December 2016 + Overview of 2016

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My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc. 

This month’s newsletter also reflects on some highlights from 2016.



Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • Working through Bruce Lee and will have the compiled notes for next month’s newsletter

Monthly Challenges

  • 3 day fast
  • Decaf tea with apple cider vinegar and honey before bed
  • Learn about Bruce Lee, his life and philosophy
  • Learn the basics of drawing
  • Get creative and experiment with Joule, a sous vide by ChefSteps
  • Year-End Challenges:
    • Napoleon Hill’s 28 questions 
    • Revisit my 1, 5, 10 year goals
    • Pareto Spring Cleaning – weeding out the bad and doing more of the good
    • Read BestSelf journal entries from past 3 months


Best of 2016

  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
    • Taught me how to face and embrace The Resistance
  • It’s Your Ship by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
    • Taught me leadership and the power of seeing through other’s eyes
  • The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie
    • Taught me about generosity and hard work
  • The Gorilla Game by Tom Kippola, Geoffrey Moore, Paul Johnson
    • Taught me about investing in technology
  • The Loyalty Effect by Fred Reichheld
    • Taught me the power of creating loyal stakeholders
  • Give and Take by Adam Grant
    • Taught me the power of generosity and reciprocation
  • Plain Talk by Ken Iverson
    • Taught me about effective management principles
  • The Power Broker by Robert Caro
    • Taught me what true power looks like and the toll it can takes
  • Men and Rubber by Harvey Firestone
    • Taught me the power that simple business principles can have
  • Buffett and Munger by Peter Bevelin
    • Taught me some of Buffett and Munger’s principles via dialogue
  • The Lessons of History by Will Durant
    • Taught me the power of learning about history and its cycles
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
    • Taught me the importance of long periods of undisturbed work
  • How Nature Works by Per Bak
    • Taught me fundamentals of complexity and its application in nature
  • Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows
    • Taught me some tools to become a better big picture thinker
  • Investing: The Last Liberal Art by Robert Hagstrom
    • Taught me how various disciplines play into investing
  • Walt Disney by Neal Gabler
    • Taught me the effect a grand vision can have
  • Never Broken by Jewel
    • Taught me how persistence can overcome almost anything
  • Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu by John Little
    • Taught me about the impact authentic self-actualization can have

Full list of books read in 2016, 2015, 2014

All great books should be immediately re-read

I always enjoy my monthly challenges but I got the most out of the following and many are now part of my daily routine:

Thank you for your support and I wish you the best in 2017!

Amor Fati


“Yes, there is a difference between self-actualization and self-image actualization.” – Bruce Lee