It took nearly seven months before I decided to publish on the Manifesto of Perfection again, the place I recorded my thoughts and opinions of all things self-improvement.
Last week I marked my return, where for the first time ever I featured work that wasn’t my own – a beautiful poem by Charles Bukowski ‘So you want to be a writer?’
I can’t promise it will change your life or anything, but it reminded me why I enjoy writing – expressing oneself, relieving stress, someone appreciates your work, the natural inspiration process, artistic integrity. I knew it was time to return.
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Fight Club, an entertaining book and film has many teachings for life – not just on masculinity but also on self-improvement, motivation and making the most out of your potential.
One of the most compelling scenes is when Tyler Durden or the Narrator (depending on whether you are consuming the film or book version), puts a gun to convenience store worker Raymond K Hessel’s head and threatens to pull the trigger unless they go back on track to realising their potential.
The stories protagonists enact a very extreme way of encouraging someone to pull themselves together and stop wasting their potential. A near-life experience.
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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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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.
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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So what next?
This week was the first time I missed my weekly deadline since starting Manifesto of Perfection.
I am kind of pissed off about it, as the blog always represented my desire to do something constructive and keep accountability of my self-development. If I get in the habit of missing weekly writings how can I be accountable?
Illness got in the way of routine and that felt like an excuse. I made time to see the final 10 hours of Breaking Bad. I had a sore throat, this did not impede my ability to write. Continue reading “Panic attack! …. Death? It’s Funny? ha! ha!”
Bachelor Pad Economics by Aaron Clarey
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: Bachelor Pad Economics”