Simon Sinek:

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This book is about the naturally occurring patterns, a way of thinking, acting and communicating that gives some leaders the ability to inspire those around them.

Although these “Natural Born Leaders” may have come into the world with a predisposition to inspire, the ability is not reserved for them exclusively.

We can all learn this pattern. We can all learn to lead.

My take away:

Though this whole book is a gem, there is one thing that was a totally new perspective of thinking for me. I would like to share it over here.

 

Simon Sinek writes,

 

“An arrow is just a flimsy stick of wood when hunting through the air, becomes a force only when it is moving fast in one direction

 

But what it has to do with finding your why?

 

Because before it can gain any power or achieve any impact an arrow must be pulled backward, 180 degrees away from the target and that’s also where a WHY derives its power.

 

The WHY does not come from looking ahead at what you want to achieve and figure out an appropriate strategy to get there. It is not born out of any market research. It does not come from interviews with costumers or even employees.

 

It comes from looking in the complete opposite direction from where you are now.

Finding why is a process of discovery, not of inventions.”

Wealth:

23) Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

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It is the first book I have ever read on financial literacy and money and it has challenged and changed the way I used to think about wealth.

My takeaways:

This book is dense and has a lot to offer. I have mentioned a few significant takeaways.

  • We have been sold the idea to play it safe, don’t take risks in life especially when it comes to finances. Robert says that nothing is risky. It’s just the lack of simple financial intelligence and literacy.
  • Know the difference between assets (bring money in the pocket) and liabilities (take money out of the pocket).
  • Keep your expenses low, reduce your liabilities and diligently build a base of solid assets and only then buy luxuries.
  • Rich people buy luxuries last.
  • Savings are used to create more money not to pay bills.

24) Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.

Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.

It was the first life-changing book I have read about making money and acquiring riches.

This book is about thinking hard and acting smart.

Napolean Hill jots down 13 steps towards making money.

Few most important are

  • One must have the desire to get rich.

  • One must work hard to acquire specialized knowledge of the way to make money.

  • Write down how much money you want and how much time.

  • Persistence, Persistence and Persistence.

25) The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

Book Preview: The Intelligent InvestorThe greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide.

Graham’s philosophy of “Value Investing”—which shields investors from substantial errors and teaches them to develop long term strategies—has made the intelligent investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.

My take away:

It was a difficult book for a medical student like me. But it is recommended for everyone who wants to understand wealth management and investing.

Graham mentions that to invest successfully over a lifetime does not require a stratospheric IQ, unusual business insight or inside information.

What’s needed is a sound intellectual framework for making decisions and the ability to keep emotions from corroding that framework.

  • A stock is not just a ticker symbol or an electronic blip; it is an ownership interest in an actual business, with an underlying value that does not depend on its share price.

  • The market is a pendulum that forever swings between unsustainable optimism (which makes stock too expensive) and unjustified pessimism (which makes them too cheap). The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists.

  • The future value of every investment is a function of its present price. the higher the price you pay, the lower your return will be. 

  • No matter how careful you are, the one risk no investor can ever eliminate is the risk of being wrong. only by insisting on what Graham called the “margin of safety”-never overpaying, no matter how exciting an investment seems to be –can you minimize your odds of error. 

  • The secret to your financial success is inside yourself.

    If you become a critical thinker who takes no Wall Street “facts” on faith, and you invest with patient confidence, you can take steady advantage of even the worst bear markets. by developing your discipline and courage your financial destiny. in the end, how your investments behave is much less important than how you behave

26) The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

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The richest man in Babylon is a modern-day classic on financial wisdom written by George S. Clason. It teaches the reader how to manoeuver personal wealth for maximum profit and to develop a deeper understanding of the world of finance.

My Lessons from the book:
  • To get rich you need to invest where you can earn a profit.

  • Take the advice from those who are experts.

  • Control expenditures

  • Don’t lose money.

  • Increase your ability to earn and generate multiple streams of income

27) Money: Master the Game. 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins

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In this book, Tony Robbins renders even the most complex financial concepts simple and actionable. He teaches us how to secure financial freedom for ourselves and our families.

It has a lot of information about different investment modes e.g. index funds, mutual funds, various retirement plans, equities, annuities.

At the end of the book, he has added his interviews with 150 of the world’s most successful investors, in which they have shared their lifetime experiences, their portfolios and investment strategies for common people.

Health:

28) Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

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Here, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Michael Moss exposes the practices of some of the most recognizable (and profitable) companies and the brands of the last half-century.

We are hooked on Salt, Sugar and Fat. These three simple ingredients are used by the major food companies to achieve the greatest allure for the lowest possible cost.

This is an eye-opening and explosive journey into the secretive world of the processed food industry that has changed the way I used to eat

Lesson:

Give up on all processed and packaged food. There are a lot of substitutes.

OR be ready for chronic diseases and never ending medical bills in your later age.

29) The Story of Human Body by Daniel Liebermann

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Human evolution is fun, interesting, and illuminating, and much of this book explores the amazing journey that created our bodies. He argues that our twenty-first-century lifestyles are out of sync with our Paleolithic bodies, and that is leading to trouble.

Lieberman’s message is that modern life has created a mismatch between our abilities and the stresses we place on our body by sitting down all day long and snatching at quick, high energy foods.

My takeaway:
  • It is okay to take a cold shower sometime.

  • It’s okay to walk barefoot sometimes.

  • We should be more physically active.

  • We should push and oblige ourselves to eat foods that promote health………Because we are evolved to do that.

30) Undoctored by William Davis

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This book strikes at the core of what is systematically wrong with the healthcare system which offering a solution simplistic and achievable.

This groundbreaking thoroughly researched book reveals how millions of people are given dietary recommendations crafted by big businesses, are prescribed unnecessary medications, and undergo unwarranted procedures to feed revenue-hungry healthcare systems.

Undoctored is a guide on how to eliminate prescription medicine and how to distinguish good medical advice from bad.

What I have picked from this book.
  • I removed all grains from my diet including wheat. rye, barley, oat, sorghum, millet, rice, and their derivatives.

  • I gave up on milk and all dairy products except organic ghee.

  • I gave up everything which contains or is the source of artificial sugar.

  • I added vegetables and fruits in as much as the raw form as possible.

  • I added animal fats in my diet.

Classics:

31) Civilization and its Discontents by Sigmund Freud

Book Preview: Civilization and its DiscontentsThis book stands as a brilliant summary of the views on culture from a psychoanalytic perspective that Freud had been developing since the turn of the century.

It is both witness and tribute to the late theory of mind—the so-called structural theory, with its stress on aggression, indeed the death drive, as the pitiless adversary of Eros.

Civilization and Its Discontents is one of the last of Freud’s books, written in the decade before his death and first published in German in 1929. In this book, he states his views on the broad question of man’s place in the world, a place Freud defines in terms of ceaseless conflict between the individual’s quest for freedom and society’s demand for conformity.

Freud’s theme is that what works for civilization doesn’t necessarily work for the man. Man, by nature aggressive and egotistical, seeks self-satisfaction. But culture inhibits his instinctual drives. The result is pervasive and familiar guilt.

32) The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Book Preview: The Art of WarThe art of war is an enduring classic that holds a special place in the culture and history of East Asia. An ancient Chinese text on the philosophy and politics of warfare and military strategy.

The treatise was written in 6th century B.C by a warrior- philosopher now famous all over the world as Sun Tzu. It’s an ancient Chinese text on the philosophy and politics of warfare and military strategies, written by Sun Tzu.

My lesson:

Sun Tzu says

 “If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt” 

Whenever you start a business, Always do competitive research and keep doing it if you want to stay in business. Always know what your competitors are doing.

33) The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

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The Power of Positive Thinking is a simple, practical, heartfelt guide to enable everyone to enjoy confidence, success and joy.

What I have learned:

I have always been a positive person. But this book made me think more about it.

 

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human being can alter their lines by altering their attitudes of mind”

                                                                                                            William James

34) The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Written in 1515, The Prince is a treatise on politics. Although many critics condemn its power,  content and disparagingly called it Machiavellian, it is usually regarded as the first-ever work on modern political philosophy,

My favourite quote from the book

“A wise prince ought to observe some rules and never in peaceful time stand idle, but increase his resources with industry in such a way that they may be available to him in adversity so that if fortune changes it may find him prepared to resist her blow.”

 35) The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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This short novel, already a modern classic, is the superbly told, tragic story of a Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream and the giant Marlin he kills and loses.

Lesson:

One might feel the story is dull and boring but that’s what makes it a classic. This story is about hope.

Knowing who you are, trusting yourself, seeing things from different perspectives yet not in a doubtful way, and giving it all you have got. That’s what I admire. That is what I found in this little book.

36) The Lessons of History by Will Durant

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The Lessons of history is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Will and Ariel Durant. It’s a concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind.

The authors state that half of the history is guessing and rest is prejudice. History repeats itself, but only in the outline.

“You can’t fool all the people, all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country” (Lincoln)

Best lesson from the book:

The man who can manage men manage the men who can manage only things and the men who can manage money manage all.

 

If progress is real despite our whining, it is not because we are born by healthier, better or wiser than infants were I past, but because we are born to richer heritage, born on a higher level of that pedestal which the accumulation of knowledge and art raises as the ground and support of our being. .

 

When the heritage rises, and man rises in proportion as he receives it.

37) How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleBook Preview: How to win friends and influence peopleIt’s a self-help book, written in 1915 but considered a classic as Dale Carnegie’s time tested advice enables us to manage personal relationships more effectively.

What I have learned and implemented:
  • I try to remember people’s names and call them with their names with the correct pronunciation.

  • I smile often.

  • I avoid arguments as the best way to avoid arguments is not to fall into an argument

  • I listen to people.

  • If I am wrong, I admit it quickly and emphatically

38) As a man thinketh by James Allen

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Millions of readers have experienced the power of this book. Published in 1902, its simple forthright ideas have touched hearts and even changed lives for more than a century.

Takeaway:

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” – The Books of Proverbs (23:7)

 

Each of us is literally what we think, our character being the complete sum of all our thoughts.

39) From Poverty to Power by James Allen

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It’s another classic by James Allen to attain riches by changing your mindset

How to read a book faster?

Tai Lopez suggests a way to read a book faster. He says most of the books have a lot of fluff and only one or two chapters are worth reading.

So my way of reading a book faster is inspired by Tai Lopez. I suggest reading biographies and classics slowly. Take time to absorb these books. The rest of the nonfiction books can be speed read.

Below is my speed reading strategy.

  1. Read the title and the book the jacket.
  2. Read the preface and look at the table of contents.
  3. Now read the first chapter and the last chapter. These two chapters will give you an idea of what the book is about.
  4. I next 5 to 10 minutes flipping through the pages, read any tables, infographics and anything written in heavy type. Try to pick 1 to 3 chapters which you can find most useful for yourself.
  5. You will get to know which chapters are worth reading in detail.
  6. Just pick those chapters and read them in detail
  7. In this way, you will be able to focus on the most important parts of that book and speed up your reading as well.

Recommended Books by Bill Gates: Best Life-Changing Books

Bill Gates with His Books

Bill gates is considered as a great reader of all time. According to him, he used to go on reading vacations. Where he spends time with books only. He runs his own blog Gates Notes where he discusses the books he has recently read.

But every December for the past couple of years, Gates shares a year-end list of his favorites. We have picked a few books through his blog which he recommends to read in 2020.

The five books on his end-of-year list will help you start 2020 on a good note.

  • “An American Marriage,” by Tayari Jones
    From Gates’ review: “Jones is such a good writer that you can’t help but empathize with Roy and Celestial. Both have been put into a super-difficult position. I obviously haven’t experienced what they go through, but the characters — and their reactions to the situation — ring true to me.”
  • “These Truths,” by Jill Lepore
    From Gates’ review: “While many good history books provide perspectives beyond those of the traditional “great men” of history, Lepore’s book makes diverse points of view central to the narrative. She shows you all the ironies and contradictions in American history.”
  • “Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities,” by Vaclav Smil
    From Gates’ review: “Even if you don’t like math, don’t let [the first chapter] scare you off, because it makes a really important point: It destroys the idea that you can take an early growth curve for a particular development — the uptake of the smartphone, for example—and use it as the basis for predicting the future.”
  • “Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life,” by Diane Tavenner
    From Gates’ review: “Diane shares the story of how she designed a new kind of charter school with a simple but very ambitious goal: ‘We wanted to teach kids not just what they needed to get into college, but what they needed to live a good life.’”
  • “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dream,” by Matthew Walker
    From Gates’ review: “I read a couple of great books this year about human behaviour, and this was one of the most interesting and profound. Everyone knows that a good night’s sleep is important — but what exactly counts as a good night’s sleep? And how do you make one happen? Walker has persuaded me to change my bedtime habits to up my chances.”

Best Book Clubs to Join in 2020:

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Book clubs are the perfect way to keep reading, talk about what you’re reading, and make friends with other readers. And you don’t even have to leave your house to join one. Here are some of the most popular online book clubs to get you started.

Let’s Sum it up:

Books are your friend if you treat them as friends. Books are somebody’s lifetime of experience in a few hundred pages.

Books can help you achieve your goals by simulating the life of others and not repeating the mistakes which have already been done. Books are our mentors and they can connect us with the mentors who are no more alive.

So get started with my reading list and witness the change in your life and in the lives of people around you.

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Umama Batool Qazi: A Full-time Dentist, Pinterest manager and contributing columnist at Socialnomics. I write about books, work from home ideas and social media marketing. Join me and other readers here at ubqdigitalmarketing.com to learn how to start a blog and make money faster by using our recommended resources.