How to win friends and influence people

I have recently read the book How to Win Friends and Influence People – a book that is probably one of the most famous self-improvement books ever published.

From reading a number of self-improvement or business books, at some point How to Win Friends… is usually referenced at some point, but despite this I had never bothered to read it until last week.

And it is very rare I say this, but I feel that some of the ideas in this could change my life for the better…

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3 Insightful Self-Improvement Reads

I always read self-help books on various subjects – it can be about careers, business, relationships, fitness or just living a better life, it is always a good source to get ideas and influence for self-improvement goals.

There are a lot of crap books, lots of good ones and then there are those that change how you approach your life.  Here are 3 insightful reads:

 

Into the Wild

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3 great self-improvement websites

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If you are like me and enjoy a lazy Sunday going on the Internet, but like to spend your time as productively as possible.  Might I suggest some website for you to visit today and why I think they are great. Continue reading

Fix it! – Bike Maintenance Course review

As part of my drive to fix my bike and cycle it regularly, I decided that I would improve my skills so I felt confident to make basic repairs on my bike.

I typed in Bike Maintenance course into Google and came up with the Fix it! class run by the people at Evans Cycles.  So I paid £15, with high hopes of getting shown the errors of my ways.

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Hey ho, let’s go… insane at Badass Mudder

Hey ho, let’s go… insane at Badass Mudder:  On a very hot, humid Saturday morning my friend Tom and I took part in the Badass Mudder obstacle race at the River Lune, Lancaster. We crashed over at friends, so had … Continue reading

Review: The Millionaire Fastlane

The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime, is a book that inspires but also makes you feel terrible that you are not a multi-millionaire.

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MJ DeMarco,  highlights the way to becoming wealthy through the concept of the slowlane and the fastlane.  The slowlane is explained as getting a good job, saving, investing in the stock market, being careful with money – until the ‘payoff’ when you are old you’ll also be rich.

The fastlane – the main theme of the book is about using finite time effectively to maximise the amount of money made.

The first few chapters really repeat ‘Get rich slow’ and constant references to Lamborginies, therefore I did begin to wonder if the author was just a one-note bragger, critiquing a lifestyle without offering answers to achieve wealth.

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Review: Jessica Ennis – Unbelievable

Review: Jessica Ennis – Unbelievable:      To inspire my training for Badass Mudder I have utilised my library membership reading the biographies of a number of athletes to inspire me and to get an understanding on the way of the winner.

 

I started off with Jessica Ennis – Unbelievable.

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Unfortunately a few pages in you are presented with the biggest biography cliché

“I’m just an ordinary person from a statement that infers mediocrity in town/city

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Review: Bachelor Pad Economics

Bachelor Pad Economics by Aaron Clarey

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As I started reading Bachelor pad economics, my first impression that this was going to be a blunt, no-nonsense approach about all things financial for men.

And I do mean all things – this covers a life cycle starting with the young man considering college/university to planning for death.

I fear if you are an idealist you may not appreciate the nature of this book, I probably would not agree with the author on everything but I found myself nodding in agreement with a lot of things said. Continue reading

Review: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still win big

Scott Adams (author of Dilbert) has written a pretty good self-improvement book that kind of borders on a biography, called How to Fail at almost everything and still win big.

The book approaches self-development by looking at mistakes in hindsight that Scott had made and reflecting on what he.  This was something I found quite valuable and have begun looking at incidents of failures in my life and what I have learnt from it.  Hopefully one day I will actually get to the win big stage! Continue reading

Major Series North Review

On Sunday I took part in the Major Series, in the Northern heat in Wetherby.  The weather was sunny, although very windy, so it got cold quick if you weren’t moving.

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This was my second obstacle race, with Spartan being my first.  The distance was more than the Spartan, being between 10-12km.

There was an option to do a 5k, but that was called the Minor which, as far as the ego is concerned, isn’t very encouraging. Continue reading